55 Songs About Depression

Updated on March 20, 2019
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Depression is like a thick blanket that covers a person with dark thoughts and deep sadness.  Make a playlist about depression using these pop, rock, and country songs and know that you are not alone.
Depression is like a thick blanket that covers a person with dark thoughts and deep sadness. Make a playlist about depression using these pop, rock, and country songs and know that you are not alone. | Source

You Are Not Alone

Why do deep sadness and dark thoughts sometimes set in and cover a person like a thick blanket? At times, the reasons seem clear:

  • death of a loved one or loss of a relationship
  • significant life events like the loss of a job (this also includes positive events like graduations or the birth of a child)
  • an illness, particularly chronic illnesses or
  • alcohol and substance abuse.

However, at other times, causes are less clear. Reasons such as genetics, life events, medications, or domestic abuse may trigger a person to walk about his or her daily life as a wounded soldier, the heavy blanket of depression dragging them down.

My aunt is one of these walking wounded. During her good times, she's a nurturing caregiver, impeccably clean, and has a great sense of humor. When severe depression sets in, however, loved ones don't recognize her. She is a different person.

Completely incapacitated, she doesn't shower for weeks and only leaves her bed to occasionally pick at food or use the bathroom. She faces the wall and barely speaks. Eventually, she agrees to return to the psychiatric hospital where her medication can be readjusted, or she asks for more electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT). The family is weary with her long battle but also concerned about her future. But depression is not her choice.

Chances are you also know someone with depression. They are the walking wounded among us. You may even be one of them. The walking wounded require compassion rather than judgment or criticism.

If you don't understand what it's like to experience depression, then listen to these pop, rock, and country songs that describe it so that you can empathize more with the struggle. Or, if you are suffering from depression yourself, these songs will help you understand you are not alone.

1. "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty

The guy in this 2003 chart-topping rock ditty is feeling emotionally fragile and sleep deprived. As he spends hours on end staring at the ceiling, he see sees shadows, hears voices, and talks to himself. Although he clarifies he's not crazy, he does caution the listener that he is unwell and may be headed for a breakdown.

2. "Be OK" by Ingrid Michaelson

Deceptively perky, this 2006 pop song features a depressed narrator who expresses feeling broken and numb. She says she just wants to be okay and needs reassurance to get there.

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3. "Hurt" by Johnny Cash

At the end of your life will you look back, despondent, at all of your achievements and years of toil?

Although rock band Nine Inch Nails originally recorded this song of deep loss, it was country legend Johnny Cash who made it famous. Poignantly, he did so in 2002 towards the end of his life. His advanced age and former prominence as a country superstar made the retrospective all the more somber and believable.

The narrator looks back at his life and realizes that in the end, everyone around him goes away, and his once-impressive empire means nothing. The Grammy-winning video for the song was filmed in his crumbling home that had also been his museum. The House of Cash was long closed to the public and strewn with cracked platinum records and broken memorabilia.

As he narrates this gripping song and wonders what he has become, his wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash, looks on tearfully. Within less than a year, both would be dead.

4. "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum

The narrator in this 1993 Grammy Award-winning rock song is tired, heavy with dejection and secrets, and feels like he's out of options. He feels overwhelmed by a life that seems like it has become a runaway train where he's not in control:

Can you help me remember how to smile?
Make it somehow all seem worthwhile?
How on earth did I get so jaded?
Life's mystery seems so faded.

5. "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots

A worldwide hit, this rap/rock hit from 2015 references the psychological stressors experienced by teens teetering on the cusp of adulthood. Suddenly, they realize they're no longer children and may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of all those grown-up responsibilities that lurk ahead.

They may harbor insecurities about adulting, including the burden of student loans, pursuing careers, and having to make money. A part of them longs for the good old days when all was right with the world and mom sang them to sleep. That's when they could spend afternoons building a rocket ship or play pretend bunny.

It's enough to make a person feel anxious and depressed. Can you identify?

6. "Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage

This 1995 rock song is a sarcastic jab at the dark-themed emotional songs popular in the 1990s. The narrator is a real Debbie Downer. Almost gleefully, she admits "I'm riding hiding on deep depression" and explains that she actually prefers when things are sad and complicated and life is going wrong. She enjoys complaining, welcomes misery with open arms, and finds comfort in the dark night. At least she's honest, right? We all know someone like this.

