Top 10 Songs to Listen to While Going to Sleep

Not your typical lullabies, but they do the trick even better.

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So for this week's Wednesday Question we asked you guys to name best tunes to fall asleep to. We had a great time rounding up your ideas, here's the list you came up with, neatly summed up in another traditional UG Top 10.

10. Simon & Garfunkel - Sound of Silence

Proving that UG community knows its classics, Simon & Garfunkel get to kick off the list with "Sound of Silence."

9. Devin Townsend - Ghost (Full Album)

Hevy Devy might have gone way off the metal course with "Ghost," but he still managed to hit the bullseye. An amazing piece of relaxation music, the record earned a spot on the list as a whole.

8. Opeth - Hours of Wealth

Being a diverse band they are, Opeth have released a selection of songs appropriate for a vast array of moods, including the sleepy one. "Hours of Wealth" earns them a No. 8 spot.

7. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

The best-selling rock record of all time, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" is a stellar piece of work, arguably marking the greatest heights rock music has reached.

6. Alice in Chains - Nutshell (Unplugged)

A deeply emotional song about loneliness, despair and death, listening to Alice in Chains' "Nutshell" before falling asleep might result in a nightmare or two, but the tune's overall vibe still managed to earn it a spot on the list.

5. Incubus - Aqueous Transmission

Featuring that eastern vibe, Incubus' "Aqueous Transmission" will get you floating "further down the river" until reaching the final destination - the land of dreams.

4. Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

The groove on this one might seem a bit too upbeat for sleeping at first, but the song still manages to set up a perfect dreamy vibe.

3. Pink Floyd - Shine on You Crazy Diamond

Pink Floyd are without a hint of doubt the ultimate masters of ambient, resulting in their second appearance on the list, this time around with "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," a song dedicated to late Syd Barrett in his time of mental struggle.

2. Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song

Soft, mellow and emotional - Led Zeppelin's "The Rain Song" has all the qualities required for this week's list, resulting in a No. 2 spot.

1. Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan

They might be masters of metal, but Black Sabbath still managed to top the list with "Planet Caravan," a mellow, dreamy gem about "floating through the universe with one's lover."

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    It's Friday already?
    Where is _____(Names random song that nobody knows about)?
    Devin Townsend's ghosts is literally my favorite album of all time so far. It's just flawless.
    I like it a lot as well, but most of these songs on the list aren't good to go to sleep at all. They might have a calm sound but they have deep lyrics and I'd start thinking and be kept up by that. To fall asleep I'd need something a little more... mindless?
    Fantastic album. Creative, innovative, and incredibly unique. Glad to see it getting some recognition.
    I'm really sorry to hijack top comment, I never usually do it, but I'm really surprised nobody nominated "Wild Mountain Honey" (I missed the question)
    Honey Badger
    Dark Side of the Moon is all good to sleep to, but Time is just gonna wake you up midway through. Haha
    Ah, Nutshell.... Gorgeous song. Painfully beautiful. AiC's finest acoustic number, hope to hear it tomorrow night.
    Where is raining blood?
    C'mon UG, I got the medal, at least mention it
    Even before I read the comments and just saw the Wednesday Question I thought, "Raining Blood has to win." Then I looked and it was the very first comment. I am also disappointed it was not mentioned.
    And where Song for the Deaf? It got 44 votes where Devin Towsend got around 18. BS...
    It's not like entire albums are exempt. The entirety of Dark Side of the Moon took the #7-spot. Not just the title-track.
    Maybe in the "dumb songs for dumb people" box?
    I'm surprised KerryKing hasn't a ripped up your assho!e by now.
    The a before "ripped up your *******" made me read that in an Italian accent.
    Raining Blood got a shed load of votes, therefore should've made the list, dumb or otherwise
    I don't think it should have made the list as a serious entry, but it would have been fun if they'd at least given it an honourable mention.
    It was voted for. How is it truly voted for by the community if some arbitrary-criteria set by the author doesn't allow for the #1 nomination to even appear on the list?
    Shit, just fell asleep for like an hour.
    I still think Black Sabbath's Fluff would have been a better song to sleep to than planet caravan.
    i've used Planet Caravan to help me drift of many many like a charm
    I see what you did there, but Thom's vocals aren't mellow enough and the guitar and drum parts are too busy throughout the song. You're better off with Sail to the Moon or I Will (if it was longer).
    Gotta say Aqueous Transmission is definitely deserving. It's not just wonderful for sleeping but it's also incredibly relaxing when you're stressed too.
    Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan ****ing awesome song but Solitude has the same feel!
    Someone posted Electric Tears by Buckethead. Checked it out and it changed my world.
    I love going to sleep with music on. Buckethead's Electric Tears is such a great album for something like this
    Bring on the negative votes: Creed's Lullaby. I know it's Creed, but it helped put nephew to sleep many a time.
    Love this song. Weathered is the best Creed album by far. I don't get the hate (except for butthurt Vedder fans).
    Hah. I immediately thought of Planet Caravan, good choice. I've also fallen asleep countless times with this track on:
    You know. Everyday,I swear everyday, Shine On You Crazy Diamond puts me to sleep. RIP Syd Berrett Cheers UG! Nice one
    Ain't no way I'm listening to Nutshell if I'm trying to fall asleep. Maybe if I'm trying to cry myself to sleep...
    Damn I missed this question, I was going to suggest an entire album actually not a song.
    When I nominated Led Zeppelin, I ment the live version of The Rain Song, from The Song Remains The Same, but the studio version works too I guess. I just like the other version better