Categories: Mental Health

Songs To Help You Through A Tough Day

When you are going through a tough day, there are few things as uplifting, helpful, and inspiring as music. Listening to songs to help you through a tough day can be a great way to bring yourself out of a funk and keep on going, renewed. Here are some of the best songs to help you get through a bad day or tough times in general and feel re-encouraged toward your goals.

“Happy Times” by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats

This song to help you through a tough day has some great lyrics to uplift you such as the lines, “Though things may look very dark, your dream is not in vain. For when do you find a rainbow? Only after rain.” A nice reminder to stay positive and that time being one of the best cures, things will get better in time if they seem grim in this moment you’re in.

“Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

The voice of Kamakawiwo’ole is very soothing and calm, and the song is great to relax and de-stress in the moment. The slow tempo and the ukulele give emphasis to the message of good things to come, being just over the rainbow, or soon in your life. Past the clouds, there is something beautiful and positive waiting for you.

“La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong

With lyrics like, “Hold me close and hold me fast. This magic spell you cast. This is la vie en rose”, this song to help you through a tough day can easily make you feel better about your day and give you some positive, romantic feelings. The phrase, “la vie en rose” meaning a life in rose-color puts you in the bliss and warmth of love and being loved.

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel

From the perspective of someone looking to someone who’s “down and out, on the street”, this song talks about how the first person will be a bridge laid down over troubled water so the second doesn’t have to endure the raging waters beneath or do it alone. This song is a great reminder that help and care are always there when you’re facing tough times. 

“Spread Your Wings” by Queen

This song to help you through tells the story of a man working in a bar who is unhappy with his life now and dreams about doing something more fulfilling with his life. Discouraged from pursuits by others in his life, the song is a reminder to always work for what makes you happier in your life. Things can get better if you keep trying and you stay positive. 

“Drive” by Incubus

Don’t let fear “take the wheel and steer” and be the driver behind your own life is a key message of this song to help you through a tough day. “Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there with open arms and open eyes.” Acceptance of life as it comes and a willingness to meet it with openness, positivity, and hope are goals to always pursue, try and work toward. 

“Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone

Acceptance and love for others and their differences is the key message of this song. The upbeat tune of the song also matches the lyrics in lightheartedness and positivity. This is one of those songs everybody should hear not just for the catchiness but the ideas of coming together and being connected even though people are all different. 

“Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince

“Dearly beloved, we’re gathered here to get through this thing called life” is the first sentence of this fast tempo song to help you through a tough day. The message overall is to not let life get you down, to keep going and not get discouraged. When things are looking hard, find positive influence and seek out the love around you.

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“You Get What You Give” by New Radicals

True to its title, this song relays that you get out of life what you give or put into it. “Don’t give up. You’ve got a reason to live.” Keep going and fighting for what you want and deserve. Have the “dreamer’s disease” as the song says and don’t let go because “you’ve got the music in you”. You have the strength and power to succeed and things work out when you refuse to give up.

“Shout” by Tears For Fears

This song to help you through a tough day talks about releasing negativity. When a “one track mind” doubts you, show them your talents and true potential. Never listen or hold on to the things someone says when they are negative to you, try to sell you short, or tell you how much you can achieve. The sky really is the limit for your potential and the goals that are possible for you.

“(Fallin’ Like) Dominoes” by Donald Byrd

A reminder to always keep your chin up, this inspiring song speaks to the problems you face not being all that bad. “We’ll stand our problems all in a row. Watch them fall, like dominoes are key lyrics that stand out speaking to things seeming bad now but not insurmountable. Bad times will pass and the problems you face can be lined up, faced, and tackled one by one with courage.

“Walk” by Foo Fighters

When things are hard, and you feel discouraged, asking where do you begin again now, there is still “a whisper to a riot”. Decline negativity and commit to another state of mind toward your goals. You have the power and the courage within you and you can learn to walk and talk again. Anything can be achieved with courage that refuses to deny or be held back.

When you are working hard, feeling discouraged and overwhelmed, you deserve to be surrounded by renewing positivity and refuge. These inspiring songs can help you get through one of those tough days, give great perspective to hard times, and the great times to come for you! Let us know in the comments what you thought of these inspiring song suggestions!

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