Songs That Calm You Down

Updated on October 1, 2018
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Barbara. "The Song Hunter," has spent over 40 years writing poetry and lyrics. In her spare time, she loves to find songs that tell stories.

Turn of the World and Turn on the Music with the Best Songs to Calm You Down
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Songs to calm you down can be upbeat or slow. This playlist includes a broad range of tempos.

The main criteria for a song to make this list is to make a person feel happy, relaxed, reflective or serene.

To avoid giving you the standard picks found in a typical google search, this list includes some unsuspecting gems. The lyrics, message and mood have been personally reviewed to ensure the songs do in fact give you a calm, happy and relaxing feeling.

The Best Songs to Calm You Down

1. "Long Live the Night" by The Reklaws (Upbeat Tempo)

2. "Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home" by Kiera Knightley from the Movie 'Begin Again' (Upbeat Tempo)

3. "Helluva Life" by Frankie Ballard (Slower Tempo)

4. "Beer with Jesus" by Thomas Rhett (Slow Tempo)

5. "Wake Me Up" by Tebey with Emerson Drive (Upbeat Tempo)

6. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole (Slower Tempo)

7. "Angels Among Us" by Alabama (Slower Tempo)

8. "Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston (Slower Tempo, Big Song)

9. "Yeah" by Joe Nichols (Upbeat Tempo)

10. "Play it Again" by Luke Bryan (Upbeat Tempo)

11. "Lost Stars" by Adam Levine from Movie 'Begin Again' (Slow Tempo)

12. "Setting the World on Fire" by Pink & Kenny Chesney (Upbeat Tempo)

1. "Long Live the Night" by the Reklaws

Album: Feels Like That

Year: 2018

This song is pure happiness. When you need to lift your mood, play it full blast! The song is about a guy and girl going out from dusk 'til dawn. Filled with energy, their focus is on going out and having the best time. They're youthfulness leads the way and all they see is a night of parties, beers, and dancing that they never want to end. Long live the night.

Essential Lyrics:

Singing long live the night
It's a song coming on, one that everyone knows
It's a bar, it's a field, it's a see where it goes
It's a guy and girl hoping that sun don't rise
Singing long live the night

2. "Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home" by Kiera Knightley from the Movie 'Begin Again'

Album: Begin Again Soundtrack

Year: 2014

If you haven't seen the movie 'Begin Again', you're in for a treat! When you're finished listening to music to cheer yourself up, watch the movie Begin Again to take your mind off of life. The actors, the music and the story makes this a triple A pick. This song is part of the movie. The video below not only features this upbeat, and thus calming song, it's also a scene from the movie. Yes, Keira Knightley actually does sing in this movie.

Essential Lyrics:

If you're taking me home
Tell me if I'm back on my own
Giving back a heart that's on loan
Tell me if you wanna go
Wanna go, wanna go, wanna go, wanna

3. "Helluva Life" by Frankie Ballard

Album: Sunshine & Whiskey

Year: 2014

The pace and lyrics of this song are very soothing. In terms of the tempo and message it's without a doubt a song that will calm you. The lyrics tell the story of finding peace just being with each other. We're all a little lost in the same damn boat, as the song says. But even when we're lost, when we have each other, we tend to find our way again.

Essential Lyrics:

And we all have faith, and we all have hope,
But we're all a little lost in the same damn boat.
It's a helluva life, yeah it's a helluva life.
There's something bout the night girl,
When you got the right girl,
Sittin' right beside you,
Lookin' at the sky, girl
Thinkin' bout why we're here, and where we're goin
Baby, here we are, and all I know is

4. "Beer with Jesus" by Thomas Rhett

Album: It Goes Like This

Year: 2012

The peacefulness of this song is exactly what the title says. To sit with Jesus and ask questions about life, the afterlife, and most importantly the reason for life. If you're seeking answers, this lovely soft reflective tune will take you to a calming place. Be sure to add this one to your playlist.

Essential Lyrics:

How'd you turn the other cheek
To save a sorry soul like me
Do you hear the prayers I send
What happens when life ends
And when you think you're comin' back again
I'd tell everyone, but no one would believe it
If I could have a beer with Jesus

5. "Wake Me Up" by Tebey with Emerson Drive

Album: Two

Year: 2014

Wake Me Up is an upbeat song about being young and taking a chance to live life to the fullest. Waking up and being willing to do all that you're destined to do. The happy tone of this song will cheer you up and of course, help you to feel calm.

