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Ten "Afraid" Songs To Ease Your Mind And Ears

Updated on July 21, 2020

Porter and Dolly Joined Another Country Legend On This List


What with the uncontrollable threat of the coronavirus and the protests going on all over the country, it is natural to feel afraid right now. Most people, other than venturing out for essentials such as groceries and haircuts, are staying inside their homes.

Many fear-stricken folks have gone out to buy firearms, hoping to increase their sense of security. As for me, that strategy would simply increase my fear.

Instead of loading up with ammunition to protect me from danger, I would much prefer to escape thinking about danger. The best way for me to accomplish that task is through music, so let me suggest overcoming fear by listening to these ten songs with "fear" in their titles.

1. So Afraid by Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham had penned this tune for his second album with wife Stevie Nicks but, that record being abandoned, he put it at the end of their new band's self-titled release from 1975.

2. I'm Afraid of Americans by David Bowie
Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor teams up with the legend in this hit from the Earthling album.

3. Girl Afraid by the Smiths
Louder Than Bombs, which also holds "Ask", "Half a Person" and "shoplifters of the World," is the home of this underrated track.

4. I'm So Afraid of Losing You by Charley Pride
He seems to swallow much of his pride, as the country star here exposes the vulnerability of his heart.

5. Afraid to Shoot Strangers by Iron Maiden
Appropriately for a song about being afraid, this track is found on an album titled Fear of the Dark.

6. Afraid To Love Again by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner
Never again falling in love worked out well for Eric Carmen a few years later, although he chose a different genre than this classic country duo.

7. Be Afraid by Jason Isbel
This single is being streamed ahead of the alt-country star's upcoming album, Reunions.

8. Walk Unafraid by REM
This too often overlooked song opens the down side of Up, the 1998 album from the Georgia-based alt rockers.

9. Are You Afraid To Die? by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Always near his bluegrass gospel roots, Skaggs in front of his support group as he asks this title question.

10. Afraid of Nothing by Sharon Van Etten
Her album asks the simple question Are We There, and this single stays true no matter what the answer might be.


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