Need a break from the hustle and bustle of your busy life? Don’t fret, as there are a lot of available options out there if you’re in the mood to de-stress. You can book an appointment at a spa, get a mani-pedi, read a great book, escape to the beach—the possibilities are endless!
However, if you don’t have the luxury of devoting a whole weekend (or even an afternoon) to unwind, why not just try listening to music? It’s a great way to de-stress! Here are some artists who are known for their relaxing sound. So why don't you close your eyes, put your feet up, and plug in your earphones? We guarantee you'll soon forget your worries.
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1. Tori Amos
A talented singer, songwriter, musician, and composer, Tori Amos has been a fixture at the American alternative music scene for more than 20 years. This talented redhead may be pushing 50, but she’s still as active as ever, as she even plans to release her 13th album later this year. Her poetic lyrics and soothing melodies are perfect for lounging in bed on a lazy day.
2. Jamie Cullum
This British singer-songwriter’s pop-jazz sound is the perfect mix of modern and old-school, and his covers of classics such as “Singing in the Rain” and “Everlasting Love” are certified swoon-worthy. We think it’s a great album to listen to on a cozy night with your loved ones.
3. John Mayer
John Mayer may be famous for his Hollywood romances, but you have to admit that he’s a great singer. Even if he has transformed from a squeaky-clean ingénue to a tattooed rocker, his songs still retain his signature sweet, laidback guitar-infused beats.
4. Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band is an American group famous for their songs that promote love, enjoyment of life, and positivity. Their carefree sound is great for lengthy road trips down long, quiet stretches of roads—plug in your music player, give them a spin, and get set for a relaxing ride.
5. Jack Johnson
Musician and pro surfer Jack Johnson really loves the beach, which is evident in his songs. This Hawaiian’s acoustic tunes evoke beautiful images of a deserted tropical beach paradise. We may currently be smack-dab in the middle of the rainy season, but you’ll definitely be transported to your own seaside paradise when you listen to his easygoing tunes.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics proved that the Brits have great taste in music, and Coldplay definitely counts as one of the greatest bands the UK has churned out. Led by frontman Christ Martin, this British band is famous for their mellow rock sound, which is perfect for quiet nights in with your man.
7. Imogen Heap
Imogen Heap mixes electronica, pop, rock, and dance in her songs to create a dreamy symphony that’s uniquely hers. Her ditty “Goodnight and Go” is particularly perfect for a late night drive home.
8. Norah Jones
Norah Jones took the music world by storm when she burst into the scene in 2001 with her album Come Away With Me, which won her five Grammy awards. This songstress’ signature lilting vocals is her claim to fame, perfectly harmonizing with easy jazz, as seen in hits like “Come Away With Me” and “Don’t Know Why.” Listen to her smooth melodies while lying on a hammock, and you’re bound to forget all your problems in a jiffy.
9. Colbie Caillat
Malibu girl Colbie Caillat released her first album Coco in 2007, and her laidback sound has propelled her to fame: her debut single "Bubbly" clinched the top 5 spot in the Billboard Hot 100. While her album’s perfect for balmy summery days, it can also brighten up rainy afternoons.
10. Owl City
Owl City's electro-pop sound can be aptly described as easy, carefree listening. Frontman Adam Young’s smooth vocals make for the perfect soundtrack to an afternoon frolicking on a wide, grassy lawn.
11. Up Dharma Down
Up Dharma Down’s eclectic tunes has garnered them a massive fan base and numerous awards and recognitions, including a feature in Time Magazine. Lead singer Armi Millare’s powerful voice is the perfect foil to their steady melodies, making a wonderful bittersweet harmony that sets them apart from other Pinoy bands.
12. Barbie Almalbis
Barbie’s signature acoustic style and her effortlessly cheerful, quirky vocals have made her famous in the Philippine music scene. Listen to any of her songs, either as a solo artist or with the bands Hungry Young Poets and Barbie’s Cradle, and you instantly get reminded of carefree out-of-town weekends.