Like many of you out there, when I get depressed, I hole myself up in my room and put on some tunes to take my mind off things. As someone that’s battled depression since my teenage years, I had no problem putting together my top 10 songs that I listen to when I get depressed.
Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness
Lana is the Queen of Melancholy. This song is good for new breakups when you want to delve into the sadness. Her old school style of singing “kiss me hard before you go, summertime sadness” echoes through your soul. She continues “I think I’ll miss you forever.”
Lil Uzi Vert – XO Tour Life
This is a hype dance song about suicide with 216 Million views to date. It helps you realize you’re not alone and normalizes the conversation around suicide within pop culture. “Should’ve saw the way she looked me in my eyes, She said baby I am not afraid to die. Push me to the edge. All my friends are dead.”
Incubus – Just A Phase
This beautiful song off of the Morning View album was released during my second full-blown clinical depression when I was a teen “now my only consolation is that this could not last forever. It’s just a phase it will be over soon.” It was the first realization that I had survived an episode already and that this, too, shall pass. I needed that in soundtrack form.
Jorja Smith – On My Mind
My most recent breakup was fraught with lies covered with more lies. This soulful singer can perfectly depict reflecting on a broken relationship and the pain encompassed over a hype dance beat as she sings “Don’t want to feel ya, don’t want you on my mind, on my mindddd.”
Frank Ocean – Acura Intergurl
I fucking hate/love this song so deeply that it breaks my heart. The lyrics chronicle a lost love and trying to move on. The pain in his voice gives me goosebumps, an instant lump in my throat, and tears in my eyes. It gets me right in the feels like a punch in the face. The soundtrack to the one that got away.
Breathe Me – Sia
Self-harming was my 16-year-old self’s drug of choice. When I hear this song, I’m transported back to that time, and it makes me so grateful for how far I’ve come.
Lykke Li – Until We Bleed
When a hot guy ghosted me, this song was on repeat for a week. I took everything so personally. Her weird ass voice and amazing instrumentals really helped me magnify all my emotions.
Massive Attack – Teardrop
The first time I did mushrooms we had the Massive Attack album on. I felt so existential and deeply in love as well as incredibly disconnected from everyone. I probably took too much. But whenever I want to revisit those raw emotions of stepping outside of my depression, I connect with this tune.
Pool Shark – Sublime (acoustic version)
Sublime is my all time favorite band. Bradley Nowell died after a heroin relapse, and he wrote this song predicting it. I lost friends to addiction and had major trouble coping in the aftermath. This song helped me immensely and was my way of saying goodbye but also to be grateful for what I have and to stay the course.
Portishead – Glorybox
Don’t just listen to this song- watch the live performance! The strings and lyrics can really gut-punch your feelings. What a song!!
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