15 Best Lullaby Songs You Probably Already Know

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Trying to get baby to fall asleep can be exhausting–especially if it’s in the middle of the night. 

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Rather than racking your brain, trying to remember the best lullabies out there, here are some of the best songs you can use as lullabies to help your baby fall asleep.

Add your favorites of these to your nightly rotation of songs, and feel a bit more confident and prepared for those late nights.

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Here are 15 songs that you probably already know, and a few you’ll be glad to learn!

1. Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles

Here’s an uplifting song for baby and mom when you need a little cheering up. If you’re feeling the Baby Blues, this is a good reminder to yourself as you sing baby to sleep that this too shall pass.

2. Go to Sleep You Little Baby (O Brother, Where Art Though?)

This was my go-to lullaby just about every single night as a new mom. It was somehow the ONLY song I could think to sing (probably because of how literal message is). It’s also incredibly soothing.

The lyrics are a bit controversial, as this was the “siren song” for the movie O Brother, Where Art Though. Take them with a grain of salt.

(I always sang, “You and me and Daddy make three,” instead of “you and me and the Devil make three”).

3. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s take on this song is the best ever.

His deep voice and ukulele add something extra special to an already perfect song.

4. Down in the River to Pray (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

Another incredibly calming song from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. This was another I kept in my back pocket for late nights.

Check out this absolutely gorgeous song, performed by Alison Kraus.

5. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Anther uplifting song for mom and baby!

Show baby just how wonderful the world can be with this song, which might remind Millennials like me of the song from the 1998 Madeline movie.

6. Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

An achingly gorgeous song by a power duo with beautiful voices.

I always loved this song in the winter, and then I realized it made the perfect lullaby song for my baby. The melody is beautiful, and it is simply soothing for the soul.

7. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

A classic feel-good song, this is one of Bob Marley’s most famous songs for a reason.

I sang this to my daughter as she got older, and now she likes to sing along with me!

8. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckely

Oh my, who doesn’t love this song? Another achingly gorgeous and soothing song (which might remind Millennials of Shrek).

There are lots of beautiful versions of this song, originally by Leonard Cohen, but this is my favorite.

9. Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

One of Pearl Jam’s most profound and reflective songs, this is a ballad of being present and enjoying the company of loved ones.

What message could be more perfect than a sweet moment of bonding with your baby as you sing them to sleep?

If you’ve seen the movie Into the Wild, this beautiful song was part of the soundtrack.

10. Sky Boat Song (Outlander Theme Song)

If you’ve seen Outlander, you already know the magic of this song.

A soothing Scottish folk song, this is actually a great lullaby for anyone–Outlander fan or not.

11. Lean On Me by Bill Withers

A comforting song that is good for the soul.

It’s also a reminder that it’s okay not to always be strong, which is very relevant in the wee hours of the night sometimes.

12. Angel Standing By by Jewel

A gorgeous, lyrical song that is sure to be your new favorite lullaby.

This one truly feels like it was meant to be a lullaby.

Jewel has an angelic voice, though it might be hard to replicate as a tired momma. If so–just play it on your phone for baby and wait for those little eyelids to get heavy. It won’t take long!

13. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac (or Dixie Chicks cover)

Whether you’re a Stevie Nicks or a Dixie Chicks fan, you’ve probably heard this classic song.

It’s a reflective ballad that you probably already know the lyrics to.

14. Fools Rush In by Elvis (or Haley Reinhart cover)

A classic Elvis song (and wedding song), this is such a melodic tune to sing to and sway to as you rock your little one to sleep.

15. Silent Night- the Christmas song

Here’s a song many of us know the lyrics to already. Though it’s a Christmas song, the soothing nature of this melodic song is sure to help lull your baby to sleep any time of year.

I hope you found a few new songs to keep in your back pocket as lullabies for your little one.

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