A few weeks ago I shared a post about songs that can lull anxiety. And why.

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To refresh, this is the top ten list as compiled by a bunch of boffins from the British Academy of Sound Therapy:

  • 1. Weightless
  • 2. Electra (Airstream)
  • 3. Mellomaniac (DJ Shah – Chill Out Mix)
  • 4. Watermark (Enya)
  • 5. Strawberry Swing (Coldplay)
  • 6. Please Don’t Go (Barcelona)
  • 7. Pure Shores (All Saints)
  • 8. Someone Like You (Adele)
  • 9. Canzonetta Sull’aria (Mozart)
  • 10. We Can Fly (Café Del Mar).

You lot had a bit to say on the matter and shared your Music for Quietening An Agitated Soul. I like your work:

  • Kim – the soundtrack to The Gladiator.
  • Leonie – Soundtracks always help me unwind. The Deception one (specifically the main theme, Time) has been a recent favourite. Yoga-style music also works.
  • Dre – Music in other languages is helpful, too, because I don’t have to focus on word meaning, just sounds. Andrew Bird, Ani Choying Drolma, Hill Country blues, and old school Brazilian are my go-to’s. I also adore the soundtrack from Amelie.
  • Kristine – One of my favourite songs to combat anxiety is An Ending (Ascent) by Brian Eno. Also Codex by Radiohead.
  • Jesse – Classical music but especially Mozart calms and relaxes me, it also works for my little girl.
  • Karina – Baba Hanuman by Krishna Das is played at night to help my children wind down for sleep…they love it as much as I do!
  • Steph – Ludovico Einaudi – beautiful piano (listen to the song Two Trees).
  • Jeskimo Pace – Private Road by Bent always puts me in a sweet chilled out mood. Or, To Be Alone With You – Sufjan Stevens.

 A stack of new options for us all to trial!

Have your say, leave a comment.

  • Daniel L

    Hi Sarah,

    Glad to see that you are enjoying yourself in one of the most beautiful ways known to man… Sunrise and sunset at open sea are the fantastic moments, but the full Moon shine at starry night is the ultimate thing. Especially in March, now, after the Spring equinox (northern hemisphere), so tonight is so called full ‘Worm Moon’, associated with all beautiful tell tales …

    Depending on a kind of anxious moments, I enjoy different genres of music. Some days I can listen classic music radio from some i-Tune radio station nonstop, with no commercials and that is particularly pleasant thing. A. Vivaldi with his pleasant ‘Four Seasons’ tunes is always welcome, but J.S. Bach and his ‘Air’ always makes me feel good… There are so many different music pieces and songs, it would take a long time to list it here ( B. Smetana ‘Vltava’ , F. Chopin ‘Nocturnes’ )…

    Ennio Morricone is one of my favorite composers and the soundtrack from Sergio Leone movie ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ is fantastic, but also his other compositions as ‘Le Vent, Le Cri’ , ‘Chi Mai’ , ‘Love Theme’ from ‘Cinema Paradiso’…

    ‘Porcelan’ from Moby is a song which has something special in it… Similar to the effect of ‘Pure Shores’ for me… Very uplifting melody and tact of ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’ from Edith Piaf is in my top ten songs of all time and I am listening it regularly…

    In a moments of anxious euphoria, J. Hendrix (Experience) version of Bob Dylan’s song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ is a very powerful cure… The back vocal of ‘Pink Floyd’ at the time, Sam Brown singing ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’ is another powerful piece of music which gives me colorful butterflies… W. Axl Rose’s song ‘Estranged’ has the special place in my music songs repertoire… Instrumental on acoustic guitar from G. Bregovic called ‘Lullaby’, included also in soundtrack of movie ‘Queen Margot’, ode to true love…

    There is a lot more on my mind, but some other time… This morning, while in Shavasana, after powerful heated 6am Vinyasa class at new Yoga place ( Beachflow ) at Bondi, Yoga teacher played absolutely fabulous piece of music which I don’t know the name yet, but reminds me on Yoga version of ‘Amazing Grace’ in one part of it… It was very emotional and strong end of the class for me, but this song made my morning.

    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music” A. Huxley

    Enjoy!