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5 Songs to Get You Out of a Funk and Out on the Floor

Admittedly, there are times I find myself yearning to listen to sad songs, even if my mood is light. Is it so awful to crank some Sam Smith songs and get in my feels? According to Sandra Garrido, author of the article “Sad music and depression: does it help?” there are instances where this type of music can be detrimental. In her article, Garrido presents numerous studies on how music can hold impacts ranging from cathartic to destructive and describes that when people seem to be suffering constant cycles of negative thought or “rumination”, that these gloomy tunes have the effect of “prompting sad memories and negative thoughts” when depressed (Garrido, Sandra, “Sad music and depression: does it help?”, theconversation.com). 


I found it fitting this month to share some songs that can get somebody out of their funk or illuminate their surroundings a little bit. That somebody could be you, a friend who is generous with their aux cord, or a family member in need of an anthem to end this year on a high note. I am not guaranteeing that these songs will immediately cure any mental health problems you or somebody you know are currently suffering, only that it could be of help.


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1. Happy/Sad Songs are a Great Place to Start


Whether or not we realize it, there are countless songs that contain an upbeat mix but have lyrics that are not equal in optimism. If you are wary about counteracting the mood in your playlists too soon, I recommend the following songs to test the waters:


AJR – Weak


Avicii – Waiting For Love


Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over


Grouplove – Tongue Tied


Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line, Watt – Let Me Go


Katy Perry – The One That Got Away


Lorde – Green Light


P!nk ft. Nate Russ – Just Give Me A Reason 


Post Malone – Circles


Shawn Mendes – Stitches


Tori Kelly, Big Sean – Hollow


Train – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye


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2. Better Times = Better Tunes


Many scientific studies have proven that memories regarding a specific song can, in turn, evoke those specific emotions. These songs are not obligated to have happy meanings behind them, it's the memory that plays alongside it that can be the most influential. Music can have this ability to rewind time, in a sense, and bring you back to a place you might have felt more peaceful or uninhibited. Here are a few that could trigger these happy thoughts:


Avicii – Wake Me Up


Bastille – Pompeii


Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill


Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX – I Love It


Katy Perry – Teenage Dream


Lukas Graham – 7 Years


MKTO – Classic


Macklemore ft. Kesha – Good Old Days


OneRepublic – I Lived


Owl City – Fireflies


Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen – These Days


Train – Hey, Soul Sister


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3. Sometimes a Good Beat is All You Need


Speaking personally, studying can become a challenge at times when your head is drowning in thoughts irrelative to a five-page paper or the study of physics. Sometimes there can too many things on a person's to-do list and it can be overwhelming, anxiety-triggering, even. I have discovered the best way to clear my head is through easy-to-listen, acoustic songs. Luckily, there are several lofi hip hop or instrumental music streams/videos available on YouTube.com I recommend giving a listen when you get the chance. Here are a few more that can ease you, and help maintain a soothing headspace: 


ChilledCow 1 A.M Study Session ? - [lofi hip hop/chill beats]


Chillhop Music – Endless Sunday ? [Chillhop / instrumental beats]


Feardog – 3:30 p.m. ~ lofi hip hop mix [study/sleep/homework music]


Lounge Music – Cozy JAZZ - Warm Autumn JAZZ for Good Mood and Stress Relief


Silk Music  Deep House 24/7: Relaxing Music • Chill Study Music


The Jazz Hop Café  midnight aura. [lofi / jazzhop / chill mix]



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4. Confidence is Key


There is no excuse to have at least one empowering song on hand. These are the tunes that will get you out of bed, taking a shower, and feeling good about it. At the very least, they can instill a little bit of confidence inside of all of us. 


Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful


Ariana Grande – Breathin’


Beyoncé – Run the World (Girls)


Cardi B – Bodak Yellow


Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty


Demi Lovato – Confident


Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl


Jennifer Lopez – Ain’t Your Mama


Lady Gaga – Born This Way


Lizzo – Good As Hell


Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass


Shawn Mendes – In My Blood


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5. When All Else Fails, a Throwback Won't!


This last decade has been the biggest evolution for pop music, and also where positivity in songs was at an all-time high. These hits will always remain unbeatable and on a loop inside of any old iPod. 


Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire


Beyoncé – Irreplaceable


Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling


Charli XCX – Boom Clap


Flo Rida – Good Feeling


Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl


Katy Perry – Firework


Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time


P!nk – F**ckin’ Perfect


Rihanna – Diamonds


Selena Gomez & The Scene – Who Says


fun. ft. Janelle Monáe – We Are Young




Demi Lotz

Valdosta '24

VSU Freshman who loves writing, animals, and Italian food!
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