I’ve always loved music and have been fascinated with how much impact one song can have on someone’s life. When I was 15/16, I was going to probably one to two concerts a month, it would have been even more if I had been able to drive and had my own car, but I still have literally lost count of how many total concerts I’ve been to since I was that age!
I was that person who camped out on the sidewalk from 8am the morning of the show, spending the day wandering whatever city area I was in for the day, hoping to meet whatever band I was seeing that night during the day. I’d make up fake stories just to be able to get into meet and greets (whoops, but it worked!!!), wait for hours in the cold after concerts praying for a low-quality picture with band members, and spend money I shouldn’t have on gifts for these band members.
I feel like rambling at this point, but my point behind that tidbit was from that age on I felt more strongly connected to certain songs and artists. Suffering from depression and anxiety in high school, I even got a letter sent home because I was missing so much school – because I couldn’t even bear to get out of bed. Since then, I’m thankfully much better but owe a lot of my will power through the last few years to certain songs.
My favorite thing about music is its ability to immediately take you to somewhere else, alleviating you from the current thoughts that you feel are consuming you. That’s why I wanted to share with you all my list of 10 songs that help ease anxiety…
I know everyone’s preferences will be different, but I wanted to share songs that have specifically helped me while fighting anxiety and depression! These are really in no such order, I wrote them each as I was scrolling through my Spotify 🙂
Praying – Kesha
I’m not sure how I haven’t mentioned so far on my blog, but I’m probably the biggest Kesha fan you’re going to meet in your life. I could go on for literally hours about how much I love her and admire literally everything about her as a woman, but I can save that for an entirely new post. (hehehe).
Note: Yup, that is Kesha and I. I was only kind of sorta really freaking out. She was the SWEETEST and nicest celebrity I’ve ever met! I was talking to her about how much I loved her (being an annoying fan, basically) and her m&g manager tried pushing me along but she said no, let her finish and let me keep talking!! I sobbed afterwards and then she came on stage literally 10 minutes later. Best day of my life, basically. Anyway, Kesha wasn’t able to put out music for FIVE YEARS because of this terrible lawsuit she was going through with her rapist and abusive producer, with Rainbow (summer 2017) being the first album/music she able to put out since Warrior in 2013. This was the first single she released off the album, and I listened to it literally all day at work in the office on youtubereapeat.com. Basically I had to hold back tears at my desk. Anyway, I was so surprised, taken back and in love with this song the very first time I heard it. Every single lyric of the song hits so close to home for numerous reasons, specifically the chorus:I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’
You brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is “I wish you farewell”
This song reminds me of how strong I am a person considering everything I’ve been through and had to deal with at a young age. I had a good amount of anger inside me for a long amount of time towards several people in my life (for damn good reason, I will add). Living like this for so long I became numb to the feeling of just not caring, being free and moving on. A few months before this song came out I started making an effort to change the way I was thinking about people and life in general. Once I heard Praying for the first time, it resonated with me so loudly afterwards that I just didn’t stop listening for probably the next week straight, not kidding. This song reminded me that I’m a bigger person than those people, can move on and am doing so much better now without any of them. Nobody has time for people who only drag them down, aren’t supportive and those aren’t even a good friend to begin with. This song reminds me that despite these experiences, I will always be a stronger and better person because of them. Expect more Kesha in the future.
2. On Melancholy Hill – Gorillaz
Okay, so I’ve loved the Gorillaz since I was like, ten or younger when my dad made me listen to Clint Eastwood. Since then, I’ve always kept up with their new releases and things like that. While the album this song is off of is almost ten years old (I googled this and was in disbelief, basically) I still love it as much as I did back in high school.
This song made my list simply because of how relaxing, soothing and summer-y it is! It’s so hard to be bummed out while listening to this because it’s such a dreamy and upbeat song! I love it because it instantly gets me thinking about warm summer days, being at the beach and just generally better days. I love any song that can easily get my mind thinking about other things – and this is one of my favorites! The beach is my favorite place in the world and where I feel fully relaxed and content so, On Melancholy Hill is the perfect soundtrack whether there or just dreaming of the waves coming in and out.
3. Seve – Tez Cadey
So this song’s lyrics are actually in Swahili which I didn’t even know until I googled it for this post, so that’s really cool! I’ve been listening to this song for a few years because it’s just so great and never bothered to look that up until now. So yeah, you probably won’t understand the lyrics unless you speak Swahili but it really won’t impact your overall opinion of the song! It’s more or less an instrumental. I love this song so much because of the fun beat and its ability to instantly have me thinking I’m somewhere on a beach or tropical island (I wish, farthest I’ve ever traveled is Maryland to California!). This is also a song I use to listen to while writing and doing homework because for whatever reason gets me in the pace of working and isn’t too distracting since the lyrics are so minimal. If you’re looking for a fun and upbeat jam to get you excited for warmer weather and summer happenings, this is a song for you! While I deal with SAD, seasonal affective disorder, I always turn to this song to get my mind off the crumminess of winter and it always helps me feel better!
4. Digital Love – Daft Punk
Because who doesn’t love Daft Punk?! I have a T O N of memories with this song with so many different people! I found this song freshman year of college and became amazed with it I started showing it to literally everyone possible during any kind of party, hang out session, whatever. It became a staple to me on nights I would be going out to a party in some sweaty, small apartment with my best friends at the time. We all loved it, blasted it and always talked about how literally out of this world this song is. Most songs I have a ton of memories with I usually don’t like listening to unless I’m purposely trying to remember the “good ol’ days”, but this isn’t one of them. While I always think about freshman year of college listening to this song, the entire song itself is so fun and different I’m still able to enjoy it every time I listen to it. This song overall reminds me of space and just being somewhere else than where you currently are, which is why I just love it so much!
5. Learn To Let Go – Kesha
I told y’all I liked Kesha. I was trying to save this song for a part 2 of this post, but I’m including it in this one because I don’t care! This is another song off of Rainbow, Kesha’s newest album. This song resonated with me just like Praying did. I was holding up a ton of anger inside me for good reasons and realized soon before this came out that if I want to change and feel better, I need to learn and let go from the past instead of letting it still impact the person who I am today. Letting go of the past, people from it and allowing yourself to learn and grow from it is the best and only way to care for yourself and your mind. Letting yourself withhold anger will only make you more miserable as you try to move on through life. I love this song so much, more than Praying, and listen to all the time, not just when I’m feeling down! It’s a super fun song that makes you feel like dancing and lets you feel free of whatever is weighing you down!
I originally wanted to make this a 10 songs that ease anxiety during the semester but it was getting too long! So, I’ve decided to make this a two-part blog post with the second part coming later on this semester! Keep your eyes out for when part two goes live and let me know what songs you love that help you feel better in the comments!