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10 Songs That’ll Heal Your Soul and Give You Wings

We’ve all been there: Having a bad day and that song comes on the radio. You reach over to the volume dial and turn it way up because it’s the only thing you want to hear in that moment.

Music speaks to all of us, in moments of sadness and in joy. It turns out, we’re wired to respond to music in positive ways. Some research suggests that even sad music can lift moods. And happy music does that and more. It’s been linked to better health, higher income, and greater relationship satisfaction. What kind of music you choose to listen to might even say something about your mental health.

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So, we wanted to know: What’s your go-to song or artist when you’re not feeling your best? Here’s what some of our community members had to say about their favorites.

Please be advised that some of these songs may contain explicit material that may make some listeners uncomfortable.

Metallica forever! It's good when you're sad, angry, happy, whatever! You just get lost in the feeling the music inspires. ‘Nothing Else Matters!’
– Jason Mode

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pitbull music

Myself! I practice my bass clarinet, and when that isn't possible I listen to the recordings I made when I was able to play professionally. It's bittersweet but therapeutic nonetheless.
– Christina Rawady

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While I am enduring a bad flare I have found myself listening to Redlight King a lot. He has 2 songs that really lift me up and give me hope and strength. One song is called ‘Something for the Pain’ and the other is called ‘Built to Last.’
– Kevin Blanco

Mykki Blanco is a giant inspiration. She has been on a journey of self-discovery since her diagnosis of being HIV-positive. Her travels in Berlin and the world are reflected in the music, with provocative taste this song is about love, finding love and loving the infected body that we call home. I can dance in my living room to this track and know that I'm not alone, ever.
– Dylan Jacob Butler

kanye music

Garth Brooks... I tested positive [for HIV] in 1993 and this is when I was first introduced to his music. From that moment on, Garth has been an instrumental part of my life. I have been fortunate enough to meet him and talk with him and I have seen him in concert seven times. He has been with me in every step of my journey.
– Laura Penny Birkenbach

gym class heroes music

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I have an MP3 player I call Dinky, because, well... it is, which I filled with many of the songs I grew up listening to in the early '70s. They always make me feel at home.
– Norma Britt Ramey

southern gospel music
Hans Zimmer. I'm a music geek. His compositions are phenomenal. I can listen to ‘The Lion King’ soundtrack when I'm sad or need to concentrate, ‘The Dark Knight’ soundtracks when I'm angry, ‘Sprit’ soundtrack when I'm hurting, etc. Mr. Zimmer's music has helped me get through some dark times.
– Angela Rhodes

yolanda adams music

Do you listen to music when you’re feeling down? Tell us your favorites in the comments below!

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