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Playlist: Relaxing music to help you unwind

Ready to relax? We’ve put together a blissful playlist that’s designed to let you truly feel at rest. Whether you’re planning a self-care session or simply need a break after a long week, put on these relaxing songs and let the everyday melt away.

We all know the uplifting power of music when it comes to exercise. Music can also be an excellent aid for relaxation, triggering feel-good calming sensations that can last for hours.

Our relaxation playlist spans a range of genres, from peaceful classical to laidback jazz. We’ve also included a track that is (allegedly) the world’s most relaxing song.

Check out the track list below, or jump straight to the Spotify playlist to hear them all.

Songs on our relaxing playlist

Beautiful Day – Etana

Upbeat yet laidback, with uplifting lyrics.

May It Be – Enya

Ease into relaxation with some haunting loveliness from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.

Romance: Larghetto – Chopin

A dreamy piano concerto to help you drift away.

Nuvole Bianche – Einaudi

This minimalist solo piano piece, meaning ‘white clouds’, is a thing of beauty.

Pink + White – Frank Ocean

Melancholic and melodic, this track is the perfect backdrop to quiet contemplation.

The Well-Tempered Clavier – Bach

Famously tricky to play, this piano piece is effortless to listen to.

Morning Matters – Yazmin Lacey

A jazz-inflected gem with mood-boosting lyrics – can be enjoyed at any time of day.

Kingston – Faye Webster

Indie combines with alternative country to delightfully laidback effect.

Cello Suite No.1 in G Major – Bach

One of the best known pieces of cello music, this takes you away from the everyday.

B Minor Waltz – Bill Evans

Jazz meets classical in this silkily sophisticated piece.

Portrait Gallery – Luke Howard

Feel stress melt away courtesy of this delicately lovely contemporary classic.

thank u, next – Vitamin String Quartet

Who knew an Ariana Grande track could be so relaxing? It is when it gets the Vitamin String Quartet treatment.

Les Nuits – Nightmare on Wax

A ’90s post-club classic that stands the test of time.

Weightless – Marconi Union

This is supposed to be the world’s most relaxing song, apparently reducing anxiety by 65%. Let’s put that to the test.

Clair de Lune – Debussy

Chances are you’ll recognise this bewitching piece as soon it starts playing – it’s a piano favourite for good reason.

Music for Airports – Brian Eno

An ambient masterpiece that’s a massage for the brain.

This Is Not a Love Song – Nouvelle Vague

A bossa nova version of a punk classic? Sounds unlikely, but it’s actually chill-out brilliance.

Starry Starry Night – Lianna La Havas

Sink into this velvety smooth version of the Don McClean classic.

Open Strings – Kaiser Quartett

A typically beautiful composition from this contemporary string quartet.

Sunday Vibes – Medasin & Masego

This upbeat yet ultimately laidback track is the perfect antidote to the Sunday scaries – or at any other time you need a mood boost.

ily – Surf Mesa, Emilee

Recently ranked among Spotify’s most relaxing songs, it’s a relatively pacey track but with pleasingly beachside vibes.

Violin Concerto II – Philip Glass

A modern masterpiece that builds, ebbs and flows like waves.

A Little Rain – Chris Mercer

Simple and soothing, the perfect pick for a cosy day indoors during inclement weather.

Sea of Love – Cat Power

Short but very sweet, this is a mesmeric modern cover of a romantic ’50s classic.

Over Our Heads – Zero 7 & Mozez

Like a lullaby for adults, this combines a gentle beat and a supremely soothing vocal.

Teardrop – Massive Attack

That iconic heartbeat-mimicking beat infuses this trip-hop classic with warmth.

Drowndeep: Hula – Maxwell

Alternative soul at its finest, this is a dreamlike track.

When Our Wings Are Cut, Can We Still Fly? – Kronos Quartet

Bliss out to a backdrop of delicately pretty strings.

Blue in Green – Miles Davis

From arguably the ultimate jazz maestro, a supremely sophisticated way to relax.

Balcony Scene (Rome & Juliet) – Craig Armstrong

Composed for the Baz Luhrmann film, this is an unforgettable marriage between piano and strings.

Arrival of the Birds – Cinematic Orchestra

End your relaxation playlist on a high with a soaring nu-jazz track.

Listen to the relaxing playlist

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