therapeutic songs to lift you from a depressed mood

If you live in the present day Nigeria and Africa at large, you will not be ignorant of the fact that most things are not working the way they should. The government is sloppy and full of bad policies; terrorism and violence are brewing and spreading like wildfire, just as youth employment and general standard of living have significantly dropped.

This is not synonymous to Africa alone; there are challenges everywhere around the world. Meanwhile as a young person who visits the social media almost every day, you are most likely absorbing some of these bad news (or even fake news) and your mental health could be affected. You may not appreciate the extent to which you’re affected but it could be enormous.

However it is for you, there’s a very huge need to take a break and care for your mental health. You need some time to engage in other more meaningful activities. Some of these activities can range from going to the beach, taking a lonely walk down the gardens or down the street, visiting friends or just sitting quietly while listening to a good music.

Listening to music can be a quick route to getting yourself into a better mood. It is becoming increasingly clear that there are much more to the benefits of music than just a quick boost for your outlook. Research has shown that music has a profound effect on your body and psyche. In fact, there’s a growing field of healthcare known as music therapy, which uses music to heal.

Therefore it has become very paramount that I recommend some therapeutic songs to help lift you from a depressed mood. These songs cut across all genres, from hip hop, pop, RnB, afro-beats to even religious songs. The choice is to help the reader find songs in the various genres that appeal to them. It’s a fun packed list, so let’s hop in and help you with good songs to lift you from a depressed mood.

  1. Logic ft Lucy Rose – Anziety

If you love rap then this song will be most ideal for you. The other beauty about the song is that Logic told his personal story through anxiety and the song was adopted by the American National Suicide prevention lifeline (1-800-273-8255)

Logic (Sir Robert Bryson Hall II) in a YOUTUBE Video talked about all he passed through and it’s just inspiring because often times we tend to forget that some of our idols pass through tough times too. Same way people may ignore your real challenges just because you often post good pictures on the gram.

Some of the notable lyrics of the song include;

Everything is fine, everything is so fine

Everything is fine, everything is so fine

'Cause I'm good, so good

'Cause I'm good, so good, so good

I wish you would, I wish you would

I wish you would, I wish you would

I wish you would, this is my life

This is my all, this is my all

And now I'm happy, right now I'm happy, but sometimes.....

Anziety by Logic and Lucy Rose comes topmost on the songs we recommend for you if you’re in a low mood or anxious. It is surely one of those songs to lift you from a depressed mood. Listen and tell us about it.

  1. Demi Lovato – Still Have me

The lyrics of this powerful song begins like this

I'm a mess and I'm still broken

But I'm finding my way back

And it feels like someone's stolen

All the light I ever had

Like the world disappeared

And I'm laying right here

While the silence is piercing

And it hurts to breathe

I don't have much but at least I still have me (I still have me)

And that's all I need

So take my faith but at least I still believe (I still believe)

And that's all I need

I don't have much but at least I still have me...

With lyrics like the above, you will know that the song particularly suits a depressed mood. First of all it helps you recognize and appreciate that you’re currently in a not- so-good-state, then it goes ahead to remind you that even if you don’t have anything left, that you still have yourself. It gives you a sense of belonging; a self-boost and a reason for fight on for yourself. This and more makes it claim the second spot easily.

Demi Lovato is an American singer, actor and songwriter. Her genres include pop, RnB and pop rock. Like Logic, Demi too suffered from a serious mental breakdown which even led her to dial 911 from her residence and was rushed to the hospital. Her song is full of inspiration, it relates to what an average adult suffers from and it will help boost your confidence in you. This is definitely one the cool songs to lift you from a depressed mood. Listen to it with the lyrics and you will be glad you did.

  1. Meher Zain – Insha Allah

Maher Zain is a Lebanese-Swedish R&B singer, songwriter and music producer. His song Insha Allah is one that everyone, irrespective of religion or even mood must listen to. Once you’re a lover of good music, then this track is definitely for you.

Meher Zain's song that can lift you from a depressed mood

Meher Zain – Insha Allah

Notable lyrics from the song include;

Every time

You feel like you cannot go on

You feel so lost and that you're so alone

All you see is night

And darkness all around

You feel so helpless you can't see which way to go

Don't despair

And never lose hope

'Cause Allah is always by your side

Insha Allah

You'll find your way...

The song is slow, soothing and very pleasant to the ear. It is highly recommended any time, any day. Do well to listen to it and as well invite your friends and loved ones too.

