After a long day of work
most people like to relax for the evening.Your hobby of choice could be watching television, reading
a book, spending time on the Internet, or listening to music.A good mix of relaxing music can be healthy before a good night’s sleep, especially easy listening tunes that paint a clear picture of life.This genre of music is also great when you find yourself on a late night road trip.I have
developed a list of tunes that are perfect for night traveling.These songs were selected from a wide
range of musical decades.Be sure to share these singles with your children of all ages.
Group - Forever Young (2006)
Youth Group is an Australian
rock band, formed in Sydney during the late 1990s.The group has released four albums in Australia,
with the three most recent records gaining worldwide sales.The bands single Forever Young, which
was a cover of an original song by Alphaville, was used in the television show The O.C.It was also
heavily featured in promos for the Australian TV station Channel Ten. The song peaked at #1 in Australia. During 2006, Youth Group supported Coldplay in their sold-out tour of Australia.In 2008, they supported
the Kings Of Leon and Interpol. The band toured the U.S. twice in 2009 and they are currently on hiatus.
17. The Troggs
- Love Is All Around (1967)
The Troggs are
an English rock band from the 1960s that had a number of hits in Britain and the U.S, including their most famous song
Wild Thing. Love is All Around is a tune composed by Reg Presley and performed by The Troggs.The
single was first released in the UK in October of 1967, peaking at #5 in the charts. In 1968 it reached
#7 in the U.S.Wet Wet Wet's version of Love Is All Around was released on May 9, 1994.It topped the UK singles chart, where it remained for fifteen consecutive weeks.
16. Tom Petty -
Wildflowers is the
second solo album by American musician Tom Petty.It was released in November of 1994.Interestingly, most of the songs on the album have not been featured on any of the band's many Greatest Hits albums.The single Wildflowers is the title track on the CD.
Linda Ronstadt - Long Long Time (1970)
is an American singer and entertainer.She has won numerous Grammy Awards and is one of the most commercially
successful female singers in U.S. history.In the late 1960s Ronstadt was known as the First
Lady of Rock and was the highest paid woman in music.She has charted thirty-eight Billboard Hot 100
singles, twenty-one of which have reached the top 40, ten reached the top 10, three peaked at #2, and here only
#1 hit in the U.S. was You're No Good in 1975.
Ronstadt's second solo album, Silk Purse,
was released in March 1970.It features the single Long Long Time, which would become a Top 40 hit.The song also gave Linda her first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance.
14. The Cranberries
- Dreaming My Dreams (1994)
No Need to Argue
is an album by The Cranberries that was released in 1994.It was the band's most successful album
to date, and has sold around 17 million copies worldwide.The record contains the band's most
successful single to date, Zombie.No Need to Argue reached #1 in Australia, Austria, and Germany,
peaking at #2 in the UK, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Dreaming My Dreams is the 10th track on the album.It is a beautiful and meaningful song.
13. Donovan - Colours(1965)
Colours is a song
written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. The Colours single was released in the
United Kingdom on May 28, 1965.The song reached #4 in the UK and #61 in the U.S.The
tune has been used repeatedly in advertising and movie spots.
12. Bruce Springsteen
- I’m on Fire
I'm on Fire is
a song written and performed by American rock star Bruce Springsteen. In 1985 it became the fourth
single released from his massively successful album Born in the U.S.A.The song is a moody number
that merges a soft rockabilly beat with lyrics built around sexual tension.I’m on Fire
peaked at #6 in the United States, #5 in the UK, and reached the #1 spot in the Netherlands.The music
video for the song was shot in March 1985 in Los Angeles.It is not a performance clip, but rather
portrays a dramatic storyline that alluded to the song's emotion.
11. Roy Orbison
- Crying (1961)
Crying is a rock
ballad written and performed by Roy Orbison.The song was released as a 45rpm single in July 1961
and went to #2 on the U.S. pop music chart.Crying contains a vivid combination of hurtful romantic
lyrics combined with operatic vocals.In 1987, Orbison rerecorded the song as a duet with k.d.
lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, Hiding Out.Their collaboration won the Grammy
Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.Over the years, Crying has been used regularly in advertising and film.
