Music Playlists for the PTSD Soul

Music…it is food for the soul. We all listen to it. We all love it. I have never met anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good tune. Personally, I have a playlist for every mood. I can put my music on shuffle, and the perfect song will play. Yup, I have cry music music to put me in a good mood, music to pump me up, music for when I feel like partying. I love it all. So…I’ve made music playlists for the PTSD soul – playlists that help me through some of my more common moods.

Just the other day, I was in my car, on the verge of a panic attack. You know, the usual ‘worried about the future, stressed about bills, not sure how everything is going to work out’ kind of moment.. I was doing my best to keep all my thoughts calm, my breathing steady, and my tears non-existent. But lo and behold, one of my brother’s favorite songs comes on…and a river just pours out of my eyes. Audibly letting everything out, my panic starts to fade away. I just needed to let it out.

In my life, I have found so many amazing songs that portray what it is that I’m feeling, and I thought I would share them with you. So, below, I have complied lists of good CRY SONGS, UPLIFTING SONGS, and SONGS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS/SYMPTOMS.

Please keep in mind that any/all of these songs could contain a trigger. Please listen cautiously. If you find a song that triggers you, TURN IT OFF RIGHT AWAY. Don’t listen to it. Move on. It’s OK.

Note/Trigger Warning: Any songs that have a (*) next to it means it’s a song that contains content related to God, Heaven, Angels, faith, etc. I hope you enjoy!

Cry Music

Broken-Seether Ft. Amy Lee

Gollum’s Song- Emiliana Torrini (Lord of the Rings Soundtrack)

*Let it Rain- Amanda Marshall

*Never Alone- Barlow Girl

Mad World- Alex Parks

Fix You- Coldplay

Blown Away- Carrie Underwood

White Blood-Oh Wonder

Give Me Love- Ed Sheeran

Beloved Wife- Natalie Merchant

Breathe- Anna Nalick

The Couch- Alanis Morisette

Girl With The Red Balloon- The Civil Wars

Like We Never Loved At All- Faith Hill

*Beauty From Pain- Superchick

*I Can Only Imagine- MercyMe

*Jesus, Take The Wheel- Carrie Underwood

Landslide- Fleetwood Mac

Make It Rain- Ed Sheeran

All By Myself- Celine Dion

Crash And Burn- Savage Garden

Falling- The Civil Wars

*Fingerprints of God- Steven Curtis Chapman

Galileo (Someone Like You)- Josh Groban

Haunted- Evanescence

I Gave You All- Mumford and Sons

I’m With You- Avril Lavigne

Pearls of Joy- Kevin Kern (Instrumental)

Possibility- Lykke Li

Roslyn- Bon Iver and St. Vincent

There You’ll Be- Faith Hill

Timshel- Mumford and Sons

Winter Light- Sarah Brighman

Permanent- David Cook

Cold- Aqualung

Uplifting Music

Caged- Blakely and Haklitch (Shameless Promotion-this is one of my best friends)

Who I Am- Blakely and Haklitch

You Raise Me Up- Josh Groban

Wonder- Natalie Merchant

You Don’t Own Me- Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton (First Wives Club Movie Soundtrack)

With Arms Wide Open- Creed

You Are Loved- Josh Groban

Who Will I Be- Demi Lovato

White Blank Page- Mumford and Sons

You Are Not Alone- Michael Jackson

What Makes You Beautiful- One Direction

*We Live- Superchick

We Can- LeAnne Rimes

Vivir Mi Vida- Marc Anthony

Uprising- Muse

Unwritten- Natasha Bedingfield

Under Pressure- Queen

True Colors- Cyndi Lauper

Titanium- Sia

This is My Now- Jordin Sparks

I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor

Stand Out- Prince (A Goofy Movie Soundtrack)

So What- P!nk

Shake It Out- Florence and the Machine

Rhiannon- Fleetwood Mac

Over the Rainbow- Judy Garland

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da- The Beatles

The Middle- Jimmy Eat World

Meant To Live- Switchfoot

Man in the Mirror- Michael Jackson

I Want to Break Free- Queen

Live to Rise- Soundgarden

*I Still Believe- Jeremy Camp

How You Like Me Now- The Heavy

I Run for Life- Melissa Etheridge

*Through Heaven’s Eyes- Prince of Egypt Soundtrack

Girls Just a Wanna Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper

Footloose- Kenny Loggins

F**kin’ Perfect- P!nk

*Everything- Lifehouse

Defying Gravity- Idina Menzel (Wicked Soundtrack)

Dare You to Move- Switchfoot

Beautiful- Christina Aguilera

*Awake and Alive- Skillet

Lover of the Light- Mumford and Sons

Confident- Demi Lovato

Alive- Sia

I Lived- OneRepublic

Geronimo- Sheppard

human- Christina Perri

Just Like Fire- P!nk

*All Around Me- Flyleaf

Best I Can- Decyfer Down

Born This Way- Lady Gaga

Firework- Katy Perry

Untouched- The Veronicas

Music About Mental Illness/Symptoms of Mental Illness

Exulansis- End of Haven (Shameless Promotion- this is my boyfriend’s band)

Antioch- End of Haven

Shine on You Crazy Diamond- Pink Floyd

I’m So Tired- The Beatles

*7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)- Fall Out Boy

Manic Depression- Jimi Hendrix

Hurt- Nine Inch Nails

All The Madmen- David Bowie

Basket Case- Green Day

Animal I Have Become- Three Days Grace

Pain- Three Days Grace

The A-Team- Ed Sheeran

Warrior- Demi Lovato

People Are Strange- The Doors

Wake Me Up When September Ends- Green Day

I Wanna Get Better- The Bleachers

A Better Son/Daughter- Rilo Kiley

Nightmare- Avenged Sevenfold

Breathe Me- Sia

Elastic Heart- Sia

Cough Syrup- Young The Giant

Demons- Imagine Dragons

I’m Not Okay (I Promise)- My Chemical Romance

Sound of Silence- Simon and Garfunkel (I also love the Disturbed cover)

Razorblade- Blue October

Porcelain Heart- Barlow Girl

PTSD- Yoe Mase

Schizophrenia- Blue October

Set Me Free- Casting Crowns

Stockholm Syndrome- Muse

The Bird and The Worm- The Used

Vincent (Starry Starry Night)- Josh Groban

Zombie- Cranberries

Schism- Tool

If Possible- Soilwork

The Sickness- Disturbed

Of course, there are plenty more songs that could be added to these lists. I could even make a list for ANGRY MUSIC, PARTY MUSIC…literally anything. Please, please let me know if you want me to add particular songs to these lists, or if there are any other lists you would like compiled.

I hope you enjoyed these Music Playlists for the PTSD Soul. Know they can be useful for any mental illness, or really anyone who needs it.

P.S. Follow Ron Blakely on Instagram here and End of Haven here



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