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Somebody once said about music, “It’s the silence between the notes that really counts.” The musicians who wrote the tunes on this list of songs about silence would probably agree. At times, many people listen to music just to avoid silence. But silence is a part of all music if you consider those empty spaces in between the noise. However you react to silence, you’ll be sure to find a silence song you love on this list. One of these songs about quiet might just convince to turn off the music… until the next one starts, of course.

Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence” was their breakthrough hit. The duo had been considering disbanding, but achieved success when bass and drums were overdubbed onto their previously acoustic track.

“It’s Oh So Quiet” was a Bjork single, unique with it’s big band instrumentation that deviates from her largely electronic work.

“The Quiet One” was written by The Who bassist John Entwistle as a track for him to sing at concerts other than “My Wife,” a popular Who track featuring him on vocals.

Which of these songs about silence do you love so much that you hate the silence that follows? Vote for your favorites! If there’s a song about silence that’s not on the list, don’t keep silent, please add it.

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The Sounds of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

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Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode

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Hush Deep Purple

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Quiet Night of Quite Stars Ella Fitzgerald

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The Quiet One The Who

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Quiet Night Barbra Streisand

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Quiet Storm Smokey Robinson

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So Quiet in Here Van Morrison

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In That Quiet Earth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Silence

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Silence in Your Head The String Cheese Incident

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Even in the Quietest Moments is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Silence
slaft added Even in the Quietest Moments Supertramp

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The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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Silence and I The Alan Parsons Project

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Quiet Houses Fleet Foxes

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Silent Shout The Knife

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Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Silence

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A Quiet Place to Live Carole King

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 30

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The Quiet Club Brian Eno

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Silence on a Crawler Lane Tangerine Dream

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Quiet Eyes Chet Atkins

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Silence Screams Resurrection Band

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Quiet Time Patti LaBelle

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

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Quiet Your Mind Zac Brown Band

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I Better Be Quiet Now Elliott Smith

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Silence Kid Pavement

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Quiet Evening Carly Simon

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Preachin' to the Quiet Public Enemy

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Stranger on a Quiet Street Electric Light Orchestra

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Quiet Storm Mobb Deep

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Christmas Is Quiet Cliff Richard

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Keep Quiet Hot Chip

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Quiet Her Matthew Sweet