What is the best music for meditation? My 4 top genres

4 genres to choose your best music for meditation

What is the best music for meditation? Stand on a street corner and ask 100 people and get a dozen different answers, plus at few blank looks. Ask yourself that question and you will get one answer. Like my answer, perhaps yours is complex and simple at the same time.

As with all music, the best music for meditation is a personal choice. To meditate first you must relax and a soothing song for me may not fit with you. I broadened it out a bit and we’ll take a quick look at my four top genres for meditation. These are in no particular order.

The selections are quite long, I suggest you take a random sampling through them. There is a huge selection in YouTube of free music and within these genres is enough music to last a lifetime.

  • Native American Flute
  • Traditional Meditation Music
  • Space Music
  • Ambient

Native American Flute Music

Native American music is used, created, or performed by Indigenous peoples of North America. In addition to the traditional music of the Native American groups, there are artists who are composing and recording new music using traditional style instruments.

Native American Flute Music: Meditation Music for Shamanic Astral Projection, Healing Music

 Native American Flute Music is one of My 4 top genres

Shamanism is a system for psychic, emotional, and spiritual healing and for exploration, discovery, and knowledge gathering about non-material worlds and states of mind.

Rain and Native American Flute Music

One of my top 4 genres

For Dreaming, Sleep, Relaxing 10 Hours of relaxing rain, thunder, and Native American flute music.

John Two-Hawks single Elk Dream

Traditional Meditation Music

Traditional meditation music is music performed to aid in the practice of meditation. It can have a specific religious content, but also more recently has been associated with modern composers who use meditation techniques in their process of composition, or who compose such music with no particular religious group as a focus. The concept also includes music performed as an act of meditation. (Wikipedia Meditation Music)

Traditional Tao Music  Traditional Tao Music

Oriental Meditation Songs for Relaxation & Meditation, Best Spiritual Healing Background Tracks for Massage & Spa with Bamboo Flutes and Hang Drum, Tribal Songs for Tibetan Meditation

Shakuhachi Meditation Music  Shakuhachi Meditation Music

Space Music

Space Music can be described as “tranquil, hypnotic and moving”. It is derived from ambient music and often used for both background enhancement and foreground listening, often with headphones, to enable states of relaxation, contemplation, inspiration, and generally peaceful expansive moods. (Wikipedia Space Music)

Deep Relaxation Ambient Music/Space Music Deep Relaxation Ambient Music/Space Music

Background for Studying, Dreaming, Meditation, Yoga, Soul Healing, Stress Relief and complete relaxation.

NASA Voyager Space Sounds - 8h Journey Ambient Mix    NASA Voyager Space Sounds – 8h Journey Ambient Mix

This unique series of recordings is created from original Voyager recordings of the electromagnetic “voices” of the planets and moons in our Solar System. Although space is a virtual vacuum, this does not mean there is no sound in space. Sound does exist as electronic vibrations.

Ambient Music

Ambient music puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm. A form of slow instrumental music, it uses repetitive, but gentle, soothing sound patterns. Intended to relax, the genre is said to evoke an “atmospheric”, “visual”, or “unobtrusive” quality. (Wikipedia Ambient Music)

‘Infinite’ Ambient Mix      Infinite Ambient Mix

Ambient Fantasy Music  Ambient Fantasy Music

From the Google Plus Community Relax & Meditate w/Music, Lehans shared an original Ambient composition.


In Closing

The genres that we looked (and listened) too each have their good and bad points. Somewhere I read that true meditation should be practiced as it originally was, in silence. Or at least with only the sounds of nature as background. And I am also a big fan of the sounds of Nature but I have found that with man-made music I can reach deeper inside myself and allow a greater focus to develop.

Giving our mind a task, listening to the sounds, can make meditation a mindful exercise.

Relaxation has always been the central point I have reached for. Meditation comes as a result for me. The Native American flute music has always spoken to and with me. It is still my first choice when making a selection for my meditation.

Do you have a favorite genre of music for meditation? I hope that you do and I hope that you have tried different types and styles of music!

Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcomed. Please leave them below and I will get back to you soonest.

Walking the Path of Peace,



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6 thoughts on “What is the best music for meditation? My 4 top genres”

  1. When I meditate I love to listen to nature sounds or space music! I also love to listen to binaural beats! I don’t know if you have ever tried listening to those, but they are great for reaching a deep relaxation!

    • Hi Chris, I like binaural beats also. I get a great deep relaxation with them also, but recently have been using them more for concentration and study. The beats seem to make me more productive!
      Walking the Path of Peace,

  2. Thanks for the great information about music and meditation. I have a meditation practice and I use many guided meditations. I have also been learning about mantras lately. I use many of the music genres you mentioned as my general everyday background music.
    Thanks again, I like your site!

    • Hi Angela, Thanks for the like! Mantras are great. I have several that I use daily to help keep me focused and as a quick balance point. I completely zoned over the everyday uses for these 4 genres, and yet I usually have music playing.
      Walking the Path of Peace,


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