Music has always been one of the greatest therapies in my life, whether I needed to listen to a “pick me up”, to feel empowered, to cry or laugh, or just to rock the hell out. I have always loved all kinds of music; the genre never mattered as long as the song made me feel. A friend once asked me what I believed was a great song, and after much thought, the best answer I could come up with was:
A song is great if it can make me feel what the writer and/or singer felt when they wrote or sang the song.
Take “Hurt,” sung by Johnny Cash, originally written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor wrote the song, but Cash “owned” it. I defy anyone to listen to that song and not feel every single word and note; that song shows the power music can have. I stated in a previous post that perhaps in the future I would share my depression playlist and, as I’m sure you can probably guess, this is that post. So without further ado, you can find the playlist below. The playlist can be found on YouTube as well, and I’ve posted all pertinent links. To warn you, there is some cheese in there. I love cheese…whether it’s extra sharp cheddar or Rachel Platten.
Matchbox 20, Unwell
“I’m not crazy, I’m Just a little unwell”
Rachel Platten, Fight Song
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright Song
I warned you of the cheese, and cheese be damned, this IS my fight song.
Johnny Cash, Hurt
I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel
I focus on the pain, the only thing that’s real
Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah
I can’t pick just one line from this song; it is the entirety of it, as a whole, that is just spectacular. This is a live version that I randomly found on YouTube and instantly fell in love with it, and it just gives me the feels when needed.
It’s 8 AM, this hell I’m in
Seems I’ve crossed a line again
For being nothing more than who I am
Alabama Shakes, Hold On
You gotta hold on
Avett Brothers, Ain’t No Man
You say you look funny, I say you’re a star
I say you’re whatever you think you are
Bad Livers, Death Trip
And I thank Jesus every day I won’t grow up again
Lind, Nilsen, Fuentes, Holm, I won’t Back Down
I won’t Back Down
I love Tom Petty, and his recent passing hit me harder than I ever could have imagined – but I chose this version of I Won’t Back Down. If you have never heard of this group, then I suggest you give them a try: they are amazing together.
Delta Rae, Morning Comes
Jealous is the night when the morning comes
But it always comes
Ringo Starr, Standing Still
When you wake up
You gotta make up
Your mind, what you’re gonna do
You can’t lie there
And sigh there
That life’s too hard for you
Maren Morris, My Church
I find my soul revival
Singing every single verse
Yeah I guess that’s my church
REM, Everybody Hurts
And everybody hurts sometimes
You never know what anyone is going through on any given day, so always try and be kind.
If you have any questions or comments regarding any of the songs above or anything related to this post, you can email me at [email protected]. Until then, always remember, someone understands and sends their love.