7. "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men

Losing the love of your life can understandably create lingering sorrow and a sense of grief. In this pop song from 2011, a woman talks to her deceased partner who tries to provide her comfort.

Feeling depressed since his death, she has had trouble sleeping and some days does not have the motivation to get dressed. Her partner offers loving reassurance to sustain her, much like he did during their little talks before his death.

Symptoms of Depression

Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions, and remembering things
Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness
Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies, or sports
Slowed thinking, speaking, or body movements
Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
Source: Mayo Clinic - Note: Only a doctor or mental health professional can diagnose you. If you are concerned about emotional or behavioral symptoms, consult a doctor or mental health professional as soon as possible.

8. "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey has made such a name for herself with her penchant for tragic, melancholy themes. If you're not depressed before you listen to her music, you will be afterward, and most definitely stay away from those videos of her. They are total bummers, although they're known for being original and cinematically artistic.

Lyrically, this somber 2012 pop song features a narrator who professes so much love for her partner that if she died tonight, she'd be happy. And by the way she is driving recklessly down the highway at such a high speed 99 mph—there is deep foreboding that it is a goodbye song.

9. "You Found Me" by The Fray

The protagonist in this 2008 rock hit describes confronting God for allowing bad things to happen to good people like himself. He feels overwhelmed, crestfallen, and bewildered that so many personal tragedies have besieged him.

He waited for divine intervention to intercede in his fate, but it came too late. Angry and hollow, he has concluded that in the end, we all end up alone. If you're looking for additional songs about loneliness and isolation there are lots more that describe the sad subject.

10. "Save Myself" by Ed Sheeran

If you know what it's like to give of yourself until there's nothing left, this 2017 pop tune will register with you. Ed Sheeran reminds us all of the need for compassionate self-care.

The man in the song is a people pleaser to the extent that he doesn't satisfy his own needs. He gave away his money, provided so many others with a shoulder to cry on, and drove miles and miles, all to help people who probably wouldn't return the favor.

After self-medicating and exhausting himself to the point that no energy is left for him, he realizes that he needs to save himself first, just they advise like on airplanes:

Life can get you down so I just numb the way it feels
I drown it with a drink and out-of-date prescription pills
And all the ones that love me they just left me on the shelf
No farewell
So before I save someone else, I've got to save myself.

11. "Missing You" by All Time Low

A very depressed friend sits in their room, uncertain of their place in the world. In this 2015 rock song, they seal themselves off from all social connections and try to self-medicate their pain away. But then a friend reaches out to encourage them to keep fighting. If they give up now, not only will they miss out on all that life has to offer them but they'll also be missed by loved ones.

If you can relate to what it feels like to need a friend to understand your point of view and boost your spirits, then check out songs about needing someone.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is currently the leading cause of mental and physical disability globally.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is currently the leading cause of mental and physical disability globally. | Source

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12. "Here Comes the Rain Again" by Eurythmics

The sorrowful narrator in this 1984 pop song is worn down from the repetition of rain, a metaphor for negative emotion. She feels emotionally depleted from her on-again/off-again love relationship and addresses her ex-lover to express how she wishes she could walk, talk, and share affection with him like lovers do. However, the relationship appears to be over ... at least for now.

13. "Lithium" by Evanescence

The woman in this 2006 metal power ballad has been prescribed lithium, a medication used to treat depression, bipolar disorder, and other conditions, She describes feeling torn between remaining depressed, wanting "to stay in love with my sorrow," and letting go of it: "I don't want to feel locked up inside."

14. "Lullaby" by Nickelback

On average, there's a suicide in the United States every 13 minutes. When the man in this international rock hit from 2012 rock can't get in contact with his depressed friend, he fears that the friend may become another statistic.

He wants his sad friend to know that he understands what it's like to feel stuck out on an emotional ledge, lonely and stranded. Having been there and made the choice to live, he sends out a "lullaby" of comfort, hope, and encouragement via radio.

Please let me take you
Out of the darkness and into the light
'Cause I have faith in you
That you're gonna make it through another night
Stop thinkin' about the easy way out.

