Music is arguably the most glorious of all arts. In recent years, many studies proved that it could benefit people struggling with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Of course, each person is unique, so finding soothing music tunes depends on your personality and depression and anxiety symptoms.
One would think that happy, Wham-esque songs would help everyone, but that's not the case.
When you're feeling blue, listening to sad songs can be helpful only because it proves that you're not alone. You identify your feelings of sorrow, and through music and lyrics, you are on a journey of self-discovery.
Sounds great, but it's in no way, shape, or form a medication. It's a relief, an escape into that part of your brain that comes up with solutions.
Now, why sad music? Also, what's with loud guitars and drums? Let's dig into that before giving you a list of some of the best songs about depression and fears.
The list might help you understand what your loved one is going through.
Still, if you're dealing with mental health issues, there's something satisfying about sharing pieces of your experiences with some of your favorite and admirable artists.
Symptoms and myths about depression and panic disorder
Depression is more than feeling sad. It's a feeling of emptiness, while at the same time, a person is feeling overwhelmed.
Anxiety and panic disorders are related to fears, mostly about the future, but there's always more, like traumas and what you got from previous experiences.
There's no denying that our current situation is affecting even the most resilient ones.
No matter what you're going through, you don't have to go through it alone. Apart from professional help, you could do a lot for yourself. If you think you can't, start by doing an activity for five minutes per day.
From knitting to playing an instrument, there's something strangely compelling about doing tasks that will help you be present.
Everyone's mental health is being tested now, so spreading awareness is each person's duty. Now, let's start connecting sad rock songs and find relief in them.
Music and depression – the science
As we mentioned, the whole thing that connects music and depression is relatively new. Among the latest news is that sad music can make you feel better, and the louder, the better.
Though there is no "most common" type of music used in music therapy, the studies often include instruments like guitars and drums. One song won't solve your problems, but it can give you short-term relief.
Sad people don't listen to sad music to get themselves deeper into their sorrow, but to find comfort, a 2015 study showed.
More recently, in 2017, the Cochrane review suggested that there are benefits, not just from listening, but from singing and playing music.
You may not feel like putting on Riri's latest dance floor hit, but you may find something in our list of the best songs to help you understand your difficulties.
And no, you don't even have to understand them sufficiently to know that you're not alone.
Best rock and pop songs about depression and anxiety
George Michael's "Strangest Thing" is an underrated, simplistic, yet remarkably haunting song.
There's a sense of despair not many can relate to. The tortured artist had his way with combining music and words; hence this song is one of the best about depression, isolation, addiction, and fear.
While Alice in Chains is overall a dark rock band, let your frustrations out by listening to "Angry Chair".
Loneliness is not a phase
Field of pain is where I graze
Serenity is far away
If these words speak to you, turn up the volume, scream, and let go of all the anger, fears, and negative emotions, at least for a moment.
Of course, The Rolling Stones have a song about any topic. "Paint It Black" is one of the tunes you want to ugly cry to, because it's real, it hits you where it hurts the most.
On the outside, the rock dinosaurs are all posh and fancy now. However, each member went to hell and back, and the more you explore, the more you'll find that the great Keith or Sir Jagger had their moments of depression and endless sorrow.
Damon Albarn from Blur and Gorillaz suffered from addiction, depression, and anxiety. Blur's "This Is A Low" is a personal, touching song, but if you need something darker, there's always Death of a Party.
Behind "Parklife" hitmakers' sarcastic, witty, British humor, there's a lot of sorrow and loneliness. The whole albums 13 and Blur are a profound experience, which can benefit you.
Officially, "Comfortably Numb" isn't a song about sadness, but that's the beauty of art – the interpretation. Pink Floyd's eternal tune hits you right at the center, and if you need a good cry, this one should be first on the list.
Speaking of numb, there are two songs by different artists about this unpleasant emotion. "Numb" by U2 is quite underrated, while Linkin Park's tune is now a modern anthem.
Musicians are often struggling because their jobs are different; they give up reality to give us what we call art.
In that process, it's easy to lose yourself. However, for us, mere mortals, there are many signs to keep up the good fight and accept that life's not perfect, but it is worth living.
Finally, there's no band like Radiohead. They are uniquely weird, creepy, even scary. "No Surprises" is not a tune that will make you scream; it's almost alarmingly calming. If you listen to the lyrics, you know it's about someone who's had enough.
A heart that's full up like a landfill.
Rock Music and Depression go hand in hand
Before you start your music therapy, let's get one thing in the open: musicians should not be your idols if you're looking outside their craft.
They are humans, with flaws, problems, and you shouldn't judge one song based on what that artist did or what kind of life they had.
Your job is to find what lets out the negativity, not to explore the artist's private life.
You should be open to more than one genre because rock bands always rely on classic, blues, and jazz to get that entire complex and memorable tune.
Make your feel-good mixtape, and don't listen to the naysayers. Even the saddest songs can give you hope, calm your mind or give you an outlet for your rage and anger.
If this doesn't work for you, try some good old Beethoven or Mozart, or go into the 90s, with Spice Girls' "Wannabe".
Try everything and anything because no one will help you unless you're willing and ready to help yourself. Also, to get to the best road to recovery, make sure to talk to a therapist.