Songs To Listen To When Depressed – Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, BTS, Drake

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Songs for Depression

If you’re feeling down, listening to music is definitely an effective way to lift your mood. This is not just hearsay because even scientific studies have shown that music therapy can lessen depressive symptoms, reduce pain and lower stress levels. Music can also help you feel happier and more energetic.

Through the years there have been a lot of empowering and inspiring songs that can help you cope with feelings of depression. Some popular examples that may already be in your music playlist are “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.

If you’re looking for new songs to add to your playlist, we’ve listed down a variety of songs that you can try to listen to. We tried to come up with a list that could cater to different musical tastes and moods. You can listen to these songs in order or as a stand alone when you need some picker upper.

Lovely – Billie Eilish & Khalid

Walking out of time

Looking for a better place (Looking for a better place)

Something’s on my mind

Always in my head space

But I know someday I’ll make it out of here

Even if it takes all night or a hundred years

Need a place to hide, but I can’t find one near

Wanna feel alive, outside I can’t fight my fear

If you’ve ever listened to any Billie Eilish song, you’ll probably think that adding any song of hers in this list is a mistake. After all, she’s known for her haunting voice and melodies. However, this collaboration between Eilish and Khalid results in a beautiful harmony that is almost calming. The lyrics are somehow sad yet towards the end, they become motivational. This is the song you’d want to listen to when you’re not in the mood to hear a pop dance tune but at the same time, you don’t want to cry your heart out.

Let It Be – Boyce Avenue Acoustic Cover

And when the night is cloudy

There is still a light that shines on me

Shine until tomorrow

Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be

There will be an answer

Let it be

The song Let It Be is one of the biggest hits of The Beatles. For many decades, it has been an inspirational anthem for many people who are feeling down and anxious. In 2021, the group Boyce Avenue released an amazing acoustic cover of the song on YouTube.

To Begin Again – Zayn & Ingrid Michaelson

And it’s alright, it’s okay

We will get another day

To begin again, to begin again, to begin again

I don’t know how, I don’t know why

But I know that I will try

To begin again, to begin again, to begin

To live and love and breathe again

Former One Direction member Zayn collaborated with Ingrid Michaelson to come up with this uplifting track. The song To Begin Again is a great song for people who are feeling hopeless and disheartened.

Hold On – Justin Bieber

I need you to hold on

Heaven is a place not too far away

We all know I should be the one

To say we all make mistakes (we all make mistakes)

Take my hand and hold on

Tell me everything that you need to say

‘Cause I know how it feels to be someone (ooh, yeah)

Feels to be someone who loses their way

Midnight ’til morning

Call if you need somebody

I will be there for you (oh yeah, yeah)

Midnight ’til morning

Call if you need somebody

I will be there for you

If you ever feel that you’re on the verge of giving up, Bieber’s Hold On will remind you that there will always be somebody who can help you. This inspiring song is part of Justin Bieber’s 2021 album Justice and has become a fast favorite for Beliebers all around the world.

Be Alright – Ariana Grande

Baby, don’t you know?

All of them tears gon’ come and go

Baby, you just gotta make up your mind

That every little thing is gonna be alright

We decide it

We’re gonna be alright

This Ariana Grande song is all about the power of positivity. When you’re feeling depressed, hearing Ariana’s soothing voice telling you that it’s all going to be alright will definitely help lift your mood.

Started from the Bottom – Drake

We started from the bottom, now we’re here

We started from the bottom, now my whole team here

If you’re feeling that you’ve hit rock bottom, this song is a great power track that will motivate you that you can move your life back up. Even if you can’t relate to the rap verses, just hearing Drake repeating the phrase “Started from the bottom, now we’re here” is enough to give you a burst of energy and motivation.

Dynamite – BTS

‘Cause I-I-I’m in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight (hey)

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I’ma light it up like dynamite, whoa oh oh

In 2010, Katy Perry released the song Firework which became one of the most popular uplifting, inspiring, and motivational songs ever. Ten years later, South Korean group BTS released Dynamite in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and it was undoubtedly the spark of positivity everyone needed.  The cheery song, wholesome lyrics, and colorful music video will definitely put a smile on your face.

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