Top Ten Most Relaxing Songs by Madonna

Madonna is known for her legendary dancefloor bangers and her deep, sensual balladry. But somewhere in between these is another niche Madonna has a knack for... relaxing chillout songs, a niche she started pursuing with Erotica. (Some of these are ballads, too. )

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1Bedtime Story

The Björk-penned trance song that led Madonna to create one of her best music videos yet. This song does for me exactly what the lyrics are saying. - theOpinionatedOne

2Justify My Love

The beat of this song is hypnotic. And the whispered vocals are extremely calming and titillating at the same time. - theOpinionatedOne

3Secret Garden

The jazzy closer of Erotica. When I first listened to this song, I forgot I was listening to an album with the purpose of ranking the songs from best to worst. It literally felt surreal. - theOpinionatedOne

4Live to Tell

This ballad has an eerie calming vibe about it. The bass synthesizer and sparse drums create an atmosphere that sort of contradicts the seriousness of the lyrical content. As Madonna sings "If I live to tell the secret I have learned" I feel like the melody is saying "You'll make it. Everything will be ok." And Madonna's low key delivery, different from most of her ballads where she tends to flex her vocal chords, she stays somewhat restrained here. Very soothing. - theOpinionatedOne

5Mer Girl

The lyrics of this song, are some of the most confessional of Madonna's career. And she actually sounds like the little girl she was when her mother died. The minimal instrumental of this song paired with the narrative create an atmosphere of uncertainty. It's sad and tragic. Madonna still seems lost but somehow at peace. None of that had anything to do with how this song is relaxing but whatever. - theOpinionatedOne

6In This Life

Tragic but still the music is relaxing. - theOpinionatedOne

7Drowned World/Substitute for Love

The calming opener of "Ray of Light" with a melody and lyrics indicating an album of self-reflection. It was the first time Madonna reflected on the consequences of her fame and as a result, she finally felt at peace. Peace... relaxation. Huh? - theOpinionatedOne

8Paradise (Not for Me)

I like this song. And I like Madonna too. - RockFashionista

9I Want You

My favorite Madonna song. - theOpinionatedOne

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11This Used to Be My Playground
13Little Star
14I'll Remember

The beat and melody are so relaxing!

15Falling Free
17Something to Remember

For a dance track, there's something really calming about the melody of "Jump". It's the best of both worlds... Dancefloor ready and chillout savvy. - theOpinionatedOne


Or as I like to call it, "The Yoga Song" or "The Techno Prayer". - theOpinionatedOne


How could you forget this masterpiece? Beautiful, romantic and relaxing!

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Top Remixes

1. Bedtime Story
2. Justify My Love
3. Secret Garden



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