The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has been stressful for everyone. While I have also been stressed, there is one thing that never fails to lift my spirits — music.
The music we listen to is a constant reflection of our emotions. Not only that, it is also very therapeutic and can have the ability to change our mood. I realized that despite the stress, sadness and anxiety, music will always be there. Here are a few songs that never fail to cheer me up:
“Put Your Records On” by Ritt Momney
This is a popular song on the social media platform TikTok. Originally by Corinne Bailey Rae, this cover by Ritt Momney allows for his style to shine by adding his own effects and slowing parts down. It gives a summertime vibe and is a great song as it reminds listeners to relax and enjoy life.
“I Just Wanna Shine” by Fitz and The Tantrums
“‘Cause I’m sure good things will happen / If I get out of my way.” When I hear this song, I am instantly put into a productive and cheerful mood. Many things are out of our control at this time, but Fitz and The Tantrums reminds us that life is what we make of it.
“Bummerland” by AJR
I wrote a few weeks ago about this song because of the impact it had on me. Written this year, AJR sings about the feeling of being at rock bottom, but in a hopeful and upbeat tone. The song shares the message that when you are at your lowest, the only direction to go is up. I think that is a message all of us need to hear right now.
“I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” by Scissor Sisters
Do not be fooled by the title. This catchy tune is wonderfully ironic. For a song about not wanting to dance or have fun, it happens to be one of the most upbeat songs I know. It is hard to resist the urge to tap your toes to the beat. Fans of the “Just Dance” video game series may recognize this tune as soon as they hit play.
“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
Are you a fan of early 2000s music? This song gives me the nostalgia of listening to the radio as a kid. The cool guitar solo and driving beat makes this song an instant mood-booster. Its great lyrics remind listeners that “Everything, everything will be just fine / everything, everything will be alright, alright.”
“We Got Us” by Brandin Jay
For those looking for a hidden gem, I highly recommend this song from the NBC competition show “Songland.” In the show, aspiring songwriters get the opportunity to pitch their song to popular artists in hopes that theirs will be produced by them. This song did not get picked by the guest artist; however, it is a great song about friendship and sends good vibes to listeners about the joys of life.
All the songs are available on Apple Music and Spotify to stream and listen.