What Are Some Playlists for Tough Times?

Music is a powerful tool for self-care.

When you’re feeling down, you can put on some tunes and feel instantly better.

If you’re looking for songs to help get through tough times—whether it’s the death of a loved one or just feeling like life is too much—here’s our list of playlists that will keep your spirits up.

The Best Songs About Being Strong

  • You Are the Best Thing
  • No More I Love You’s
  • Let Me Go
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong cover)

Songs that Remind You That Life Isn’t So Bad

  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  • “Cheer Up” by Lumineers (the original one)
  • “Up in the Air” by 30 Seconds to Mars
  • “Youth” by Daughter (the original one)
  • “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People

Playlist for when you don’t want to leave your house

Here are songs that will inspire you to do just about anything:

  • “Let It Go” – Idina Menzel (from Frozen)
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor (from The Blues Brothers soundtrack)
  • “You’re Beautiful” – James Blunt (because no matter what happens in life, James Blunt will always be beautiful)
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'”- Journey (because even though things might seem bleak now, they’ll get better eventually!)
  • “All About That Bass”- Meghan Trainor (because hey—you’re not alone!)

The Best Songs About Depression

If you’re a fan of sad and emotional songs, then this list is for you.

Whether it’s a breakup song or just a general ode to depression, these songs can help you feel less alone in your feelings.

  • “The Cure” by Lady Gaga
  • “Sorry” by Beyonce
  • “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor)
  • “A Million Years Ago” by Christina Perri


We hope that these playlists provided you with the right tune at just the right moment.

If not, don’t worry, there are plenty more out there. We’d love to hear your suggestions!


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