28 Classic Rock Songs to Listen to When You're Feeling Anxious


Sometimes, you just need to rock it out.

Music is by no means a cure-all for anxiety, but a quick session of head-banging, air guitar-slaying and full-on belting (mixed with empowering lyrics) can do the body good when it’s feeling particularly anxious. If you’re a classic rock fan who also experiences anxiety, our community has got your back.

We asked our Facebook readers what classic rock songs help them through anxious moments. Here’s their list (a Spotify playlist is at the bottom). Keep calm and rock on.

1. “Take It Easy” by The Eagles

“Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy.”

Photo of man laying on deck that reads "Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy."

2. “Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver

“If I had a tale that I could tell you, I’d tell a tale sure to make you smile. If I had a wish that I could wish for you, I’d make a wish for sunshine for the while.”

Photo of book with words that read "If I had a tale that I could tell you, I'd tell a tale sure to make you smile. If I had a wish that I could wish for you, I'd make a wish for sunshine for the while."

3. “Under Pressure” by David Bowie/Queen

“‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word, and love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night, and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves.”

Photo of heart that reads "Love dares you to change the way of caring about ourselves."

4. “We Weren’t Born to Follow” by Bon Jovi

“When life is a bitter pill to swallow, you gotta hold on to what you believe.”

Photo of pill, with words that read "When life is a bitter pill to swallow, you gotta hold on to what you believe."

5. “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Take your time, don’t live too fast. Troubles will come, and they will pass.”

Photo of road that reads "Take your time, don't live too fast. Troubles will come, and they will pass."

6. “Free Bird” Lynyrd Skynyrd

“‘Cause I’m free as a bird now, and this bird you cannot change.”

Photo of birds flying that reads "'Cause I'm free as a bird now, and this bird you cannot change."

7. “Tender” by Blur

“Come on, come on, come on, get through it. Come on, come on, come on, love’s the greatest thing.”

Photo of blurred hearts that read "Come on, come on, come on, get through it."

8. “Baba O’Riley” by The Who

“Don’t cry, don’t raise your eye. It’s only teenage wasteland.”

Photo of boy looking out at land that reads "Don't cry, don't raise your eye. It's only teenage wasteland."

9. “Roll With the Changes” by REO Speedwagon

“So if you’re tired of the same old story, oh, turn some pages.”

Photo of book that reads "So if you're tired of the same old story, oh, turn some pages."

10. “Don’t Look Back” by Boston

“Don’t look back, a new day is breakin’.”

Photo of sun rising that reads "Don't look back, a new day is breakin'."

11. “Peace of Mind” by Boston

“All I want is to have my peace of mind.”

Girl in field that reads ""All I want is to have my peace of mind."

12. “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger

“Still like that old time rock ‘n’ roll. That kind of music just soothes the soul.”

Photo of guitar that reads "That kind of music just soothes the soul."

13. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

“I’m gonna go, go, go. There’s no stopping me.”

Photo of person running that reads "I'm gonna go, go, go. There's no stopping me."

14. “Freewill” by Rush

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”

Photo of man at fork in the road that reads "I'm gonna go, go, go. There's no stopping me."

15. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

“Don’t stop believin’, hold on to that feeling.”

Photo of rainbow that reads "Don't stop believin', hold on to that feeling."

16. “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica

“Life is ours, we live it our way.”

Photo of concert that reads "Life is ours, we live it our way."

17. “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas

“Lay your weary head to rest. Don’t you cry no more.”

Photo of moon that reads "Lay your weary head to rest. Don't you cry no more."

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

“And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down. Gonna stand my ground, and I won’t back down.”

Photo of dirt that reads "And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down."

19. “Dream On” by Aerosmith

“You got to lose to know how to win.”

Photo of sad man that reads "You got to lose to know how to win."

20. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel

“When darkness comes and pain is all around, like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.”

Photo of bridge that reads "like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down."

21. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

“And I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time.”

Photo of clock that reads "And I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time."

22. “Up Around the Bend” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Always time for good conversation; there’s an ear for what you say.”

Photo of phone that reads "Always time for good conversation; there's an ear for what you say."

23. “Patience” by Guns n’ Roses

“Take it slow, and things will be just fine.”

Photo of person on dock that reads ""Take it slow, and things will be just fine."

24. “Thunder Road” Bruce Sprinsteen

“Hey, what else can we do now? Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair. Well, the night’s busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere.”

Photo of road that reads "these two lanes will take us anywhere."

25. “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

“But in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

Photo of road that reads ""But in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on."

26. “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd

“I hear you’re feeling down. Well, I can ease your pain and get you on your feet again.”

Photo of feet that reads I can ease your pain and get you on your feet again."

27. “Blackbird” by The Beatles

“Take these broken wings and learn to fly.”

Photo of birds that reads ""Take these broken wings and learn to fly."

28. “Let It Be” by The Beatles

“And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me. Shine until tomorrow, let it be.”

Photo of sunrise that reads "Shine until tomorrow, let it be."

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