5 YouTube Videos That Will Give You ASMR Shivers

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asmrIt’s a well-known fact that you can find anything you want on the Internet. There are communities that band together around the strangest and most niche topics. Recently, I stumbled upon a Reddit-based community that discusses the topic of ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response.

Not sure what that is? Neither did I. Then I spent some time researching it and found out that it was an apt description of a phenomenon that I’ve experienced since childhood but could never describe. It’s called ASMR and there’s a chance that you are in the same boat that I was once in. Keep reading to find out more.

What Is ASMR?

ASMR is best described as a physical sensation of tingling that often begins in the scalp and moves down through the spine and sometimes to the limbs. It is a pleasurable feeling that some would call relaxing. ASMR is also known as AIHO (attention induced head orgasm) or AIE (attention induced euphoria).

The feeling of ASMR is triggered by a number of different stimuli, and the effective ASMR triggers can differ from person to person. Some common triggers include:

  • The sound of lips smacking, such as when eating.
  • Slow or soft speech patterns. Whispering, too.
  • Receiving personal attention from someone, such as having your hair done, having your make-up done, receiving an eye exam, receiving a massage, etc.
  • Having someone play with your hair.
  • Certain sounds may trigger the effect, like fire crackling, paper scratching, white noise, running water, etc.
  • Watching someone who is performing a meticulous task, like fixing an electronic, working origami, making tea, etc.

Not everyone experiences ASMR. If you have absolutely no idea what I’ve been describing so far, then it’s probably that you do not have the ASMR response. However, if this sounds like something you’ve experienced before, then it’s likely that you can manually trigger it by watching videos that include the above ASMR trigger.

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Here are some videos that have been known to trigger the ASMR response. They will make use of one or more of the above triggers. Sit back, relax, and just watch! If you start to get chills, then you know you have it.

Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting

Out of all the people I know who have ASMR, it seems like the most common ASMR trigger is Bob Ross. He just has that kind of voice that not only soothes, but makes you want to chill out and listen. On top of that, he always has nuggets of wisdom that he injects into his show.

It’s too bad that he is no longer able to continue his show. RIP Bob Ross. Thank you for leaving behind 30 seasons of The Joy of Painting that we can enjoy for our ASMR fixes.

Fountain Pen HD

This video has two main properties that can trigger ASMR: the scratching of the fountain pen’s tip against the tough canvas paper, and the intricate detailing of the writer’s penmanship. Personally, the scratching is what gets me with this video.

Even if you don’t get an ASMR response out of this, I think you’ll enjoy watching it. The clip is relatively short and it gives you a glimpse into the world of calligraphy and skillful handwriting.

T. M. Lewin’s How to Iron a Shirt

ASMR can be triggered by particular accents and forms of speech. The man in this video has a British accent, but combined with the gentle tone of his voice we’ve got a successful ASMR-triggering clip. As a bonus, you’ll learn how to properly iron those pesky wrinkles out of your shirts.

Educational and shiver-inducing! It doesn’t get any better than that.

Yang Haiying Making a Cup of Tea

Yang Haiying is a soft-spoken Asian woman (Chinese, I believe) that has over 7,000 videos uploaded to her Youtube account. The videos cover a whole bunch of topics ranging from painting to cooking to the making of tea. I’ve only seen her tea-related videos, but she has the kind of voice that will shiver you right up. It’s no wonder she’s so popular over in Reddit’s ASMR community.

She’s even acknowledged it, too. Some of her videos are titled and tagged as “Inadvertent ASMR,” so she definitely knows the power of her sweet voice.

Making Fire With IKEA Products

Lastly, this video demonstrates the ASMR triggers of clacking, scratching, shaving, and crackling–all distinct sounds that have been known to trigger an ASMR response. If these sorts of sounds don’t trigger you, then at least you’ll learn how to make a fire from scratch using only IKEA products.


Did you feel it? Did you get shivers running down your spine and a tingling sensation along your scalp? If so, congratulations! You have been blessed with the opportunity to enjoy such a pleasurable experience.

