In this list of the best meditation music I will be sharing tunes from all over the world, chosen by me, a meditation teacher and musician for more than 30 years (Hi.).

We will look at all the best meditation music of different styles, including Zen meditation music, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and more. And we will look at how these sounds helps with sound healing

I love anything musical. And I love sharing my passion with other people. But there is one funny thing about meditation music: You cannot listen to these tunes while meditating. It is impossible.

You can meditate on soundBut you cannot meditate and listen at the same time. Bodhipaksa made some seriously enlightening comments about this on WildMind.

You cannot listen to while meditating . You can meditate on it. And you can meditate while playing an instrument (try playing a Tibetan Singing Bowl for instance).

But to truly meditate on sound, you are going to need the absolute best sounds ever.  You need some seriously Zen music.Well, either that or you can just buy a meditation gong, hit it with a hammer and meditate to the sound (gongs are amazingly powerful sound healing instruments).

So let’s get to it.

Here are my choices of the best meditation music ever (and you might like to see my list of the best meditation DVDs and CDs too!)


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Best Meditation Music Ever, By Genre

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Acupuncture for mind - Wang Xu Dong


Chinese tunes is truly beautiful. It’s the type of tunes you can put on, close your eyes and simply drift away to a state of complete inner peace.

This is Zen meditation music at its best.

Take a listen to these masterful musicians, all of whom create serene auditory expreriences.

The Orchid – Chinese instrumental With Pipa

Shao Rong - Early Spring (From The Album Orchid II)

In The Orchid, Shao Rong (a Chinese music artist living in Japan) uses the pipa (a four stringed lute) to create some of the best Chinese tunes ever. It will promote inner calm and tranquillity. Incense sticks are included in the CD version to be used while listening to produce an even deeper relaxation.

This is some of the best Zen music ever.

Erhu: Jia Peng Fang Best — Music With Ehu

Jia Peng Fang - Silent Moon

The erhu is a Chinese violin. It’s a beautiful instrument that is so relaxing you just melt listening to it. Much of the best Zen music is played on erhu.

Here it is played by the masterful musician Jia Peng Fang, one of the best Chinese artists.

Fang produces sentimental sounds that will stir your spirit. Anyone interested in Chinese musicians simply must listen to this master of the erhu at work.

Isn’t this some of the best Zen music you’ve ever heard?

Acupuncture for Mind, by WANG Xu-dong — For Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the most important components of Chinese medicine. In this album, doctor and Chinese artist Xu Dong Wang offers sounds that stimulates the energy centres used in acupuncture. This is a truly unique and beautiful Zen album.

Acupuncture for mind - Wang Xu Dong


Elixir is an album all about healing. The compositions use the pentatonic scale to create beautiful melodies that are perfect accompaniment for meditation. This is some of the best pieces for healing. It creates deep inner peace.

Deep Yoga & Meditation Music

In our article on Going Deeper In Meditation we revealed many techniques for a deeper experience.

Zen music can help you to go deeper.

There’s nothing like the feeling of lying down, closing your eyes and focusing on some deep sounds.

It is so relaxing and peaceful it simply carries you away.

In the video below, Relax River shares some heavenly  Their tunes use the harp.

Did you know: Scientific research proves that listening to a harp can stabilize blood pressure and create a deep sense of relaxation and wellness.

If you want the best tunes, put this on and close your eyes awhile.

Harp Music Tibetan - Celestial Relaxing 432 hz Strings Solo Playlist for Study, Concentrate and Yoga

Seven Metals Singing Bowls Of Tibet  

This is simply one of the absolute best Tibetan singing bowls albums you will find. And some of the best deep meditation music too.

 Seven Metals Singing Bowls Of Tibet is all about the Buddhist bowl sounds, which are known to heal the body mind and spirit.


Reverbnation is the absolute best Zen music online.

I listened to them a lot during my meditation training.

Their website offers free Zen music online. Plus, there’s a forum to discuss Zen music with other meditators. Their sounds are truly beautiful so be sure to visit today. 



AirWithAirRising’s Youtub channel has piece for all chakras, along with additional tunes and general relaxation pieces too.

Supreme Meditation Music Swadhisthana

 Nawang Khechog 

I know many people currently doing their online meditation training who listen to  composer Nawang Khechog and the particularly his excellent “Tibetan Music.”

It is widely regarded as being one of (if not the) best albums from Tibet.

Khechog is a Grammie nominee and one of Tibets greatest composers.

He is the absolute leader in Tibetan Meditation Music. His CD is available from Amazon for $13.81. Pick up your copy below.

1 Hour Relax with Bach. Piano relaxing music for meditation and yoga with sounds of nature (TCO)

Eastwind: Japanese Shakuhachi

Masayuki Koga is the best meditation music artist to use the Shakuhachi (a Japanese flute).

He’s also a composer, producer, engineer and trained in law. . . so it’s fair to say he’s a wise man.

He has produced some of the best Zen meditation music,

Eastwind: Japanese Shakuhachi is sensational.

Masayuki Koga - Toguchi [Traditional Shakuhachi Music from Japan]


Zen Garden 

Zen Garden blends East with West in beautiful instrumental pieces that dive from one emotion to the next with grace.

The arrangements are effortless and wonderful. This album will produce a deep state of relaxation.


Indian Yoga & Meditation Music

Choosing the best Indian meditation music was a challenge for me because there are so many great musicians in India.

The albums that I have included in this list include some of the best Indian meditation music ever produced. They get you into that Zen state. You know, that state where you feel like your melting into the world, like you’re as light as the air and being carried on the wind. Chilled.

You’re going to love this collection of the best Indian meditation music. It’s made by truly talented artists (so be sure to show them your support). And all these pieces are perfect for just chilling out and also perfect for actually meditating to.

So, lend me your ears and have a listen to these.

Chants of India by Ravi Shankar  

Ravi Shankar is a star of the Indian classical scene.

He combines sacred chants with western-style classical sounds.

This is truly some of the best Indian meditation music ever. . It was produced by the famous and sublimely talented George Harrison.


This is from Layne Raymond (a highly regarded composer), this album combines drumming and chanting to create a sound that will lift your spirits. It is some of the best chakra meditation music ever.

Layne Redmond - Lotus of Light (Chanting the Chakras: Roots of Awakening)

Love is Space by Deva Premal  

This is perfect for Yoga and relaxation, combining chanting with classical pieces. It can even be used for slow dancing. Deva Premal is my personal best meditation music artist of all time. Love her!

Devotion by Rasa:

This album was inspired by the ancient Indian culture of Vedic. It is sung by Kim Waters and with pieces by Hans Christian. The album presents Sanskrit chants and devotional songs backed by sitar.

Internet Radio Yoga & Meditation Music


The MeditationRelaxClub has a ton of different tunes, all related to self improvement / spirituality and more.

You’ll find study pieces, relaxing pieces, Zen music and a ton more besides.

Best of all, some of the tracks are nice and ong, allowing for deep sitting sessions.

 Fearless 2435 :

Fearless 2435 has one of the most listened to tracks on Youtube. This channel holds Tai Chi pieces, Yoga  pieces, a piece on the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra and more.

Meditation (Zen Music)

For Musicians…

Do you play an instrument?

If so you will be very interested by this news. Scientific research has proven that meditation actually makes you a better musician.

My guide to meditation for musicians tells you everything you need to know. Take a look.

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Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.