- Mental Health
Top Ten Songs To Help Ease Depression
Does Music Help You Better Deal With Your Depression?
Whether you're suffering from a momentary setback, a pervasive sense of sadness, or debilitating clinical depression, these songs will uplift your spirit, heal your soul, and bring you a little peace when you need it most. The song selections cover several genres, from country to rock ballad, so I'm sure you'll find something to your liking. God bless!
In no particular order:
1. Rodney Atkins - "If You're Going Through Hell"
"If You're Going Through Hell" is first on my list of ten songs to ease depression because the message is so obviously heartfelt and clear, and it sounds like it was written by someone who has actually endured the weight of depression. It's upbeat, true, but then, you're trying to overcome the sadness, and a lively pace accompanied by uplifting words often accomplishes just that.
2. Martina McBride - "With A Broken Wing"
"With A Broken Wing" delivers on an entirely different front. This song is about hope and faith, and the ability to move on no matter how depressed you are. The subject of the lyrics, a woman whose husband abused her, finds the strength to leave and reclaim her life regardless of her sadness. This is one of my all-time favorite songs for its powerful delivery alone!
3. Billy Joel - "The River Of Dreams"
"The River Of Dreams" brings a message of faith and hope in gospel format. Billy Joel effectively conveys the feeling of walking in darkness and searching for faith while your mind weighs you down with doubt and fear. From what I've read, he was almost a victim of suicide himself, many years ago, so he certainly understands depression and what it takes to find your way back out into the light.
4. Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston - "When You Believe"
"When You Believe", from the "Prince of Egypt" soundtrack, is one of the most beautiful inspirational songs ever written. If you need a powerful lift and the courage to abandon fear and embrace hope, this is the song for you. Play it loud, sing along, and let the music and message soothe your weary soul.
5. Celine Dion & Andrea Boccelli - "The Prayer"
"The Prayer" is a beautiful duet between two of the world's most talented singers. The song is hauntingly beautiful and brings prayer to life in musical format. Expect goosebumps - and a little spark of hope in your heart that God just may be listening after all!
6. Josh Groban - "You Are Loved"
"You Are Loved" reminds us that someone out there - God, for sure, and maybe someone who loves us dearly, too - understands our pain and wants to help us feel hope and joy again. This is one of most insightful songs about the human condition I've found in a very long time. I hope it helps you feel less lost, less alone, and less willing to give up.
7. Bette Midler - "The Rose"
"The Rose" inevitably makes me smile and weep at the same time. The lyrics are quietly insightful, and you can't help but feel embraced by their message - have hope, love yourself, and know that you're worth fighting for (even if the only one fighting for you is yourself).
8. Queensryche - "Silent Lucidity"
"Silent Lucidity" explores the depths of the human mind, the effects of pain on the soul, and how to overcome depression through spirituality. If you've never heard this song before, it will make you think more than you've probably wanted to think in a while, but that's a good thing. I especially love the emphasis on spirit guides (or God, Jesus, or whomever one chooses to believe in) and their role in helping us recover from the farthest depths of clinical depression.
9. Brad Paisley - "When I Get Where I'm Going"
"When I get Where I'm Going", on the surface, may seem like a song about dying, but it's more than that. It embodies the belief that one day, whatever pain one carries will be over, and that we must hold on until then and enjoy the beautiful things we already have - after all, heaven isn't just something we can find after death, but every day of our lives if we embrace the beauty inherent in a life well lived.
10. Jo Dee Messina - "Bring On The Rain"
"Bring On The Rain" is a song about courage and knowing that you possess the strength to carry on no matter what happens. Remember: Courage is not the absence of fear, but what you do when you're faced with fear. Let go, cast out the negative thoughts, and give yourself a chance to become the greatest hero or heroine in your own life.