It’s a common phenomenon to fall asleep while the music continues to play in your earphones or the TV plays in the background. In fact, many of us are addicted to sleeping with some kind of sound in the background. It acts like a drug; we’re unable to sleep in silence. Surprisingly, the kind of music you listen to also makes a difference. On a day when you’re sad, you want all melancholy melodies, while on the days when you’re happy, you won’t settle for anything less than a sweet lullaby. So, here’s the list of top 10 English songs to fall asleep. We chose English songs because of their reach.
10. Somewhere – Sanders Bohlke:
A lazy afternoon, or a hot summer night, the song is a perfect lullaby to put you off to sleep. Its beautiful lyrics hymn at a lethargic pace when they go: “Somewhere I wanna go there, I wanna go there with you”. The lines can only remind you of sleep – the deepest kinds of slumber. Even when it says, “Your fire is my lifeblood, and oh your heart is my throne”, it only takes you far away into a trance of dreams and rest. The words drag and so does the music, like you’re on beach somewhere, and only sleep is capable of taking you there.
9. Karma Police – Radiohead:
The sluggish pace of Radiohead inviting the Karma Police to arrest a man and a girl is melancholic and depressing. I know there are those sad days when sleep is the ultimate resort to escape. ‘Karma Police’ can indeed transfer you to a state of complete full stop. Its deliberate drag slows down life. If you’re driving, it’ll make you drive slower, and if you’re on bed it will make you fall asleep in no time. Its end notes seem to drag endlessly with “this is what you get”.
8. Linger – Cranberries:
A quintessential classic, ‘Linger’ by Cranberries is dramatic, dopey, and addictive. It can surely make you fall asleep within no time. Listening to it with full attention might take the sleep off, but just letting it play in the background makes it act like a lullaby that shuts the outside world. Sad and melancholic at times, some lines from the song actually sound like hinting at sleep. For instance, “Do have to, do you have to let it linger.”
7. Perth – Bon Iver:
‘Perth’ is one of those rare songs that have the most amazing guitar playing in the beginning. The music takes you into a state of trance even before Bon Iver could give it some words. Once the lyrics start pouring in, the softness of the acoustic guitar intensifies; gently rising from the sleepiness. The music is then joined by aggressive drums towards the end. It’s the kind of songs you can play over and over again only to fall asleep.
6. The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice:
“I can’t’ take my eyes of you, I can’t take my eyes of you,” sings Damien Rice in ‘The Blower’s Daughter’. The song was featured in the movie, ‘Closer’, and has become popular ever since. But what makes it even more popular is the sloppy pace with which it drags. The sleepy voice of Damien Rice keeps going on till the song abruptly ends. Play it twice, and by the end of a third time, you’ll sure be asleep.
5. Dream a Little Dream – Louis Armstrong:
An all time favorite classic, ‘Dream a Little Dream’ is perfect for going to sleep with the tender dreams about love. When it begins with lines “Birds singing in the sycamore trees, dream a dream of me”, it sounds like the perfect dream you’d like to have when you’re asleep. The sweet imagination of being in love, describing the stars, the dawn, the night breeze and the sweet dreams, the song can be played over and over again unless you fall asleep.
4. Imagine – John Lennon:
A song about brotherhood, peace, unity and love, ‘Imagine’ is one of most popular classics by John Lennon. When he sings, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”, you’re instantly imagine a world the way it exists in your personal fantasies. “No hell below us, above us only sky” is what Lennon sings. Listening to it over and over again transports you to transcendence, and sleeping is not difficult when you’re at peace thinking about a utopian world.
3. Leaving Home – Big Scary:
The song that starts with the words “Stay Awake” is the one you should put in your ears when you’d like to fall asleep instantly. The hauntingly exquisite lyrics and the piercing sadness of the song produce a sensation of bittersweet nostalgia. It reminds you of the Jeff Buckley melancholic melodies that quickly transport you to the drowsy world.
2. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley:
A sad melody by Jeff Buckley, his spooky vice baffles you into a slumber because the song describes a lover with the broken heart, so listless that the happiness from his life is lost. Depressing, but in many ways assuring that there are many out there who feel the same, it’s a cold reminder of the ruthless state of being in love. Jeff shouts and cries out Hallelujah in different tones, sometimes begging, sometimes in agony, and sometimes in sweet despair.
1. Somewhere over the rainbow – Norah Jones:
A shriek voice dragging “somewhere over the rainbow” is a sweet lullaby. It can instantly make you fall asleep, especially when you’re already in a drowsy mode. It feels like you’re sitting in a nursery class and students are singing a beautiful hymn repeatedly. Also, the song actually describes a beautiful dream you’d like to see in your sleep. “Somewhere over the rainbow, butterflies fly, where troubles melt like lemon, trees of green and red roses too… .”