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Feel Good Songs For When You Need Them Most [Playlist]

Music can be a powerful elixir for whatever ails you, be it money trouble, a health scare or a broken heart. Lou Reed once told us that Jenny’s “life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll.” So if your spirit is sinking, keep afloat with these songs:

John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana- “The Healer”
A double dose of cosmic shaman medicine to soothe your soul.

Alabama Shakes- “Hold On”
If Brittany can, we can, too.

Laura Mvula- “Green Garden”
It’s Transcendent.

Peter Gabriel- “Don’t Give Up”
Where there’s love there’s hope. The chorus is the mantra.

Cannonball Adderley Quintet- “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”
This 1966 classic feels like a bear hug. Just don’t let the Buckingham’s Top-40 lyrics creep in. (Unless that makes you feel better!)

Pharrell Williams “Happy”
Yes, the song is overplayed, but it still feels good, as do YouTube covers from the John Butler Trio, the 3-year-old dancer on
The Ellen Show and here, the children’s choir at the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences:

Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” suffered the same over-exposure as “Happy,” but to hear it sung by Big Mouth Billy Bass Bubba Fish is to hear it all. (Beware: no more than the first 30 seconds of this!)

For more inspiration, seek out The Talking Head’s “Pulled up,” Bob Marley and the Wailer’s “Three Little Birds,” Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe,” and Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me.” And spread some joy by adding your feel-good songs to the list here or on the XRT Facebook page.

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