Playlist: the 21 most beautiful songs I know (and why)
The Shadowlands – Ryan Adams
The beauty of this song is at the end. It's so soothing and fluid, and at the same time both dark and light. Put it on, lean back and enjoy.
Devi Prayer – Craig Pruess & Ananda
This song is very special to me. Whenever I listen to this song, I make a big pillow nest and curl up in fetal position under the covers and listen to this song. It soothes me so much, and I have also used it to help me fall asleep at night. I hope you will love it as much as I do!
So are you to me – Eastmountainsouth
"As the music at the banquet As the wine before the meal As the firelight in the night So are you to me"
How long will I love you – Ellie Goulding
The first time I heard this song, I was sitting on the bus between Stansted and Heathrow airports, on my way to India. I was sitting next to an old lady who was traveling alone to Los Angeles to meet her family. She must have thought I was completely mad, because when I heard this song, I just couldn't stop myself from crying. The tears just rolled and rolled and I thought about all the people I loved, once loved, didn't love anymore – and the people who loves, loved and doesn't love me in return.
Prayer of St. Francis – Sarah McLachlan
"O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek: to be consoled, as to console, to be understood, as to understand, to be loved, as to love"
Soon love soon – Vienna Teng
This is the song I want to walk up the isle to on my wedding day.
Shine – Thomas Dybdahl
I love how this quiet little song develops and grows. A beautiful melody with even more beautiful lyrics: "Cause in the end what's said and done is a tale all we've overcome, please shine away, it keeps the dark at bay."
Breathturn – Hammock
Sometimes a song is made even beautiful when it is put in context. This video makes Breathturn one of the most beautiful songs I know. It's just not enough to just listen to it, you have to see the music as well. Pure beauty. Watch it and fall in love!
Gravity – Sara Bareilles
Gravity is one of those songs where both the lyrics and the melody pierces through your soul and captivates you. It's a mellow song full of emotion and the raw ache of being in love with something or someone who is not good for you. It's sweet, bittersweet love at it's best.
A case of you – James Blake
I wrote a blog post inspired by one line in this song back in 2012. James Blake makes this old Joni Mitchell classic absolutely stunningly captivating. If you haven't heard this version yet, you're seriously missing out!
Decade and one – Vienna Teng
I put on this song in the morning. Especially if it snows. My favorite line? "I thought of anger and adulation And the taste of dreams realized and the waste dreams realized leave behind." Isn't that profound?
Angel – Sarah McLachlan
Do I even have to say anything about this one? It's a very special one for me, because I have grown so much alongside listening to this song. I remember crying in my bed at age 14 because I was so scared of not doing well at my end of year exams. I cried to this song at 17 because I felt so alone and thought that no one cared about me. I cried to this song all night one night when I had insomnia and felt like my whole life was in ruins. I cried to this song when my partner left me. I think what makes me love this so much is that it both expresses exactly how I feel, while at the same time deeply comforts me.
Cover me up – Jason Isbell
I love Jason Isbell, because he performs with so much soul and emotion. Watch and listen!
I'm there too – Michelle Featherstone
This is empathy. I listen to this song over and over when I feel bad. It's such a beautiful consolation and it helps to remind me that I'm not alone.
Skinny love – Birdy
I think this version is the most beautiful one, because it has a lot of emotion in it. I'm especially in love with this line: "Who will love you? Who will fight?" It's a question I ask myself many times. The answer is always; me.
Forgiven – Deb Talan
"You are forgiven, I open all my doors, you are forgiven, what a heart is for, I am no martyr, you give me reason, I try harder and I wait for a warmer season. Meanwhile, you are forgiven. "
Full of Grace – Sarah McLachlan
"The winter here's cold" is the opening line and I can relate to this so much. Winter is the season I struggle the most to get through and it's a constant battle between me and the elements. This song expresses that feeling of falling that we all fear. "I feel just like I'm sinking and I claw for solid ground, I'm pulled down by the undertow, I never thought I could feel so low". And yet, there is something about us that is still clings on and stay strong. We are all "full of grace".
Aloha Ke Akua – Nahko and Medicine for the People
The first time I heard this song and saw this video, I cried. My favorite line is this: "The more I understand about the human race, the less I understand about our purpose and place." You have to watch this!
Say something – A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
I've listen to this song on repeat so many times. It expresses for me the feeling of waiting by the phone for someone that just doesn't return your call or text you back. It's the feeling when you know someone is bad for you, but you care about them too much. It's the feeling of needing somebody else only to be disappointed.
Open – Rhye
This song is about real love. Messy, chaotic and vulnerable love. Self-love, romantic love, it doesn't matter. It's about making it work. To stay open.
Timshel – Kina Grannis
I loev this version of Mumford & Sons' Timshel. It's a vulnerable and beautiful song about feeling alone, but not being alone. The most beautiful line? After hearing "you are not alone in this" for a thousand times, so comes this line: "But I can't move the mountains for you." Divine truth about compassion, empathy, and personal empowerment right there.