10. Kate Wolf -
Across the Great Divide (1980)
Kate Wolf was an American
folk singer and songwriter.Her career was relatively short, but she had a significant impact on the
folk music scene. Many musicians continue to cover her songs today.Kate Wolf’s most notable
singles include Here in California, Love Still Remains, Unfinished Life, and Across the Great Divide.Across
the Great Divide is a wonderful song full of lyrical meaning.I have included a video of Nanci Griffith
and Emmylou Harris perform the song as a tribute to Kate Wolf, who died at the age 44, after a long battle with
9. Simon &
Garfunkel - Kathy’s Song (1966)
Simon & Garfunkel
are an American singer-songwriter duo consisting of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.The pair rose to
fame in 1965, backed by the hit single The Sounds of Silence.They were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s.In 1981, Simon & Garfunkel performed a free Concert in Central Park, which
attracted about 500,000 people.Kathy’s Song was the 4th track on the bands 1966 release Sounds
of Silence.The song was inspired by Kathy Chitty, who was the girlfriend and muse of Paul Simon
for a short time in the middle of the 1960s.
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (2009)
is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006.In 2008, the group's
self-titled debut album was certified platinum in the U.S.On January 26, 2010, the bands second studio
album titled Need You Now was released in the U.S.The record sold 500,000 copies in its first
week of release. The first single off of the album was also titled Need You Now.The song received a significant amount radio airplay in 2009 and spent five weeks atop the U.S. Country Music
Chart.Need You Now was also a big hit in Canada and the single is set to be released in the UK
on April 26, 2010 and in Germany on April 23, 2010.
Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour (1969)
My Cherie Amour
is a 1969 soul classic by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder.The song became a #4 hit on both
the Billboard pop and R&B singles charts.My Cherie Amour was covered by fellow Motown act The Jackson 5, as well as by vocalists Andy Williams.The singles familiar baseline has been used on
numerous projects.Its lyrics are an autobiographical account by Wonder about a woman he was fascinated
with while in school at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, Michigan.
6. James Taylor - Fire and Rain (1970)
Fire and Rain
is a folk rock song written and performed by James Taylor. The song was featured on Taylor’s second album, Sweet
Baby James. The single brought widespread attention for James Taylor.Fire and Rain peaked at
#3 on the U.S. singles chart.The song held the 227th position on Rolling Stone's list of the
500 greatest songs of all time.
5. Elton John
- Tiny Dancer (1971)
Tiny Dancer is a
1971 song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin.The single appears on John's fourth album,
Madman Across the Water.Tiny Dancer was written about Taupin's then-girlfriend Maxine Feibelman,
a dancer who had accompanied Elton and Taupin on their first tour of America in 1970.She had
been a "seamstress for the band” and would later become Taupin's wife.Tiny Dancer
was initially a non-starter as a single, reaching only #41 on the U.S. pop chart and not even being released in the UK. However, the song slowly became one of John's most popular tunes. Tiny Dancer has appeared in many films,
most notably the 2000 release Almost Famous.
Al Green - Let's Stay Together (1972)
Together is a song by Al Green that was featured on his 1972 album of the same name.In 1971 the song
reached #1 on the U.S. singles chart, and remained on the chart for 16 weeks.It peaked at #4 in the Netherlands, #6 in the UK, #15 in Ireland, #18 in Germany, and #19 in Australia.The single was
ranked as the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Jackson Browne - The Load-Out - Stay (1977)
is a song by Jackson Browne that was included on his 1977 album Running on Empty. The tune is a tribute
to all roadies and fans.In concert and on radio, towards the end of the song it segues into a fitting interpretation of Maurice Williams' 1960 hit Stay, sung by Browne, Rosemary Butler and David Lindley.Many radio stations have played The Load-Out and Stay together as a medley, although the mixture wasn't released
as a single.It is a great combination and Jackson Browne is a wonderful live performer.
Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow - Picture (2001)
a song that was written and recorded by Kid Rock for his album Cocky.In 2003, an acoustic country
version of the song was released. It included a duet performance with Sheryl Crow.Picture was
the first country song for both Rock and Crow and was nominated for the Vocal Event of the Year at the 2003 Country
Music Awards.Picture peaked at #4 on the U.S. singles chart and remains Kidd Rock’s second
most successful release after the 2008 song All Summer Long.
The Everly Brothers - All I Have to do is Dream (1958)
All I Have
to do Is Dream is a popular song made famous by the Everly Brothers.The lyrics were written by the
legendary husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.The song reached #1 on the U.S. singles chart in 1958.It is ranked as #141 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500
Greatest Songs of All Time.Recently, the song was used in the trailer of the 2010 film Nightmare
on Elm Street. The use of the song is ironic, because Freddy is able to kill the protagonists by entering
their dreams.All I Have to do is Dream remains one of the most covered songs in history.