If you enjoyed this, consider making a playlist of similar songs about suicide and suicide prevention, particularly those with a positive message.

15. "Fell on Black Days" by Soundgarden

Dark emotional times have befallen the narrator in this 1994 rock song which became a signature song for Soundgarden. It was written by lead vocalist Chris Cornell, who fought depression much of his life and eventually lost his struggle. The song describes the dreaded feeling that your life is an utter disappointment and you're trapped in a miserable existence.

Musicians Who Have Struggled With Depression

Jon Bon Jovi
Weezer (aka Rivers Cuomo)
Michael Stipe (of R.E.M.)
The Notorious B.I.G.
Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam)
Phil Collins
Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park)
MIchael & Janet Jackson
Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine)
Ray Charles
Amy Winehouse
Alicia Keys
Joey Kramer (Aerosmith drummer)
Natalie Imbruglia
Kurt Cobain (of Nirvana)
Marie Osmond
Sheryl Crow
Dolly Parton
Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden)
Billy Joel
Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails)
Gwen Stefani
Jonathan Davis (of Korn)
Johnny Cash
Don't struggle with symptoms of depression alone. Reach out to a qualified health professional for assistance. There's no shame in seeking potentially life-saving help.

16. "Away From the Sun" by 3 Doors Down

Being depressed is like seeing the world in black and white, with all the color stripped out of life. The 2002 rock song is the narrator's appeal for help. He feels stuck in a dreary existence, desperately seeking to find his way back to his previous life, where there was predictability, comfort, and things made sense to him.

17. "Believer" by Imagine Dragons

In this pulsing 2017 rock tune, the narrator reflects on many of the challenges in his life that could have left him feeling forever broken and exhausted. One of those setbacks that could have stopped him in his tracks was depression. He sought music as a release:

I was broken from a young age
Taking my sulking to the masses
Write down my poems for the few
That looked at me, took to me, shook to me, feeling me
Singing from heartache from the pain
Taking my message from the veins
Speaking my lesson from the brain
Seeing the beauty through the pain.

Singer/songwriter Dan Reynolds told People that this international hit references his social anxiety with crowds, struggle with ankylosing spondylitis (a type of arthritis) his battle with deep depression, and being overwhelmed about the band's success.

The song emphasizes turning your struggle, whatever it is, into your greatest strength. If this is an idea that appeals to you, check out the many other songs about survival and perseverance in the face of challenge for encouragement.

18. "Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera

Sometimes in a relationship, you put all your chips on the table. You'd swallow your pride, follow your partner anywhere, be anything they want you to be just to save what you have together. But it's still not enough, and the feeling is devastating.

This heartrending 2013 rock song is about one last, lonesome plea to say something, say anything to save a dying relationship. Sadly, the narrator's appeal goes unanswered.

19. "Anything Worth Holding Onto" by Cynthia Erivo

If you've ever felt depressed over an extended period, then this soothing 2016 pop song describes the experience from a first-hand perspective. The narrator is tired and lives alone, separated geographically from family. She feels brokenhearted and lonely, disappointed in herself for letting important dreams die. She knows she has run to escape important truths, and she punishes herself for all of this emotionally.

As a result, she says she's "feeling like a prisoner in own skin" and is sleeping all day, crying all night, and lacks motivation. Sounds like she needs help before depression grows darker still.

20. "A Little Too Much" by Shawn Mendes

Strong on the outside, but alone, often fearful, and unsure on the inside. That's how the man in this 2015 pop tune describes the woman he loves. Depressed, she finds it sometimes hard to carry on, but the narrator describes her as a survivor, knowing that soon her circumstances will improve.

He encourages the listener as well, by noting that we are all the same. You have the same resilience in you. Hang on. Reach out for help. Life will get better.

