12 Uplifting Songs That Will Damn Near Destroy Your Anxiety

10 November 2016, 16:52 | Updated: 19 November 2018, 16:11

Anxiety Songs
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

Twelve songs. One pair of headphones. We got you.

Everyone who deals with anxiety has different ways of dealing with it; some prefer silence, some prefer the company of others, some prefer a good cry and some prefer a chilled out playlist. Obviously, everyone will have different songs that can help them in tricky situations and not everyone wants a list of bangers.

If you haven’t found yours yet, here’s a 12 track playlist to call on at anytime that'll chill you out, cheer you up and make you smile again.

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1) Joshua Radin - Brand New Day

The hopeful melody combined with Joshua Radin's voice make this song so chill that it will literally transport you to the most scenic, breezy, idyllic place on earth. Try it - shut your eyes, listen to the lyrics and drift away from all that stress.


2) Taylor Swift - Safe and Sound

"Safe and Sound" is one of Taylor’s most breathtaking songs and it does exactly what is says on the tin; it’s a calming, thoughtful track that will reassure you that everything is going to be OK. 

3) Paramore - Last Hope

Paramore’s moving toned down bop is about reminding yourself that sometimes you need to let go to gain control. Listen to Queen Williams, she's got you.

4) Ingrid Michaelson - Keep Breathing

In fact, anything by Ingrid Michaelson is enough to make all your troubles evaporate into thin air but this one in particular will get you on a level.


5) The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

We DARE you not to hear this song and feel like the most perfect breath of fresh air didn’t just lift your soul from your entire body. It’s so chill, it’s so reassuring and it was also on the Parent Trap soundtrack so it’s an all round win to be honest. 


6) Twenty One Pilots - House Of Gold 

TØP have got your feels on lock but there’s something about this uplifting ukelele track that'll lift your spirit. Push play and let Tyler Joseph’s soothing Uke skills make everything alright again.

7) Florence And The Machine - Shake It Out (Acoustic)

This song is an absolute BANGER, but the stripped back version? Hell. Yes. The light acoustic arrangement help the lyrics sink in even deeper and you’ll be left feeling like you can begin to take on the world.

8) Corinne Bailey Ray - Put Your Records On

Please just press play and try not to crack a smile. JUST TRY. This song could literally drag us feet first out of the darkest pit on earth. Never fails. 


9) Troye Sivan - Wild

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to listen to this song and try not to get up and start bopping along to that incredibly soothing beat. It'll make you feel like you're running through a meadow in the middle of summer with blue skies and butterflies. 



10) Sia - Titanium

Sometimes you need a banger to get rid of all that pent up anxiety and stress. Let yourself go, throw yourself a one man dance party and belt out those lyrics like you mean it! "You shoot me down but I won't fall. I am Titanium."


11) Kanye West, Rihanna and Paul McCartney - Four Five Seconds

Lorde revealed that she had been listening to this chilled out track in the wake of the US Election to help her block out the negativity. Turn it up REALLY loud and belt out those lyrics.


12) ELO - Mr Blue Sky

"Sun is shinin' in the sky, There ain't a cloud in sight” You’re welcome. And you got this.

Got any suggestions? Let us know and we'll add them to the list!