Songs for resilience in the face of depression
October 20, 2018 6:20 AM   Subscribe

Please help me find more songs like Ryn Weaver's "Reasons Not To Die." I'm looking for songs about resilience, thankfulness, humor, and love when dealing with depression.

What did you find inspiring? What was your soundtrack to keep fighting?

What gave a big middle finger to depression for you?
posted by cr_joe to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
Demi Lovato (who suffers from bipolar disorder) has some songs like Skyscraper or Warrior.

Lea Michele has quite a few songs about digging herself out of a hole, like Cannonball, Love is Alive, or Anything's Possible.

I guess Rachel Platten's Fight Song is too cliché?
posted by LoonyLovegood at 6:35 AM on October 20, 2018

Oh, this is where I’m a Viking. If you like indie punk and pop from 10-25 years ago, anyway.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:49 AM on October 20, 2018 [2 favorites]

Paul Simon - Can't Run But
posted by Little Dawn at 8:19 AM on October 20, 2018

Greetings, fellow depression vikings!

Alabama Shakes — Hold On
Ben Folds Five — Jane
Mirah — Apples in the Trees
Neko Case — A Widow's Toast
Regina Spektor — On the Radio
Sam Amidon — Climbing High Mountains

Also, what are your feelings on old gospel and other things that were written as Christian music? Because a lot of that stuff is all about keeping on going in a grim and terrible world and maintaining a spirit of love and thankfulness, but it's totally valid to be like "Nope, that is not my thing."
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:09 AM on October 20, 2018 [4 favorites]

Plea from a Cat Named Virtue, but absolutely not the other songs in that series.
posted by OrangeVelour at 9:17 AM on October 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I hadn't considered gospel! I'm unsure if it's my jam, but someday there will be someone who reads this who finds it helpful. I'd say fire away.

Thanks, Vikings.
posted by cr_joe at 9:19 AM on October 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Rilo Kiley - A Better Son/Daughter
posted by darchildre at 10:28 AM on October 20, 2018 [2 favorites]

Standing - Patty Griffin
Hold On - Tom Waits
Busy - Jawbreaker (from the perspective of a friend)
These Days - Neko Case (less explicitly about resilience, but to me, it gives the sense that things will pass with time)
Two Little Feet - Greg Brown (less explicitly about depression and might be too upbeat, but still has that hope-in-the-darkness, keep-putting-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other thing going on for me)
posted by salvia at 10:47 AM on October 20, 2018

Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas
posted by crone islander at 1:02 PM on October 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

Dust Me Off by Tilly and the Wall!
posted by centrifugal at 1:25 PM on October 20, 2018

Oh and I Wanna Get Better, which is more shouting about depression than anything else but very catchy.
posted by centrifugal at 1:31 PM on October 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

Bob Franke, “For Real”.
posted by nonane at 7:06 PM on October 20, 2018

Best answer: Paul Baribeau-Ten Things.
posted by ActionPopulated at 10:08 PM on October 20, 2018

In a Big Country by Big Country.
posted by Tuba Toothpaste at 11:35 PM on October 20, 2018 [2 favorites]

"Dust and Ashes" from Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. I can't think of another Broadway show with a showstopper number about being determined to recover from depression.
posted by Countess Elena at 9:37 AM on October 21, 2018 [1 favorite]

Ain't Got No / I Got Life by Nina Simone. A life saver.
posted by moons in june at 5:09 PM on October 21, 2018 [1 favorite]

Carry on - fun.
O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps
Blackbird - The Beatles

Here are some other song request threads where you might find good suggestions.
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 3:28 AM on October 22, 2018 [1 favorite]

The Mountain Goats - Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1.
posted by smangosbubbles at 11:35 AM on October 22, 2018

Good to see some of the other TMG songs that have kept me afloat in my own weird, weird year; this one is maybe a reach but for me it was the song: Heel Turn 2.

One of the other songs on a playlist with that one: Alive and Kicking, by Simple Minds.
posted by epersonae at 2:17 PM on October 22, 2018

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