Songs for Soothing Stress

By Stella Joseph-Jarecki (Enquiries:

Music can cater to almost any mood. However, I sometimes struggle to find music which feels comforting when I am particular kind of anxious and restless. Personally, a lot of the time I prefer silence to ambient forest sounds and whale calls.

There are a handful of songs I listen to on chronic repeat whenever I want music with an active pulse or groove, but that is still ‘chilled-out’ enough to listen to while concentrating on other things. These are the songs that I still love dearly after listening sessions of an hour straight (of the same song). I thought it worthwhile to list them in case anyone else’s brain works like mine.

Most of these songs are a particular brand of head-bopping, slickly produced, relaxed pop music which will not be to everyone’s taste, and I make no apologies for that. Here they are in no particular order:

Lost in Japan- Shawn Mendes

An all-round excellent disco-esque pop song with hooks galore.

Dance to This- Troye Sivan feat. Ariana Grande

A beaut pop song with a unique atmospheric quality.

Wildest Dreams- Taylor Swift

I once listened to this over and over while editing an important document for work for the first time. I was pretty stressed and this song did the trick.

Delicate- Taylor Swift

I wasn’t a fan of this song at first. One day it suddenly clicked in my brain and I couldn’t get enough of it after that.

Hard Place- H.E.R.

Just stunning. I really want to check out more music from this singer-songwriter.

thank u, next- Ariana Grande

A masterpiece, that is all.

Achilles Come Down- Gang of Youths

Another masterpiece from one of my favourite bands. This entire album is incredibly well-crafted, containing a variety of meaty rock textures and evocative lyrics. This song has a hypnotic quality that pulls you in, and you don’t even notice it goes for seven minutes.

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