If you want more ASMR-related videos, then hop on over to /r/ASMR at Reddit and join 17,000+ other users who also enjoy head tingles. If craftsmanship and meticulous work is one of your triggers, then be sure to check out my list of 8 artisan videos. I guarantee that at least one of them will surely trigger your ASMR response.

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Mike DeGeorge

It didn’t do anything for me.

Joel Lee

That’s too bad. Not everyone can get an ASMR response. :(

I hope you enjoyed watching the videos, at least.



I can induce an ASMR response voluntarily but its not strong enough.. however the strongest ones are triggered by a scalp massage which travel from my scalp all the way to the ends of my limbs. until now i thought i was the only one… thanx a lot for the post.

Joel Lee

I always thought I was alone in ASMR, too! It seems a lot of people feel that way and aren’t aware that it’s a real experience. Glad you enjoyed the post!


Try videos about “washing wheels and tires”, “house cleaning”, “head massage” and “foot massage”. I’m absolutely sure you will enjoy them ;)

Thomas Benson

Pretend you are actually there, none of the above videos worked for me, but this had me going in 20 seconds. Best viewed with surround sound.



While I didn’t get ASMR I did learn a bunch of things, the only video I didn’t finish was the tea one because it seemed boring…

Joel Lee

Ah, that stinks. I’m glad you enjoyed the videos, at least. :) Thanks for watching!


I used to get this feeling a lot when i was younger. But it is very rare now. When it does happen, it is spontaneous. I think the drug ecstacy numbed that ability permanently.


Bingo! Just my thinking. My brother gets it, but I don’t. My brother has abstained from ecstasy… well, you get the point.


Search youtube for greatest head massage in the world. That is GUARANTEED to give you the experience. Has like a bizzillion views.


BABA lol



These videos gave me a headache, at the back base of my skull. Not pleasant.

Joel Lee

You may want to see a doctor about that.



I cannot believe that I just found out about ASMR shivers! I never knew other people experienced this or that it even had a name. I thought it was just something that happened to me when I watched people draw (esp on my arm like as in high school) or some yoga instructors voice would make me feel that way. Also I also watch this one Seinfeld clip on youtube over and over because it would make me feel relaxed and almost in a trance. And I thought it was strange so never told anyone and then I saw someone’s comment that they got ASMR shivers from the clip and BAM came upon this site. This is crazy!

Joel Lee

That’s awesome! I have a similar story and it was eye-opening to find out that other people experienced it, too. ASMR is a relatively new thing (in terms of recognizing its existence) so not many people know about it. Glad that you finally discovered what it was! :)


Same here! It was always such a personal thing for me to experience this kind of stuff, that I had no idea it was common among others, or even that it had a name. Another one many know about it is Lita, under the name “Massageclips2″ on Youtube. I also enjoy “Softsoundwhispers” and her video “ASMR Brushing Your Face for Tingles”.

Happy Tingling! :)



You totally forgot some of the BEST. GentleWhispering, WhisperCrystal just to name a few.


Don’t forget QueenOfSerene, TheOneLilium, SweetseductiveASMR



I experience ASMR when listening to whispering voices.

I get a similar sesation, but it’s more of a tingles all-over feeling intensely when listening to anything squeaky.

I also get headaches from whisperers with low, scratchy voices.



Wow, I’m the opposite… I thought it was normal to get tingling feelings from things like that (especially hair playing, scalp massage, haircut, etc.)… Now I feel weird realizing it’s not as common as I thought!

Joel Lee

Ha! Well, now you know. I love having ASMR; it’s one of the most relaxing feelings in the world. We’re lucky to have it!

Anne Somnia

That’s exactly what happened to me- I thought it was something everyone experienced, then I found out that it’s not that common at all.



I’m not sure if what I have is ASMR? But when I watch these videos, I get super relaxed and my head feels really light and I start to kind of melt into sleep. Aha I don’t know how to explain it other than my head/brain feels good?

