Four out of five new mums listened to music while they gave birth – with Diana Ross’ Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Roar by Katy Perry the most popular choices. Elton also made the Top Ten, coming in at #8 with Circle of Life.
Researchers polled 1,030 mothers online and Facebook found most felt music helped them maintain a modicum of control during the final stages of labour
Other favourite ante-natal anthems include You're Beautiful by James Blunt and Let It Be from the Beatles.
The report was released by Bounty Parenting Club.
Lisa Penney, spokeswoman for Bounty, said: “Research has shown familiar music can help mums feel calm and in control when giving birth.
”And in a practical sense it can also help to block out distractions in the delivery room, such as background noise.
”With modern technology now allowing us to download music whenever and wherever we want, it’s unsurprising that we’ve seen a growing trend amongst mums-to-be for creating special playlists for labour.”
The poll also found although many mothers said they liked listening to music when they gave birth two-thirds (61 percent) could not actually remember which song their baby was born to.
According to the research, most used a mixture of genres on their playlists.
In order of popularity they were classical (15 percent), easy listening (14%), pop (8%), nature sounds, such as waves and whale sounds (six percent), rock (6%).
Others were indie, soul, dance, folk and even heavy metal made the list. The songs on the playlist can also have an impact on the baby, it's believed.
Close to one in ten women chose music because they wanted the baby to hear it.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, made a labour playlist, which contained music by Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars and Of Monsters and Men.
And Mariah Carey celebrated the birth of her twins by playing her own hit We Belong Together.
Lisa Penney added: ”Labour playlists are fast becoming an essential part of mums’ hospital bag today, but mums should think carefully about the music they choose to create the best atmosphere possible for birth.
“And when it comes to the type of music, our research shows it all comes down to personal taste when making the delivery room feel like home.
”Although you may want to consider whether head-banging heavy metal will really create the most relaxing environment to welcome a baby into the world.”
The 10 most popular birthing tunes are as follows:
1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
2. Roar – Katy Perry
3. Angels – Robbie Williams
4. Greatest Day – Take That
5. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
6. I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan
7. Let It Be – The Beatles
8. Circle of Life –Elton
9. Ave Maria – Bach
10. Empire State of Mind – Alicia Keys & Jay Z