Ed Sheeran's music is easiest on the ears - based on a relative sound comparison test

Love your ears by listening to music that's kind to them

Fresh off the back of two bumper concerts in Dublin, and with six more to come in Cork, Limerick and Belfast over the coming weeks, an analysis of the Top 40 Music Chart has found that Ed Sheeran’s music is also the kindest to your ears. 

We analysed the current top 40 songs with a CEM Sound Level Metre and found that Overpass Graffiti by Ed Sheeran is the kindest on your ears, while listening at a volume of 50 decibels and recording on the calibrated device.

Easy Listening

Sheeran’s music is consistently kind to your ears, with "Bad Habits", "Peru" and "Bam Bam" also making the top 10 list of gentle music.

Other artists with songs for easy listening include Charlie Puth with “Light Switch”, A1 x J1 & Tion Wayne with “Night Away”, Luude with “Down Under” and Jack Harlow with “Nail Tech” all making the top five.

Loudest Listening

Although currently seventh in the Top 40 Chart, Sam Fender’s "Seventeen Going Under" is deemed to be the hardest on your ears, coming in at a decibel level of 62 when measured at the same volume as the other songs. George Ezra and Jax Jones also made the list of the loudest music for your ears.

Commenting on the analysis, Dolores Madden Marketing Director at Hidden Hearing and a trained audiologist said, “You can protect your hearing by listening to your audio at a level of 60 decibels for no longer than 60 minutes at a time.

“As experts in this field, we want to teach prevention and early intervention to help care for their ears. Hearing enables us to get the best out of life and each other.”


Hidden Hearing's new Love Your Ears campaign launched earlier this week and encourages everybody to protect their hearing. You can do this by turning the volume down on your headphones, by limiting exposure to loud sounds and by getting regular hearing checks. Your hearing is precious and hearing care is self-care. Learn more ways to love your ears below.


Love Your Ears



This relative comparison check was carried out on a calibrated CEM Sound Level Metre. All songs were played at the same volume on the same device when the decibel check was being conducted.