If you’re in a dark place or up against some challenges that are proving tougher than you expected, maybe some of these songs can help you power through. (Because of their lyrics or just the way they feel.)
1) Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.)
When your day is night alone (Hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go (Hold on)
2) Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
When darkness comes
And pain is all around,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
3) Love Reign Supreme (Alison Moyet)
We are more in the sum
Of the numbers we’ve been done
And it’s right to be kind
Even as your chest is bleeding
4) You Gotta Be (Des’ree)
Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
5) Shake It Out (Florence + The Machine)
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
6) Level Up (Vienna Teng)
If you are afraid, come forth.
If you are alone, come forth now.
7) Afterlife (Ingrid Michaelson)
Living like you’re dying isn’t living at all
Give me your cold hands put them on my heart
8) 8 Good Reasons (Sinéad O’ Connor)
But I got 8 good reasons to stick around
8 good reasons, well maybe nine now
9) I See a Darkness (Johnny Cash)
But can you see this opposition comes rising up sometimes?
That it’s dreadful imposition, comes blacking in my mind.
10) By Myself (Judy Garland)
I’ll face the unknown, I’ll build a world of my own
No one knows better than I myself, I’m by myself alone
11) Innuendo (Queen)
Through the sorrow all through our splendor
Don’t take offence at my innuendo
12) Non, je ne regrette rien (Edith Piaf)
Avec mes souvenirs
J’ai allumé le feu
13) I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Nina Simone)
I wish I could do
All the things that I can do
Though I’m way overdue
I’d be starting anew.