Champion – Fall Out Boy
Favorite Lyric: “If I can live through this, I can do anything.”
This is one of my favorite songs right now, from my favorite band. I’m a little biased on this one, but trust me; this song has helped pull me through the most severe depressive episode of my lifetime. I struggle with bipolar disorder, and Pete Wentz, bassist and lyricist of Fall Out Boy also has Bipolar Disorder, so this song really resonates with me. All of the lyrics in this song are empowering, but this particular lyric gave me the strength to pull through during a dark time.
Don’t Cry – Guns N Roses
Favorite Lyric: “I know how you feel inside, I’ve been there before. Something’s changing inside you.”
When I was around the age of 14, I started to notice the symptoms of depression. I would sit on my bed and cry, not knowing why, and feel an all-around feeling of despair. But one thing that helped me through that time in my life was listening to Guns N’ Roses. This song, in particular, helped me because I felt I could connect with the lyrics. I felt like Axl Rose was speaking to me, as a teenager who seemingly no one else understood, and maybe at one time he knew what I was going through.
November Rain – Guns N Roses
Favorite Lyric: “So never mind the darkness, we still can find a way. Cause nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain.”
As you can probably tell, I have a favorite genre of music. Rock music always had a way of connecting with my emotions better than any other style of music, especially when I was a teenager. November Rain seemed to give me hope when I felt like I had none. This also described, to me, what I now know to be seasonal depression or Bipolar Depression that changes with the seasons. November is one of the months that I struggle the most with depression, so this song was one that I held very close to my heart.
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Favorite Lyric: “Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here. Here comes the sun, Here comes the sun, and I say, it’s alright.”
During my teen years, I discovered the wonder of The Beatles. This is one band that has always been able to give me hope during my darkest times. This song also seemed to describe my seasonal struggle with depression and anxiety. No matter how hard times get, or how dark my thoughts become, or how hard it becomes to get out of bed day after day, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and I always live through it.
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
Favorite Lyric: I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink, but now I’m insecure and I care what people think.
When I was in college, a band I became quite fond of was Twenty One Pilots. A lot of their music resonates with people who struggle with mental illnesses. This particular lyric is one that a lot of us can relate to. I have struggled from a young age with severe anxiety. I can remember feeling the pain and terror of anxiety even from the age of 5. I thought things would be so much easier as an adult, but they don’t get easier, you just adjust. I may not be afraid of some of the same things as I was afraid of as a child; thunderstorms, rain, and fire. But my anxiety has turned into something else. It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in this feeling. It’s comforting that there are songs being written that I can relate to, and that other people are out there who feel the same way and understand.
Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Lyric: “I don’t ever wanna feel like I did that day.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers has always been a band that makes me want to dance, and boosts my energy and my mood. This is one of their more melancholy songs, but it’s also one that I can relate to the most. I have been through more depressive episodes than I can count in my life, starting from my early teens, but each one is increasingly darker than the last. I always come out of it thinking “I don’t ever want to feel like that again.” Battling suicidal thoughts has been the most difficult thing I have ever had to overcome in my life. This song is something I can relate to, and it helps because I feel like there is someone else out there who understands what I am going through.
There are so many great songs for people who struggle with their mental health to relate to, but these are just a few of my favorites.