20 Best Songs About Silence

By Nico Gonzalez


There’s a reason why songs have been written about every topic imaginable, and silence is no exception. Silence can be a powerful thing, as these 20 songs explore the different ways that it can affect our lives. From the loneliness of being alone in the dark to the peace that comes with finding serenity, these songs will make you appreciate silence in a whole new light.

Hush – Deep Purple

Deep Purple - Hush (Official Video)

Hush is a song by the British rock band Deep Purple. It was released in October 1968 as the first single from their debut album Shades of Deep Purple. The song was written by the band’s guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist Ian Gillan.

The lyrics are about a man who is in love with a woman who does not love him back. He pleads with her to “hush now, don’t you cry” and tells her that he will “be right here when it’s all over”.

3 Enjoy the Silence – Susanna & the Magical Orchestra

Susanna and The Magical Orchestra - Enjoy The Silence

Susanna & the Magical Orchestra’s “Enjoy the Silence” is a haunting and beautiful take on the classic Depeche Mode song. The lyrics explore the power of silence and its ability to comfort us and make us feel alive. The song is slow and ethereal, with Susanna’s delicate vocals floating over the lush orchestral backdrop. It’s a perfect song to listen to when you want to appreciate the beauty of silence.

I Better Be Quiet Now – Elliott Smith

Better Be Quiet Now

I Better Be Quiet Now is a song by Elliott Smith that explores the loneliness of being alone. The song is slow and somber, and its lyrics reflect the feeling of isolation that comes with being alone in the dark. Smith sings about how he’s “better be quiet now” because there’s “nothing to say.” The song is a plea for silence, and it paints a poignant picture of loneliness and isolation. Its lyrics are about the power of silence and how it can affect our lives.

Silent Shout – The Knife

The Knife - Silent Shout (Official Music Video)

The Knife is a Swedish electronic music duo consisting of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer. The duo released their debut studio album, Fever Ray, in 2009. Their second studio album, 2011’s Silent Shout, was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize. Its lyrics are about topics such as violence, fear, love, and sex. The album’s title track is about the dangers of silence. Karin has said that “Silent Shout is an album about fear, love, violence and sex. It’s also about making a loud noise to drown out the silence.”

The Quiet One – WHO

The Quiet One is a song by the band WHO about the loneliness of being alone. The song paints a picture of a person sitting in the dark, feeling isolated and lost. The lyrics talk about how the darkness can be comforting, and how the person in the song wants to be left alone. This song is a powerful reminder of how silence can be just as powerful as sound.

The Sound of Silence – Disturbed

Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence [Official Music Video]

The Sound of Silence is a powerful and moving song about the power of silence. The song speaks to the loneliness and isolation that can come from being surrounded by noise and chaos. It also speaks to the peace and calm that can be found in silence. The lyrics are haunting and beautiful, and the song is a perfect tribute to the power of silence.

Our Lips are Sealed – The Go- Go’s

The Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed

“Our Lips are Sealed” is a song by the American new wave band The Go-Go’s. It was released as a single in 1981 and appeared on the band’s first album, Beauty and the Beat. The song was written by the band’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, and produced by Richard Gottehrer. “Our Lips are Sealed” is a love song about two people who want to keep their relationship a secret.

A Quiet Place – Garnet Mimms

A Quiet Place Garnet Mimms

A Quiet Place is a song about the peace and serenity that can be found in silence. The songwriter talks about how being alone in the dark can be so lonely, but when you find someone to share your silence with, it’s like finding a piece of heaven. The song is a beautiful reminder that sometimes the best thing we can do is just stop and listen to the silence.

It’s About That Time – Miles Davis

In A Silent Way / It's About That Time (New Mix)

Miles Davis’ “It’s About That Time” is a haunting jazz ballad that explores the loneliness and isolation of silence. The song reflects on the emptiness of life without love, and the sadness that comes with being alone in the dark. Davis’ heart-wrenching vocals and soulful saxophone solo make “It’s About That Time” one of the most powerful songs about silence ever written.

Lazy Calm – Cocteau Twins

Lazy Calm by Cocteau Twins is a haunting song about the loneliness of silence. The lyrics talk about how silence can be a powerful thing, and how it can be used to hide our fears and doubts. The song reflects on the peace that comes with finding serenity, and how it can be worth the loneliness that comes with it. Lazy Calm is a beautiful song that helps us appreciate silence in a whole new light.

