16 Songs That Have Helped People Through Depression

Facing the world each morning can be difficult when you live with a mental illness. Depression, specifically, can make everyday tasks seem daunting. Getting out of bed and out the door can be a major accomplishment. And although music can’t cure depression (we wish), it’s scientifically proven to reduce stress and even depressive symptoms.

So, we asked our readers what songs and lyrics have helped them through depression. If you need an extra boost today, hopefully some of these can help.

1. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

rachel platten quote: my power's turned on. starting right now i'll play my fight song. and i really don't care if nobody else believes, 'cause i've still got a lot of fight left in me.
photo: RachelPlattenVEVO

“My power’s turned on. Starting right now I’ll be strong. I’ll play my fight song. And I don’t really care if nobody else believes, ’cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.”

 

2. “Now Is the Start” by A Fine Frenzy

fine frenzy quote: Do you hear that sound? It's the sound of the lost gone found. It's the sound of a mute gone loud. It's the sound of a new start.
photo: AFineFrenzyVEVO

“Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of the lost gone found. It’s the sound of a mute gone loud. It’s the sound of a new start.”

3. “I Choose” by India Arie

india arie quote: Because you never know where life is gonna take you, and you can't change where you've been. But today, I have the opportunity to choose.

“Because you never know where life is gonna take you, and you can’t change where you’ve been. But today, I have the opportunity to choose.”

4. “Swim” by Jack’s Mannequin

jack's mannequin quote: You haven't come this far to fall off the Earth.

“You haven’t come this far to fall off the Earth.”

5. Let It Go” from “Frozen”

frozen quote: Here I stand, and here I'll stay. Let the storm rage on!
photo: Walt Disney Animation Studios

 “Here I stand, and here I’ll stay. Let the storm rage on!” 

6. “Let Me Be Myself” by 3 Doors Down

3 doors down quote: I'll never see the light of day living in this cell.

“I’ll never see the light of day living in this cell.” 

7. Firework” by Katy Perry

katy perry quote: You don't have to feel like a waste of space. You're original, cannot be replaced.
photo: KatyPerryVEVO

 “You don’t have to feel like a waste of space. You’re original, cannot be replaced.”

8.  Empire In My Mind” by The Wallflowers

the wallflowers quote: Well, there is trouble in my mind. There is dark. There's dark, and there is light.

“Well, there is trouble in my mind. There is dark. There’s dark, and there is light.” 

9.  People Like Us” by Kelly Clarkson

kelly clarkson quote: Hey, everybody loses it. Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes. And hey, I know what you're going through. Don't let it get the best of you. You'll make it out alive.
photo: kellyclarksonVEVO

“Hey, everybody loses it. Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes. And hey, I know what you’re going through. Don’t let it get the best of you. You’ll make it out alive.” 

10. Collide” by Howie Day

howie day quote: Even the best fall down sometimes.

 “Even the best fall down sometimes.” 

11. Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

bob marley quote: Don't worry about a thing. Cause' every little thing gonna be alright.

“Don’t worry about a thing. Cause’ every little thing gonna be alright.”

12. Alive” by Sia

sia quote: I had a one way ticket to a place where all the demons go. Where the wind don't change, and nothing in the ground can ever grow...But I'll survive.
photo: SiaVEVO

“I had a one way ticket to a place where all the demons go. Where the wind don’t change, and nothing in the ground can ever grow…But I’ll survive.” 

13. Beautiful Day” by U2

u2 quote: It's a beautiful day. Don't let it get away.

“It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away.”

14. Overcomer” by Mandisa

mandisa quote: You're an overcomer. Stay in the fight 'til the final round. You're not going under.
photo: MandisaVEVO

“You’re an overcomer. Stay in the fight ’til the final round. You’re not going under.”

 

15. I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

tom petty quote: I'll keep this world from draggin' me down. Gonna stand my ground.

“I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down. Gonna stand my ground.” 

16. Breathe” by Alexi Murdoch

breathe by alexi murdorch: Keep you head above the water, but don't forget to breathe.

“Keep you head above the water, but don’t forget to breathe.” 

Check out our Spotify playlist with songs chosen by our readers. What songs would you add?


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