Rain tapping on the window, waves meeting the shore - and the pop-and-fizz of a champagne bottle opening have been named among the most pleasant sounds.

A study of 2,000 adults saw more than four in 10 select the soothing noise of waves lapping on the shore as their favourite sound while a third opted for a crackling log fire.

Other sounds Brits find pleasing include tennis balls going back and forth over a tennis net at Wimbledon, and the crunch of walking on fresh snow.

But the study revealed not all sounds are appreciated with one in five having to put up with bin lorries rumbling up and down their street, and another tenth are disturbed by the passing of nearby trains.

As a result, a quarter polled wish they lived somewhere quieter, and on average, adults lose two night's sleep each week due to noise on their street.

The sound of a thunderstorm is the tenth most pleasant sound. Picture shows a violent thunderstorm approaching over the Adriatic Sea, with the lights of Dubrovnik Old Town visible in the distance, Dalmatia, Croatia.
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The stats emerged in a study by global smartphone manufacturer Huawei, after it gifted a pair of wireless Freebuds 3 earphones to Emma Healey, 31, who lives minutes away from Heathrow Airport - to drown out some of the external noise.

Emma, who lives with her mum Jane and two-year-old daughter Felicity, has resided on Lewin Terrace, one of the noisiest streets in the country and just a stone's throw from the airport's Terminal Four, for 28 years.

Every year, some 475,000 'movements' - the industry term for arrivals and departures - take place at Heathrow, with a plane taking off or landing on average every 45 seconds.

The gesture will come as a relief for Emma who said the noise has not only affected her sleep at home, but also her social life.

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She said: "Even after all this time, I'm not used to the sound. Sometimes I can even hear the planes being filled with fuel - that's how close they are.

"Christmas is particularly noisy, and you can literally hear an airplane going over every 90 seconds - it's just become the norm for me.

"In the summer, it gets so hot in the house that we can't get the windows open.

"Trying to watch TV is particularly impossible, you have to turn it up so loud you don't enjoy watching TV any more, blaring in your face."

A kettle boiling is the 11th most pleasant sound
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Justin Costello, head of marketing, Huawei UK & Ireland, said: "With the busiest flying weekend of Christmas just around the corner, we thought who more deserving than the people who live under the flight path of the busiest airport in the country, to gift them a pair of Huawei Freedbuds 3.

"We hope that their brand new Freebuds 3 give the residents a more peaceful Christmas, with the active noise cancellation feature, and the ability to enjoy crystal clear music even over the sound of a commercial jet plane."

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1. Rain on the window
2. Waves crashing
3. Crackling fire
4. Walking on fresh snow
5. Birds singing
6. Church bells
7. Sounds of laughing
8. Baby giggling
9. The cat purring
10. A thunderstorm
11. Kettle boiling
12. Seagulls
13. Someone playing guitar
14. Lawnmower
15. Sheep baaing
16. Sound of Wimbledon - tennis ball going back and forth
17. Dinner being served up
18. Children chattering
19. A running bath
20. The cheers as a favourite football team wins the game
21. Opening a beer bottle
22. Carol singers
23. Bagpipes
24. Cows mooing
25. Horse hooves clicking
26. Mail dropping on the door mat
27. Food cooking on the hob
28. Turning the page on a book
29. People milling outside a pub
30. EastEnders theme tune
31. The radio playing or TV being left on
32. Popping bubble wrap
33. Mum singing
34. The toaster popping
35. Someone jumping into water
36. The heating clicking on
37. Crickets on holiday
38. A champagne cork popping
39. The front door opening
40. Children role playing