23 Songs To Play You To Sleep

AKA lullabies for grown-ups.

1. Ólafur Arnalds’ “Þú Ert Jörðin.”

Icelandic producer Ólafur Arnalds’ gorgeous instrumental “Þú Ert Jörðin” translated is ‘“You Are The Earth.”

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2. Jon Hopkins’ “Small Memory.”

Jon Hopkins is an electronica musician based in London, and his dreamy music is a staple on many-a-sleeping-playlist.

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3. Agnes Obel’s “Riverside.”

This Danish singer/songwriter’s haunting melody will have you snoozing in seconds.

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4. Erik Satie’s “Gymnópedie Part One.”

The French composer’s Gymnópedies are a revelation for insomniacs everywhere.

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5. Ane Brun’s “Daring To Love.”

This Norwegian artist’s heartwarming song is the perfect accompaniment for a restful night’s sleep.

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6. Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”

The French composer’s classical melody’s title means “moonlight,” and is the perfect song for late nights.

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7. Nobuo Uematsu’s “Zanarkand.”

The Japanese composer wrote this piece of Final Fantasy X.

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8. Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You.”

A sleeping playlist simply wouldn’t be the same without Mazzy Star’s iconic, dreamy jam.

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9. The Album Leaf’s “The Light.”

You might recognize this as it has been featured many times on Scandal, but it’s also the perfect sleep aid.

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10. Eric Rigo’s “Flight of The Birds”

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The progressive house music producer is damn good at making lullabies.

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11. Karen O.’s “The Moon Song.”

This tranquil Oscar-nominated original was featured in Her.

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12. Marconi Union’s “Weightless.”

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It has a steady BPM of 60 and has been touted as the most sleep-inducing song ever.

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13. Paul Buchanen’s “Mid Air.”

The lovely song is from the former The Blue Nile-member’s first solo effort.

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14. Capo Productions’ “The Stars Are Dreaming.”

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Ambient chords on the piano and what sounds like a glockenspiel. Now, this is a lullaby.

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15. Ray LaMontagne’s “Can I Stay.”

Ray LaMontagne is the king of sleepy love songs.

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16. Efterklang’s “Mimeo.”

The Danish indie rock group can do ambient music like none other.

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17. Goldmund’s “Threnody.”

Goldmund is actually American artist Keith Kenniff’s post-classical piano alias. He also makes music under the name Helios.

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18. James Blake’s “Retrograde.”

This English musician and producer’s soothing single is highlighted by his satin-smooth voice.

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19. Helios’ “Bless This Morning Year.”

Helios is the ambient/house effort of Keith Kenniff.

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20. Stars Of The Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here.”

Drone-based ambient music making duo Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie created this subtle-yet-poignant melody.

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21. Message To Bears’ “Wake Me.”

Message To Bears is London-based musician Jerome Alexander and this song is punctuated with soothing nature sounds.

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22. Electus’ “Oliver’s Lullaby.”

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Electronic/dubstep music producer Electus wrote this hypnotizing piano piece.

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23. Nujabes’ “Imaginary Folklore.”

Nujabes was Japanese music producer Jun Seba, who passed away in 2010, but not before leaving behind a legacy of gorgeous music.

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And here’s an entire playlist, so hit play, and sleep tight:

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