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Music That Will Make Your Soul Smile

The holiday blues are real folks, and they can last way past the holidays. Pulling yourself out of a “funk”, “rut”, “dark place”, “deeply depressed state”, … whatever you want to call it, … it can be tough and feel impossible. Bottom line, it sucks. If you’re going through it, you’re not alone.

BoB Marley

I don’t think there’s just one thing you can do to battle depression. It takes a lot, but hey – it’s worth it. A couple of days ago I had some song lyrics stuck in my head. It was more like 3 or 4 words that I wasn’t sure what a couple words were. That made it hard to figure out the song. Anyway – thanks to my awesome friend, Melissa, I figured out the song. Then I listened to it. And I listened to another. And another; heck I’ve pretty much been listening to music ever since. I used to love music. 

One sign, for me at least, that it’s depression is that lack of interest in pretty much anything. The worst part of that is that you don’t normally see it yourself; at least not right away. If you’re lucky you have people casually (or forcefully) point it out. Of course, if you’re depressed you probably see that as an insult and get offended.

Heinrich Heine

…Maybe pushing everyone out of your life.

…Blowing off the people you normally rely on.

…Sinking further and further into hermit-tude.

Then one day you obsess over a few words from an obscure song and you realize you don’t listen to music much anymore. Hell, you don’t really do anything anymore. Then you wonder what happened and try to figure out when it started. That’s usually my wake-up call, my id screaming “YOU’RE DEPRESSED, SNAP OUT OF IT“. There I go insulting myself, telling myself to snap out of it like it’s that easy. Boy, do I piss myself off sometimes.

Confucius

But I was kind of right. I found the song, listened to different versions of it, and loved every second. Well, looking back it felt like I did which is even better for me. Finding a happy place in such a dark place is like finding a unicorn on an island full of zebras. It’s not going to happen, but you’ll always wonder “what if”. Then you start remembering what it felt like to not be sad. Maybe just for a short time, but still.

And like I said before, it’s not always just one thing you can do to get happy, but you have to start somewhere! I start with music. So, I thought – “Hey, why not put together a playlist?”. So here it is, it’s still a work in progress because there is so much music out there. In fact,

if you have some awesome music to recommend please share it in the comments below

  1. Gavin DeGraw – I Don’t Want to Be
  2. Neon Trees – Everybody Talks
  3. Aerosmith – Walk This Way
  4. Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy With It
  5. Len – Steal My Sunshine
  6. Harry Belafonte – Jump in the Line
  7. Pink – F’ing Perfect
  8. Selena Gomez – Who Says
  9. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  10. House of Pain – Jump Around
  11. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
  12. Florida Georgia Line – Cruise
  13. Nelly – Hot in Here
  14. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  15. Gloria Estefan – Conga
  16. Katy Perry – Roar
  17. Pitbull & Ke$ha – Timber
  18. Hanson – MMMBop
  19. Low Rider – War
  20. Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammar
  21. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  22. Mr. Probz & Chris Brown & TI & Robin Shulz – Waves
  23. James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
  24. Luke Bryan – Play it Again
  25. OMI – Cheerleader
  26. Rachel Platten – Fight Song
  27. The Script – Hall of Fame
  28. Kelly Clarkson – Strong
  29. Christina Aguilera – Fighter
  30. Demi Lovato – Skyscraper
  31. Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself
  32. Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
  33. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
  34. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

I crowdsourced a little on Facebook and here are some of their happiest songs:

Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
Andy Grammar – Honey I’m Good
Rachel Platten – Fight Song
Meghan Trainor – All about the Bass 
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now & Somebody To Love
Blind Melon – No Rain
Steeler’s Wheel – Stuck in the Middle with you
Doobie Bros – Listen to the Music
Bob Seger – Night Moves
Twenty One Pilots – Ride
RHCP – Dark Necessities
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love & Fat Bottom Girls
Allman Bros – Jessica
Nirvana – All Apologies
Steve Miller – The Joker

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Written by Amber

Amber is a 30 something country girl who is a habitual optimist, animal lover, reluctant foodie, and adventure seeker.