After a long day of work or school, it’s those chilly nights and early sunsets that make us want to do nothing but wind down for the night. Some slow and quiet songs make us feel sad, some make us think and reflect, and others help us relax and fall asleep. This list is for the insomniacs, the deep-thinkers, and the dreamers. Here are 10 songs to help you wind down for the night.
Be sure to listen to the songs below!
10. “Divine Intervention” by Taking Back Sunday
An all-acoustic song from highly successful 2006 album Louder Now, it is the mix of frontman Adam Lazzara’s vocals and the instrumentals that make it so calming. Possibly about a make-or-break relationship, “Divine Intervention” is just one of many acoustic songs within the emo/pop-punk genre.
9. “Remembering Sunday” by All Time Low
Making the list on Our Top 10 All Time Low Songs, this fan-favorite starts out with acoustic strumming and Alex Gaskarth’s gentle vocals. While the sound does build up toward the end, this song if perfect for reflecting on a past relationship during the early morning or late night.
8. “Jesus Christ” by Brand New
Emo-rock band Brand New is most known for slow songs with dark, philosophical lyrical content. “Jesus Christ” from legendary album The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is a song that makes the feeling of loneliness more apparent than ever. It is a song that encourages us to embrace those dark thoughts rather than pushing them away.
7. “A Twist In My Story” by Secondhand Serenade
Secondhand Serenade’s discography is largely acoustic-driven tracks, often covering the themes of love and heartbreak. A very soft and mellow song throughout, “A Twist In My Story” makes a great addition to that “Zzzzzz…” playlist of yours.
6. “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie
Although not necessarily pop-punk, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie is another song that is easy to fall asleep to. Soft and acoustic-based throughout, this love song is sure to help you relax for the night.
5. “Northern Downpour” by Panic! At The Disco
An underrated fan-favorite, “Northern Downpour” from album Pretty Odd is one of the few slow songs by Panic! At The Disco. Perhaps a wish for peace and serenity, the steady chorus of this track is sure to calm your mind.
4. “Call It Karma (acoustic)” by Silverstein
One of my favorite acoustic songs of all time, this acoustic version of Silverstein’s “Call It Karma” not only leaves you with deep thoughts about your past, but the instrumentals and vocals make the song feel extremely emotional. Everyone knows the feeling of heartbreak and being rejected, even if you were the best that person could have ever had, and this song perfectly captures that feeling.
3. “The Hurt Is Gone” by Yellowcard
A single from Yellowcard’s self-titled album, “The Hurt Is Gone” is all about letting go of the past and embracing change. Extremely mellow even during the chorus, the instrumentals and lyrics make this song perfect for thinking or sleeping or both.
2. “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot” by Brand New
Similar to “Jesus Christ,” this Brand New song is also a great mix of rock and acoustic elements with moving lyrics. After all, who doesn’t love the line, “Call me a safe bet, I’m betting I’m not”?
1. “I’m A Wrecking Ball” by Yellowcard
No, it’s not a cover of Miley Cyrus’s 2013 pop hit. It’s actually quite the opposite. Another track from Yellowcard’s self-titled album, “I’m A Wrecking Ball” is a great acoustic-based song for self-reflection. Originally composed earlier in the past, Yellowcard sure did the right thing by adding it to the official track list.