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30 Stress Relief Songs To Chill Out To Picked By NME Readers

  • Let's be honest: everyone gets a bit tense sometimes. So we asked readers what songs they put on when feeling stressed out. Here's 30 of the best suggestions for chill-out anthems. Luke Halls suggested 'Flaws' by Bombay Bicycle Club. "Especially when it's raining," he added.

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    Added: 04 Nov 2013

  • Typically, music deemed relaxing is usually low tempo (around 80 BPM), gentle, muted and mellow. Hence lots of suggestions were predictably pacific. Nick Drake's album Pink Moon is "v chilled', said James Cassidy on Facebook.

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  • "Chilled" isn't the first word you'd think of when it comes to famously rancourous garage-rock provocateur Lou Reed but that doesn't stop 'Pale Blue Eyes' by the Velvet Underground being NME reader @Cookiemeyer's favourite track to unwind to.

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    Added: 30 Sep 2013

  • Moody trip-hop classic 'Dummy' does the trick for Eddy Bowes, who says the Portishead track has all the right ingredients to destress. We're with you, Eddy.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2011

  • Iury Matias Soares on Twitter suggested another trip-hop gem for when everything's getting a bit manic: '90s trio Morcheeba’s 'The Sea'. "The perfect chill out music," he said, also shouting out Chairlift B-side 'Doves of Summer'.

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  • "Anything by Washed Out or Toro y Moi," says Jade Tayla Bate, who digs the US pair's reverby ways with melody. Washed Out main man Ernest Greene certainly looks the relaxed type, doesn't he?

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    Added: 13 Oct 2010

  • Foo Fighters might seem a bit raucous to relax to but hey, if it does the job for NME reader @JappTribe then who are we to argue? "I rarely experience stress, but when feeling frustrated this is definitely my tune: 'Breakout!'" he writes.

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    Added: 31 Aug 2012

  • NME reader @PaulMcDowell4 listens to Van Morrison's "gorgeous" 1980 track 'Common One' when he's on the verge of tearing his hair out.

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    Added: 10 Feb 2014

  • Variety isn't just the spice of life according to @JuryChipa on Twitter, but also the trick to effectively destressing: Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden and Fiona Apple are their go-to songs for chilling out to. A mixed bag there, Jury.

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    Added: 16 May 2012

  • “I listen to HAIM cuz they're happiness in my ears,“ says Alycia Maire. Agreed, agreed.

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    Added: 30 Sep 2013

  • "#pretzelbodylogic!" tweets @KIKITkira, Prince's manager. She might be biased but the latest single from 3rd Eye Girl has sounded totally badass at the Purple One's recent London shows.

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  • @SmithOnToast goes for Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground or Arctic Monkeys - but only the "acoustic versions."

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    Added: 10 Feb 2014

  • “The whole Submarine EP... It’s like he’s singing next to you," says @chawlihrl of Alex Turner's subdued, gloriously subtle 2011 soundtrack.

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    Added: 06 Feb 2014

  • Scottish indie rock band The View get @iamkieranmurray’s vote with their track 'Tragic Magic'. It’s “for the times you can't remember feeling fantastic”, he added.

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    Added: 24 Apr 2013

  • Palma Violets' punky stomper 'Step Up For The Cool Cats' is NME reader @Finn's favourite for kicking back to.

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    Added: 28 Aug 2013

  • "Dave Matthews Band's full big whisky and the groogrux king, it just flows," says @Infinity_Land.

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    Added: 15 Mar 2012

  • Twitter's @Lucaslattuada goes for two pioneering Britpop anthems: Blur's 'Universal' and The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony'. “The epic atmosphere of these songs makes me feel that all can change." Which is exactly what you need when you're stuck on a cramped commuter train and someone's elbow is digging into your internal organs.

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    Added: 20 Jun 2013

  • “Obviously The Beach Boys” is @carsonalso’s musical remedy for stress, who can't get enough of Mike Love and co's good vibrations.

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    Added: 13 Dec 2013

  • @Hernonjoel suggested 'Like I Used To', London singer-songwriter Lucy Rose’s 2012 debut, which brims with calming indie pop.

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    Added: 09 Dec 2011

  • "Bob Dylan is basically musical heroin to me," said Dave Reed on Facebook. "I get relaxed and euphoric listening to Tangled Up In Blue".

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    Added: 02 Dec 2013

  • Radiohead's 'House of Cards' is the “absolute king of all” for Twitter's @tomrhys_ when he needs to unwind.

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    Added: 14 Aug 2012

  • “Anything off The Carpenters' 'Horizon',” says @thecolourist. “The vibrations of soothing sibling harmonies have a healing quality to them”.

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    Added: 18 Apr 2011

  • “Anything by Elliott Smith” is a stress buster for Elliot Killicks - “but his cover of Big Star's 13 keeps me stress free."

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    Added: 29 Jan 2014

  • An interesting choice from @millerrice_, who picks 'Metal Machine Music' - Lou Reed’s most industrial, volatile album. Whatever floats your boat, Miller.

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    Added: 28 Oct 2013

  • NME reader @matharudavina reckons “every song” by Drake “can get rid of stress.”

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    Added: 01 Oct 2013

  • Anything from Laura Marling’s tranquilising repertoire “does the trick” for NME reader @mrgremarah.

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  • Andrew Simon Noel says “surprisingly, anything off Beastie Boys' 'Pauls Boutique', always helps.”

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    Added: 11 May 2012

  • Mercury Prize winner James Blake's fizzing electronica is @finnfitzgerald’s first pick when it comes to relieving stress.

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    Added: 07 Feb 2013

  • @minuteforce likes to listen to Kanye West’s grinding, minimalist epic 'Yeezus' when stress is getting the better of him and he “feels angry”.

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    Added: 06 Feb 2014

  • Finally, @samjw1992 went for 'The Chain' from Fleetwood Mac’s seminal 'Rumours' for its "solo that just pumps me up if I'm below par”.

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    Added: 08 Nov 2013