Music can have a significant effect on people’s moods, including yours truly. Sad songs can make me cry. They tap into the melancholia that lurks beneath my surface, waiting to strike. Consequently, I avoid sad songs; I’m melancholy enough on my own, thank you very much. But as much as sad songs bring me down, happy or fast songs affect me equally as much in a positive direction. Something with happy lyrics or a peppy beat can brighten my mood considerably. I will listen to the same songs, mostly old rock and roll, again and again. Anything that makes me want to move is helpful.

While I like happy songs, a friend of mine (a fellow depressive, now deceased) told me she liked sad country songs she because they expressed how she felt. (I grew up on sad country songs and they used to make me want to lay a razor across my wrists). Anyway, to each her own. Different songs work for different people.

Below are a few songs that help me feel alive and brighten my mood. Maybe they can help you, too. What songs help you through the rough times? Please share so we can all benefit! Thanks!

The Depressive Diva’s Playlist:

  • Where My Heart Will Take Me, performed by Russell Watson. (This is the theme to the Star Trek TV series, Enterprise).
  • Hard to Handle, performed by The Black Crowes.
  • Born to Run, performed by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.
  • Let’s Go Crazy, performed by Prince.
  • St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion), performed by John Parr.
  • Only the Good Die Young, performed by Billy Joel.
  • Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song), performed by Billy Joel.
  • It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me, performed by Billy Joel.
  • Fame, performed by Irene Cara.
  • Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of …), performed by Lou Bega.

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