We are in weird times. Some call them scary times, but I’m trying to remain optimistic enough to simply call them “sad times.” Sad because so many are ill or lost or nervous, but hopeful because good times are still ahead.
That being said, I know that everyone is already getting antsy with disrupted schedules. I’m dealing with my strange feelings through writing, so I thought I would use my nervous creative energy to share some songs with you to help you feel some different emotions, if even for just a moment. Some are my current favorites, while others are just suggestions that came to me as I was writing. Here are 25 to get you through the days and weeks ahead. Let me know if any of you want more.
- “Wanted”, Trevor Guthrie – If you’ve ever felt desperately in love, this is for you.
- “Low”, The Driver Era – Remember when love caused your greatest sadness? If it felt like your lowest point, have a listen.
- “Primitive”, The Katherines – This is a funky and unusual tune about female frustration with modern men. You just have to check it out for yourself.
- “Taker Her Place,” Don Diablo ft. A R I Z O N A – DANCE. Do it now!
- “To The Dreamers”, for KING & COUNTRY – This can help you feel uplifted during uncertain times, now or in the future.
- “Summer Days”, A R I Z O N A – Another spirited song, but with a love theme.
- “You”, The Katherines – Yet another cute, romantic mood lifter.
- “Slip N Slide”, Chez Moi – Dancey beats. Retro styling. Beautiful Adam Friedman vocals. What else does anyone need?
- “Ultraviolet”, The Katherines – This is just a sweet, poppy and catchy as all get out.
- “We Could Be Beautiful”, Wrabel – This song is too beautiful for words.
- “Myself”, Kara’s Flowers – Take yourself back to a time of lonely, teenage angst with angsty, teenaged Adam Levine.
- “Lemonade”, Adam Friedman – There was a time when this was the only Adam Friedman song I knew. I basically fell in love with him. Must be a reason, huh?
- “Habits,” Steven Cooper and DJ Lee – If you’ve ever felt there was a part of yourself that you were compelled to change, this is a must-listen. The instrumental version is great for times when you need to relax or focus on other tasks.
- “Slow it Down,” Mike Posner – This song helps me chill, especially with its beautiful piano beats.
- Any Song by Adam Friedman – Seriously, anything not already on this list. His voice is a natural mood enhancer gifted to us from up above. (Ahem…soishisfaceandhimselfbutthatsnotmusicrelated :D)
- “Iris,” Mike Posner – Beautiful and haunting. Gets your mind off everything except all of your heartaches, past and/or present. MY FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME. You can always listen to the stripped down versions on YouTube….by Adam Friedman…
- “Move On,” Mike Posner – If you are currently holding on to anything in your past that isn’t serving you, this rousing mood-booster will bring you out of it. (Ahem….AdamFriedmanwroteonthisonetoo)
- The Oklahoma Soundtrack – Specifically the one from the Hugh Jackman version. I can’t pick just one, so consider all of the songs beyond one a bonus suggestion from me to you.
- “Stutter,” Maroon 5 – I’m not sure why this song makes me happy, but it does.
- “Minefield,” The Katherines – This song makes me feel cool and tough, if only for a moment.
- “Life is Easier,” Palastic – Life is easier if you love somebody, so love someone. (Ahem….nevermind.)
- “Get a Little More,” Fatman Riddim Section – This funky Maroon 5 cover has all the makings of a hit. It’s great if you’ve ever been frustrated by someone not giving as much as they get. Or if someone confuses you with their behavior and makes you feel like you’re “waiting for something, always waiting…wondering if it will ever change.” TLDR: It’s good.
- “Everybody Talks,” Neon Trees – This one has late teens nostalgia for me. It’s classic pop gold for everyone.
- “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen – Most people already know how sweet and uplifting this song is. Give it a fresh listen to appreciate it all over again.
- “Flagpole Sitta,” Any Singer’s Version – This can help you blow off steam after witnessing the grocery store.
Have suggestions of your own? Share below!