Joel Lee

Not sure if that’s ASMR but that sounds just as awesome. As long as you’re getting some sort of positive response, I’d say that’s all that matters. Enjoy it! :D



I frequently get seemingly random shivers throughout my body that last for a moment or two. To give these shivers some context, I was told this is what happens when “someone walks over your grave,” (don’t know if you guys have heard the expression?) Could these shivers be momentary glimpses of a real ASMR experience, or something else entirely? I’ve never really paid much attention to them before.

Joel Lee

If the shivers occur randomly, then I don’t think they are ASMR-related. As far as I understand it, ASMR shivers are triggered by stimuli related to the ones listed at the start of the article. I’m not a doctor nor do I have any medical background, so I’m not sure what your shivers are. Sorry!


Anne Somnia

I get ASMR, but none of those videos do anything for me.


Me too…


James Denton

There is also this video on youtube where this woman is braiding her daughters hair. Get me everytime http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuzRv_ow4P0&list=UUcro63l1yVTdSGb6uirr70Q&index=8&feature=plcp



like most commenters, had no idea other people experienced this too!! it usually just tingles all over my scalp and doesn’t spread to any limbs though. i did often get the same effect from shows like bob ross’s (i didn’t get it this time but maybe because i was trying to be conscious of it).
i used to like to watch any kind of home shopping networks, where they would often talk in gentle tones, and especially the slow, steady back and forth rotation of the little table showing off the jewelry or whatever would be great.
also would really enjoy watching the putting in golf, when the guys would crouch down and slowly and intensely study the contours of the green
unfortunately i don’t get it nearly as often in adulthood as i did as a kid, but i really enjoy it when a couple female coworkers would chat in whisper just near my desk, or when some of my foreign coworkers would talk at low volume in polish or russian on the phone (presumably to some family member).

Joel Lee

Same! It seems that ASMR becomes less prominent into adulthood, though that might just be perception-based bias now that I know what ASMR is. I feel like I used to get ASMR all the time as a kid (watching teachers, watching TV, etc.) but maybe I just don’t have as many opportunities for triggers anymore.



#5 joy



JOY #5



Two things needed to be added to this. A clip of getting a haircut and a clip of the show “sit and be fit”. If you like Bob Ross, you will love “sit and be fit”. Particularly the wrap up at the end of the episode.

Joel Lee

I’ll keep an eye out for “Sit and Be Fit.” I love Bob Ross so hopefully it’ll meet expectations. :)



I feel like mine is triggered more from sounds than anything else.. these videos didn’t really do much for me.

What I have found works AMAZING is that ‘Virtual Haircut’ video on youtube.. it’s just so real sounding, works every time.

Joel Lee

It seems like a lot of people are referencing that video. If it works for you, awesome! :D



These are good but the best asmr video in my opinion is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW5RlESXBUo

Joel Lee

WOW! That video gave me a serious ASMR shock. That was awesome. Thanks for sharing! I favorited it right away. :)



can you have the tingling sensation mostly in the back and then sometimes in your head running down your body is that ASMR ????

Joel Lee

Yes, I believe that is ASMR! To be sure, it depends on WHEN those shivers appear. If they’re just random, then it’s likely not ASMR, but if they appear according to the triggers in this article, then yes! :)



Do you think this is at all related to me getting the chills any time I hear an unpleasant sound? Like chalk on a chalkboard or something being scraped? Lately I have been very sensitive to it. Or is ASMR only related to pleasant feelings?

Joel Lee

ASMR is by definition a pleasant feeling. I, too, get chills when I hear nails on chalkboard or metal utensils scraping against each other–but that feeling is distinctly different from ASMR. Hope that helps!


