40 Songs About Whispering

Updated on July 28, 2019
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Whispers can impart secrets and rumors, messages between lovers, and inspiration from God or nature. Celebrate whispering with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs.
Whispers can impart secrets and rumors, messages between lovers, and inspiration from God or nature. Celebrate whispering with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs. | Source

What's in a Whisper?

You strain to hear what is whispered and listen carefully for the privately transmitted message. Is it a secret or silly joke shared by a child or a conspiratorial bit of juicy gossip relayed between friends? Perhaps a coworker is briefly alerting you that your fly is unzipped or you're trying to honor the norms of the public library to keep quiet. God, nature, or your inner demons may be speaking directly to you, or your lover may be offering an invitation for a rendezvous.

Whispers create a private cocoon and temporarily exclude the outside world. Celebrate their wonder with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about whispering.

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1. "Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees

The guy in this 2011 alt-rock chart topper has a crush on a young woman, and he's earnestly attempting to win her heart. Unfortunately, the gossipy whispers of others threaten to derail their budding romance. He laments that when they kissed, people began to whisper, and the secrets and rumors caused her to back away from him.

If you understand the damage that such talk can unleash, then look for comfort in songs about gossip and rumors.

2. "Careless Whisper" by George Michael

Some betrayals of trust cannot be repaired. When the narrator in this classic pop ballad from 1984 cheated a lover and friend, he gave little thought to the consequences of his transgression. Now he deeply regrets his error and knows that he'll never find another woman he loves as much.

The tune was a worldwide smash hit, but did you know that George Michael didn't like the song much? He was dumbfounded that something he wrote in 30 minutes could mean so much to people. He and Andrew Ridgeley from Wham! co-wrote the song on a bus when they were each only 17 years old.

3. "Whisper" by Chase Rice

It starts with a whisper between lovers and ends with his breath on her neck and the kitchen table cleared with one swipe. Whoa, that's some whisper! In this country song from 2016, the narrator is daydreaming about his ladylove whispering thoughts between them that nobody else should hear—barely spoken words that will take all the mundane troubles out of their lives for the evening. Someone's getting naughty tonight.

4. "Whisper" by Tyler Joseph

The frontman for rock duo Twentyone Pilots sees this song as a special gift to someone he loves. He hopes the 2007 tune will whisper his heartfelt feelings directly to them:

A song is not much time to show
How beautiful you are
But I will sing a song to your heart
I don't know what I should give,
Or what I'm to sing
All I can do is give you this
Let my heart play
I know your face,
Let this song whisper your name.

5. "Whispers in the Dark" by Mumford & Sons

The narrator in this folk rock ballad from 2012 describes his personal struggle between his love of God and his love of a woman whose pure heart he seeks. After sharing whispers in the dark and other earthly pleasures, he feels disappointed in himself for crossing a boundary with her. He has lost his head to youthful indiscretion, although he does know that he loves her.

6. "God's Whisper" by Raury

Raury Tullis is a singer, songwriter, and rapper popularly known by his first name only. He burst upon the international music scene with bold proclamations that he was "the future of hip hop" and "one of the greatest lyricists out here." His music reflects his confidence.

This well regarded 2014 folk rap song, "God's Whisper," appeared in three motion pictures. The narrator declares that he will live his life on his own terms and declares that his generation is on a mission. Led by intuition, the narrator proclaims that they are inspired by God, even as others look upon them with derision:

You think I am nothing (I am nothing)
You've got something coming
(Something coming) because
I hear God's whisper
Calling my name
It's in the wind
I am the savior.

7. "Whisper" by Evanescence

The protagonist in this 2000 rock song by Evanescence resides in a dark psychological place. She is feeling isolated and severely depressed but claims she can will it away if she tries. Although demons within her pull her down, she struggles not to let them win. Fallen angels lie at her feet, proof of how powerful the force of evil is, and there are whispered voices that taunt her to succumb to the pain. The song's chorus in Latin means, "Save yourselves from danger, Save yourselves from evil."

Lead vocalist Amy Lee was raised Southern Baptist, and initially, Evanescence was publicized as a Christian rock band. While some contend this song is about the generic struggle of good vs. evil, others contend that it is specifically about suicide.

