We regularly flip to music throughout troublesome occasions.

After I’m within the midst of melancholy, tune lyrics usually describe the sentiments I can’t put into phrases, and melodies can ignite a way of humanness right into a physique that feels utterly numb. And generally, a single tune can momentarily carry me out of the deep disappointment that clouds my depressed thoughts.

As somebody who grew up within the ’90s, ’90s music brings me again to a youthful, extra carefree model of myself. Whether or not it’s the lyrics I relate to now greater than ever, or the reminiscence of sitting within the backseat of a automobile on a sunny summer time day jamming to a sure tune on the radio — ’90s music may give me momentary aid in periods of melancholy.

That’s why we requested our Mighty psychological well being neighborhood to inform us one tune from the ’90s that helped them get by means of a interval of melancholy.


Right here’s what they needed to say:

1. “Lithium” by Nirvana

“Kurt was recognized with bipolar. So I might completely relate with him.” — Sarah G.

2. “Drive” by Incubus

“It jogs my memory that though concern is current in my life, I can nonetheless make the selection to take management. Though nothing is assured to work out, I’ll preserve making an attempt.“ — Meaghan T.

3. “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve

— Marc A.

4. “Don’t Look Again In Anger” by Oasis

“I used to be at all times so indignant that I felt the way in which I did after I didn’t actually have a motive. This tune made me notice wanting again on myself with anger wasn’t going to vary my present scenario.” — Megan E.

5. “Don’t Converse” by No Doubt

— Nathan C.

6. “Final Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley

“I used to play it on repeat and blast it to drown out the ideas in my head, but in addition so I might belt the final a part of the tune out with him. “ — Sam F.

7. “Freshman” by The Verve Pipe

— Jenna N.

8. “Drowning” by Hootie and the Blowfish

“I actually wouldn’t have made it by means of highschool within the ’90s with out the music of Hootie and the Blowfish. They have been my escape.” — Amy L.

9. “Seemann” by Rammstein

“This tune jogs my memory of all of the occasions I wanted to dissociate to get by means of unhealthy ideas. I felt a bit transported, away from actuality.” — Amandine S.

10. “Creep” by Radiohead

“It helps me love myself regardless that I do really feel totally different and it helps figuring out there are others that really feel the identical approach.” — Sean B.


11. “I’ll Be Lacking You” by Puff Daddy feat. Religion Evans

“I misplaced my mother, so after I’m lacking her and feeling down, it helps me to hearken to [this song] as a result of it’s about loss and the way I’m feeling. It truly got here out a pair months earlier than I used to be born. In addition they used elements of The Police’s tune, “Each Breath You Take,” which additionally helps since Sting was my mother’s favourite and it jogs my memory that she is at all times watching over me by means of the robust occasions.” — Joanna M.

12. “No Rain” by Blind Melon

“It had a relatable tone to it. I might get misplaced within the tune and it simply made me smile as a result of it was quirky, but so actual.” — Lindsay P.

13. “Scar Tissue” by The Pink Scorching Chili Peppers

“The that means hits so deep and it’s so relatable for thus many individuals on the market.” — Caroline G.

14. “All Apologies” by Nirvana

“I used to hearken to a whole lot of Nirvana after I was first experiencing melancholy.” — Erica D.

15. “Inside Out” by Eve 6

“This was a tune I at all times heard on the radio. I felt as if it described me, what I’d do for others, how I’d simply shove all my feelings and satisfaction down, how I’d damage and the way it wouldn’t assist. I might actually jam out and sing alongside to this tune. It additionally helped me in a way — I’ve heard this tune even since my melancholy began and it helped me go to music to assist myself relate. Over time, this tune has associated to a number of occasions in my life, however each time it comes on the radio, you guess I’m singing alongside on the high of my lungs.” — Isaac P.

16. “Nutshell” by Alice in Chains

“It’s a tune that simply spoke to me. The lyrics made me really feel like I wasn’t alone. That others have been by means of what I’m going by means of.” — Matthew Z.

17. “The World I Know” by Collective Soul

“Whether or not it was meant to or not, it felt like [the song] acknowledged melancholy however made a degree that issues might get higher.” — Alton V.

18. “A Place to Name House” by Joey Tempest

“One of many course strains says, ‘All of us want a spot to name residence.’ It jogged my memory that everybody has issues and everybody must belong. Pondering this manner made me really feel higher as a result of I didn’t really feel so alone.” —Tammy Z.

19. “The Downward Spiral” by 9 Inch Nails


“Performed all on repeat so many occasions I needed to preserve changing the CD. It’s actually all that acquired me by means of most days.” — Jasmine S.

20. “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls

“It made me really feel like I used to be understood, particularly the phrases, ‘Yeah you bleed simply to know you’re alive.’ I used to be a cutter and hid it for 3 years. All through these years this tune acquired me by.” — Katie H.

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20 Songs From the '90s That Help People With Depression

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