  1. Cobhams Asuquo ft Simi – We plenti

Cobhams Asuquo is a Nigerian musician, Producer and songwriter. With several successes in the music industry both locally and internationally, Cobhams still remains one of the celebrities that you probably won’t remember that they have an impairment.

cobhams asuquo on songs to lift you from a depressed mood

Cobhams’ artistry on ‘we plenti’

The fact that Cobhams is visually impaired and still phenomenal with musical instruments, producing wonderful songs yearly is enough reason for someone to be motivated. Hence the inclusion of this track in list of songs to lift you from a depressed mood shouldn’t be surprising.

Be that as it may, ‘We Plenti’ reminds you that you should take it easy on yourself and that everyone else is fighting the same battle to survive. The particular line ‘Nobi only you kill Jesus’ reiterates the fact that you’re not the only one that is guilty of any crime or that is suffering. ‘We Plenti for here’ further assures you that we’re plenty in the struggle and therefore we will pull through.

Some notable lyrics of the song well delivered in pidgin/Nigerian English include;

You don hustle tire, you no dey take holiday

You write application, you go for auditions but still

E be like say e no dey pay

Them don laugh you tire

Some say shey until your mate get aeroplane before you go make am

You beg God to make am but see

Everybody get lane

So my brother hustle, so my sister work

No condition last forever your own turn dey come

So my brother hustle, so my sister work o

Beans no dey cook forever, your own beans go done

If you see person wey make am o rejoice with them

If them ask you what's your own iyo take no offence

See this life na turn by turn o your time dey come because

No be only you kill Jesus we plenty for there


Again, a song of this caliber with the beautiful vocals of our talented Simi, can never go wrong. I strongly advise that you to jump on this song right now, not just because it is one of those songs to lift you from a depressed mood, but even more because it is a totally beautiful song to listen to.

  1. Cold Play – Miracles (Someone Special) with Big Sean

You know when the Cold Play group makes music it’s always something special right? Well this particular track is not just special, it was made for someone special and that person is you. The introductory lyrics are inspiring enough and have some of the notable lines below;

My father said never give up son

Just look how good Cassius become

Muhammad, Mahatma, and Nelson

Not scared to be strong

Now you could run and just say they're right

No I'll never be no one in my whole life

Or you could turn and say no wait they're wrong

And get to keep on dancing all life long

Now aside from this track being a soft tune (like you would always expect from this powerful musician band) you are likely also to enjoy the cool rap from Big Sean. Some spectacular lines stood out for me. The part he added the lines below was so super cool;

Prove it to them or you prove it to yourself but honestly it's better if you do it for yourself

So the big question is, do you want to prove anything to the world or you want to prove it to yourself? It should be the latter; at least you will not be within so much deadlines and expectations. Listen to Cold Play, not just this track but most of their other songs. This music band has so many talents and they never disappoint. For songs to lift you from a depressed mood, Cold Play’s Miracle and other songs on their albums will do you a good favor. Don’t worry, you’re welcome…

  1. Hanson – Mmmbop

Hanson is an American pop rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, formed by brothers Isaac Hanson (guitar, vocals, bass, piano), Taylor Hanson (keyboards, vocals, percussion), and Zac Hanson (drums, vocals, piano). They are best known for the 1997 hit song “MMMBop” from their debut album released through Mercury/Polygram Records, entitled Middle of Nowhere, which earned three Grammy nominations.

MMMbop by hanson is one of the songs to lift you from a depressed mood

The Hanson brothers

This track is something you can dance to, very nice lyrics and undoubtedly one of the songs to lift you from a low mood. This song is highly recommended to people with occasional low moods or a pronounced depression. It is a 90s classic that you stand a good chance of grooving to. Listen to this track and be rest assured that it will bring good echoes and vibes to your ears.

  1. Anne Marie – Perfect to me

Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson better known as Anne-Marie, is an English singer and songwriter. She has attained several charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, including Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye”, featuring Sean Paul, which peaked at number one, as well as “Alarm”, “Ciao Adios”, “Friends”, “2002” and “Don’t Play”.

Anne Marie- Perfect to me

Anne-Marie performing in 2017

Anne carefully put out this song to promote self-confidence. So, basically it is not just ordinarily one of the songs to lift you from a depressed mood, it does even more reassuring you that you’re perfect for yourself.

There is nothing as important as having a positive energy, especially when you’re in an environment that exudes a lot of negativity. Anne-Marie’s Perfect to me does the job of filling you with this much needed energy; don’t miss out on this one.