Alexandra Tibbo

<3 I heard about ASMR a few months ago, and was amazed to learn that only a certain group of people got the head tingles hehe. Whenever I was younger, I would always make my mom braid my hair or brush it, because it would always give me the best shivers. Same with getting a haircut, or going for a doctors appointment. I always assumed it was normal to have those sensations, and that everybody got them. Turns out I was wrong!
Being only thirteen, a new year at school always brings the excitement that I might get a teacher with one of those perfectly soft ASMR-y voices. I've only had one, but luckily I had her for two grades (grade two and three) she came from Ireland, but didn't have too strong of an accent, just enough that it would always relax me. Dang I miss that class… LOL.
Coming onto this page, I was hoping for a few good videos to bring on the shivers, but unfortunately, Ol' Bob Ross was the only successful one. I did enjoy that fountain pen and the tea making video though. Made me kinda drowsy aha. I don't know about you, but my ultimate asmr triggers, are soft spoken role-plays, especially when the person has an accent. Videos of head massages are also fantastic whenever I want some tingles :) You should check some of them out.

My absolute favourite video though, has to be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhP8mI3B28E
The sounds of traffic in the background surpringly add the perfect touch!

Lordy, I just realize how gigantic this comment has become, so I'll be going, hope you find more videos, and hope you have a great day! xx


Joel Lee

The soft spoken triggers are often the most impactful for me, but I most frequently get ASMR from watching someone do expert artisan work. I checked out your video and it did trigger ASMR for me, so thanks! :)



I don’t think you have a clue about ASMR, or what it is…these videos have no ability whatsoever to manufacture the pleasant feeling of tingling sensations.

Joel Lee

That’s funny… because I compiled these videos after browsing a number of threads in various ASMR communities. ASMR is not a definite science and everyone has different triggers. Some can’t be triggered by videos at all, only in real life.

I also clearly defined what ASMR is in the article. Perhaps if you’d given it a read, you would’ve known that.



im certain i have ASMR but i dont necessarily get the “tingle” per say, instead more of a warm fuzzy feeling where i dont want to move, actually feels a lot like an indica high in some ways without anything negative

Joel Lee

My ASMR differs sometimes. Mostly I’ll get the tingle, but sometimes I’ll get the warm fuzzy feeling–though lots of times, I get both. I’ve never tried indica, so I can’t confirm or deny that part. ;)



It may sound weird, but I get ASMR responses differently than most people. While I do still feel it in my spine and scalp I feel it most strongly in my throat.

Joel Lee

A throat response? That’s pretty cool. Hopefully it feels just as good.


Not weird to me. I just discovered that this is shared by so many people and find it very interesting that much of the same stuff triggers so many people..never gave it too much thought until now really, just enjoyed it when the sensation randomly (or so it seemed) appeared.. I have it mostly in the throat as well:)



I get this response, but I don’t always like the feeling. If someone pulls down a projector screen, like those found in classrooms, i get a tingling sensation all over my body but I don’t associate it with a pleasurable feeling. It’s almost like nails on a chalkboard. I feel the same way about listening to a violin. The whispering though is a pleasurable ASMR response for me.

Joel Lee

Ugh, nails on chalkboard. I get that sensation too but I don’t think it’s ASMR. I think ASMR is by definition pleasurable. Still, it’s nice that you can enjoy whispers at least.



I have ASMR, but online videos do not work for me, unfortunately. I watch the videos, but all they do is relax me and make me feel drowsy, like dinasaur2 on youtube (this is a good trigger if you’re into drawing). But in real life, pretty much every trigger that I’ve read about works on me, so I do get head tingles every so often.

The only online video that ever gave me ASMR was this one, and I think it was only because I wasn’t expecting it to happen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6YeO_egn-0&feature=relmfu
(Starts at 1:30 and gets better at 8:00)

Joel Lee

I agree with you. ASMR tends to be weaker when you’re anticipating it, much like tickling. I can’t watch “intentional” ASMR videos because they just don’t work for me; instead, the most powerful reactions occur when I don’t expect it.


c w

finally stumbled across the asmr categorization after years of bookmarking my trigger videos. anyways, along the lines of your prior article ‘8 Fascinating Artisans’…another shoeshine vid, sounds in it trigger response for me.

