Inspirational Songs for Rough Days

By: Christine Kim

From wanting to ball up in bed and eat ice cream, to feeling the need to take a dance break, to taking a good old-fashioned chill session, music is a must-have. When you’re having a rough day, the right music can guide you back to a better mood (or, at the very least, a neutral mood). Let these songs become your personal background music/soundtrack and inspire you to persevere through the low times and look ahead to better times (as shown by emoji).

1. The “I’m Never Gonna Get Through This/Time to Become a Human Burrito” Phase😓

“Bye Bye” – Mariah Carey

“Cough Syrup” – Young the Giant

“I’m Not That Girl” – Wicked

“On Your Side” – The Veronicas

“Who Says” – Selena Gomez

“Gravity” – Sara Bareilles

“La La La” – Sam Smith

“Lost Boy” – Ruth B.

“Lay It All on Me” (ft. Ed Sheeran) – Rudimental, Ed Sheeran

“Elephants” – Rachael Yamagata

“Home” – Phillip Phillips

“F**kin’ Perfect” – P!nk


2. The “Wait, What Was I Upset About Again?” Phase🤔

“Spirits” – The Strumbellas

“Reaper” – Sia

“It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy

“Take a Walk” – Passion Pit

“Rose-colored Boy” – Paramore

“Stop and Stare” – OneRepublic


3. The “Dance Break/Headbang Through It” Phase 😈

“So What” – P!nk

“When I Grow Up” – The Pussycat Dolls

“Ain’t My Fault” – Zara Larsson

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds

“Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira

“Misery Business” – Paramore

“Say Amen (Saturday Night)” – Panic! At the Disco

“Va Va Voom” – Nicki Minaj

“7 Rings” – Ariana Grande


4. The “I Got This” Phase 😎

“Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus

“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham

“All Night” – The Vamps

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Tears for Fears

“Call On Me” (Ryan Riback remix) – Starley

“All My Friends” – Snakehips

“Bring It Back” – Shy Carter


5. The "At Peace" Phase☺️

“What Dreams Are Made Of” – Hilary Duff

“Always Be My Baby” – Mariah Carey

“New Soul” – Nael Yaim

“A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton

“Youth” – Troye Sivan

“Kiss Me” – Sixpence None the Richer

“Slow Hands” – Niall Horan


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