Everyone gets the blues and I firmly believe that music can be the best medicine. Sometimes we’re exhausted, sometimes we’re sad, sometimes we’re angry, and sometimes we’re just apathetic. Each of these songs cater to that blah feeling in one way or another. Check it out!
All of the tracks are listed below each song title, the full playlist is at the bottom of the page!
1. For dealing with the haters:
“Wings” by Little Mix:
I wish that this song came out when I was in high school, but for those that are, keep this song in mind. This song can still apply if you have a work nemesis or a frenemy (which, if you do, you should drop immediately.)
2. For when you fucked up:
“Only One” by Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney:
Who would have thought that Kanye would write a song about not being perfect, but here it is. The only song of his that I like more than this is “Hey Mama” and, coincidentally, both songs involve the love of his mother. Later in the song there is another striking lyric: “No, you’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes.” Kanye may be a jerk, but he’s a deep, talented jerk.
3. For when it seems like no one is in your corner:
“Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi:
Hopefully you don’t have people in your life that try to hold you back, but if you do, take a cue from Kid Cudi and keep moving forward. Haters? More like motivators!
“I Need a Doctor” by Dr. Dre & Eminem ft. Skylar Grey:
Leave it to Eminem to speak the truth. This is the perfect example of how the devil on your shoulder starts messing with your head and makes you doubt things you love or are passionate about. Let Eminem rap his support to you, as if you were Dr. Dre, and you’ll feel lots better knowing that someone like Eminem believes in you!
4. When you’re just plain exhausted:
“Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas:
Nothing stirs you like an epic rock ballad, so when you feel like every day is a Monday, blast this tune. Make sure you play your air guitar, too, or it doesn’t count.
“‘Till I Collapse” by Eminem ft. Nate Dogg:
Nothing lights a fire under your butt better than an Eminem song. I think that’s due to his songs being part skill and part honesty. His messages resonate with everyone because he writes about things he’s experienced and things that everyone can relate to (aside from gang banging, dealing drugs, etc.)
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii:
Ugh. There’s nothing like hearing that “you’ll get it when you’re older” or “it get’s easier.” STFU. I want it to be easier now and you aren’t helping. I’m going to sleep now, wake me up when the coast is clear.
5. For when you’re heartbroken:
“Strip Me” by Natasha Bedingfield:
Ah, nothing like an angry ballad. I like this one in particular because the lyrics describe a situation that, while you have literally nothing left, you still have your own voice. That may not make a single difference, but it’s something that no one can ever take from you.
“Living for Love” by Madonna:
Like “Strip Me,” this new Madonna anthem is all about picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and starting to rely on yourself. Everyone has had that moment where that seems impossible, but fake it ’til you make it. Or, in this case, sing it ’til you make it.
“Bowl of Oranges” by Bright Eyes:
This realization is a hard one and takes a long time to get to this place, which is why it’s last on the “heartbreak” portion of this list. Sometimes it feels like something you can never recover from, but you always do. Remember in high school when something was the biggest deal ever and now, looking back, it’s funny to think of how dramatic you were? You’ll feel that way about your broken heart eventually.
6. For when you’re pissed:
“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele:
If you don’t think “Rolling in the Deep” when you think anger, than you clearly haven’t heard the song before. Adele really killed it with her album 21, and if she’s anything like Taylor Swift, I really want to know who jilted her.
“My Life” by Billy Joel:
No one can touch the music greats! Only Billy Joel could write a song so direct and so filled with passion that it almost feels like it’s coming out of your own mouth.
“Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” by Coldplay:
This song perfectly describes that feeling when you’re so angry that the only reasonable (or legal) option is to turn your music up as high as you possibly can to drown out your own angry thoughts. It’s like angry song inception.
7. When you wish you could just escape for a bit:
“Spectrum” by Zedd ft. Matthew Koma:
Naturally one of the most heart-lifting EDM hit has to make the list. There is nothing quite like the idea of grabbing someone you love’s hand and running away forever (even if forever is just to Electric Daisy Carnival.) I’ve been at plenty of Zedd shows when this track comes on and there is really nothing like the euphoria it radiates through the crowd; it really is almost like a 3-minute escape from reality.
“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman:
The lyrics to this song resonate so much that, even though this song is decades old, it is still covered by big artists all the time. This was a big song for me when I was younger, back in high school when my family just didn’t get it **STOMPS FEET** The song, itself, is really sad, which sort of puts my curfew drama in perspective now that I can truly understand it. I hope to never know the feeling of being so desperate that literally disappearing would be better than staying, but for those that do, this song’s for you.
“Cups (Pitch Perfect)” by Anna Kendrick:
This tune, which is actually from 1931 and written by A.P. Carter, is another song about movin’ on. It’s not quite as depressing as “Fast Car,” but you’ve gotta admire the character’s outlook: I’m leaving and you can come with me if you want, but this place and these people are the ones that are going to miss me!
When you feel completely lost:
“Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts” by Brandon Flowers:
I think that at least everyone has had the feeling of being totally alone and the desperation and longing in needing someone to reach out to you. This song is obviously about, well, jilted lovers and broken hearts, but it can apply to anything: feeling stuck at work, being the new kid, etc.
“Airplanes” by B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams:
Ok, yeah, this song is a bit of a cliché, but don’t act like you didn’t relate to it or belt it out in the Fall of 2009. I honestly like it even more now that it’s not a Top 10 hit. Plus B.o.B. is a fantastic rapper.
“Room for Happiness” by Kaskade ft. Skylar Grey:
EDM songs are great for that “alone” feeling. They are upbeat but their words still resonate with you, helping both cheer you up and realize that other people are facing the same feelings that you are. What a great way of looking at the glass half empty, Kaskade.
“Below My Feet” by Mumford & Sons:
For those who believe in a higher power: “Below My Feet.” Sometimes, you feel so lost that you look to a higher power to keep yourself sturdy. Try to keep in mind that during troubled times that eventually you will learn from what you’ve experienced. That may not be today, but it will be one day.
“Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia:
And if your higher power happens to be Swedish House Mafia (as it is occasionally is for me,) this song is perfect for you. I am still praying that those three Swedes will join forces again, but until that day I have to assume that Heaven, and SHM, has a plan for me.