Background Music: Soft, Relaxing and Romantic Tracks

These songs have a soft, melancholy or nostalgic sound. The songs may be used for non-commercial purposes; simply provide the credit: music by longzijun (Except of course for those songs by featured guests. For these songs, which are indicated with a ‘*’, you should follow the crediting guidelines on that song’s download page. You can refer to the Terms of Use for more information.

Background Music: Gentle, Romantic and/or Melancholy Songs

The link to the download page is below each video. You can also consider selecting songs from Soft and Relaxing Background Music: Chillout and Ambient Music (the tracks on that page tend to have a little more of a beat and a little less emphasis on melody).

40. Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom*: Composed and Performed by Kate Kwok (3:00)

This solo piano piece has a soft opening and ending. The middle section is a more powerful.

Crediting Information
Composed and performed by Kate Kwok

The download links for the music files (MP3 and WAV versions) are on this page:

Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom (Background Music 38)

38. Somewhere Deep in the Sea*: Composed and Performed by Jessica Yip (2:42)

This is a gentle, and melancholy anime-inspired piano instrumental.

Crediting Information
Composed and performed by Jessica Yip

The download links for the music files (MP3 and WAV versions) are on this page:

Somewhere Deep in the Sea (Background Music 38)

35. Broken (3:17)

This is a three-minute gentle and sad piano instrumental. It is influenced by classical minuets but is more minimalist and contemporary in feel.
The download links for the music files (MP3 and WAV versions) are on this page:

Broken (Background Music 35)

34. I Vow to Thee, My Country*: Piano arrangement and performance by Kate Kwok (2:12)

This is Kate’s performance of her own arrangement of this nostalgic song.

Crediting Information
I Vow to Thee, My Country. Arrangement and performance by Kate Kwok (2015); composition by Gustav Mahler and Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1921).

The download links for the music files (MP3 and WAV versions) are on this page:

I Vow to Thee, My Country: (Background Music 34)

30. Echoes & Fragments (3:00)

This is a gentle minimalist piano piece. The download links for the music files (MP3 and WAV versions) are on this page:

Echoes & Fragments (Background Music 30)

28. Wild Illusion* by Nikolaos Taramanidis (5:43)

An acoustic guitar ballad with faint echoes of Pink Floyd.

Crediting Information
Music: Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis

For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 28: Wild Illusion Nikolaos Taramanidis

26. Almost a Love Story (5:00)

A sweet but wistful, melodic ballad influenced by the soundtrack music of Joe Hisaishi. The download links for the music files (MP3 and WAV versions) are on this page:

Background Music 26: Almost a Love Story

25. Memoryne (3:30)

Piano instrumental, classical. This is a gentle and melodic song that is somewhat in the style of a minuet. The mood is nostalgic; it is somewhat sad, but light at the same time. Though it is classical in style, the harmonic progression is inspired by the jazz standard My Funny Valentine. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 25: Memoryne

24. Lock and Love (6:20)

This is a romantic and melodic song with with flute, strings and acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 24: Lock and Love

22. As long as a word remains unspoken (2:15)

A gentle, somewhat melancholy piano song. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 22: As long as a word remains unspoken

21. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in E-flat major*: Performed by Tong Chi-ling (2:55) 

Crediting Information
Prelude in E-flat major, Op.23, No. 6 (Andante). Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1901-1903). Performed by Tong Chi-ling (2012).

For MP3 and WAV file download links (as well as information about disputing possible false copyright matches), go to:

Prelude in E-flat Major

17. Elegy (4:53)

A gentle, new-age ballad. 

For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 17: Elegy


Short Themes (Less than one minute)

Intro 15: The Mercury Tale* by Jessica Yip (0:53)

Crediting Information
The Mercury Tale: Music by Jessica Yip

A short and gentle, anime-inspired piano song. The MP3 and WAV file download links are on this page:

The Mercury Tale & Riptide

Intro 04:  Love vs Time (0:24)

The MP3 and WAV file download links are on this page:

Intro Themes 1 to 4 (see Track 4)

25b. Memoryne Short Music Box Version (0:55)

Here is a version of the main theme of Memoryne but in a music box style.The middle part ended up being too busy (too many notes), so this arrangement features the main melody only. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 25: Memoryne (select the music box version)


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26 thoughts on “Background Music: Soft, Relaxing and Romantic Tracks

  1. I didn’t hope much, but I was utterly blown away by the only one I just downloaded ‘almost a love story’!! You are amazing!! Thanks a whole universe for sharing it:D

  2. almost a love story……guys thanku fr this…i wl use it fr my song n definately..the credits i wl give to this site….thanku…u r the bestest guys…

  3. I have been having our old 16mm home movies from 30-40 years ago converted to digital as a gift for my mom. Sadly, there is no audio as the old film cameras didn’t have that. I used Elegy over the footage of a first birthday and it was perfect. Poignant and sweet with the tinkling notes, but also happy. Thank you so much for your willingness to share!!!

  4. Thanx a lot….these compositions are great…I was looking for it…this will surely help me to lose my stress n will bring finest sleep…evey night…thnx again :)

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