Essential Lyrics:

So wake me up when it's all over
When I'm wiser and I'm older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn't know I was lost

6. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole

Album: Ka 'Ano'i & Facing Future

Year: 1993

This version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World is well known. You've more than likely heard it. The song is more than calming, it's hypnotic. To add calmness to your life it needs to be on your playlist, be sure to add it.

Essential Lyrics:

Someday, I wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That's where you'll find me

7. "Angels Among Us" by Alabama

Album: Cheap Seats

Year: 1993

When we get an unexpected helping hand, are there angels among us? If life isn't going the way it should and suddenly we're redirected by someone or something, are there angels among us. This well known classic is about faith and miracles. You'll feel a sense of peaceful calm while listening to this incredible song so be sure to add it to your 'keep-you-calm' playlist.

Essential Lyrics:

Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live
To teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love

8. "Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston

Album: Whitney Houston

Year: 1986

This song was originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson. This song is about teaching the children well because they are the future. But it's also about the child inside of us and remembering our child like self. The song is pure hope. The calming nature of this song comes from being reminded that we were all once children and that children represent a new beginning, a fresh start and most of all, hope for tomorrow.

Essential Lyrics:

I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

9. "Yeah" by Joe Nichols

Album: Crickets

Year: 2013

Yeah is completely fun. In your efforts to find calmness, this song will boost your spirit and in turn, bring you to calm place. It's your typical boy meets girl song, and even if you're past that stage in your life, you'll get a kick out of the lyrics, and perhaps be brought back to your young and foolish days. The song reminds us about the fun in life, and even makes you feel a little lighter.

Essential Lyrics:

It was just another night in the hayfield
'Till she climbed down off of them four wheels, yeah, yeah
Soon as that sundress hit the headlights
Every tailgate way out there was like yeah, yeah
She started walking over to me
Like she already knew me
Sat down right beside me
And asked if I was here alone
And I said yeah, yeah

10. "Play it Again" by Luke Bryan

Album: Crash My Party

Year: 2013

This is such a cute song. It's filled with fun. A happy boy girl song that leaves you feeling youthful and yes, calm. You'll get a kick out of the story telling lyrics from the guys perspective about meeting a girl. Add this one to your keep-calm playlist.

Essential Lyrics:

She was like, oh my God, this is my song
I've been listenin' to the radio all night long
Sittin' 'round waitin' for it to come on and here it is
She was like, come here boy, I wanna dance
'Fore I said a word, she was takin' my hand
Spinnin' me around 'til it faded out
And she gave me a kiss
And she said, play it again, play it again, play it again
And I said, play it again, play it again, play it again

11. "Lost Stars" by Adam Levine from Movie 'Begin Again'

Album: Begin Again Soundtrack

Year: 2014

The tone and mood of this song makes it a good choice for your keep-calm playlist. The lyrics are bit melancholy, however they do hold a positive message in the question as to whether we're lost stars seeking the light. If your personal opinion is that we find the light through our challenges, you'll appreciate this song. It's beautiful. If you haven't ever heard it, take a minute.

Essential Lyrics:

God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young
It's hunting season and the lambs are on the run
Searching for meaning
But are we all lost stars, trying to light up the dark?

12. "Setting the World on Fire" by Pink & Kenny Chesney

Album: Cosmic Hallelujah

Year: 2016

This song is an absolute blast. It's about having the time of your life out on the town with a friend or date that lasts the entire night. It's pure joyfulness. If you've forgotten about youthfulness, the song leads you back to a time when having a good time was the item at the top of your list. It makes you feel calm as it reminds you that it's ok to have fun and enjoy life.

Essential Lyrics:

Up all night and we were feelin' so good
Yeah, we got a little higher than we probably should
We were in a hotel singin' in the hallway lights
We were strikin' the matches right down to the ashes
Setting the world on fire, setting the world on fire

© 2018 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

If you have a song that makes you feel calm when you listen to it, feel free to list it below:

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    • Brite-Ideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      22 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      oh, glad there's some new ones there for you Lorelei :) - a couple are Canadian Artists too

    • Brite-Ideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      22 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Me too, it was the song I sang to the boys in the rocking chair when they were babies

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      22 months ago from Canada

      I have never heard of quite a few of these. Wow some are great melancholy songs.

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love Somewhere Over the Rainbow. We sang that in our high school graduation and for our golden jubilee we sang it again so it is special for me.

    • Brite-Ideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      22 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks Cynthia, hope you find a couple to add to your playlist

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      22 months ago from United States

      This is quite a unique assortment of songs and performers! I frequently listen to music for the purpose of calming down the stress and relaxing.


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