10 songs to lift your mood (A therapist’s list!)

As a therapist I have personally felt as well as witnessed in my clients the tremendous power of music in changing our moods. On this #worldhealthday when everyone is talking about #depression, I thought I’ll compile my own list of my top 10 songs that bring a spring in my step when I’m feeling low (and have worked for some of my clients too)and share with you.

Disclaimer: This does not endorse the myth that #depression is just “bad mood” and can be cured by merely listening to a song. It’s just that sometimes, you need that extra nudge to get you out of bed and get going, and these songs can help!

  1. Best day of my life – American Authors

I had a dream so big and loud

I jumped so high I touched the clouds

Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh
I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh

  1. Fireworks – Katy Perry

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y


  1. Reach – Gloria Estefan

“If I could reach, higher

Just for one moment touch the sky

From that one moment

In my life

I’m gonna be stronger

Know that I’ve tried my

Very best

I’d put my spirit to the test

If I could reach”

  1. Dream on – Aerosmith

“Dream on, dream on, dream on,

Dream yourself a dream come true

Dream on, dream on, dream on,

Dream until your dreams come true”

  1. Survivor – Destiny’s Child

“I’m a survivor

I’m not gon give up

I’m not gon stop

I’m gon work harder

I’m a survivor

I’m gonna make it

I will survive

Keep on survivin’ “

  1. Roar – Katy Perry

“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Louder, louder than a lion

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar”

  1. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato

“You can take everything I have

You can break everything I am

Like I’m made of glass

Like I’m made of paper

Go on and try to tear me down

I will be rising from the ground

Like a skyscraper”

  1. Scars to your beautiful – Alessia Cara

“But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark

You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are

And you don’t have to change a thing

The world could change its heart

No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful”

  1. Dont’ stop believing – Journey

“Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to the feelin’

Streetlights, people

Don’t stop believin’

Oh, don’t you feel it

Streetlights, people”

  1. Stand by me – Ben E. King

“When the night has come

And the land is dark

And the moon is the only light we’ll see

No, I won’t be afraid

Oh, I won’t be afraid

Just as long as you stand

Stand by me”


Have a sunshine-y day!