Men Get Depressed, Too

Men's depression may appear more as anger, aggression, and irritability.  Compared to women, they may be more likely to turn to certain unhealthy coping strategies as an escape (e.g., risky behaviors, overwork, TV, sports, drinking/substance use).
Men's depression may appear more as anger, aggression, and irritability. Compared to women, they may be more likely to turn to certain unhealthy coping strategies as an escape (e.g., risky behaviors, overwork, TV, sports, drinking/substance use). | Source

Even More Songs About Depression

Year Released
21. Welcome to My Life
Simple Plan
22. Adam's Song
23. Breaking Down
Florence and The Machine
24. Dark Times
The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran
25. Last Hope
26. Move Along
The All-American Rejects
27. Dark Come Soon
Tegan and Sara
28. Autopilot
29. No Rain
Blind Melon
30. Save Me
Aimee Man
31. Only God Knows
Kid Rock
32. Isolation
Alter Bridge
33. Better Son/Daughter
Rilo Kiley
34. Beautiful World
35. Pavement Cracks
Annie Lennox
36. Floodplain
Sara Groves
37. Loser
38. If It Makes You Happy
Sheryl Crow
39. Paint It Black
The Rolling Stones
40. Sometimes It's Hard
Jamie Lawson
41. Turn Blue
The Black Keys
42. A Moment's Grace
Boy and Bear
43. Save Me
44. Heavy
Linkin Park (featuring Kiiara
45. Everybody Hurts
46. King of Pain
The Police
47. Keep Breathing
Ingrid Michaelson
48. The Mountain
Three Days Grace
49. Sound of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel
50. You Don't Know
Katelyn Tarver
51. Migraine
Twenty One Pilots
52. Flowers in a Vase
53. Paralyzed
54. Manic
Coleman Hell
55. Medicate
Gabbie Hanna
Know a song about depression that should be on this playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • My little girl is depressed. Do you have any idea on how to bring her joyous self back?

    Clinical depression is a common but treatable mental health condition. It can be the result of an imbalance of chemicals in the brain as well as other causes. Depression ranges from mild and temporary to severe and persistent.

    Anytime you are concerned about your health or that or your child; it's important to see a health care provider promptly. Only a doctor can diagnose and treat clinical depression. Start with your family doctor to rule out other conditions (such as a thyroid issue) and for a referral to a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist or mental health counselor who specializes in treating children, if your daughter is under 18.

    Symptoms and signs of clinical depression include:

    - feelings of sadness, emptiness, crying, hopelessness

    - outbursts of anger, frustration, or irritability, even over minor matters

    - loss of interest in normal activities

    - tiredness and lack of energy; little tasks seem to require monumental effort

    - weight loss or gain

    - trouble thinking, speaking, concentrating, difficulty making decisions, or slowed body movements

    - thoughts of death/suicide

    - unexplained physical problems such as headaches and backaches.

    I include these signs and symptoms so that together you can provide a thorough report of what symptoms your daughter is experiencing. You're a caring mother, and I wish you both the best as you get her healthier and happier.

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    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      3 months ago from USA

      Jessica - Please talk with your parents, if possible, about your feelings, or your family doctor. Depression is often a very treatable condition, a biochemical issue. It's often called the common cold of mental health. You're not alone and you don't have to feel like this. Reach out and get the help you need by talking to your parents if you can. Thank you for sharing.

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      Jessica but i have people call me jessie. 

      3 months ago

      I have been suffering from depression for pretty much my whole life honestly. I never knew what it was till i was 11. That’s when it started to show the most and started taking over my life. In only 14 now gonna be 15 soon. But it definitely has changed a lot for me and sad songs or songs about depression help sometimes i dont know why they just do and it always helps so thank you for giving me some new songs.

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      3 months ago from USA

      Anon - Thank you for the suggestions. Take care of yourself and be well.

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      3 months ago

      1) manic by Coleman hell

      2) medicate by gabbie Hanna

      3) sad still by Quinn XCII

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      3 months ago from USA

      depressed777 - I'm sorry about your great grandpa and your feeling of helplessness. Just try to be present with him. Sit silently, listen to him when he wants to share, and tell him how much he is loved. Your ability to bring him comfort by being with him will bring you solace later after he is gone. My grandfather died of emphysema several years ago during the Christmas season. My teenaged daughter and I were able to frequently visit him, hold his hand, and tell him that we loved him and would miss him. We recounted happy and even funny memories with him up until the last and thanked him for specific things that he had done for us over the years but mainly thanked him for loving us. It was a good way to say goodbye, and it helped. I hope you have a relative in your life who can help you say goodbye to him. Remember that it's usually not the things you say that you regret but the things you don't say.

