20 Best Songs About Breathing

Breath is what sustains everyone. It is the life force that flows throughout our body. What more important and vital thing can a person need but the very air in their lungs?

Breathing is a word used in many of the best songs there are to date especially when it comes to the more romantic songs people know and love. Here are a few classic songs about breathing that are sure to get anyone up and out of their seat.

“No Air” – Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown

This song came out in 2009 and has been a classic love song ever since. The vocals of both artists meld together so beautifully to portray the mutual feelings of the lyrics in this song.

Anyone who’s been deeply in love would understand how vital and intense a connection can be. ‘No Air’ exemplifies just that – two lovers who can’t get enough of one another.

“Breathe Deeper” – Tame Impala

Tame Impala is one of those gems in music to cherish for their original and unique sound. Most of their songs are quite electronic-funk with a bit of soft rock and maybe even a pinch of pop.

But, this song carries an upbeat tempo that is sure to make people want to dance. Like much of their music, the melodies and beats are irresistibly too good for one not to bop their head at the very least.

“Breathin” – Ariana Grande

Breathin by Ariana Grande is one of those songs that make for rainy days inside. With the hurdles life throws at most people, it can be easy to lose one’s way amidst all the chaos. Despite all that seems to look bleak, ‘just keep breathin’.

“Lose My Breath” – Destiny’s Child

If there were ever a song to have an iconic dance break to, this is one of those songs.

It’s not only a great workout song but also one of those tunes one can throw on if they’re needing a bit of a ‘pick me up’. This song in particular has a rather fast, upbeat, hip-hop and pop tempo.

“How Do I Breathe” – Mario

Mario is a classic R&B artist known for many of his great slow jams. Like “No Air”, this song is very much a heartfelt expression of how intense love can be.

However, this song offers a more apologetic take, with him singing about his mistakes in love. Nevertheless, the emotions and passion is felt all throughout the song.

“Still Breathing” – Green Day

Green Day is a popular American rock band formed in the late 80’s. Life can make many forget that they are still alive.

It’s so common to get swept up in all the obstacles life throws that a person often forgets that they are still alive. It’s a great song for anyone going through a tough time weathering the turbulence of life’s dilemmas.

“You Take My Breath Away” – Queen

This is one of the more slow and melodic songs. As somber as it sounds, the lyrics offer so much depth. The lyrics almost reads like a beautifully written love letter due to how personal and intimate the lyrics.

“Breathe” – Pink Floyd

The lyrics in this song don’t come until about half way in which gives listeners the wonderful experience of hearing the somber, psychedelic instrumental.

These kinds of instrumentals are a signature for the English band, Pink Floyd. It’s safe to say that some of their songs sound quite otherworldly.

“The Breath You Take” – George Strait

The classic Country singer, George Strait is no stranger to making hit songs in this genre. His voice is that which no one can mistake. Life is not the breath you take but the moments that take your breath away.

These are such simple yet deep lyrics mentioned in the chorus of this great song. Life is truly all about making great memories with those a person loves and cares for deeply. This song reminds listeners not to lose sight of this. Getting so caught up in the rat race, people tend to forget to make those sweet moments count.

“Last Breath” – Plain White T’s

The Plain White T’s are an American rock band which formed in the late 90’s. ‘Last Breath’ has an upbeat tempo with quite contrary lyrics about the same love not being reciprocated. “The harder I try, the less we feel right for each other.”

“Take My Breath” – The Weeknd 

Chart topping star The Weeknd is having his breath taken away in this recent pop hit. The Weeknd has been on a roll lately by earning popular acclaim with his latest record, After Hours.

He also played the coveted Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2021 and was conspicuous even in his absence when he was not recognized with any Grammy nominations that year. “Take My Breath” is his latest single and is already getting tons of streams.

“Breathe” – Faith Hill 

Faith Hill is one of the biggest names in the history of the country music industry. “Breathe” is one of her greatest hits and was released at the height of her recording career in the year 1999.

It is a touching love song written by her equally successful husband, Tim McGraw, and also crossed over into popular success, reaching the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson 

The original winner of the American Idol reality show, Kelly Clarkson, sings about being able to breathe for the first time after leaving a toxic relationship.

This angst-ridden track draws inspiration from the pop punk sound of the 2000s and is one of Clarkson’s biggest hit singles, reaching number one status on the pop music charts.

“Breathe In Breath Out” – Kanye West featuring Ludacris 

Long before Kanye West was one of the most controversial and well-known people in the world, he was an audacious artist who worked tirelessly to bring a fresh look to the hip hop genre.

From his critically and commercially successful debut album The College Dropout, “Breathe In Breathe Out” teams West up with rapper Ludacris for a bold track with a beat directly from the Southern hip-hop tradition that Ludacris came from. 

“Take My Breath Away” – Berlin 

“Take My Breath Away” is an 80s anthem performed by a new wave band called Berlin that is indicative of that era in popular music.

The song was actually made for the 1986 film Top Gun, which starred Tom Cruise and led to the track receiving a lot of airplay.

It was also acknowledged by critics as it won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song in that year.

“It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing” – Shania Twain 

Getting over her lost love is making breathing painful for country music superstar Shania Twain in this soulful ballad.

“It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing” came out in 2002 on Twain’s album Up! and was one of the last singles she had before taking an extended hiatus that didn’t end until 2017. It shows Twain at her most vulnerable and was the only heartbreak song on an otherwise thoroughly upbeat album.

“Breathless” – The Corrs 

Irish pop group The Corrs had their one major hit with this song about romantic pursuits that can take a person’s breath away.

“Breathless” was a number one hit in the United Kingdom, had modest commercial success in the United States and was even nominated for a Grammy award in 2001. “Breathless” was so popular at the time that it even popped up in a memorable scene from the drama series, The Sopranos.

“Every Breath You Take” – The Police 

Frontman Sting is counting breaths in this smash hit by British rock band, The Police. “Every Breath You Take” was a huge commercial success, topping the Billboard Top 100 for eight weeks in 1983 and also won the Grammy award for Song of the Year.

It has become the biggest hit for Sting and The Police as it has become a popular song to use in movies and television shows depicting the 1980s.

“Harder to Breathe” – Maroon 5 

The lead singer of Maroon 5, Adam Levine, is finding that his reality is making it difficult for him to breathe in this rock track.

A single from the band’s debut album, Songs About Jane, “Harder to Breathe” features Maroon 5 in their grittiest original form. The song appeared on pop music charts all over the room and helped lead to the huge success Maroon 5 experiences today.

“I’ll Hold My Breath” – Ellie Goulding 

British singer Ellie Goulding is holding her breath in this track from her debut album, Bright Lights. It came out in 2010 on the back of the huge success of breakout hit, Lights.

Evoking the emblematic electronic sound that was so popular in the early 2010s, “I’ll Hold My Breath” is vintage Goulding and is a great showcase of her talents.’


Born and raised in Austin, David is a dedicated writer and avid fragrance lover. When he's not trying out perfumes, he enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants.

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