The World’s Favourite Relaxation Songs

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Music can be an excellent tool when you are trying to relax, meditate and clear your mind, but what is your go-to playlist or song when you’re relaxing? We’ve taken a look at over 500 playlists featuring 100,000 songs, to find out which songs appear most often on playlists which people listen to help them meditate, chill out, and unwind. 

The song ‘Conscious Journey’ by Benny Bernstein takes the top spot, appearing 21 times in the 501 playlists. With 38,428,111 plays on Spotify, this New Age track has proven to be the most popular relaxing song. 

The list of most popular songs is filled with ambient tracks and nature sounds which are perfect for meditating and clearing the mind.  

The World’s Favourite Relaxation Songs:

1 – Conscious Jorney – Benny Bernstein – 21 appearances 

2 – Mirror Lake – The Relaxation Principle – 20 appearances 

2 – The Golden Path – Kumbhaka – 20 appearances 

2 – Threads – Ebb & Flod – 20 appearances 

3 – Anticipating Your Arrival – Zoe Chambers – 18 appearances 

3 – Butterfly Effect – Timothy Byrne – 18 appearances 

3 – Escape Gravity – Juni Tinley – 18 appearances 

3 – Heavenly – Elise Magnefold – 18 appearances 

3 – Namaste – Gaea Rising – 18 appearances 

3 – The Tower of Embellion – Muni Yogi – 18 appearances 

4 – Glowing Waters – Night Sounds Association – 17 appearances 

4 – New Endings – Bon Vie – 17 appearances 

4 – Suaimhneas – Ceilidh – 17 appearances 

5 – Ambre – Nils Frahm – 16 appearances 

5 – Blitz – Gogenheim – 16 appearances 

5 – The Lighthouse – Zoe Chambers – 16 appearances 

5 – Time Travel – Antologie – 16 appearances 

5 – Underbart – The 2 Inversions – 16 appearances 

Relaxing Tracks That You Can Sing Along To:

Alongside these tracks, we also found a number of popular and contemporary songs which ranked in our list, allowing us to create another list of top songs that you are more likely to hear on your radio, so whether you prefer ambient tunes or songs you can sing along to, you can create your own playlist of relaxing tracks. 

On this list, Sam Smith’s hit, ‘Stay With Me’ takes the top spot, appearing twelve times across our playlists. The song is incredibly popular, with 1,032,300,527 plays on Spotify. 

1 – Stay With Me – Sam Smith – 12 appearances 

2 – Let Her Go – Passenger – 11 appearances 

2 – Redbone – Childish Gambino – 11 appearances 

2 – Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran – 11 appearances 

3 – The Night We Met – Lord Huron – 9 appearances 

4 – I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith – 8 appearances 

4 – Lay Me Down – Sam Smith – 8 appearances 

4 – Location – Khalid – 8 appearances 

4 – Say Something – A Great Big World – 8 appearances 

4 – Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur – 8 appearances 

4 – Shea Butter Baby (with J. Cole) – Ari Lennox – 8 appearances 

4 – The A Team – Ed Sheeran – 8 appearances 

4 – Too Good at Goodbyes – Sam Smith – 8 appearances 

5 – All of Me – John Legend – 7 appearances 

5 – How to Save a Life – The Fray – 7 appearances 

5 – Lovely (with Khalid) – Billie Eilish – 7 appearances 

5 – Perfect – Ed Sheeran – 7 appearances 

5 – Photograph – Ed Sheeran – 7 appearances 

5 – Skinny Love – Birdy – 7 appearances 

5 – The Scientist – Coldplay – 7 appearances 

Conscious Jorney – Benny Bernstein

Mirror Lake – The Relaxation Principle

The Golden Path – Kumbhaka

Threads – Ebb & Flod

Anticipating Your Arrival – Zoe Chambers

Butterfly Effect – Timothy Byrne

Escape Gravity – Juni Tinley

Heavenly – Elise Magnefold

Namaste – Gaea Rising

The Tower of Embellion – Muni Yogi

Glowing Waters – Night Sounds Association

New Endings – Bon Vie

Suaimhneas – Ceilidh

Ambre – Nils Frahm

Blitz – Gogenheim

The Lighthouse – Zoe Chambers

Time Travel – Antologie

Underbart – The 2 Inversions

Stay With Me – Sam Smith

Let Her Go – Passenger

Redbone – Childish Gambino

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

The Night We Met – Lord Huron

I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith

Lay Me Down – Sam Smith

Location – Khalid

Say Something – A Great Big World

Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur

Shea Butter Baby (with J. Cole) – Ari Lennox

The A Team – Ed Sheeran

Too Good at Goodbyes – Sam Smith

All of Me – John Legend

How to Save a Life – The Fray

Lovely (with Khalid) – Billie Eilish

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

Photograph – Ed Sheeran

Skinny Love – Birdy

The Scientist – Coldplay

Methodology:

Using Spotify, we compiled a list of 501 playlists featuring 100,000 songs by searching for playlists associated with searches for ‘relaxation’, ‘relaxing’, ‘meditate’, ‘meditation’, ‘calming’, and ‘mindfulness’. We then took this list of songs and found the frequency with which each song appeared to discover the top songs for relaxing as well as the artists who appeared most often. 

We also used these results to pick out a list of contemporary and popular songs to create a second, alternative list. 

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