Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean that you all of a sudden only want to listen to nursery rhyme songs 24/7. Are you interested in hearing something more on the “adult” side of things while feeding or trying to get your little one to sleep? We have good news. There are tons of tunes that are both soothing and sophisticated, calming and cool, relaxing and relatable. Here are the top ten hippest albums that put your baby to sleep without compromising your cool cred. Not every album will suit everyone’s tastes, and the subject matter in the lyrics might be a little moody for some, but we think there’s a little something here for everyone. Give them a listen and let us know what you think!
#1 Sigur Ros – Takk
This Icelandic band sings in their own made up language so you can imagine the songs are about anything you want! This album is so sleepy we saw recommendations to avoid driving while listening to it.
#2 Low – I Could Live in Hope
This band’s harmonies between husband and wife, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker will lull you into pastoral bliss. The band is from Duluth, MN and many people think you can hear the long, cold winter nights in their songs – perfect for curling up and getting cozy.
#3 Jose Gonzalez – Vestiges and Claws
This Swedish singer-songwriter’s intricate guitar picking and voice that somehow sounds like it’s far away draws you in and makes you drift off to dreamland.
#4 Enya – Shepherd Moons
Enya has been singing ethereal, dreamy music for over thirty years. Her songs are pretty much guaranteed to transport you to a floating fantasy world where you’ll for sure find 40 winks .
#5 Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session
Recorded in a church using only one microphone, this album’s sound can only be described as tranquil intimacy. Margo Timmins’ hushed vocals in this context makes it feel as though she’s singing sweet lullabies to you and you alone.
#6 Nick Drake – Pink Moon
This classic album from 1972 is perfect for quiet reflection and relaxation. It’s only twenty eight minutes long so you might need to get up to play it a second time.
#7 Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Bon Iver has helped many a college student drift off to sleep. His voice is distant, the music is restrained, and the combination leaves you feeling infinitely more relaxed than you felt before listening to it.
#8 The Album Leaf – In a Safe Place
With light, electronic touches and dynamic singing, this album is melodically meditative. Even if you don’t fall fast asleep, you’ll enjoy the zen-like calm inspired by these mesmerizing melodies.
#9 Laura Gibson – Beasts of Seasons
A quiet, poetic record that moves delicately, and with great patience. Laura’s voice floats through the atmospheric music – and you’ll surely be floating soon, as well.
#10 Various Artists – Sing Me to Sleep: Indie Lullabies
This is a compilation CD of 14 different artists singing classic kids’ lullabies and some newer songs, too. Best of all, proceeds from the sale of the record go to The Valerie Fund, a charity committed to helping children with cancer and blood disorders. The video below is of one of the artists on the album, Tanya Donelly, singing with her own daughter and some of her friends at the CD release party! Very cool!
We hope you found something in this list that pushes your baby’s sleep button while simultaneously fulfilling your craving for calming, cool music. Give them a try and let us know if any of these albums helped you and your baby sleep. Have other recommendations? Please share them in the comments!