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      3 months ago

      This article is good. My great grandpa is dying from liver cancer and I can't do anything about it. I started to feel depressed and now I just have depression.

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      4 months ago from USA

      Joh - Hey, buddy, three years is way too long to let depression take control of your life in this way. This is nothing to be ashamed of any more than one would be ashamed of a broken leg or diabetes. Your shame is potentially life-threatening and certainly keeping you from moving forward. Please talk confidentially to your family doctor ASAP and tell him/her all of your symptoms, including any thoughts or attempts at self-harm. Clinical depression is a common mental illness that is often very treatable. You do NOT have to be miserable like this. It is very possible your depression is biochemical in nature. Get the professional help you need.

      I added the song you suggested.

      Kind regards, FlourishAnyway

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      4 months ago

      Paralyzed by NF. I have trouble telling others about my depression, as it's something I'm ashamed of. Been faking a smile for three years now, no one knows what is happening in my messy mind. They just tell me I changed from the happiest child to the mysterious one. Anyways, music helps a lot . :)

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      6 months ago from USA

      Hermione - Thanks for that addition (#51) Have a great day!

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      6 months ago

      I think ''Migraine'' from Twenty One Pilots would be suitable on this list as well.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      6 months ago from USA

      Lotti Anderson - Thank you for your comment. Hang in there and stay connected to friends and family.

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      Lotti Anderson 

      6 months ago

      Hi pay name is lotti I am 11 and suffer from severe depression and anxiety when having these most of the time music Is your BFF so thank you so much for this amazing playlist +

      This town - Niall Horan

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      7 months ago from USA

      Lindsay - Take special care of yourself. You're not alone -- whatever the individual struggle or emotion, music makes us realize that.

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      Lindsay Draughn 

      7 months ago

      I'm 15 and suffering from depression, listening to songs about depression always helps me for some reason...

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      7 months ago from USA

      See me - Thank you for the song suggestions.

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      See me 

      7 months ago

      Hunger-Florence+The Machine

      Mine- Alice Glass

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      8 months ago from USA

      Falke - A beautiful, very appropriate song. Great suggestion. Thank you for reading and for the song addition. Be well in your life.

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      9 months ago

      You dont know by tarner fits well in here too

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      9 months ago from USA

      Tamara - Many people suffer from depression and other mental illnesses -- those we love, work with, people who are our neighbors and friends. We should all try to be a little more compassionate, as we don't truly understand the burdens others bear. Thanks for sharing.

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      Yancosky - Jankowska 

      9 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

      I was really surprised that most answered your poll in the same way I did! I also deeply appreciated your compassionate chapter in which you wrote before the concise list of songs.

      Thank you for a lovely, well put-together article, and for your kindness. ♥️♥️♥️

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      9 months ago from USA

      Amanda - Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad to see you back on HubPages writing lots of articles!

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      Amanda Littlejohn 

      9 months ago


      Not only is this a great playlist, but also a very accurate and helpful explanation of what depression is and how it affects the life of the suffer and of those nearest and dearest to him or her.

      Very often the last thing a depressed person wants is for people to try and "cheer them up". As depression often manifests as an intense feeling of loneliness, songs like some of these might help more by letting the sufferer know that they are not completely alone; that someone, somewhere felt the same and understands.

      Bless you. :)

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Chris, I'm sorry you must deal with this. I hope that better treatment options continue to be explored for people whose depression isn't well-treated with current means.

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      Krzysztof Willman 

      10 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Depression hits close to home for me, it's truly one of the darkest diseases anyone can experience. I'm sorry about your aunt, it's so hard to know how they feel without being in their shoes. Another great playlist.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Jo, I'm sorry to hear that. I think it's important to not hide it so that others know they're not alone. I hope you are doing okay now.

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      Jo Miller 

      10 months ago from Tennessee

      Like Larry, I'm very familiar with depression. But unlike him, I do struggle with it, and it almost never wins. Most who know me would never suspect that this is a struggle. I have found ways to cope.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Larry - I'm so sorry about your long-time depression and the abusive relationship that seemed to fuel it. I hope you are talking to someone about it. Please take care of yourself.

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      Larry Rankin 

      10 months ago from Oklahoma

      Have always had depression.