Silence Kid – Pavement

There’s something about the power of silence that has always appealed to me. Maybe it’s the idea that there’s so much we can learn about ourselves and the world around us when we’re not constantly filling up the air with noise. That’s what drew me to “Silence Kid” by Pavement – a song that explores the loneliness and isolation that can come with being silent.

For me, this song is all about the fear of not being understood. It’s about feeling like you’re stuck in your own little world, where no one can hear you scream. The lyrics are heartbreaking, but they also offer a glimmer of hope – the idea that maybe someday someone will come along and understand what it’s like to be a silent kid.

Quiet on tha Set – N.W.A

N.W.A’s “Quiet on tha Set” is a powerful track that exploring the effects of silence on our lives. The song is sparse, with only a few lyrics and a heavy beat, and it’s this simplicity that makes it so effective. It’s a song about finding peace in silence, and about the power that comes with being still. Its lyrics are about the narrator’s experiences with violence and how silence has helped him to find solace.

Nowhere Man – The Beatles

Nowhere Man (Remastered 2009)

Lonely and lost, the Nowhere Man is searching for a way out. He’s tired of being alone in the dark, and he’s longing for something more. The silence is suffocating him, and he can’t escape it no matter how hard he tries. This song is about the loneliness of being alone in the dark, and it captures the desperation of those who feel lost and forgotten. Its lyrics are about the power of silence and how it can affect our lives.

Phantom Limb – The Shins

The Shins - Phantom Limb [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Phantom Limb is a song about the loneliness of being alone in the dark. The lyrics talk about how being in the dark can feel like being in prison, and how it’s easy to feel isolated and forgotten. The song is haunting and beautiful, and it’s a perfect representation of how silence can be both calming and unsettling. Its lyrics are about finding comfort in the darkness and the peace that comes with accepting our fears.

Awooga – Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris - Awooga

Awooga is a song about the power of silence. It’s a song about the way that silence can be just as powerful as sound, and how it can be used to create suspense and tension. Awooga is a song that shows us how silence can be just as expressive as words. Its lyrics are about the way that silence can be used to control and manipulate people, and how it can be used to create fear. The song is about the way that silence can be used as a weapon, and how it can be used to keep people in line.

Two of Us – Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive - "Two of Us" [The Beatles cover]

Lake Street Dive’s “Two of Us” is a haunting ballad about the loneliness of silence. The songwriter reflects on a past relationship and how the silence between them was more powerful than anything they could have said to each other. The song is a beautiful reminder that sometimes the most important things happen when we’re not talking.

Silence in Your Head – The String Cheese Incident

"Song In My Head" - The String Cheese Incident (Song In My Head)

The String Cheese Incident’s “Silence in Your Head” is a song about the peace that comes with finding silence. The song reflects on how silence can be a powerful thing, and how it can be used to find serenity in our lives. The lyrics of the song explore the different ways that silence can affect us, from the loneliness of being alone in the dark to the peace that comes with finding solace in ourselves. “Silence in Your Head” is a beautiful song that will make you appreciate silence in a whole new light.

It’s Oh So Quiet – Björk

Björk - It's Oh So Quiet (HQ)

It’s Oh So Quiet is a hauntingly beautiful song about the power of silence. Björk sings about how silence can be both comforting and unsettling, and how it can make us feel both alone and connected to the world around us. The song is a reminder that silence can be a powerful force, and that it’s worth taking the time to appreciate its many nuances.

Quiet House – Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes’ “Quiet House” is a haunting ballad that explores the loneliness and isolation of being alone in the dark. The song reflects on the narrator’s childhood memories of spending time in the attic of his family’s home, where he would find peace and solace in the silence. The lyrics are written from the perspective of an adult looking back on those memories, and they underscore the importance of taking time for silence and reflection in our lives.

Silencio – Jorge Drexler

Jorge Drexler - Silencio (Videoclip Oficial)

Silencio is a song about the power of silence. It’s a song about the peace that comes with finding serenity and the loneliness of being alone in the dark. It’s a beautiful song that explores the different ways that silence can affect our lives. Its lyrics are about the beauty of silence, and the peace that comes with finding solace in the darkness.