This quote couldn’t have described what music means to me more accurately. During the hardest times of my life, music was my saviour, my speaker, my expression. To help the helpless, I have compiled a personal list of songs that have helped me get up on my feet.
Shout by Tears for Fears
Let it all out!
These are the things I can do without!
I’m talking to you!
Written in the midst of the Cold War in 1984, this song is actually a political protest, but the chorus is like a call for help, to voice your opinions. It is a call for protest, lead singer Roland Orzabal explained when the song came out. Couldn’t agree more.
Skyscraper by Demi Lovato
You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass
Like I’m made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper
Like a skyscraper
Also someone who battled depression and anxiety, the song empowers its listeners to feel good about themselves. The song is about staying strong and believing in oneself. Demi Lovato hopes that “people are able to relate to it and realize that they are able to rise above and overcome any obstacle, no matter the circumstances and shine like a skyscraper”. 100% accurate.
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I’m gonna go go go
There’s no stopping me
Deemed the most commonly mentioned song to be uplifting in a 2000 survey. Do NOT tell me you haven’t air-guitared along this song at least once in your life. I double dare you.
The Pretender by Foo Fighters
What if I say I’m not like the others?
What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays
You’re the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?
Shouting the chorus in the eyes of all those who brought me down would be empowering.
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger
This song is a no-brainer when it comes to motivation.