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5 Songs that have addressed mental health.

Mental health has become more prevalent throughout the lyrical content of various artists. Mental health conditions such as depression affects approximately 300 million people (WHO, 2018). The openess of these artists to share their personal experiences can become inspiring and influential for others. The lyrics can give anyone the ability to identify with what is being said, and that they do not have to be alone with their own thoughts. There is also the healthy outlet for aggression, where for just a few minutes you would feel better shouting and screaming the words that you are struggling to pen down and speak. Because music can provide this healthy outlet, it is important to look at some of the songs that are contributing to this outspoken approach.

Paramore – Fake Happy

” I feel so fake happy, and I bet everybody here, is just as insincere, we’re all so fake happy, and I know fake happy” sings Hayley Williams, on track 5 of Paramore’s latest album After Laughter. Mental health can be a difficult thing to confront for ourselves, before even thinking about discussing it with another. It can become too easy to bottle up our genuine feelings and instead portray a completely different persona. What is important to remember is to stay true to ourselves and accept that is okay to not be okay.

Patent Pending – One Less Heart To Break

One Less Heart To Break, which was originally released on 2010 EP ‘I’m Not Alone’, is a song that addresses depression and suicide. The message shows that it is important to know that you can rise from your negative feelings and that things can get better in your life. “Just stay with me through one more night, because it’s always darkest before the light” gives hope through the dark times. Not everything in life in written for us and we can write our own destiny. Sometimes we just have to ride the wave, and come out stronger. Life is a process and we can all have a frustrating day, but we are all capable of pulling through.

As It Is – The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)
The song by the Brighton 5 piece targets the societal pressures that are placed on males. In the first verse, American born pop punk vocalist, Patty Walters sings “Just close your eyes and bite your tongue for now, don’t let them see you fall”. The stigma surrounding the gender stereotype of males is that they must be tough and strong . Expression emotions can therefore be difficult as men can be discouraged in order to meeet these gender norms. The song stands for transgressing against these societal pressures, so that their popular fanbase can feel comfortabe with their emotions.

All Time Low – Therapy

Vocalist Alex Gaskarth told Teen TV that “Therapy” is about every kids’ nightmare. When people are telling you to get help, but all you really want is a hug. His passion in this song is evident as the intensity of his voice increases throughout. The issue with therapy is that not everyone is ready to confront their feelings. In the chorus, “Therapy, I’m a walking travesty but I’m smiling at everything” hints that it may not work for everybody, whilst others may need reassurance and support. The most reassuring thing can be developing this rapport with someone, so that they can help facilitate one anothers succees and wellbeing.

Real Friends – Short Song

I could have mentioned a range of songs but I decided to go with one of my personal favourites from the Illinois pop punk / emo outfit. The song is under 2 minutes long but within this time packs an emotional punch. In the track Dan Lambton screams “And in life we’re gonna cry, In life we’re gonna lose sleep, We’re gonna feel helpless but thats how its got to be”. In similar vain to ‘One Less Heart to Break’, Real Friends illustrate that we can face troubles that we must come out stronger from. Perserving in the face of adversity is a pivital component of this, as we strive for success. Despite the sleepness nights and tears, this is not forever and we can come out stronger.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this. Let me know in the comments what you thought and if I should do a part 2. I have loads more songs I would love to share with you. Remember to look after your mental health at all times and keep going. I’m so proud of you.

10 thoughts on “5 Songs that have addressed mental health.”

  1. I also like “True Colors”, “Cant stop the feeling” by justin timberlake they’re a happy and positive song. But there was a time that the “Unwell” song by matchbox20 really help me during my depression. I also recommend “While I’m waiting” its the soundtrack of “Fireproof” Christian Movie. This song and the movie really helped me out to fix my marriage and become a new person. 🙂


    1. These are some interesting choices. I feel that sometimes we need that connection with a song on a deeper meaning, whereas other times we just need some fun and a singalong.


  2. I like Paramore and Fake Happy is one of my favourite songs from them. There are so many good songs out there that address mental health, or songs that could be interpreted that way. I like the lyrics of Happy Little Pill by Troye Sivan. You should give it a listen. Same as Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks by Panic! At The Disco. It’s the lyrics that really grab me.


  3. My favorite has to be Paramore. They seem to have got the perfect track for the health issues. Not a lot of groups can get it right. They have managed to get it just perfect. I remember old group beach boys had some of the good songs on mental health, though not directly in lyrics.


    1. Paramore have many great songs, I do agree. I have never thought of the Beach Boys in that way though, but, I do not know many songs. Do you have any that you recommend regarding mental health specifically?


  4. I look forward to listening to all these songs, and I give props to you for this lovely blog idea. I wonder if it’s okay for me to go about making a list of some of my favorites too? That said, I’d love to see a part two to this! Please do so! I can never have too many songs with topics I can relate to~


  5. Not specifically about mental health but I’ve always thought that 1-800-273-8255 was a great song by Logic. The song is more about suicide and the name is the number for the prevention hotline in the US.


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