Beautiful Instrumental Music to Relax and Unwind

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Looking for some beautiful instrumental music to relax and unwind to? Look no further! In this post, we’ll share some of our favorite pieces that are perfect for winding down and letting go of stress.


Sometimes, all you need is some beautiful instrumental music to relax and unwind. Whether you’re looking to wind down after a long day, or you need some soothing background music to help you concentrate, there’s nothing quite like the perfect playlist of calm, relaxing songs.

If you’re in need of some musical stress relief, look no further than this collection of pretty instrumentals. From classical piano pieces to contemporary soundscapes, these tracks will help you relax and recharge.

Classical Music

There are many different types of music that can be classified as classical. Some examples include Baroque, Gregorian Chant, Renaissance, and Romantic music. Each of these genres has distinguishing characteristics that make them unique.

Baroque music was written during the Baroque period, which lasted from approximately 1600 to 1750. This type of music is often characterized by its ornate melodies and embellished harmonies. Baroque music is often contrapuntal, meaning that it features two or more independent melodic lines. Many of the greatest composers of all time, such as Bach and Vivaldi, wrote music in the Baroque style.

Gregorian Chant is a type of Early Christian vocal music that was written in Latin during the Middle Ages. This genre is characterized by its simple melodies and unadorned harmonies. Many chants were written for use in the Catholic Church, and they are still performed in religious services today.

Renaissance music was written during the Renaissance period, which lasted from approximately 1400 to 1600. This type of music is often characterized by its complex polyphonic textures and intricate counterpoint. Many of the greatest composers of all time, such as Josquin des Prez and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, wrote music in the Renaissance style.

Romantic music was written during the Romantic period, which lasted from approximately 1800 to 1900. This type of music is often characterized by its expressive melodies and emotive harmonies. Many of the greatest composers of all time, such as Beethoven and Chopin, wrote music in the Romantic style.


A form of popular music that originated in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jazz is characterized by a strong rhythm section, improvisation, and often a horn-based melody. Jazz has been influenced by African American music, European music, and Latin American music.

Relaxing Music for Studying

Instrumental music has been shown to help concentration and focus, but only if it’s the right kind of music. Music with a fast tempo or lyrics can be distracting, so it’s important to choose tunes that will help you focus on the task at hand.

We’ve put together a Spotify playlist of some of the best concentration-boosting songs, perfect for studying or working. Whether you prefer classical music, jazz, or something a little more mellow, there’s sure to be something on this list that helps you focus.

Slow Classical Music
One study found that slow classical music can help improve memory and attention span. If you’re looking for some calm and relaxing tunes to help you study, try these pieces:

-Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
-Debussy: Clair de Lune
-Bach: Air on the G String
-Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Jazz Music
Another study found that jazz can help improve cognitive function and working memory. If you want to try something a little different, put on these tracks:

-Dave Brubeck: Take Five
-Miles Davis: So What
-John Coltrane: Giant Steps
-Thelonious Monk: Round Midnight


Rock is a genre of music that developed from rock and roll, pop, blues, and country music. It typically has a heavy instrumentation, often with electric guitars, drums, and bass. The following songs are some of the most popular rock songs ever recorded.

-Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones
-Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
-Imagine by John Lennon
-Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears
-Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses


Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms “popular music” and “pop music” are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. “Pop” and “rock” were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

Generally, pop is fluffier, catchier, and lighter-hearted than rock. It is geared more towards appeal to a wider audience, whereas rock’s goal is usually to appeal to a niche audience or counterculture. Additionally, pop tends to be more commercialized than rock; it commonly includes shorter songs, is less aggressive, and has more traditionally “mainstream” appeal.


We hope you have enjoyed our selection of beautiful instrumental music to relax and unwind. If you have any suggestions for other tracks that you think we should include, please let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great music!

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