Joel Lee

I found that a number of those artisan videos triggered ASMR for me. Something about watching highly skilled individuals. The shoeshine you linked triggered it, too, and now I feel all relaxed. Thank you very much! :)



Hi, i’m not sure if I have ASMR or not(very new to this, just found out like a week ago and been watching many of these videos!)

The response I get from the vids is like a general state of relaxing, like a tingling in the front of my head, eyes, sinus(noticeable but pleasant/relaxing)

and like a tingling feeling on the back of my neck during these vids like whisper, typing etc.

I still don’t know if I have ASMR, is there a test somewhere on the internet or from a doctor/therapist I could take?

Joel Lee

From your description, I would say that you DO experience ASMR! Most telling is the state of feeling relaxed and the tingling behind your neck. Congrats! :)



I did get lots of ASMR triggers from these videos! Specially with Bob Ross. The old sound with some background noise kind of helps.

I’ve been aware of the ASMR feeling since about always, but I really thought it was something everyone got. As common as breathing, so it never occurred to me to speak about it until recently when I gave my sister a few links that made me feel these triggers and she felt nothing or was even greatly annoyed… then I came across reading about it and realized, not all people get it. (They’re totally missing it, I like it a lot!)



seconds into that bob ross vid just paralyzed meh!



Wow! Thank you so much for the article! I never knew what I have experienced since childhood actually had a name other than “relaxed”. I guess we are a lucky few!

Bob Ross ALWAYS triggers this response (I have 15+ Joy of Painting episodes saved on my DVR right now). While all the other videos triggered my ASMR somewhat, the Rushka tea one had the most effect. I also like to watch people doing crafts (the sound of scissors cutting construction paper is amazing). Getting a massage or just watching someone get a massage (I can even read the description of spa treatments & have an ASMR response!) I love my hair to be played with too! As you probably know, the list can go on forever!!

This video of Martha Stewart and a NYC florist making a Mother’s Day floral arrangement triggers my ASMR big time! Just excuse the Clariton ad at the front of the video. (Hope you dont mind me putting the link in here) http://www.marthastewart.com/911157/mothers-day-floral-arrangement

Question: I have a lot of tension headaches & upper back/neck aches; what seems like more than most people do. Do any of you who experience ASMR noticed this as well? Wondering if they’re related some how. Thank again for the video!

Joel Lee

Based on your description, it does sound like you experience ASMR. Awesome! And thanks for sharing that video. If anything, it increased my exposure to flower arrangement. ;)

As far as I know, there is no correlation between ASMR and tension headaches or back aches. They might be caused by an unrelated source, like something caffeine related.

From personal experience, I used to have a ton of random headaches that felt like tension headaches. As it turned out, they were caused by dehydration. A lot of people don’t know they’re dehydrated; you can be even if you don’t feel thirsty.

I’m not a doctor so that’s all I can offer. Hope you figure out the cause!


I am 69 female and have gotten a tingling in scalp in certain situations since I was a child. Just love it although it doesn’t happen as often as when I was younger. Unfortunately, none of the videos did it for me and I don’t ever remember seeing any youtube, etc that did it. Has to be real life. Someone comes to vacuum my office once a week. I get the tinglin feeling every time she’s there. Of course, someone combing or styling my hair does it (more likely to happen if it’s random and informal vs a haircut at the salon). Or someone giving me instructions and showing me how to do something (a simple, physical task) will trigger it. I try to hold onto it but it is so often too fleeting a sensation.

Recently asked my siblings and son if they got it. They had no idea what i was talking about. (Never had ever mentioned this to anyone before though i think i assumed a lot of people must have experienced it.)

Brett mentions headaches. As a kid I got so many headaches that I almost didn’t pay attention to them. As an adult I also get more headaches than most people I know. Never thought that there might be a correlation between the two sensations — one so wonderful, the other so painful.



