If there is anything that is true throughout the alternative music scene, it is a tendency to vulnerable self-expression. For decades artists have worn their hearts on their sleeves while navigating conflict, both outer and inner, to remind their audiences that no matter how lonely the circumstances, you are never truly alone. .
Such open honesty has been paramount in de-stigmatizing Mental Health struggles inside and outside the scene. Addiction stories the Depression and anxiety, the music helped shed light on what might otherwise seem like alienating experiences. And while we’re all for a good cathartic scream alongside our favorite emo tracks, sometimes what we really need is an uplifting delivery.
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In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Monthhere are 10 fiery anthems for mental health that will instantly elevate any of your playlists.
ARIZONA – “Hit”
ARIZONA may consider their 2019 hit”Panic” like a “depression anthem“, but you’ll never come out of a listen feeling weak. The song spits anxietyA charged relatability with a deceptively optimistic and dancing performance, fueling a simply captivating contrast. Without a doubt, this is one of the best tracks to shake up any type of mood.
Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”
There is not a soul that has lived the 2000s alternate wave that has not anchored at least once with Jimmy eat people‘s”The middle.” It’s for good reason, of course. The 2001 pop-punk anthem is just inherently reassuring – a far cry from some of their more heartbreaking emo works. While the singer Jim Adkins once thought of the song as a disposableit continues to resonate with the scene, even two decades later.
King Princess – “Hard on Myself”
leave it at King Princess to hit us with the messages we really need to hear. It doesn’t matter where you are on your mental health journey,”hard on myselfis sure to provoke some valuable introspection. There’s no shortage of heavy, self-aware lyricism. However, the song retains an airy, dreamy quality that’s sure to put you in a calm, positive frame of mind.
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Matchbox Twenty – “Indisposed”
Box of matches twenty were getting candid on the subject of mental illness with “unwellyears before destigmatizing discussions became mainstream. No surprise, the catchy 2002 anthem lingers like an earworm and beacon of relatability even today. So much so that the chorus has even caught on. in Steve Aokithe recent collaborative piece of Kiiara and Wiz Khalifa“used to be.”
“It was about taking care of yourself” Box of matches twenty singer Robert Thomas Explain in a instagram video next to the new version. “You’re not comfortable in your skin and you feel like a freak because the world can see it. Now, with social mediait’s more prevalent than it’s ever been.”
Meet Me at the Altar – “Garden”
Meet me at the altar I couldn’t have picked a better song than “Gardento debut under Powered by Ramen. Really, they might as well have opened the door and announced themselves as the most graceful alternative icon set to ever come our way. In addition to its quintessential pop-punk energy, the track is teeming with positive messages.
“We feel like this is an important song for people to hear, especially right now with COVID and other emotional events,” the guitarist said. T᷾᷾֬éa Campbell explains to Alternative Press. “We want people to know that there are people who will be there for you and support you emotionally. We all felt that people needed to hear that we were going to be there for you. There are people in your life who are there for you. And it’s okay not to be well, but know that you have support around you.
Avril Lavigne – “Head Above Water”
April Lavigne hasn’t really had it easy over the past decade, given that she’s been battling a long-term battle with Lyme disease. So if anyone is going to lift us up with visceral vulnerability, it’s the Pop-punk princess. The first track Lavigne released after the break, “head above water,is both a call for strength and a push to keep going. Think of it as an instant dose of widespread empowerment.
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Bleachers – “I want to get better”
Jack Antonoff is all too familiar with navigating mental health struggles. The bleachers the singer has previously opened of his ongoing efforts to overcome a severe panic disorder. “I want to get better” is a chronicle of his experiences – and an incredibly inspiring experience. Combine the inherent relativity of real-life circumstances with a stage ready rock delivery and you have a sanity anthem that will never fail to awaken your spirit.
Paramore – “False Happy”
Paramore made a name for themselves in the 2000s with their anguish, emo– take leaning on pop punk. Even then, however, we knew they were capable of serious substance beyond stories of breakups and love triangles. “fake happy‘brings open vulnerability to the fore, navigating feelings of isolation in distress, but not without a touch of upbeat pop that lends the song title credence.
Rina Sawayama – “Love Me For Me”
Rina Sawayama tackles an assortment of mental health nuances, all under the umbrella of love of self plea, in “love me for me. This song serves as an anthem of empowerment, especially for women who find themselves grappling with their identity under society’s restrictive norms. For something so thematically heavy, however, the ’90-The reminiscent pop delivery is undeniably fun.
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The All-American Rejects – “Move Along”
American rejections really raised a mantra when they fell”To advance” in 2005. For fans of alternative music at the time, the lyrics “Move along, move along” instantly became more or less synonymous with “Breathe in, breathe out”. after its release, the track remains a cathartic (and catchy) experience.
What are some of your favorite uplifting anthems for mental health? Let us know in the comments below!