8. "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous

This celebratory 2010 song captures the wonder and angst of youth. It's a time of naive exploration of identity and boundaries, mistakes and forgiveness. This vibrant, electro-charged alt rock song alludes to the whisper of time that overtakes us before we know it, transforming us into adults, parents, and those who reminisce about the freedom of youth.

If this song makes you want to celebrate your youth (or relive the feeling), then make a playlist of songs about being young.

9. "Let It Be" by The Beatles

You may assume that this classic rock song has religious overtones because it refers to "Mother Mary." In actuality, it is based on a comforting dream that Paul McCartney had in which his deceased mother whispers imparted advice (her name was "Mary"). When there are situations well beyond your control, you just have to adjust, adapt, and cope. The 1970 worldwide hit was the final single before McCartney left the Beetles.

10. "Does He Love You" by Reba McEntire (featuring Linda Davis)

The love triangle in this 1993 country ditty features two women verbally battling over a dishonest man. A wife and a mistress question whether they are deceiving themselves, but they also debate

  1. which of them does he loves best? and
  2. to whom does he whisper all his fantasies?

The scoundrel's wife acknowledges to the other woman that she's known about their affair for a while. Her husband placates his spouse with false assurances of fidelity then leaves home with a smile to be with his mistress. The other woman meanwhile takes comfort in knowing that she can heat up her lover's nights during their stolen moments.

This song won a Grammy Award, and the duet between Reba and Linda Davis seems so natural many can't imagine another singer. However, Reba's label initially encouraged her to pursue a bigger name star such as Wynonna Judd as a duet partner, even though Wynonna preferred to avoid songs about marital troubles. When Reba sent Wynonna a demo of the song, there was no response, so Reba proceeded as planned. Davis was a back-up vocalist in Reba's tour show at the time. Linda Davis is the mother of Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.

11. "Whisper You Love Me Boy" by The Supremes

Hoping to mend a broken relationship, the narrator in this 1965 number implores her estranged lover to come back into her life and whisper sweet nothings like he used to. She misses his tender embrace and his quiet declarations of love.

12. "Whispers in the Dark" by Skillet

Written from the perspective of God, this 2006 hard rock tune promises to usher in comfort when one is feeling alone, ragged, and broken. The heavenly narrator encourages listeners to hear His whispers in the dark and offers to turn tears to roses. He says that His love is waiting.

13. "Whisper" by Alison Sudol

This mellow 2007 pop song by Alison Sudol describes a narrator's exhaustion from trying so hard to meet others' expectations. She has been so eager to please them that she has lost herself somewhat in the mix, thus sacrificing her own needs and identity. Her voice has been quieted to a whisper as a consequence of her choices.

Sudol is also known by the stage name A Fine Frenzy. The singer is also an actress and has appeared in two Harry Potter-spin-off films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).

14. "Whisper My Name" by Randy Travis

When Randy Travis' lover whispers his name, the experience for him is sheer elation. This 1994 love song was a number one country hit and describes how his world opened up with that one whisper:

I heard music bring a heart of stone to tears
I heard peace ring like an anthem through the years
And I heard hatred fall from grace
When I heard you whisper my name.

Whispering: Can It Harm Your Voice?

If you've ever experienced a sore throat or laryngitis (swollen and irritated vocal cords), your natural impulse may be to whisper. However, according to speech therapists, most people strain when they whisper, and this can be as bad for your voice as SHOUTING. When you continue to use an ailing voice you set yourself up for a greater likelihood of permanent injury or severe damage from polyps, cysts, or scar tissue. Give your voice the rest it needs: silence.

15. "Speak Softly Love" by Andy Williams

"Speak Softly Love" is a love song which describes whispered words and private moments, shared vows and passionate nights. The instrumental version of this 1972 easy listening song is known as "The Love Theme from The Godfather." The famed movie trilogy is about the violent mob family business.

16. "Whisper My Name" by ILIRA

Ilira Gashi is a Swiss pop singer of Kosovo and Albanian descent, and this whisper tune was her debut song. Will she join other female pop singers of Albanian descent who have made it big — like, Dua Lipa, Ava Max, Bebe Rexha, and Rita Ora?

In this catchy 2018 song with an electro-pop vibe, the narrator describes her intense attraction to her lover. She doesn't want anyone else and begs him to whisper her name, as it gives her a "pleasure-pain." His love is like a drug she just can't quit.