Forgot to add what my ASMR experience is like…tingling in the back of my head (if I’m having a good one it will be over my complete head & behind my eyes), tingling down the back of my neck which migrates through my trapezius area (upper back & shoulders), down to my arms & fingers! It’s awesome!



The best experience ive had was when i was a kid back in school when a female Chinese student was helping me solve a mathematical problem and it just hit me,my head got really tingly and i swear it felt like time slowed down or something lol.
I got no idea what triggered it but she had a real soft voice and she was talking out loud on how to solve the problem i was having.

I have had the feeling every now and again as an adult but nothing anywhere near as strong as the one a had at school.

Joel Lee

I love those situations! But yeah, as I get older, ASMR seems to be less powerful. My childhood ASMR chills were insane!


Marius Lixandru

I know what you’re talking, I realized this experience when I saw a lady who was giving the vacuum cleaner, something happen in my head 100% relax
i dont know how to explain this, i was think im crazy! but now im sure im note alone! :)



I’ve never heard of ASMR before but now i know why sometimes i get that feeling by listening to certain sound.
The best trigger for me is the sound of a marker scratching a paper surface like in this video:


Mister SootheTube

Hi Joel, just wondering if you’d like to add my site to this article as a great ASMR resource.

I run http://www.soothetube.com and have been posting ASMR vids almost daily since 2010, even before the term was coined!

I think it would be valuable info to share.



Joel Lee

Wow, I didn’t know about that site. I love it. Thanks for letting me know. :D



I absolutely get a response, but it’s actually a tingling in my, um… nether regions. It’s definitely not a sex thing, but I’ve always felt guilty about it! I remember experiencing it as a child when a librarian would open a book with a plastic jacket and stamp the date in the back. Is this ASMR?

Joel Lee

As I’m a male, I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this. However, as far as I know, ASMR is defined by its location in the head/neck/spine areas. This is the first time I’m hearing about nether regions, so it may or may not be related.



I watched all of these and none gave me the shivers, I get ASMR but the more I look for triggers, the more I feel it only happens for me organically. My biggest trigger is being on the phone with someone who is typing, and unfortunately there aren’t exactly videos of that!


Zoey Smith

Ive had this feeling my whole life but could never describe it. The description of the feeling is accurate to what i feel yet none of those videos triggered it for me?



Having had enough not so good conditions (bipolar, ADD, panic attacks), it feels so good to have this one! Since ASMR seems to be triggered by so many things, I’m with the people who get tingly responses from certain types of touch (massage, scalp massage) and certain sounds (put me on on a boat or train and I’m in happyland). Strangely, whispering, tapping, folding laundry have no effect at all or are even annoying. Have also bought a few hypnosis CDs and they actually irritate the crap out of me and I hate guided meditation! But soft speaking voices are my main non-physical trigger. If I listen to certain presenters on Radio National Australia, This American Life etc, I can’t drive because it’s too hypnotic. Very blissful though :). For those who have the condition, you’ll find your trigger even if it’s not in the top 5.



I get it several times a day with nothing that I know of triggering it. It starts in the neck, causing a wrenching motion in my neck and head, before going down the spine. I didn’t use to have this before suffering some nerve damage. Is this the way it is for everyone or is it the nerve damage after all?



I’m mostly deaf so those videos do not work, however I get head tingles from reading sometimes! Try reading a book you love, not just like but one of your favorites where you can recall some of the favorite scenes in it. Tingles lots of tingles! Try it. :D

I think head tingles are connected to emotional, and the tingles are a physical effect of that emotion.



It’s great to read all these comments and witness the first reactions of people who are new to ASMR! An absolute joy!

Darkocean have you tried the head massager orgasmotron or whatever the name of it is? It gives similar tingles!

It’s great that people like the author try to educate other on ASMR. All my friends used to think it’s something sexual. I think this is pretty common and it’s a curse for the whole asmr community: http://discoverasmr.com/what-is-asmr/sexual-asmr/



All of them worked to me, thanks

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