It’s bedtime. You’re in your jammies, teeth brushed, tucked in tight, ready for sleep, but now you’re tossing and turning because you just can’t turn your brain off. Well, here are 36 songs that are sure to turn those to do lists into zzz’s.
1. Leave This Behind by Lovelier Other
“I know I can feel you here.” A lovely tune that’s like floating on a calm wave into sweet dreamland.
2. Small Parade by Tobin Sprout
“They’re resting tonight. Alright.” Rest with them and count the parade floats like sheep.
3. No One’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses
“No one is ever gonna love you more than I do.” Do like the Band of Horses. Brush your teeth and jump into bed.
4. Holocene by Bon Iver
“Saying nothing, that’s enough for me.” Lie there and let Bon Iver sing you into the magnificence of the dream world.
5. How to Lie by Twist
“All this time, you could have been mine.” Take a lesson from Twist’s slumber tune. Don’t let your worries keep you up!
6. Waterbirds by Tennis
“Sleeping deep in the brush, the night brings the hush.” A tropical sort of lullaby from Colorado duo, Tennis.
7. Falling Down by Scarlett Johansson
“I’ve come 500 hundred miles just to see a halo.” Fall down into your pillow with Scarlett’s lovely voice.
8. Halo by Beyoncé
“Standing in the light of your halo, I’ve got my angel now.” Let Beyoncé and the angels rock you to sleep with this one.
9. Song for Zula by Phosphorescent
“Some say love is a burning thing, that it makes a fiery ring.” This sleep song will keep you toasty warm as you drift into slumber.
10. Comes and Goes by Greg Laswell
“This one’s for the lonely, the ones that seek and find.” And it’s also for the sleepy.
11. Angels by The xx
“The end comes too soon, I’m dreaming of angels.” A sleep song to bring angels to your dreams too.
12. Sad Dream by Sky Ferreira
“Only ever in dreams I wrap my arms around you.” Leave your sad dreams behind and let go into sleep.
13. Melt Your Heart by Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
“It’s bound to melt your heart one way or another.” So, let it melt you into dreamland.
14. I Know Places by Lykke Li
“The highs won’t hurt you there, babe.” A sleep song to take you to places of sweet dreams.
15. When the Sun Goes Down by Steffaloo
“Just like flowers don’t know what to do.” When the sun goes down, listen to sleep songs, like Steffaloo’s.
16. Tell Me by Taken by Trees
“Why not take me me all the way to July.” Even if it’s winter, you can go there in your sleep.
17. I Wanted You to Stay by Summer Heart
“I wanted you to stay on the other side.” Don’t stay there in sleep for too long, but for the whole night through at least.
18. Gypsy by Suzanne Vega
“Hold me like a baby that will not fall asleep.” This sleep song is like a bedtime story.
19. It’s Hard to Kill a Bad Thing by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Just some sweet instrumentals good for cozy cuddling.
20. If You Can’t Sleep by She & Him
“I’ll be there in your dreams if you can’t sleep at all.” A lovely lullaby from indie duo, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.
21. Don’t Get Hung Up In Your Soul by Richard Hawley
“Don’t let ‘em make your heart grow old.” Take it from Richard Hawley and don’t let your hang ups keep you up.
22. Samson by Regina Spektor
“He ate a slice of Wonderbread and went right back to bed.” Even if it takes a midnight snack, get right back to bed.
23. Lies by Races
“I’m living in a lie to feel closer to you.” An acoustic sleep song to bring you closer to slumber.
24. Á la Claire Fontaine by N. Porebski, L. Descamps, and Les Petits Minous
“Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.” A French tune from The Painted Veil soundtrack to lull you to sleep.
25. Tangled and Wild by Oh Susanna
“Run away with me won’t you. It don’t matter where we go.” Close your eyes and you can go anywhere with the music.
26. Blonde on Blonde by Nada Surf
“It’s a lullaby from a giant golden radio.” A lullaby that will rock you to sleep.
27. I Do Sing for You by Majical Cloudz
“Of course I do and I love to.” A Leonard Cohen-esque serenade for dreamers.
28. Florida by Luke Temple
“Whatever it is that makes you not trust your mind.” Don’t let it keep you up at night.
29. One Half by Julianna Barwick
“I guess I was asleep that night.” A song for the blurred lines between sleep and barely awake.
30. Homage by Feist featuring Timber Timbre
“There is a seam between the breath and the staired descent.” Let your breath be your guide into slumber.
31. Here With Me by Dido featuring Enya
“I won’t go, I won’t sleep, I can’t breathe.” What’s a sleepy playlist without Dido and Enya?
32. Green Eyes by Coldplay
“I came here to talk. I hope you understand.” Another classic sleep time playlist artist, Coldplay.
33. Cuddle Alone by She Keeps Bees
“We were sleeping in silence. We were laughing at our fate.” No one should cuddle alone, but in case you are, here’s a little tune to keep you company.
34. Forever by Ben Harper
“I won’t let my forever roam.” It may seem like it’s taking forever to get to sleep, but this sleep song will make it less so.
35. Waiting by Alice Boman
“Haven’t had a dream in a long time.” If you’re waiting for sleep, here’s another sleep song for you.
36. The Girl by City and Colour
“I’m off chasing my own dreams.” Even if you have to chase the sheep, listen to this City and Colour tune while you’re at it.
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