17. "Whispers of Your Name" by Kacey Musgraves

The woman in this 2007 country song finds herself alone, haunted by whispers of her former lover's name. She contemplates ways to forget him and quiet the whispers, including avoiding their favorite places, selling her ring and their car, and discarding old love letters and photos.

18. "Whispering Bells" by The Del-Vikings

In this sweet 1957 doo-wop song, the narrator beckons whispering bells to bring his lost lover back to him. The R&B/pop crossover hit was featured in the 1986 movie Stand by Me. The Del-Vikings were notable because they were one of the few racially integrated groups of their era.

Unfortunately, The Del-Vikings were among the 700+ artists whose master recording tapes were destroyed in whole or in part during a 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood. Among the other artists affected were Chuck Berry, Aerosmith, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, The Carpenters, Sheryl Crow, R.E.M., and Nirvana.

19. "This Too Shall Pass" by India.Arie

The lady in this 2006 R&B song has experienced such heartache that it overshadows all else in her life: her strong body, her solid bank account, her glowing achievements. She is downhearted and sullen, but both the angels and the wisdom of the ancestors whisper to her that this too shall pass.

"This too shall pass" is an enduring truism meaning that nothing lasts forever. It is often spoken as a phrase of encouragement to someone who is hurting.

Looks like these two are whispering some juicy gossip.  Persistent whispering in the workplace can be a bullying tactic.
Looks like these two are whispering some juicy gossip. Persistent whispering in the workplace can be a bullying tactic. | Source

Even More Songs About Whispers and Whispering

Song
Artist
Year Released
20. Leave a Whisper
Shinedown
2003
21. Stop Whispering
Radiohead
1993
22. A Whisper
Coldplay
2002
23. The Whisper
New Kids on the Block
2013
24. Words of Love
The Beatles
1964
25. The Whisperer
David Guetta (featuring Sia)
2014
26. Whisper
Lacy J. Dalton
1981
27. Devil's Whisper
Raury
2015
28. Whispers of the North
Gordon Lightfoot
1983
29. Sounds of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel
1966
30. Warm Whispers
Missy Higgins
2007
31. More Than a Whisper
Nancy Griffith
1986
32. F for You
Disclosure
2013
33. Somebody's Kockin'
Eric Clapton
2016
34. Cherie, I Love You
Nat King Cole
1958
35. Do You Want to Know a Secret
The Beatles
1964
36. Whisperer
VersaEmerge
2009
37. Whisperers
Loïc Nottet
2017
38. Whispering
Alex Clare
2011
39. Whisper
Boombox Cartel (featuring Nevve)
2018
40. Whispers
Oshi (featuring Avonlea)
2018
Know a song about whispers and whispering that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Devika - I appreciate your kind words. Have a great weekend.

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        Devika Primić 

        3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        40 Songs About Whispering is new to me at least most of it are and you know how to refresh one's memory with the lists of songs you have created.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Eliza - You're back! Hope you are having a terrific summer. Thank you for this list of suggestions. I've added a number of them. I appreciate you.

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        Eliza Day 

        4 months ago

        And some more songs about whispering:

        1. Ace of Base - Whispers in Blindess

        2. Elton John - Whispers

        3. Hooverphonic - Day After Day

        4. Missy Higgins - Warm Whispers

        5. Rain Tree Crow - Cries And Whispers

        6. Gary Numan - Whisper

        7. Nanci Griffith - More Than A Whisper

        8. Mel & Kim - From A Whisper To A Scream

        9. Bee Gees - Whisper Whisper

        10. Disclosure - F For You

        11. Gordon Lightfoot - Softly

        12. Eric Clapton - Somebod's Knockin'

        13. Pam Tills - A Whisper And A Scream

        14. Nat King Cole - Cherie, I Love You

        15. Frank Sinatra - September In The Rain

        16. The Cure - Treasure

        17. Lila McCann - Whisper the Words

        18. A Fine Frenzy - Whisper

        19. Marlango - Green on Blue

        20. Patty Loveless - Everything But The Words

        21. Hank Locklin - She's Better Than Most

        22. Dean Martin - Sleep Warm

        23. The Beatles - Do You Want To Know A Secret

        24. The Monkees - All Alone in the Dark

        25. Onlap - Whispers in My Head

        26. Pentakill - Last Whisper

        27. Boombox Cartel, Nevve - Whisper

        28. Oshi, Avonlea - Whispers

        29. Son Lux - Whispering

        30. Alex Clare - Whispering

        31. Ash Grunwald, Kasey Chambers - Whispering Voice

        32. The Rolling Stones - You Don't Have To Mean It

        33. Loic Nottet - Whisperers

        34. VersaEmerge - Whisperer

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Chitrangada - Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you found this enjoyable.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Great list and a wonderful compilation of songs. I am familiar with some of them on the list.

