Top 10 tracks to help you sleep at night
Sleep easy with our top relaxing songs
Having trouble getting to sleep at night? If drinking hot milk or counting sheep doesn’t work, then listening to a few soothing tunes could help you to drift off instead. Here is realbuzz.com's list of tunes which will have you catching up on your sleep in no time.
I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles
A song that begins with the line ‘When I wake up early in the morning, Lift my head, I’m still yawning’ may not seem to be the thing you want when you’re trying to nod off, but the impassioned plea ‘Please don’t wake me, No don’t shake me, Leave me where I am, I’m only sleeping’ will certainly help you to relax and drift off.
Sleep – Texas & Paul Buchanan
Singer Sharleen Spiteri teams up with Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan to try and usher in some pleasant dream. ‘Let me sleep, So I can dream of you. Let me sleep, So I can be with you’ they both sing. You might remember the song for its video in which UK comedian Peter Kay makes an appearance.
I Need Some Sleep – Eels
Many people may know this from the soundtrack to the movie Shrek 2. It’s a pleasingly plodding affair which might just get you in slumberland. ‘I need some sleep, You can’t go on like this. I try counting sheep, But there’s one I always miss,’ sings Mark Everett, before adding ‘You just gotta let it go’. If you do so, you’ll be well away.
I Went To Sleep – The Beach Boys
A gentle number from The Beach Boys involving three verses – all of which end with ‘I went to sleep’. Sitting down in the park, listening to the radio or watching the birds – each verse will make you think about the causes of falling asleep, and will help you to get to the land of Nod. Some woodwind instruments also add to the soothing, gentle feel of the song.
I Go To Sleep – The Pretenders
A dream-like song about a love lost, where each time the person in song goes to sleep, they think of the person that they are missing. ‘When I look up from my pillow, I dream you are there with me. Though you are far away, I know you’ll always be near to me,’ sings Chrissie Hynde, before adding ‘I go to sleep, sleep, And imagine that you’re there with me.
In Dreams – Roy Orbison
The ‘Big O’ is often described as having the voice of an angel, long before Charlotte Church appeared on the music scene, and its hard to disagree. Orbison beautifully sings his way through a story in which ‘A candy-coloured clown they call the sandman, Tiptoes to my room every night, Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper, Go to sleep – everything is all right.’
A Song For Sleeping – Stone Temple Pilots
A song clearly written from the perspective of a proud parent watching their new-born child as it sleeps. Anyone with a new child in the house might just be struggling for sleep at the moment anyway (!), but will nevertheless understand the sentiments in the song: ‘And when you lie down to sleep, I’ll protect you, From the demons of the night, While I’m watching you grow.’
‘Golden Slumbers’ is in fact a Beatles song, but we had one of them already, so we cheated a bit and picked a cover version! The song is written in a lullaby style and says: ‘Golden slumbers fill your eyes, Smiles awake you when you rise. Sleep pretty darling do not cry, And I will sing a lullaby.’ Benson sings beautifully on what is actually a pretty good string-laden version of the Beatles classic.
A slow soul number which showcases the talents of one of the brightest young talents on the music scene. The last track on her album Mind, Body and Soul, it attests to the power of sleep to help put things right. ‘Tonight when the darkness comes, Why don’t we treat it like a friend,’ suggests Stone, before adding ‘Then we’ll both be glad to see the night, And we’ll be hoping it’s never going to end.’
Still can’t manage to get to sleep? Then instead of just lying there, you might be better off getting up and listening to this ambient/dance track. It will remind you of your current predicament with the constant uttering of the line ‘I can’t get no sleep’, but it also contains the line ‘Insomnia please release me and let me dream’, which will be much more what you’re after!