In 2017, one of my favourite poets Cleo Wade posted a quote on her Instagram saying “I know ‘universey’ is not a word, but isn’t it crazy how many things are just so damn universey?”
This word resonated with me immediately and I have been using it very frequently ever since and so here are my favourite universey songs for you.
Musiq Soulchild – The Moon (feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson)
This song is truly a gem. I mean, it starts out with a sample of an episode of Cosmos (one of the most amazing shows on this planet lol ‘planet’) by Neil deGrasse Tyson comparing love to “a new electromagnetic force of nature which is as boundless as the multiverse itself”. It’s a beautiful love song with a lot of depth and soul. What I love most about it is that the piano sound in the background reminds of stars twinkling and the whole song consists of universey metaphors.
Common – The Light
Even though this song is over 18 years old it is still timeless which is probably owed to the sample of “Open Your Eyes” by Bobby Caldwell that is used for the chorus. I love that the song is founded on the concept of darkness and light, darkness representing fear and light representing love. My favourite line from this song and probably still one of my favourite lines ever is “If heaven had a height you would be that tall”, which is just an incredibly beautiful universey reference.
Ivy Sole – Life (feat. Dave B)
Writing this I’m realizing this is not just a list of universey songs but also a list of some of my all time favourite songs right here… Ivy Sole is a female rapper who I personally would describe as a lyrical poet gifted with a very kind and calming voice. On this song she harmonizes with singer Dave B and creates a very dreamy universey sound. Again referring to the concept of light as love and darkness as fear she starts out the song singing “When the midnight comes the stars will help you guide your feet and if it’s meant to be you will end up right here next to me”. But you’ll need to listen to it in order to be able to fully grasp its greatness.
MAX – Meteor
This song had me at hello…If that’s something that exists for songs. The first few lines spoken like a poem before the music sets in “A meteor bursting through my atmosphere, what’s a star I long to touch, it’s so very near, here I am reaching towards its erupting flame, with thoughts surrounded by your name”. WOAH! Right? Listening to it you feel like you’re drifting through space yourself. It’s just such an artwork of universey lyrics and atmosphere expanding sound.
Jhene Aiko – Frequency
Do I really need to say anything about this song? Okay for the ones of you who don’t know it I probably should lol… If I feel stressed or out of balance I put on this song, sit with it and find myself returning to myself. That’s how powerful it is. “Frequency” by the beautiful Jhene Aiko is about the fact that we all send out our personal frequencies which consist of our thoughts. If we think positive thoughts we emit positive vibes which lift us to a higher frequency, if we think negative thoughts we emit negative vibes which lower our frequency. That’s why people speak of ‘raising your frequency’ and this is why people ‘level up’ when they decide to better themselves and think more positively, they literally rise up… I could go on about this endlessly… this song is a masterpiece.
Iman Omari – Energy
In line with what I have just been referring to in terms of frequencies, this song is basically talking about the same thing. “I only see one thing in this world that I need, no war coming from me, just want the love’s chemistry, good vibes and inner-key, is all I feel surrounding, if it’s not on your level, then why don’t you just let it be”. The war he is talking about here represents negative energy. He is basically saying he only emits positive vibes and is only seeking love, so if you’re not on his level/frequency then you should just stay out of his way. That’s pretty much the definition of a universey song right here.
Chris McClenney – Gravity
Oh what a song! Playing with the concept of gravity representing a sense of being grounded within yourself and the concept of light representing love. “Drifting out of space, all I see is black, lost my sense of place, can’t find my way back, but a lightyear away, I can still see your heart shinning”. Simply beautifully universey.
Past Lives – BORNS
This song had to be included on this list because what is more universey than the concept of past lives?? Also in contrast to the other songs this one right here, even though starting out slowly, is a very danceable planet party song! “Through all of my lives I’d never thought I’d wait so long for you, the timing is right, the stars are aligned, so save that heart for me, cause girl you know that you’re my destiny, respect to the moon, the stars, their sons and their daughters, our love is deeper than the oceans of water”. Do I need to say more? *drops Mic*