      Don't wanna say I've "struggled with it",because I'd be quite sad if it left me entirely:-)

      An abusive relationship, I guess.

      Love your style. Hope you're doing well.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Dora, Thank you so much for reading. I hope you are doing well. Have a good weekend!

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      Dora Weithers 

      10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, your playlists do a great job of covering every aspect of life. You also educate people like me about songs and singers. Thanks.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Genna - Thank you for the kind comment. I like Johnny Cash's song, too. I wish the end of his life had been filled with much more happiness than what seems apparent from all the broken memories in the video. I often wonder about how stars cope after their heyday.

      Hope you have a great weekend ahead. Thank you for commenting.

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      Genna East 

      10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Depression is something many have experienced at one time or another in their lifetimes, with varying degrees. My fav on this list is the Cash song; sad, candid, poignant. Stunning hub, Flourish.

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      10 months ago from USA

      Ann - I know what you mean. I totally think in music now and sometimes speak in it too. My husband is a good sport about it though. He has absolutely no clue what I'm talking about if it's country music however or R&B.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      10 months ago from Mississauga, ON


      "If people are Googling "songs about depression," then maybe I can 1) let them know they aren't alone/help reduce stigma and 2) connect them to a crisis resource if they need it."

      That would be a great service.



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      Ann Carr 

      10 months ago from SW England

      I now have what seems like a million songs going through my head after catching up with your latest hubs! Great songs, too. I think my brain needs a rest - until your next one is published!


    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Heidi - Thanks for the song suggestion. I didn't put Kurt Cobain's song on there because it's a little too in the suicidal camp if you know what I mean. I'm always trying to be sensitive to the message where that's concerned. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month so I wanted to get this published in order to recognize that as well as get people connected to the resources they may need.

      I appreciate your stopping by and your loyalty. I think we like some of the same music. Have a wonderful week!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      10 months ago from Chicago Area

      Sad that this is still one of the most misunderstood and dismissed maladies! Interesting that on this list are the works of some we have lost who who have suffered from it (Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Kurt Cobain). In addition to Evanescence's song, we could add Nirvana's "Lithium."

      Even though they are certainly sad, I do love Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt" and Garbage's "I'm Only Happy When It Rains."

      Thanks for calling attention to this issue! Have a good one!

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      10 months ago from USA

      Linda, Thank you for your kind comment. I hope it will speak to people who need to hear its message. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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      Linda Crampton 

      10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a powerful article, Flourish. It was very interesting to read, despite its sad theme.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Tim - Johnny Cash's version is so sad, and the video is really tough to watch, knowing what a megastar he was and seeing what became of all his awards and memorabilia. In the end, all we have is each other. Then June died, and he quickly followed. Sigh. Most of today's country musicians don't have the character that yesterday's country superstars did. Thanks for stopping by and for the song suggestion. Have a terrific week filled with joy and sunshine.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Suhail - I think if people were honest with themselves and others, many would probably say they have had episodes in which they have felt like you did. I'm glad the dark days resolved for you and you came out on the other side more empathic for the experience.

      I get comments and Q&As on some of my other playlists from people who are obviously hurting so much and feel like they are alone in their experience. It's a big reason why I write on topics like this. If people are Googling "songs about depression," then maybe I can 1) let them know they aren't alone/help reduce stigma and 2) connect them to a crisis resource if they need it.

      Thanks for sharing a part of your life.

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      Tim Truzy 

      10 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Flourish,

      The information you provided with the list is dead on and helpful for those who really need to deal with depression and all of the symptoms related to it.

      I like the fact you included Johnny Cash's song. That's one of my favorite remakes.

      I was thinking that maybe this song from Bruno Mars might be appropriate: It Would Rain. It seems the narrator may be hallucinating and feeling the whole world is against him as he looses his lover.

      Super article.

      Thanks, Flourish.


      Much respect and admiration,


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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      10 months ago from Mississauga, ON


      I distinctly recall that R.E.M. song 'Everybody hurts' being played all the time on MTV in late 1993. I was in an Executive Management Program in Evanston, Il. I used to be in tears listening to that song, perhaps because of studies, it being fall season, I felt out of place in that program, or a combination thereof. Reflecting on those days, I think I must have been under some minor form of depression. But in the end, it all went well.

