Friday Fun: Silence in the Library – A Playlist

Friday afternoon is probably the quietest time in an academic library. Most students (and professors) like to do Tue/Thu and Mon/Wed classes. It’s the freshmen who get stuck in dreaded Mon-Wed-Fri classes…and even then, it’s usually just in the morning.

By Friday afternoon, the library is SILENT. The other days of the week it’s bustling. Groups are studying. People are clacking away on the computers and their devices. Research assistance is busy. An open seat is a rare thing.

But Friday afternoon…it’s what most people think of when they think of a library: quiet, silent, peaceful.

That had me thinking, what playlist could I put together with songs about quietness and silence? Or songs that play on the theme of silence in the title? Here are a few that came to mind:

“The Sound of Silence” / Simon & Garfunkel

“Enjoy the Silence” / Depeche Mode

“Don’t Speak” / No Doubt

“Our Lips are Sealed” / The Go-Go’s

“Hush” / Deep Purple

“Voices Carry” / ‘Til Tuesday 

“A Quiet Place” / Garnet Mimms 

“It’s Oh So Quiet” / Björk

“Hymns to the Silence” / Van Morrison

Hush Hush; Hush Hush / The Pussycat Dolls

What else am I missing?



9 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Silence in the Library – A Playlist

  1. Manca “La voce del silenzio” composta da Paolo limiti, cantata da Dionne Warwick, Mina e tanti altri cantanti italiani e non…..

  2. I don’t know what you are missing, but I think this post is hilarious. Thanks for brightening my day.

  3. This gave me a good chuckle! Friday afternoons during the summer you can hear a pin drop, but in only a couple weeks it will be back to chaos around here! A couple more for you:

    *Silence is Golden – Garbage
    *Careless Whisper – WHAM!


  4. Ha! Fun. From Boston indie rock, there’s “Silence” by Mary Timony:

    More thematically, The Orb’s genre-naming “Blue Room” ( (well, assuming that the busy times in the library remind you of a 1990’s rave).

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