In a previous post about what music means to me, I mentioned that music helps me feel better. The thing with music is that these words come in such heartfelt beat and melody where the tune simply flows along, making you feel all these emotions, empowering you and, more importantly, your self.
Growing up, I’ve had a zillion playlists made for a zillion different purposes. And I’d like to share with you the playlist that makes me feel like life isn’t all that bad. Here’s my playlist for when you’re feeling down:
1. Keep Your Head Up (Andy Grammer)
The moment Andy Grammer goes “ooooh” at the beginning, already I’m starting to feel a lot better. What I love about this song is it’s relatable and very assuring that “you’ll turn out fine”, especially when the bills are there on the floor the moment you enter your apartment and you have nothing to pay it with. So go “keep your head up and let your hair down” with this one.
2. It’s Time (Imagine Dragons)
At some point in my life, I cried because of this song. The words and the beat in this song make me feel oh-so-wonderful and hopeful. With this song, I just feel like it’s time for me to do something to make my life better. “It’s time to begin, isn’t it?”
3. Dog Days Are Over (Florence and The Machines)
…or it might just be over soon. When Florence says “dog days are over”, you’re supposed to believe that the dog days will be over. So hang in there, and “leave all your lonely and longing behind”.
4. Wonder (Emeli Sande)
This is one of my new favorites, and I’ve been playing it almost every day. Every word Emeli sings in this song truly captures my sentiments and assures me that I will be okay. These first two lines make me feel so much better: “I can beat the night, I’m not afraid of thunder”. No, I am certainly not afraid of thunder, so bring it on! Because “we ain’t falling under”, I’d like to believe “we are full of wonder”, especially when she sings it.
5. Speeding Cars (Imogen Heap)
“There, there baby. It’s just textbook stuff. It’s in the ABC of growing up.” Of course, it is.
6. Breathe (Anna Nalick)
Anna shares a couple of stories in this one. I’ve been listening to these stories for years now simply because it makes me feel like all I need to do to get past whatever it is I’m going through is to breathe — to just breathe. She also assures me that there’s light at each end of this tunnel, and “you’re just as far in as you’ll ever be out”. After all, these are just mistakes I’ve made and I’ll make them again if I turn around according to her. It also reminds me that I should write because “if I get it down on paper, it’s no longer inside of me, threatening the life it belongs to”. So “breathe, just breathe”.
7. Just Keep Breathing (We The Kings)
And just keep breathing. “When heaven seems so far away, and dreams are just a memory; without the dark, the light won’t show. Remember that you’re not alone. When you watch the world just turn away, and break the promises it made; when love is all too hard to hold, just take a breath and let it go. Just keep breathing, breathing, breathing”. And that’s what you just do. Just keep breathing. One day, everything’s going to be okay.
8. Anything Could Happen (Ellie Goulding)
Just as I start to really lose hope in this world, Ellie reassures me that “anything could happen” repeatedly. And then, I don’t feel so bad because already I’m thinking “anything could happen” really. Also, the song says “I’ll give you everything you need, but I don’t think I need you”. If that doesn’t make you feel any better, I don’t know what will, especially if you’re a bitter soul like me.
9. Shake It Out (Florence and The Machines)
Because when you “shake it out, shake it out”, you’ll feel this sense of relief. And when you feel relieved from your pain, you’ll be okay. Always remember, “it’s always darkest before the dawn”.
10. Living in the Moment (Jason Mraz)
What would life be like if we don’t live in the moment? So now, “I’m letting myself off the hook for things I’ve done. I let my past go past, and now, I’m having more fun. I let go of the thoughts that do not make me strong”. I will live “in the moment, living my life, easy and breezy, with peace in my mind.”
11. Wake Me Up (Avicii with Aloe Blacc)
This song makes me smile and cry at the same time because “all this time I was finding myself, and I didn’t know I was lost.” When you realize that life is indeed a game for everyone and that love’s the prize (a very unfair one at that), you will surely just want to be awakened when it’s all over, when you’re wiser and older.
12. Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)
“It’s been a long time coming, but I know change is gonna come”. It will. It has to because “it’s been too hard living”. After all, that’s what we could only hope for, right?
13. Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles)
After Sam Cooke says “change is gonna come”, believe it will because Paul, George, John, and Ringo say “here comes the sun”. And when they say it’s coming, it’s coming. And they end with a very reassuring note that “it’s alright”.
14. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
When someone screams “DON’T STOP BELIEVING”, you simply don’t. “Hold on to that feeling” because you’ll make it one day.
15. Shine (Laura Izibor)
This song has gotten me through so much days and nights of crying. I can just relate to this song so much because every line tells my story, and perhaps yours too because “there’s got to be something else, something more, more more”. This song pushes me to move forward and let the sun shine on my face because I’ve woken up one morning and realized that my life is one big compromise. I feel the world has been passing me by, stuck in one place, got pain on my face from all the stressing out. “Don’t let your love go to waste,” she says. Remember, “of all the pain, got so much to gain, now is the time”, and indeed it is!
These 15 songs saved my life one way or another. So listen to these when you’re feeling down. I hope you do. Don’t ever lose hope. Don’t ever lose that feeling because you’ll certainly be okay one day. Hang in there. Keep your head up, breathe, just keep breathing because the sun will come as you shake it out. Believe change is gonna come. Remember that anything could happen. You will wake up and feel better when you start living in the moment. You’re of wonder, so it’s time to begin the journey and jump inside one of those speeding cars. Shine and the dog days will be over.