Songs That Help Chill Me Out

If you’re like me, putting on some tunes is the only thing that relaxes me enough to focus when pushing through the never ending homework grind, and even one of the few things that puts an end to my writer’s block. School can be extremely overwhelming, so whether you need a playlist to study to, or just to close your eyes and let it take you to another world; I have a list for you. Call it what you want, but I think it’s the power and mystique of beautiful jamz—a title of one of my playlists on Spotify.

These songs take away the never ending stresses of the day, and even accompany me in my homework endeavors. So whatever you need to use it for, put those headphones or your bougie AirPods in, and listen to the tunes that help calm me down and take me away from the anxieties of the day. Included are my favorite lyrics from each; I hope they help you too.

  1. 1. “Echoes” - Pink Floyd

    “Overhead the albatross

    Hangs motionless upon the air

    And deep beneath the rolling waves

    In labyrinths of coral caves

    An echo of a distant time

    Comes willowing across the sand

    And everything is green and submarine..”

    This ultra-psychedelic classic by one of my all-time faves Pink Floyd, is a whopping 23:32 minute song, but is otherworldly. Its melody and calming aura relax you, and personally makes me feel as if I’m floating in the ocean with nothing but the waves to lull me.

  2. 2. “NFWMB”- Hozier

    “When I first saw you

    The end was soon

    To Bethlehem

    It slouched and then

    Must've caught a good look at you

    Give your heart and soul to charity

    'Cause the rest of you, the best of you

    Honey, belongs to me..”

    Hozier’s NFWMB, off his Nina Cried Power EP, is an acronym for “nothing f*cks with my baby.” It’s an almost sensually eerie song that has the same relaxing effect as the last with a catchy tune added to the mix. Give her a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

  3. 3. “Venice B*tch” - Lana Del Rey

    “Oh God, miss you on my lips

    It's me, your little Venice b*tch

    On the stoop with the neighborhood kids

    Callin' out, bang bang, kiss kiss..”

    My pouty queen Lana Del Rey truly delivers with this single, released last fall and teasing at her still-awaited record “Norman F*cking Rockwell.” Sorry for my explicit taste in music, I just can’t seem to help myself. This tune will be stuck in your head after listening, but its chill energy and classic Lana vibe takes you away to Venice. It’s one of my favorites of her’s.

  4. 4. “Cherry Wine” - Hozier

    “And it’s worth it, it’s divine,

    That I have this some of the time

    The way she shows me I’m hers and she is mine

    Open hand or closed fist would be fine

    The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine,”

    Two Hozier songs in one list? You betcha, it’s Hozier after all. This song really takes me away from the noisy city to a flowery field. I can almost see myself in a floral sundress, walking in green grass without shoes. It’s a beautiful song that dances in romance, and one you’ll undoubtedly enjoy.

  5. 5. “Each Coming Night” - Iron & Wine

    “Will you say to me when I’m gone

    ‘Your face has faded but lingers on’?

    ‘Cause light strikes a deal with each coming night,

    Oh oh oh oh,

    Coming night.”

    If you’re familiar with Iron & Wine you know they have a way of incorporating peaceful and catchy into one, which is prominent in “Each Coming Night,” off of their record “Our Endless Numbered Days.” The entire album is one that will get rid of any worries of the day, but this one in particular really does the trick for me.

I hope these can help take away some of the stress of your day. No matter what life is throwing at you these days, music is always there to help. These songs certainly do that for me. Happy listening, and I’m sending good vibes your way.