Sleeping Soundly: 7 Soothing Modern Songs that will Usher you to Dreamland
January 30, 2015
Good sleep is hard to come by nowadays. By listening to lullabies, though, you can doze off on your senso memory mattress faster! Studies show that up to 54% people who soothe themselves to sleep using certain songs enjoy improved sleep quality. Plus, it’s way healthier and easier than taking various sleep-inducing drugs which could give you unwanted side effects!
Since we’re all too familiar with classical lullabies like Johannes Brahms’ Wiegenlied and Chopin’s Berceuse, and Opus 57, allow us to suggest a few songs made by modern day producers and composers.
Made by John Lennon for his then five-year-old son Julian, this lullaby was sang by Ringo Starr, the only artist to appear in the track. It also features a soothing symphony of violins, violas, cellos, flutes, clarinets, and other music instruments.
Though he originally intended this song as a prelude to the track “The River of Dreams,” Billy Joel changed it to become a lullaby for his daughter Alexa Ray Joel, who was young at that time. She would later say that this is her favorite song among her father’s works. “Lullabye” is in the key of G major.
U2’s short pensive lullaby M.L.K. (Martin Luther King) was dedicated to the reverend from Atlanta who dedicated his life to peacefully fight for African-American human rights. Alongside “Pride (In the Name of Love),” another track offered in tribute to King, M.L.K. earned Bono the highest honor of the King Center, an organization founded and run by King’s widow.
Composed by Karen Orzolek, it was featured in the film Her. Aside from being performed by Karen O during the movie’s end credits, the lullaby was also performed by the main characters Samantha and Theodore (played by Scarlet Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix respectively).
James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” is a sure way to make you drowsy. Released in February 1970, it showcased Taylor’s talents as well as the directions he took as he expanded his music career. Though technically a song about him, you can still personalize it for your own lullaby.
This lullaby reached number 37 on the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the UK Indie Chart in 2009, and it was featured in various films, television shows and commercials, including The Bubble, Chuck and Zillow. Simple yet rich, it’s one of Bright Eyes’ best works.
Even before it was featured in the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this song makes a fantastic and soothing lullaby. The lyrics are pretty simple and can be memorized easily, and it’s coupled with calm, relaxing piano melody.
These seven songs can give you just the ticket you need to ride that ever-elusive train to Dreamland you’re searching for. So if you’re still feeling restless even after hours on your bed then you might as well listen to these soothing sounds first.