When it comes to depression, it is not only about feeling sad – it is about losing all hope and thinking of yourself as worthless and apathetic. A few people suffer from clinical depression after they go through a major loss, while others struggle with depressive moods their whole lives.
Since depressive mood is one of the most common issues all around the world, it comes as no surprise when we see it reflected in all genres of melodies, be it pop, rock, metal, or rap. Celebrities are human and they fight with issues as well.
As public figures talk about mental health and share their experiences, the stigma around talking about anything less than perfect keeps breaking down. Musicians like Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, etc. not only talk about this in important interviews but the feelings are reflected in their melodies as well.
In this article, we have put together a list of top melodies about depressive moods, darkest moments, and mental health problems that many of us can relate to.
1. Hurt – Johnny Cash
One of the most moving covers of any song is Johnny Cash’s Hurt. The words in the start take a depressive mood and what one feels to the next level. The words highlight how a depressed human mind focuses on pain so hard that it seems as if you’d die.
For humans who are suffering from depressive disorder, if you read something or hear something similar to what they are experiencing is very soothing. Since the words reflect on how we lose everyone in the end, humans who just had a breakup or who have lost a loved one can relate to it. It is an emotional song that will make you shed many tears as you cry.
2. Breathe Me – Sia
Breath Me is one of the first hits by Sia and it talks about how one copes with a depressive mood. In a video, Sia talks about the making of her album, ‘Color the Small one’, and describes the song as a look at various difficult emotional experiences such as anxiety.
It is about being anxious, worried, and nervous. You fight with the voices in your head, and some of us are locked in a perpetual battle with our own self. However, when we are struggling, all we need is someone who will be there by our side as we go through tough, toxic situations.
As you listen to Sia’s words, you will find some comfort knowing that they are not the only ones going through this, and there are humans all around the globe trying to get through using different ways and coping mechanisms.
3. Unsteady – X Ambassadors
Sometimes the melodies are about big, life-altering events. Many of us come from families that aren’t stable. If you come from a broken family where your parents made it tough for you to live a comfortable life, you will be able to relate to it.
It is about how a rocky relationship between parents can affect the whole family. Home is supposed to be your safe haven, a good place where you can recoup and re-energize yourself after a tough, long time.
However, for some humans, home is anything but that. Sometimes, the reason why we are depressed is since our environment is beyond toxic and is unstable. In this song, the need and want for our parents to resolve their issues are depicted very clearly.
You want them to stay together. Unfortunately, at times, it is often found that the thing that brings peace and happiness for us is their separation.
4. Never Let Me Go – Florence and the Machine
Music has huge power and it is melodies like Never Let Me Go that make us believe in that power. It is like taking an emotional rollercoaster ride. It is about the ending of something and how one feels when trying to accept it.
Even if you accept that it is over, it doesn’t make it any easier. You still go through loss, and your heart still hurts. It will get you to shed a few tears if you have lost someone dear to you.
5. How to Save A Life – The Fray
What humans don’t realize is that even those who are suffering from depressive moods, like to be left alone, you don’t leave them alone. This is when they need the love of their family and friends the most, even if they push them away.
It is about being there for the one who is having suicidal thoughts. We aren’t trained therapists and don’t know how to help people who are struggling with depression, and we find it really tough to break through the shell of the person who is struggling.
This song talks about how it feels to be the friend of a depressed person and how you give your all to help them.
6. Lose You To Love Me – Selena Gomez
When we go through a breakup, we feel hurt. In this song, Selena Gomez talks about that hurt but in a positive connotation. The words are powerful and will enthuse you with positive energy. When you hear words such as ‘I needed to lose you to love me’, you will start looking at the toxicity you are experiencing in a different way.
This song takes your hurt, depressive mood, and sadness, and looks at it through a hopeful lens. Sometimes things have to fall apart so that you can become a better, stronger version of yourself.
7. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
Similar to the song we discussed above, Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper is all about rising from the ashes of your old self like a great phoenix. The powerful lyrics are not only relatable but give you a little bit of strength to get out of bed and make something out of even a horrible, black, and miserable day.
It is easy to feel happy when you are going through tough times, and all you want to do is sleep. This song makes you feel a bit better and slightly less tired, about all the problems you had to face all through the years.