      That Sheryl Crow's power ballad is a good song in the list too.

      Some power ballads of Scorpions may qualify for the mention in this list.



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      10 months ago from USA

      Liz - Although I limited the table to musicians, the number of creatives like writers and artists that have struggled with depression is huge. Thanks for stopping by.

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      10 months ago from USA

      Linda - I'm so sorry about your daughter's long-term struggle with depression as well as your own battle. Depression often takes a toll on the entire family. I've also been there, and back, thankfully. Struggled alone for several years after my friend's suicide three decades ago and also had postpartum depression. Felt nearly mowed down. Churchhill's quote is very insightful and a lesson in self-care. Plus, it's not safe for many reasons to stand too close to the tracks. Have a happy week! Thinking of you.

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      10 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist. Have a good week!

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      Linda Lum 

      10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish, I have been there, and my younger daughter has been in therapy for more than 20 years. The "newer" songs were not familiar to me, but you have assembled a great list here.

      As I read this article, I thought about Winston Churchill. He suffered from depression (he referred to it as his black dog). Some believe he was bipolar and it was that which made him such an effective leader for his country during the War. Here's a revealing quote from him:

      “I don’t like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train. I don’t like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second’s action would end everything. A few drops of desperation.”

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      Liz Westwood 

      10 months ago from UK

      I think that most people at some stage in their lives encounter depression in one form or another. A lot of people with creative minds like writers, composers and songwriters have openly battled it. It's helpful that these days mental health issues are more talked about. You have put together another comprehensive list.

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      Devika Primić 

      10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sometimes when one is depressed it helps to read about depressed issues. I do like the songs.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Bill - Hope you have a Happy Labor Day! You must be a really happy camper.

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      10 months ago from USA

      Clive, So sorry you're feeling depressed. I hope you feel better soon, buddy. Thinking of you.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I drew a blank...I kept singing the opening stanza of "Sounds of Silence"...hello darkness my old friend....it seems like a good thing that I couldn't think of any of these songs. :)

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      Clive Williams 

      10 months ago from Jamaica

      Flourish...to be honest, I skipped through reading this one. I am just too depressed to read about depressed songs right now. Maybe when I am out of this funk I will read through.

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      10 months ago from USA

      Mary - Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment. It's unfortunate to see someone you care about suffer from this.

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      10 months ago from USA

      Shannon - Oh, no! Sorry to hear that. I have a companion playlist about suicide prevention. Some of the songs are represented on that, and I will add where appropriate (either here or to that one). Go listen to the positive mood playlist! Get out of that negative funk.

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      10 months ago from USA

      Pam - I'm glad you don't suffer from this. About 7% of the US does, more women than men. I wanted to highlight my aunt (although she has a severe case) to take away some of the stigma and let people know how debilitating depression can be. Right now she lives with my grandmother who is very old, and when my grandmother dies or must go into a nursing home, we don't know what will become of my aunt. Thanks for reading. Have a good week!

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      Mary Norton 

      10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Flourish, am glad you highlighted this reality in many lives. I do feel for the ones who are experiencing depression and I hope that people around them will be more understanding and help them out of their debilitating state. I do hope we get to understand this state better.

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      Shannon Henry 

      10 months ago from Texas

      OMG, Flourish, these songs make me cry today. Not in the right mindset to listen to them and probably shouldn't have. I'm sure this playlist will hit home to many people, though. We probably all know or love someone who suffers from depression.

      Here's a few more you may want to include in your list, though they may be more about suicide prevention. I suppose that goes hand in hand with depression. I know I'll never forget being told as a child why the knives were being hid from someone:

      Mindy McCready - What Happened

      Blaine Larson - How Do You Get That Lonely

      Why - Rascall Flatts

      Kill Myself - Tim McGraw

      One Day You Will- Lady Antebellum

      I Need a Miracle - Third Day

      Notes to the Coroner - Chely Wright (supposed to be autobiographical of how she almost killed herself)

      I'll See You Yesterday - Mindy McCreedy (Some say this song was her suicide note)

      If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I was not familiar with many of these singers, but I thought the Ed Sheeren song was so interesting to consider. I am sorry to read about your aunt. I have a sad or depressed day oce in a while, but I have not experience any real depression. I guess I am fortunate.


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