Some classy lyrics here include;

Don't feel like putting makeup on my cheeks

Do what I wanna

Love every single part of my body

Top to the bottom

I'm not a supermodel from a magazine, mmh-mmh

I'm okay with not being perfect

'Cause that's perfect to me
  1. Burna boy – Level up (Twice as Tall)

You know this list should contain at least one track from the African giant, don’t you? Well it’s not just about being the African giant or winning the Grammy as a Nigerian, it is more of the fact that the story of Burna boy as a musician is inspiring.

Once in the limelight around 2013 with tracks such as ‘Like to party’, Burna subsequently declined from both the local and international scenes. It was not till around 2018 with tracks such as ‘Ye’, that he resurfaced again. He was making musics prior to this time but they didn’t have much breakthrough internationally and some may even argue locally.

But he didn’t stop there; he went on to release a classic album ‘African Giant’ in 2019, which saw his nomination for the Grammy’s as the best international album, alongside the legendary Angelina Kidjo. But Burna boy didn’t win that year, so he went back and made an even better album ‘Twice as Tall’ which later won him a Grammy the subsequent year, for the same category.

One of the tracks in the Twice as tall album is ‘Level Up’ where he practically talked about his journey through life and the Grammy as well. The song is an inspiration because it reminds you that everyone is fighting a battle even your idols that you think they have a perfect life. Moreover, it gives hope to the average African to believe in their dreams and aspirations

Level up is a song you must listen to, not just to because it admonishes you not to be afraid to step into your greatness but it also reminds you that life is journey and it’s not over yet for anyone. You have to fight hard, till you win for win you shall.

  1. Cold Play – Fix You

Surprised at Cold Play making the list again? Well, don’t be. A band like theirs is capable of making magic each time they put out an album. Fix you is one of those magics that does not only sooth the ear but also gives you hope.

Some notable lyrics here include;

When you try your best, but you don't succeed

When you get what you want but not what you need

When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep

Stuck in reverse

and the tears come streaming down your face

When you lose something, you can't replace

When you love someone, but it goes to waste

Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home

And ignite your bones

And I will try to fix you

With the lyrics above, you’re sure that this song is capable of fixing you, don’t you think so? Again, like earlier suggested Cold Play is the best thing that happened to alternative pop music. Listen to this track and to Cold Play, you will never regret it.

  1. Fireboy – Wait and See

Fireboy is a Nigerian sensational singer, signed to Olamide Badoo’s record label, YBNL. Since his announcement, he has turned to become one of the best things that happened to the YBNL Nation that solely prides itself as voice of the street the street.

This particular track is one that technically tells you to face your demons and/or look your doubters in the face, then prove them wrong. It was one of my major tracks in 2018 when I was almost slept on the streets of Lagos because of accommodation issues. (Read the full story). This song is highly recommended, it saved and served me. Listen to it and give us your review.

Bonus track

  1. Ladipoe Ft Buju – Feeling

You know that saying about saving the best for the last? That is what you will feel when you listen to this track- Feeling by Ladipoe. Released in 2021, this song has gone ahead to top various charts both in Africa and outside.  Therefore, topmost amongst the songs to lift you from a depressed mood is this Ladipoe’s Feeling but it’s not just that, this song kinda sums up all we’re trying to preach in this article.

feeling by Ladipoe one of the good songs to lift you from a depressed mood

Ladipoe one of Don Jazzy’s great signings

This write-up is about exposing you to 10 therapeutic songs to lift you from a depressed mood with a hope that you will get some good feeling at the end. When you eventually do, it becomes paramount to appreciate how good you feel with Ladipoe’s feeling and remove everything that will make you feel otherwise.

Hence, the lyrics of the song sum it all up when it says;

I like the way I’m feeling now

No come use your Reggae spoil my blues and rhythm now

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I like the way I’m feeling now

Omo e get small thing weh dey stress me but right now I’m chilling now

Oh oh oh oh oh oh


It is my hope that you continue to exude positive energy not just for yourself but even for people around you. It is not a very fair world out there, but you can’t drown only in the negativity. There are lots of things to be grateful for and so many other good things to live for. Hang in there, we are all going to fine at the end of it all.

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About Ishima

Ishima™ is a Pharmacist with special interests in the management of chronic illnesses, gender studies, mental health and psychotherapy. He is the convener of #SaveTheBoyChildMovement which is geared at repositioning the place of men in the society and redefining masculinity . He is a writer, a crazy poet and a firm believer in making the world a better place.

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