If there is one music genre you are bound to find in every Gen Z and millennial’s music playlist, it has to be lo-fi or lo-fi chill.
Lo-fi music has taken over the music industry by storm, with lo-fi versions of every mainstream song populating our social media feeds. With the advent of platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels, these lo-fi songs quickly start trending these days.
What are Lo-fi and Lo-fi Chill Music?
For those who may not know (a nice way of saying ‘Ok boomer’), let us break this down to you. Lo-fi music or lo-fi beats resonates with nostalgia. This music style comprises subtle atmospheric sounds that include anything from the whistling of the wind and raindrops to waves crashing on the sea-shore, etc. Lo-fi music can easily be recognized from its signature audio aesthetic.
Lo-fi chill or lo-fi hip hop falls under the same umbrella, but you may refer to it as a modern version of lo-fi (low-fidelity) music. This genre focuses primarily on downtempo and mix-and-matching various hip-hop and lo-fi music elements.
So, without further ado, let’s look at some of the most popular lo-fi gems you could muse to. Here’s a playlist of ‘The 8 Best Chill Lo-fi Songs for You.’
Song # 1: 420 Everyday by Stay See
If you are looking for a chill lo-fi track that can put you in a state of trance, ‘420 Everyday’ by Stay See is the one.
This song features mellow beats and a smooth-like-butter rhythm that perfectly sets the mood on a long drive. You can also use it to calm your senses when an existential crisis hits you at midnight out of nowhere.
Don’t forget to check out other tracks by Stay See, and you will certainly become a fan of Stay See’s unique music style.
Song # 2: So The Flies Don’t Come by Milo
Milo is one of those lo-fi artists known for their poetic lyrics and lo-fi beats. His music is ideal for when you want to relax or get away from the rest of the world for a while.
If you are someone who is passionate about post-modernist issues, you will certainly become a Milo fan. His music will inspire you.
Give a listen to his album, ‘So The Flies Don’t Come’ if you are looking for something scintillating for your ears and meaningful for your soul.
Song # 3: Ocean Line by Sacha Maren
Lo-fi music does not always have to be all about rainbows and sunshine; listen to ‘Ocean Line’ by Sacha Maren, and you will know what we’re talking about.
‘Ocean Line’ by Sacha Maren is not a mainstream tear-jerker, but it holds the power to take you on a trip down memory lane. The one that pulls at all right chords of your heart. Some people find it moving; some people find it utterly sad. Either way, they cannot help but be hooked to it.
Simply put, this song should come with a warning label for overly emotional people. It can make those tear ducts overflow in seconds! Yup, that’s tried and tested.
With this song, Sacha Maren has crafted an incredible lo-fi melody. It would be almost a sin not to mention it in a ‘best lo-fi songs playlist.’
Song # 4: It’s Ok To Leave by Zaini & Vict Molina
‘It’s Ok To Leave’ by Zaini & Vict Molina is not a typical sad song, as the title suggests. Instead, it celebrates love and separation in a heart-warming way. It can also help you get through a tough phase in life; the music and lyrics are that comforting.
This lo-fi track will instantly make you reminisce about watching the rain from your window on a summer night. Pay close attention, and you can almost listen to the sound of ‘raindrops’ in the background.
The second half of the song will transform you into another world, so get ready to chill-out out of the world when you listen to it.
Song # 5: Shiki No Uta by Minmi
If you are a fan of both lo-fi and anime, this one is a treat for you.
‘Shiki No Uta’ featured in the classic anime series Samurai Champloo, and it became a huge hit afterward.
The song has a cool and moody vibe; coupled with Minmi’s calming voice, Shiki No Uta is a gem for lo-fi music enthusiasts.
Watch it with the video here to ‘truly’ feel and enjoy the chill vibe.
Song # 6: Covered in my Tears by Jisatsu ft. Iriasona
Ask any avid lo-fi music fan, the song ‘Covered in my Tears’ by Jisatsu ft. Iriasona has to be in their playlist.
Whether you are trying to stay up all night or just want to enjoy some alone time on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this lo-fi track can be your perfect muse.
This song is soothing, soul-stirring, and heart-wrenching at the same time. That’s the beauty of it. The lyrics are deeply moving and inspiring, so keep a tissue handy if you have a weak heart.
Song # 7: Color Garden by Lungfulls
Lungfulls is quite underrated when it comes to the lo-fi music industry, but it doesn’t mean he is not insanely talented.
His lo-fi music style is a little unconventional, and you may need to crank up the bass to let it grow on you. However, once you get the hang of it, you would want to listen to Lungfulls on repeat.
Color Garden is his most popular song to date, so check it out here and get ready to add a new name to your favorite lo-fi artists’ list.
Song # 8: Get You To The Moon by Kina ft. Snow
With more than 200 million views on YouTube, ‘Get You To The Moon’ by Kina ft. Snow is certainly one of the most popular lo-fi chill songs out there.
This song will give you an outburst of positivity, uplifting your spirits with its mellow melody and heartening lyrics. It also reminds you of being hopeful and resilient during hardships and watching out for that light at the end of the tunnel.
The song has brought together the lo-fi community through its positive influence and, of course, the incredible music and vocals. Kina is an artist who has mastered the lo-fi game and continues to impress everyone with his music.
‘Can We Kiss Forever?’ is another song by Kina that is a favorite in the lo-fi music community.
The Bottom Line
We hope you enjoyed reading this blog on ‘The Best 8 Chill Lo-fi Songs’, and you are now intrigued to add some (or all) of them to your playlist.
If you have discovered a newfound love for lo-fi music, the tracks listed above are excellent to feed your soul as well as your senses.
If there are any more lo-fi chill songs that you would like us to add to the playlist, feel free to share them in the comments section below.
Keep watching this space for more interesting musical blogs, guides, and stories.
Until next time!
Eduardo Perez is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience playing instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass. Having arranged songs and produced music in a recording studio, he has a wealth of knowledge to share about analyzing songs, composing, and producing. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Musical Studies at Berklee College School of Music. Featured on Entrepreneur.com. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Instagram.