Since it is such a huge part of our lives, pretty much one third for most of us (one half for over achievers), sleeping takes up quite a bit of our time and thoughts. How we get to sleep, what helps us sleep longer, finding the best mattresses, who we sleep with, what we dream about when we sleep, and what we eat when we wake up – it’s no wonder that musicians are inspired to write songs about this.
We’ve collected 20 songs that we feel are the best songs about sleeping. Let’s see if you know some of these songs and can relate to them, or maybe even use them to help you get to sleep. They are listed below in no particular order:
1. Talking In Your Sleep – The Romantics
From the 80’s, here’s a little tune talking about a girlfriend sharing secrets in her sleep. If only it were that easy to learn “the secrets that you just can’t hide.”
2. All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers
If you can’t have the one you want, you can at least dream that you do.
3. Dream On – Aerosmith
Classic rock. Live for today.
4. Let’s Go To Bed – The Cure
A song not so much about sleeping but more about the ritual of going to bed. (“It’s all the same, a stupid game.”). Definitely an interesting song that has to grow on you, if you actually let it.
5. Party All Night (Sleep All Day) – Sean Kingston
Could this be a tune about a high school drop out with a multi-million dollar record deal who would rather party all night? Sean Kingston’s story unleashed in this dance song, which narrates the immature irresponsible youth of his era.
6. Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes
The Chordettes know just what to ask the Sandman in this classic 1950’s song. Heard in the movie Back To The Future II, we all want Mr. Sandman to bring us a dream.
7. I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles
Mostly written by John Lennon, the lyrics of this song could seem like admitting ones habits of laziness, yet it may be otherwise: “Everybody seems to think I’m lazy; I don’t mind, I think they’re crazy.” Perhaps the bustles of an endless schedule makes one want to occasionally take their time and sleep a bit longer.
8. Daysleeper – R.E.M.
About working night shifts and being disconnected. I’m sure many a graveyard shifter can relate to this tune
9. Let Me Sleep – Pearl Jam
The best present for Christmas is letting someone sleep. “Oh please let me sleep it’s Christmas time.”
10. Stay Awake – Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
It’s reverse psychology. If Mary Poppins sings to you to stay awake and don’t close your eyes, you’d be nodding off soon too.
11. Sleep The Clock Around – Belle & Sebastian
With its calming methodical tempo, this tune itself is a bit relaxing even though it’s faster paced. One might say this song is about doing your best and then you can truly sleep a good sleep. Life is short.
12. Sleep Comes Easy – Kenny Rogers
Sleep comes easy when you are home with the ones you love. But it’s a bit harder when you’re on the road or away from your loved ones. An oldie but a goodie from Kenny Rogers. “Tomorrow doesn’t feel my misery”.
13. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
What do you do on a lazy rainy day? Why stay indoors, sleep in and enjoy some banana pancakes. “When the whole world fits inside of your arms, do we really need to pay attention to the alarm? Wake up slow, mm mm wake up slow”.
14. Asleep – The Smiths
A haunting ballad, this tune is more about death than sleep. Morrissey takes comfort in the thought of a dream-like afterlife that must be better than his current reality. “There is another world, there is a better world. There must be.”
15. Sweet Dreams – The Eurythmics
Not sure if this song makes incredible sense but it sure is catchy. Everybody is looking for something.
16. No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys rock out their tune in what is called joyful ranting of their lifestyle as rap artists.
17. Only In Dreams – Weezer
Something’s only make sense in dreams.
18. As You Sleep – Something Corporate
Not sure if this is a love song ballad or a bid of farewell. It feels romantic and sad at the same time.
19. Golden Slumbers – The Beatles
The tune is from the poem “Cradle Song” by Thomas Dekker, and begins as a lullaby. Then it changes to a stronger tone.
20. Sleeping Lessons – The Shins
Listen to this mesmerizing modern lullaby and maybe you can glow, spill out on your floor many versions of yourself.
21. The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
In an attempt to imitate the Beatles, the Tokens made a hit with this tune based on a South African Zulu folk song “Wimoweh”. Loved by children and adults alike, most everyone loves to sing along with this 1960’s classic.