There are times when the blues would get to you and would depress you the entire day or even the whole week. However, there’s always music, and music can heal us. Music rejuvenates our tired bodies and uplifts our depressed souls. Here’s a list of the most uplifting songs you will ever need when you’re feeling down in the dumps.
You Raise Me Up by Harrison Craig
“You Raise Me Up” is a classic from the early 2000s. It was a minor UK hit by Secret Garden. It was Josh Groban and the Irish boyband Westlife that made the song a worldwide phenomenon in 2003 and 2005, respectively. With multiple versions already in pop and operatic styles, “You Raise Me Up” is a song of great appreciation for a friend. The line “When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary” reflects our stress. This is the stress and depression that many of us go through in life. The version by Australian pop sensation is one of the best versions of the song.
Hero by Mariah Carey
As a song that recognizes the strength and courage in each person, “Hero” was a worldwide hit in 1993. It was a legendary American singer Mariah Carey who gave the song its best version. Columbia Records planned Gloria Estefan to be a performer, but Mariah got the spot. Hailed as one of the most inspirational ballads of all time, “Hero” has the message in the lines “So when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong.” It is a song that teaches each one of us that we have a strong side which we can rely on. In fact, you should explore this song and playlist in detail.
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” is another song that speaks of courage. However, this one tells of one’s success after a long and hard struggle. “Fight Song” reached its climax of success in 2015 when it reached the 6th highest spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Popular in the United States and many countries in Europe, “Fight Song” speaks of the magic of one’s courage. The singer speaks of confidence as she says, “I might only have one match, but I can make an explosion.” Indeed, no matter how small we all are, there’s something great in us.
Firework by Katy Perry
“Firework” was a 2010 pop hit by American singing sensation Katy Perry. It was a song that reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as 20 other billboard charts in the world. Selling over 10 million copies for the single alone, “Firework” is a dramatic narrative of how it feels to be scared as a human being. However, the song contains the solution to all human fears: “You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine, just own the night like the Fourth of July.” It is a song of hope that you can find in Your Dream Tale.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is a song with overwhelming simplicity of plain lyrics and good afternoon music. Popularized in 1988, McFerrin’s song reveals the goodness of hope and optimism in the face of danger and unpaid bills. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is a reminder that despite what happens, you’ll be alright. The freedom to choose one’s reaction amid one’s circumstances is the greatest freedom one can ever have. The lyrics go, “Ain’t got no place to lay your head, somebody came and took your bed, don’t worry, be happy.” Some people could have freaked out at this already, but the song advises you not to worry.
Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Originally a song intended to uplift the pain of some people who have low self-esteem, “Beautiful” was one of Christina Aguilera’s most inspiring songs. Recorded in 2002, the song was the reason why Aguilera got the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. With wide acclaim for its inspirational lyrics, “Beautiful” talks of pain, shame, and insecurities from people who could not understand us. However, the solution is standing up to them and telling them, “I am beautiful no matter what they say, words can’t bring me down.” This is perfect for a society that always relies on other people’s self-approval for their happiness.
The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston
As a 1977 hit, Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” was a popular song during its heyday. However, because of Whitney Houston’s magically mesmerizing voice, “The Greatest Love of All” became a sensational hit in the 1980s. The song has only one strong message – “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” There’s no greater love than how much one loves himself. If you love yourself enough, you won’t need anyone’s love anymore.
Stay the Same by Joey McIntyre
“Stay the Same” was one of Joey McIntyre’s musical masterpieces. It was one of the biggest hits in 1999, and it was the first single that Joey released for his first solo album of the same title. “Stay the Same” has a profound message for all listeners: “When you learn to love yourself, you’re better off by far.” It is another song that encourages each one of us to cultivate our original, unadulterated self. Each one of us is already good. We appreciate that goodness by trying to stay the same.
The song’s three core values are:
Don’t ever say you don’t like yourself.
Don’t ever wish you were someone else.
Don’t be afraid if you have something to say.
I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
Sung more than a decade ago, R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” is a demonstration of great ambition and determination. The song speaks of creative visualization and the power of the law of attraction. As the main soundtrack to the 1996 film Space Jam, “I Believe I Can Fly” is a testament to one’s commitment to his goals. In fact, the entire song is defined by only two lines: “If I can see it, then I can be it.” Indeed, we become what we think we are.
Return to Innocence by Enigma
Enigma’s phenomenal masterpiece “Return to Innocence” is a song with a tribal song background. It is soothing to the mind and calming to the soul. Sung and worshipped by the US and European charts in 1994, “Return to Innocence” is a song that weaves tribal tranquility with self-love. The song wants you to “just look into your heart, my friend,” and you will see there the innocence. This is the innocence that you will ever need to survive the pain.
Music heals us only as much as we love ourselves. When we love ourselves, we forgive us, and we forgive others as well. Put on a warm bath and soothe yourself in the sounds and music that will give you the love that you’ve always been looking for. Check out for more reviews!