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49 Songs That Say It'll Be OK

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

No matter what is stressing you out, take the long view on your troubles with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs that say everything will be OK.

No matter what is stressing you out, take the long view on your troubles with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs that say everything will be OK.

A Better Tomorrow Is Coming

Even before the pandemic, 18% of Americans were living with an anxiety disorder. Then COVID-19 happened, and it changed the world.

Add to everyday worry the sudden, massive uncertainty around finances, daily routines, and acquiring essentials. Pile on the fear of contagion and death, plus perhaps the actual death of people you know. What we have left is a huge trigger for a mental health epidemic. Keep reminding yourself, however, that a better tomorrow is coming.

Whatever is stressing you out, periodically take a moment to back up, breathe deeply, and take a broader perspective on your problem situation. Lean on a confidante, rely on your spiritual/religious beliefs, and express gratitude for the bounty of goodness you have in your life. Pay attention to your physical health, get good quality sleep, and be patient with yourself and others. You can overcome your challenges.

Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs that say everything will be okay. Remind yourself that better days are around the corner. We have a long list of songs to start you off.

1. "Better Days" by OneRepublic

In the midst of paranoia and dark days, the guy in this 2020 pop song hits his knees and prays, believing steadfastly in the promise of tomorrow. He expresses both hope and confidence that the bleak times won't last forever:

Oh, I know that there'll be better days
Oh, that sunshine 'bout to come my way
May we never ever shed another tear for today
'Cause oh, I know that there'll be better days.

2. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" by David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney

The narrator in this 2017 kickin' country song received some free, first-rate advice from a bartender. When he requested that she "tell me something good that I don't know" the bartender pointed to the sign behind her that read, "Everything's gonna be alright." The advice is simple yet superb. We shouldn't be too eager to press the panic button because chances are "it ain't near as bad as you think."

3. "Be OK" by Ingrid Michaelson

If you repeat something often enough, perhaps you can convince yourself that it's true. The lady in this 2008 indie pop tune has experienced heartache and is now a "gallery of broken hearts." Aspiring to feel better, the narrator repeats variations of "I just want to be okay" like a mantra until she convinces herself that maybe she will be okay. You'll get through whatever you're facing, too.

4. "O-o-h Child" by The Five Stairsteps

This mellow 1970 soul song answers your stress with a soothing message of reassurance. A calm voice of experience promises that things will get easier and brighter some day. Relax because your problems will resolve and your load will lighten. You'll walk in the sun again.

Rolling Stone magazine named the hit to their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." It was The Five Stairsteps' only Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making them a one-hit wonder. (They did enjoy success on the R&B chart, however.)

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5. "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin

This 1988 reggae-infused number urges you to cast aside your sense of worry because it only multiplies your troubles. Even if your rent is late, you're penniless, or homeless, the narrator recommends, "don't worry, be happy." Having won a Grammy Award for Song of the year, the hit became the first a capella song to top the mainstream pop chart. It was also McFerrin's only Top 40 Billboard hit, making him a one-hit-wonder.

6. "Be Alright" by Dean Lewis

The sad fella in this mournful 2018 pop love ballad recounts a romantic relationship with a sweetheart who betrayed him. Although he desperately wants to forgive her and pretend the infidelity never happened, there are some things one cannot unknow. A supportive friend helps him through the difficult emotional struggle using advice to put his phone away, stop looking at social media, and move on. That's so hard to do when you're reeling from heartbreak! The friend acknowledges that the cheating and breakup will hurt for a while, but in time he will be alright.

Singer-songwriter Dean Lewis explained what the song means to him. "For people worried about me because the song is so sad—trust me I'm OK. The song is actually about hope and knowing that in the end things will work out, surrounding yourself with good people." Lewis reportedly wrote the song about not only his own experience but several other people's as well.

7. "Odds Are" by Barenaked Ladies

Are you a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full kind of person? This energetic 2013 pop song flies in the face of panic-driven "breaking news" bulletins.

It's certainly possible that you'll be struck by lightning, stung by a bee, or hit by a train. Those things have to happen to someone, right? You might crash in a plane, be killed by a shark or be flattened a meteorite. However, odds are you'll be alright. You'll live another night.

So get up, get up
Tell the bookie put a bet on "not a damn thing will go wrong"
The odds are that we will probably be alright.

8. "This Too Shall Pass" by OK Go

According to this pop song from 2010, bad things are bound to come your way eventually. However, the choice is yours in deciding how to respond. The narrators urge you not to let life's troubles drag you down. Instead, hit the ground running and refuse to blame others. They recommend, "Let it go. This too shall pass."

