SUN ONLINE, FEBRUARY 8, 2019
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HEAR HEAR: Sizzling bacon and babies laughing named among Britain’s favourite sounds
- A crackling open fire was named by Brits as the nation’s number one most comforting sound
BRITS have voted a crackling open fire as the nation’s favourite sound, according to the results of a new survey.
The sounds of waves crashing on a beach, bacon sizzling, and church bells all followed closely.
Researchers asked to find which sounds and every day noises Brits found the most comforting.
32 per cent of respondents said that the roar of a fire made them feel happy.
Other sounds that captivated the nation include a dramatic thunderstorm, the crunch of boots on fresh snow, and ice clinking in a glass.
However, on the other end of the sound spectrum, snoring and the noise of someone chewing loudly, emerged as some of the noises that drive people to distraction.
Other sounds which induce anger and annoyance include car alarms, someone slurping a drink and people talking too loudly on their mobiles.
According to the data, the gentle smack of a kiss, and a sports crowd cheering, made the list of the most exciting sounds in the world – as did the screech of airplane landing, and the throaty growl of a sports car.
The study also showed how 61 per cent of people surveyed claim a sound can make them think back to a favourite moment in their lives.
To mark the study Heathrow airport has released a unique soundtrack – Sound Escapes – in collaboration with artist, Nick Ryan.
Inspired by the UK’s top overseas destinations and travellers’ sound submissions, the immersive soundtrack features over 30 sounds from 13 locations.
Nick said: “When I travel, it’s the way a place sounds that fascinates me so when I hear those sounds again, it takes me straight back.”
As many as 43 percent claimed an annoying sound can put them in a bad mood while hearing something good can instantly lighten their day.
Ross Baker, chief commercial officer at Heathrow, added: “Our ‘Sound Escapes’ captures the excitement, fun and adventure of going on holiday.
“We hope this audio taps into travellers’ memories to deliver an aural experience that inspires the next adventure.”
Britain’s favourite sounds
- A crackling open fire – 32%
- Waves crashing on a beach – 31%
- Babies laughing – 31%
- Rain against a window – 30%
- A thunderstorm – 23%
- Birdsong – 22%
- The crunch of boots on fresh snow – 20%
- Wind through the trees – 19%
- The crunch of leaves in a forest – 18%
- A cat’s purr – 18%
- The sound of the “sea” in a shell – 16%
- Bacon sizzling – 15%
- Church bells – 14%
- Ice clinking in a glass – 11%
- Popcorn Popping – 10%
- Opening a can of fizzy drink – 10%
- Crickets chirping – 9%
- A pint being poured – 8%
- A train going over tracks – 8%
- A bumblebee buzzing – 8%
- High heels clicking on a floor – 7%
- A lightsabre being turned on – 7%
- Ice cracking on a lake – 7%
- Wood pigeons cooing – 7%
- Sound of a cricket ball hitting a bat – 6%