        Never realised that there could be so many, about whispering too.

        Thanks for sharing.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Shyron - Thank you for that suggestion. That's the video where all the kids in the audience are smacking gum and they look bored. There were others like it back then. Kinda funny.

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        5 months ago from Texas

        I really love you play lists hubs.

        I have not heard the Sweet Nothings you mention above, but there is a song by Brenda Lee called Sweet Nothings that is awesome.

        www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs2h18M6ky8

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Dora - Glad this is expanding your horizons. Hope you find a few you like.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        The song by the Beatles is the only familiar one, but the topic is interesting, so I intend to listen to some of the others. Thanks!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Peggy - Thank you for trying these out. I try to mix it up a little, some new, some offbeat and lesser known.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Linda - They do refer to whispering in the sounds of silence, so I'd say it counts. I appreciate you. Hope you are doing well.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Heidi - That's one of my favorite whisper songs. It's funny how groups don't consider the obvious, but I guess not everyone writes their own songs. They also have to sing the songs forever and might not want to do that. Have a great week!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Kaili - Thanks for the suggestions. You might consider an article highlighting Canadian singers who have made it big internationally.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Nithya - I appreciate the nice compliment. Some of the topics are more challenging than others!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Clive - Many thanks

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Jason - Thank you for the kind kudos. Have a wonderful day.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Linda - I appreciate your reading and was glad that you learned a little tidbit of information. I enjoy learning as I cover the songs as well.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 months ago from Houston, Texas

        You always come up with such a variety of songs no matter the subject. I had not heard some of these, so it was fun. Thanks!

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        Linda Lum 

        5 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Flourish, who knew there could be so many songs about whispering (well, other than you, that is). You did it well.

        I have a question for you. Does "Sounds of Silence" fit in here?

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        Heidi Thorne 

        5 months ago from Chicago Area

        I just saw the title on the email alert and knew George Michael's "Careless Whisper" would be in the list. Of course, I love it!

        Isn't it ironic that The Whispers didn't really have a whisper song? :)

        Happy Monday!

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        Nithya Venkat 

        5 months ago from Dubai

        A great selection of songs, I like the songs Careless Whisper and Let It Be. I totally agree with Liz Westwood - whatever the topic you can collate a list of relevant songs.

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        Kaili Bisson 

        5 months ago from Canada

        I love these songs Flourish, another great list. I'll add some Canadian content for your consideration: "Whispers of the North" by Gordon Lightfoot and "Eastern Rain" by Joni Mitchell.

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        Clive Williams 

        5 months ago from Jamaica

        nice list

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        Jason Behm 

        5 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

        You never stop surprising me. You really have this wide library of songs about various topics. You are amazing.

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I was especially interested to learn about the lyrics of the song by The Beatles. I always thought that "Mother Mary" was a religious reference. Thanks for sharing the information, Flourish.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Peg - He was one of the best. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are doing well.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Bill - Oh, I can't imagine disliking that song or anything George Michael sang. He was lovely. Hope you're staying cool enough in this summer heat.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Liz - This one was a little more challenging than others have been, and it surprised me. I thought certainly there would be more selections. Hope you are doing well. Have a great week ahead!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Pamela - Thank you for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed these whispering songs!

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        Peg Cole 

        5 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

        Another great collection of tunes. Listening now to George Michael. Wow. I haven't heard that one in a while. Funny that he didn't like it.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 months ago from Olympia, WA

        The only one I could think of was "Careless Whisper," and for some reason it bothers me that I thought of that song so quickly. lol I don't even like it, for goodness sake!!!!!

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 months ago from UK

        I am amazed at how, whatever the topic, you can collate a list of relevant songs.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 months ago from Sunny Florida

        This is a great selection of songs about whispering, and I like most all of them. George Michaels has a nice voice, and I like Mumford & Sons, Reba, Travis, Rice, etc. Good song selections today!

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