"This too shall pass. It may pass like a huge kidney stone, but it'll pass."

"This too shall pass. It may pass like a huge kidney stone, but it'll pass."

9. "Float On" by Modest Mouse

There's not much that could get this guy's tighty whiteys in a knot. The narrator of this 2004 indie rock song has backed his car into a cop car and has run his mouth too long. He and his partner have been fired from their jobs on the same day (tough luck) and he's been bamboozled out of his last dime. No worries! He trusts that good news is on the way, then they'll all float on alright.

10. "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash

Prayers have been answered in this reggae-inspired #1 hit from 1972. Gone are the rain and dark clouds that once obscured the narrator's path. Now his future is clearer and he can see the obstacles that were once in his way. The day ahead looks bright and full of both sunshine and blue skies. He'll be more than okay.

11. "Be Alright" by Ariana Grande

With breathiness and a hopping beat, this 2016 pop ditty offers up encouragement that all will be okay. The narrator endorses the power of positive thinking to make up your mind that you'll get through this. She notes that tears will always come and go, but the hard times lead to better days. You've got this! You're a survivor!

12. "Safe and Sound" by Capital Cities

Times may be uncertain, but the narrator in this popping 2011 alternative rock song promises to have the back of the one he loves. He's supporting his lover, keeping them safe and sound. He wants them to mutually lift each other up so they can keep each other safe and sound, even if the sky is falling down or they are six feet underground. What a great way to encourage someone that all will be okay.

13. "Time" by NF

This 2019 love song by rapper NF is about marital problems and a married man who is fighting valiantly to save his unraveling relationship. The husband has messed up, made mistakes, and is now depressed, but he is trying to right his wrongs with the help of therapy. Expressing his dedication to his wife, the man needs time so he can show the love of his life that this relationship will be worth it:

Even if we both break down tonight
And you say you hate me
And we go to bed angry
I know everything will be alright
I'll be here waiting
I promise I'm changing
I just need
A little time to show you I'm worth it ... .

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” - Emory Austin, American motivational speaker

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” - Emory Austin, American motivational speaker

14. "It Happens" by Sugarland

The gal in this playful 2008 country ditty has a happy-go-lucky attitude that everything will be okay, regardless of what happens. She oversleeps and is an hour late for work, borrows a neighbor's car to go to Wally World when her car has a flat, then accidentally sideswipes a vehicle at a red light carrying her ex and his new girlfriend. (Are we sure that's an accident?) Rather than getting upset, however, she has the perspective that "pssh it happens." (Meant to sound like "sh*t happens.") All will be okay in this gal's world.

15. "Rise Up" by Andra Day

No matter how broken down and tired you may feel, this rousing 2015 R&B song will inspire you to make things right in your own world, whatever that requires. If it doesn't empower you to action, then there's no hope for you! Rise up, lean on one another and look to the promise that tomorrow offers.

16. "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley & The Wailers

This 1980 reggae tune is one of Bob Marley's most popular songs. However, people often mistakenly assume it's titled, "Don't Worry About a Thing" or "Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright" because these two phrases are repeated frequently throughout this chill number.

Inspired by three little birds that land near his doorstep, the narrator encourages the listener to let go of unnecessary worry. He provides needed reassurance that everything will be okay. And it will.

17. "Don't Worry" by Madcon (Featuring Ray Dalton)

Put aside your worries, and let go of the troubles that plague you because in your future you won't need 'em. Norwegian pop duo Madcon made this electronic dance ditty an international hit in 2015 in many countries outside the US. Take their advice and don't worry about a thing.

18. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" by Deana Carter

When faced with a fearful, weary heart, country singer Deana Carter finds solace in God, according to this 1998 song. In her ear, she hears a sweet voice whispering reassurance that everything's gonna be alright. His love offers to show her the way if she will believe. He comforts her by saying no one walks alone:

See the light shine, oh how it shines
Everything's gonna be alright

19. "Better Days" by Breaking Benjamin

We all encounter the valleys of life that are full of struggle, strife, and suffering. However, whether you set up camp there in the low areas or instead keep hiking in search of higher ground depends on what you see on your horizon. Is it hope and renewal or more misery?

In this positive, uptempo number from 2011, a narrator who has made past mistakes takes the long view, thus opting to see his life as a journey. He's on his way to better days with the support of friends and loved ones. The narrator realizes that he'll probably make additional missteps in the future. Likewise, his faith will wax and wane. Overall, however, he'll be okay:

I'm on my way to better days
I'll find my faith, I'll fall away
I'm on my way to better days
I'll find my faith.

