Happy Mental Health Awareness Month, my dudes! I wanted to make an article full of great music that articulates some of the complex feelings of being a person with any form of anxiety. I personally related to these songs, and I hope that many more do too. Even if you don't have anxiety, these songs could be for you too. We are spreading the love and awareness this month, so feel free to listen and jam out. Here is the link to the Spotify playlist, enjoy: Spotify – Web Player.
1. "You're Only Human (Second Wind)"- Billy Joel
Most relatable lyric: "'Cause all I needed was a little faith
So I could catch my breath and face the world again"
Fun Fact: Billy Joel actually wrote this song for those struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide. What an icon for singing about and normalizing mental health issues over 30 years ago.
2. "Faith"- Galantis, Dolly Parton, Mr. Probz
Most relatable lyric: "Know the road gets hard
And you just want to leave"
Sometimes the hardest part can be having faith in yourself.
3. "Things Can Only Get Better"- Howard Jones
Most relatable lyric: "And do you feel scared, I do
But I won't stop and falter"
You might not fully lose the fear or worry, but you will learn to rise above it and still accomplish what you want.
4. "Help Is On Its Way"- Little River Band
Most relatable lyric: "Does your head ever give you trouble?"
I have 99 problems, and my brain causes all of them.
5. "Breathin"- Ariana Grande
Most relatable lyric: "Feel my blood runnin', swear the sky's fallin'
How do I know if this sh*t's fabricated?
Time goes by and I can't control my mind"
This song was literally written about Grande's own experiences with anxiety- you love to see the awareness.
6. "Keeping Your Head Up"- Birdy
Most relatable lyric: "Let go of all your haunted dreams tonight"
It can be easier said than done sometimes to release the overwhelming and anxious thoughts from your mind.
7. "I'm Still Standing"- Elton John
Most relatable lyric: "Once I never could have hoped to win"
This song might be directed at someone, but I like to think of it as a big F**k You to anxiety.
8. "Brave"- Sara Bareilles
Most relatable lyric: "Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
But don't run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there's a way out of the cage where you live"
I've often described anxiety as feeling trapped in certain situations so using a cage analogy is super clever.
9. "Believer"- American Authors
Most relatable lyric: "I feel my demons
I just need to keep playing "I'm just a believer that things will get better" in my head at all times.
10. "On My Way"- Phil Collins
Most relatable lyric: "Not the snow, not the rain
Can change my mind
The sun will come out, wait and see"
First off, this song is a bop, and secondly we are all on a constant path to recovery.
11. "Comeback Kid"- The Band Perry
Most relatable lyric: "Don't know why bad things happened, but they did
I don't think I deserve the hurt I get, but I'm made for it"
Comebacks sure are hard but can be so worth it.
12. "Little Miss"- Sugarland
Most relatable lyric: "Yeah, sometimes ya gotta lose 'til ya win"
From personal experience, you're going to lose a LOT.
13. "Champion"- Bishop Briggs
Most relatable lyric: "Why do I crumble quickly
Not to sound like Freddie Mercury, but we are all champions.
14. "Innocent"- Taylor Swift
Most relatable lyric: "Time turns flame to embers
You'll have new Septembers"
Just ignore the fact that this song is about Kanye West, because some of these lyrics hit hard. Also "Clean" and "The Archer" have some great lyrics that I think can be compared to the feelings of anxiety.
15. "Don't Give Up On Me"- Andy Grammer
Most relatable lyric: "Even when I'm down to my last breath
Even when they say there's nothin' left"
This can be the song you sing to yourself in the mirror- don't give up on yourself.
16. "Shake It Out"- Florence + The Machine
Most relatable lyric: "I can never leave the past behind"
The bad moments can be haunting, but you can't go back and erase them.
17. "Fire In Me"- John Newman
Most relatable lyric: "I was a spark in the night but you drown me out
So I'll take the walls I'm inside and I'll burn them down"
Don't ever let anxiety snuff that spark out from within you, no matter what.
18. "Invincible"- Kelly Clarkson
Most relatable lyric: "I was hidin' from the world
I was so afraid, I felt so unsure"
It can be scary, but we have to venture out and take things on.
19. "Hold on Tight"- Aloe Blacc
Most relatable lyric: "Times of worry can
Get the best of us
And I understand
How you could lose your trust"
Panic attacks and fear can force us to lose trust in ourselves, but that doesn't have to be a permanent feeling.
20. "Carry On"- fun.
Most relatable lyric: "If you're lost and alone or you're sinking like a stone
May your path be the sound of your feet upon the ground
Baby steps. One foot in front of the other.
21. "I Believe"- Christina Perri
Most relatable lyric: "I believe that tomorrow is stronger than yesterday
And I believe that your head is the only thing in your way"
Our biggest enemies can often be the thoughts inside our heads masquerading as monsters, when they're really just shadows.
22. "Wondering"- Julia Lester & Olivia Rodrigo
Most relatable lyric: "If I could go back and change the past
Be a little braver than I had
And bet against the odds
Would I still be lost?"
We all overthink, but those with more anxiety do it to another level, and this song resembles some of the thoughts that we often have.
23. "Save Me From The Monster In My Head"- Welshly Arms
Most relatable lyric: "I'm not strong enough to catch my breath
Come and save me from the monster in my head"
It's hard but try not to blame yourself when your anxiety flares in any way- it's never your fault.
24. "Waves"- Dean Lewis
Most relatable lyric: "There is a swelling storm
And I'm caught up in the middle of it all
And it takes control
Of the person that I thought I was"
You might feel like your anxiety has altered who you are and miss who you were before it, but I promise in some way, no matter how small, it has changed you for the better.
25. "Don't Freak"- The Aces
Most Relatable Lyric: "Gonna lose it, don't you dare
I can't take me anywhere, no"
For some, there can be a constant worry over losing control of yourself in public, and it can be super discouraging.
No matter what your anxiety tells you, you are strong, you are resilient, and you are able to get through anything.