Nothing beats a good Spotify playlist. Finding it hard to pick one for your mood? We’ve got the best of Spotify’s relaxation playlists covered here. For rainy days when you feel like curling up on the couch with a hot chocolate, to warm days on the beach where you want to feel so relaxed you might just doze off – these are the ultimate playlists for you.
If you’re feeling down, stressed, irritated or anxious, music has the power to improve your mood and help to put things back into perspective. And it’s easier than ever to find music that soothes you and provides a little respite from the challenges of your day, with these pre-prepared relaxation playlists.
1. The Relaxing Rock Playlist – Tunigo Rainy Day by Tunigo US
A rainy afternoon is best spent with a cup of tea, a blanket and some melancholy tunes to match the moody weather. This playlist gives off relaxed Sunday afternoon vibes with an alternative rock bend.
Chill out with melancholy and maudlin tunes like ‘Ride’ by Lana Del Rey’s and ‘Maps’ from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Alt rock gets a look in from Alt-J’s ‘Tessellate’ and The National’s classic single ‘Terrible Love’. Radiohead, Ellie Goulding, Modest Mouse and Nirvana round out this list.
2. The After-Yoga Playlist – Briohny Smyth Yoga Playlist for Q by Equinox
Fresh from the famous Equinox fitness club, EQ Sessions brings you a playlist of all of your favourite soothing pop songs, perfect for a muted pick-me-up after a calming yoga session.
Highlights include the boppy ‘Too Young’ from French pop outfit, Phoenix, Coldplay’s acoustic gem ‘Now My Feet Won’t Touch The Ground’ and a stunning live version of ‘Angelica’ from Lamb, complete with resplendent piano and dreamy synths. Perk up and get ready to continue your day with Michael Jackson’s pop smash ‘Rock With You’.
3. The Sleep Playlist – Indie Sleeping Music by Ernesto Viera
Want to be sent off to sleep with a soothing selection of slow-paced, soft indie tunes? Then this playlist is for you. Falling asleep can be challenging for some, but with the right music, you’ll drift into a restful state in no time.
Crystal Castles ‘Plague’ starts things off with muted vocals. The always chill Temper Trap’s ‘Soldier On’ keeps the relaxation coming. Scandinavian indie favourite, Sigur Ros, makes an appearance with ‘Varuo’ and tunes from Feist, San Cisco, Peace and Gem Club also feature. Fans of The OC will treasure the inclusion of Youth Group’s ‘Forever Young’.
4. The Chill Out Playlist – The Relaxation Playlist by Chillout Lounge
Are your stress levels a little high? Relieve your tensions from the inside out with a selection of tunes designed to calm your nerves and let your worries melt away. The perfect background noise for a quiet afternoon at home, or even through headphones in the office to filter out distractions, this playlist will do your anxiety wonders.
Aussie favourite Matt Corby will croon your concerns away with his track ‘Light Home’. The inimitable Lana Del Rey makes an appearance with the dreamy ‘High By The Beach’, as does the classic ‘All The Wild Horses’ from Ray LaMontagne. Elton John, Cat Power and the xx keep bringing relaxing vibes in this sweet, sleepy and super chill playlist.
5. The Meditation Playlist – Stress & Anxiety Free by Calming Music Academy
Does meditation help you to find a moment of peace in your day? You’ll love this playlist, complete with a curated selection of instrumental music and nature sounds. Ambient tones will help you to concentrate, allowing you to block out sounds from the outside without distracting you from your meditative practise. Try using breathing exercises while listening to calm your heart rate, and help to lower blood pressure.
If you’re having a tough day at work, pop this playlist on your headphones and be present in the moment. ‘Hang Drum Sensations’ from Best Harmony starts things off slowly, followed by the Chinese inspired ‘Bamboo Flute’ by Calming Music Academy. You’ll feel recharged, relaxed, and ready to face the day in no time.
6. The Restorative Yoga Playlist – PopSugar Restorative Yoga and Meditation
Carve out some precious time from your day to wind down and restore your energy supplies with a dedicated yoga session. With a carefully compiled list of blissful tracks that will channel all of your energies into focusing on breathing and the present moment, you’ll feel so relaxed you might not want to stop! To alleviate stress and live more mindfully, restorative yoga is a great addition to your daily life. Tracks like ‘Gentle Rain’ and ‘Chakra Healing’ will leave you feeling relaxed, reinvigorated and ready for what life has to throws at you next.
If you’re feeling stressed, strained, or simply having trouble sleeping, these playlists will have you relaxed and recharged in no time.
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