20. "OK" by Robin Schulz (Featuring James Blunt)

One-hit wonder James Blunt lends vocal support on this 2017 electronic/dance song. It's about a narrator who reaches out to a lover who has a magic way of making everything feel okay again. When every star falls from the sky and the crestfallen narrator feels like he is fading fast, he asks his significant other to love him just a little bit more because "the way you love me makes me king again." His lover reassures him that it's gonna be okay. I hope that you have a person like this in your life who can bring peace and hope to your darkest days.

"Always remember, nothing is as bad as it seems." - Helen Fielding, English novelist

"Always remember, nothing is as bad as it seems." - Helen Fielding, English novelist

Even More Songs That Say It'll Be OK

Know a song that says everything will be okay that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. "Everything's Not Lost"



22. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole


23. "Better Days"

Le'Andria Johnson


24. "Don't Stop"

Fleetwood Mac


25. "Let It Go"

Idina Menzel


26. "Lullaby"

Shawn Mullins


27. "The Middle"

Jimmy Eat World


28. "Here Comes the Sun"

The Beatles


29. "Better Days"

Goo Goo Dolls


30. "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"

Stevie Wonder


31. "Tomorrow" (Song from "Annie")

Idina Menzel


32. "Don't Worry Baby"

The Beach Boys


33. "Mama Said"

Lukas Graham


34. "A Change Is Gonna Come"

Sam Cooke


35. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"

Al Green


36. "No One"

Alicia Keys


37. "No Woman No Cry"

Bob Marley


38. "Everything Will Be Alright"

The Killers


39. "Get Happy"

Judy Garland


40. "Let It Be"

The Beatles


41. "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder"

The Secret Sisters


42. "Put on a Happy Face"

Dick Van Dyke


43. "The Sun Is Rising"

Britt Nicole


44. "Everything Will Be OK"



45. "Shake It Off"

Taylor Swift


46. "Stronger"

Sara Evans


47. "Smile"

Vitamin C (featuring Lady Saw)


48. "Smile"

Nat King Cole


49. "The Morning After"

Maureen McGovern


© 2020 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2020:

Brenda - I appreciate your stopping by. Eventually, we will return to a new version of normal.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 02, 2020:

We definitely need to remember these songs during this time we are facing now.

Great write.

Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 10, 2020:

Rajan - Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are doing well.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 09, 2020:

It all be okay in the end, and hopefully, that end comes soon. Great list of songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2020:

Patricia - Thank you for your kind words of support. I hope you and your family are also doing well. We are stir crazy but continue to stay inside.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 04, 2020:

You always seem to find the songs that we need at the time. I do believe that we're going to come out of this okay in the long run. My mother always said this too shall pass just like one of the songs that you listed says. I think it will make us hopefully all appreciate all that we have and have had in the days ahead. Again I hope that you and your family are all well and safe. Many Angels are headed your way this afternoon. ps

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 02, 2020:

Bob - I'm glad you're back at work. Take care of yourself.

Robert Sacchi on May 02, 2020:

Thank you, I've been back at work for two weeks now. They did cut my hours down to 24/week. The airline industries are taking a nasty hit.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 02, 2020:

Bob - I understand you've been sick but have recovered now. I'm glad you are doing better.

Robert Sacchi on May 01, 2020:

You're welcome. Stay well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 01, 2020:

Bob - How appropriate! Thanks for the recommendation.

Robert Sacchi on April 30, 2020:

An uplifting list. Have you considered "The Morning After" by Maureen McGovern and "Do Not Fear to Hope".

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2020:

Jo - I hope you're doing well and staying safe in lockdown.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on April 23, 2020:

Some great songs here. Thanks for the uplift.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 20, 2020:

MG - Thank you! We all need a little pick-me-up, even if we are isolated at home. Stay well and be happy.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 19, 2020:

Flourish, this selection was needed withe the virus depressing all of us. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 19, 2020:

Dora - Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. I hope we can all pull together and end this crisis as quickly as possible. Too many lives have already been lost.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 19, 2020:

Heidi - Thanks for the song recommendation which I added. I'm hanging in there just fine self-isolating and hope that you are as well! I really hope this comes to an end soon. I saw a huge line for the food pantry yesterday about a mile long on my way to the grocery store and almost burst into instant tears. That's the first time I've been affected emotionally by this whole thing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 19, 2020:

Nell - Thanks for your comment. I hope you are doing well in this difficult time.

Nell Rose from England on April 19, 2020:

Great list and songs Flourish, we all need something to keep the spirits up, so these are wonderful!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 19, 2020:

The theme of this article is so relevant right now. I especially love the commentary on "Be Alright" by Dean Lewis. We need this cheer right now. Thank you.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 19, 2020:

Just the playlist we need right now!

