“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Music is one of the best inventions that a man has made since the inception of mankind. It is the best way to unwind apart from reading books, IMO. It has therapeutic properties that flush out the negative in you. It can soothe your excited nerves, it can encourage you, it can just listen to you cry and say, “I understand” in ways that one cannot comprehend or it can echo your innermost thoughts and make you happy.
People have benefited from music therapy and I am no exception. I turn to it at all stages of my life. Here are some songs that have helped me through situations, not in any particular order:
- All We’d Ever Need – Lady Antebellum: This song is slow, meaningful and tells the listener what inspirational quotes always do: Go after what you want. Chase it down.
- Zinda – Lootera: Live your life to the fullest! Live it such that you don’t have any regrets! Kabr par mere, sar uthake khadi ho zindagi, aise marna hai mujhe! (I want to die such that life stands proud at my grave.)
- Kabira – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Both versions of this song prompts the listener to go home. Go home and do not sever the ties. Go home before it is too late.
- Bezubaan – ABCD: Though the film was not such a big hit, there are things that one can learn from it. For example, the spirit of never giving up. And the strength to keep going despite harsh circumstances.
- Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Greenday: When you first listen to this song, you will definitely think of it as a self- pitying song by a person who is lost and does not seem to be able to find his way around the sleeping city. Yet, there is a wish by the person to be loved and acknowledged. Amidst all the drums and the bass, melancholy finds itself in the voice of the singer.
- Broken – Lifehouse: An ode to the healing spirit of a broken heart, still clinging to hope.
- Count on Me – Bruno Mars: An assurance that a trusted friend will always be there for you.
- Dare You to Move – Switchfoot: This song teaches you that despite burning circumstances and the withering away of reasons to live, you must stay strong and only move forward.
- Gone – Switchfoot: It is a pretty fast-paced song, yet listen to it intently, for it is telling you, “Don’t spend today away, ‘cause today will soon be gone.” Live the moment instead of indulging in activities that you won’t remember doing in the future.
- Human – Christina Perri: This song tells you that it is alright to break down at times, as long as you muster the courage to pick yourself up and move forward.
- It’s My Life – Bon Jovi: No introductions and no explanations needed as to why this song makes it to this list. The name is self-explanatory.
- All Of Me – John Legend: It is alright to love someone with all you have, to the extremes.
- Butterfly Fly Away – Miley Cyrus: A beautiful tribute to all fathers out there, this song is soft, slow and lilting and an assurance that fathers will be there for you, no matter what.
- Moves like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera: Not all songs need to be inspiring by their lyrics. Some tunes can be plain catchy and groovy and can make you want to let your hair down. Moves like Jagger is one of them.
- Need You Now – Lady Antebellum: There are songs that are slow and pining away for their lost love and then there is this song. This is a song that displays a degree of regret over lost love, which, in the end finds its way back into the singer’s arms. Beautifully written and sung.
- Only Hope – Switchfoot: Hope to the heart. Yes, it gives you a reason to find hope. Depending on how you take it, it might be a person or circumstances or your inner qualities.
- The Reason – Hoobastank: It has been seven years since I first heard this song. And it still brings in me that feeling of peace that you get when you realize that you don’t need to be perfect to love and be loved. And sometimes, you don’t even need reasons to love. Just presence.
- Kal Ho Naa Ho: A perfect song to encourage you to live your life fully today, for who knows about tomorrow. [Kal Ho Na Ho!]
- She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5: The troubled life of a beautiful woman, yet there is hope that her troubles will end, for love is just around the corner.
- Show Me the Meaning – Backstreet Boys: There is something called solitude and then there is something called loneliness. This song echoes the loneliness that the absence of a dear one can produce. It is beautifully soulful and makes you want to sing along in rhythm.
- Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen: It has all the elements that is required to pump up a person: passion, sorrow, fury and guilt. It is something that you will sing with all the feeling that you can muster and have to stop yourself from bursting out in full public.
- Tera Rasta Main Chodoon Na – Chennai Express: This song is a perfect epitome of how not to give up on something or someone that you hold close to your heart. Don’t give up, it says, or rather, sings.
- This I Promise You – N’Sync: The importance of promises and how much the keeping up of them, especially in love, can impact relationships is wonderfully portrayed. It is lilting and makes you drown in torrents of daydreams and star-gazing wonders.
Music. Peace. Love. Three entities that are so deeply interconnected, that sometimes you can see one in the other. Don’t quantify them. Just feel them.
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