I'd add Smile by Nat King Cole.

Hope you and yours are okay! Have a great Sunday!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Linda - I'm glad you enjoyed this playlist and the quote. Have a good weekend and stay safe.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Randi - What a healthy habit! Stay healthy in these times and keep walking!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Pamela - Thank you for reading. I am concerned about those who don't have jobs or have other significant stressors in this pandemic. It's sad to see the long line for foodbanks. We'll get through it though. Have a terrific weekend and continue to stay healthy.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Devika - Thank you for your kind comment. Continue to stay healthy and have a lovely weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Linda - That's a very special song, and you're a very special person. Have a fabulous weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Peggy - A song is a 2-3 minute respite from the bad news of the day, and it's been so necessary the last few weeks. I appreciate your visit.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Liz - Thank you. I have a hard time watching the news. Just too much of the same old horrible stuff.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Clive - Yes, you are absolutely correct. Stay healthy, buddy.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

James - Oh, yes, I really enjoy that song and will always recall that. Stay well!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Mitchelle - Thank you for stopping by and for your song suggestion. I like the positive messages in that song. Have a wonderful weekend and continue to stay safe!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 16, 2020:

I enjoyed learning about the songs and artists, as always. I loved the determination in the Emory Austin quote. That's a quotation that I'm going to remember.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on April 16, 2020:

This is so nice and encouraging, particularly for those that are isolated on their own. Thank you for the great playlist! I walk a couple of miles everyday and will be adding many of these!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 16, 2020:

Bill - Two good ones. Glad you found songs you enjoyed. Stay well and accept a virtual hug from me!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 16, 2020:

Mitara N - Thank you for your kind compliment. Stay happy and well.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 16, 2020:

I agree with your opening statements 100%. The song selections are great and eveything in this article is so appropriate for everything that is happening in the world today.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 16, 2020:

Great list! These songs are a good addition here. I enjoy listening to most of it. You bring on another list and make me see the importance of music.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 16, 2020:

Oh, Flourish, what a great playlist. We all need a little sunshine right now. I love (and know) most of these. You didn't ask, but I'd have to say that "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (the version by Iz) is my favorite. It's very soothing, but sweetly sad because that beautiful soul has passed away.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2020:

I love those Beatles songs like "Here Comes the Sun," and "Let it Be," among others. This pandemic has exaggerated the triggers for stress. It is good to concentrate on the positives in life and know that at some point, this will end. The sun will rise tomorrow!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 16, 2020:

Just what the doctor ordered- a good dose of positivity. This is a great playlist for a time like this.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 16, 2020:

Everything we do today...makes it bad or OK for tomorrow

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on April 16, 2020:

This is or oughta be the official pandemic optimistic song list. I especially like selections #s 4,5 & 10. Don't Stop at 24 was President Clinton's campaign theme song when first elected in '92.

Mitchelle Peter from Dubai, U.A.E on April 16, 2020:

Oh wow! This list is just perfect. I love how you've covered most genres, definitely adding these songs to my feel good playlist. I also believe affirmations help which is why I also love the song "Affirmation" by Savage Garden. Thanks for the song list!

Stay safe.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 16, 2020:

The Beatles battled McFarrin for this one, and Don't Worry, Be Happy won the prize. That song annoyed me when it first came out, but it wore me down eventually and now I like it's simple message.

Mitara N from South Africa on April 16, 2020:

Enjoyed the playlist, wonderful selections

Take care, keep well and be safe

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 16, 2020:

Ann - Thank you for the song recommendation! I hope you are doing well as we are all isolated socially. It's time to hunker down but we can still be happy and look forward to the future no matter the stresses. There's so much that we do have.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 16, 2020:

George - I love that take on the glass! I hope you are safe and happy!

George Xu from Philippines on April 16, 2020:

Excellent playlist! I'm going to listen to these songs and put ones I like on to my playlist.

I'm more of a chemist, so I am just going to say I'm a glass half-full of water and half-full of vapour kind of person. :P

Ann Carr from SW England on April 16, 2020:

Great list, Flourish! There are so many aren't there? I suppose that tells us something too. I love 'I Can See Clearly Now' and also Fleetwood Mac's 'Don't Stop'. There's also 'Walking on Sunshine' but I can't remember the group - will have to go and look it up.

There is also a (now late) comedy duo here called Morecambe and Wise whose signature tune was 'Bring Me Sunshine'. They and that song never cease to bring a smile to anyone's face.


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