Editors' Picks: 10 Great Songs to Listen to When You're Stressed

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Music can be cathartic, helping you release emotions and feel a bit better. Here are some songs that can ease tension and boost your mood when you're stressed.

1. "Downpour," by Brandi Carlile

2. "Blue," by Lucinda Williams

3. "True Love Will Never Fade," by Mark Knopfler

4. "Girl From the North Country," by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

5. "Our House," by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

6. "I Live for You," by George Harrison

7. "Our Town," by Iris Dement

8. "Say the Right Words," by Sam Baker

9. "Somebody Loved," by the Weepies

10. "Remember When," by Alan Jackson

To hear these songs, check your iTunes store, Amazon.com, or youTube.com.

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What stress-busting songs work for you? Be sure to share your favorites in the comments section, below.


about 3 years ago, said...

For those who are curious, I looked up the post by Ralphoo - Great saying Ralph:) De gustibus non est disputandum is a Latin maxim meaning "In matters of taste, there can be no disputes" (literally, "There is no disputing of tastes"). The implication is that everyone's personal preferences are merely subjective opinions that cannot be "right" or "wrong", so they should never be argued about as if they were.


about 3 years ago, said...

. . . non disputandum est.


about 3 years ago, said...

If you are over 60 but under 70, I don't know how one could have gotten through life w/o hearing most to those songs. I of course that many are caregiving for their spouse and they are probably older, but many of us boomers are caring for our parents. My mother's choice in music does not 'sooth my soul' as I am sure my preferences are foreign to her! Happy that my 20 something son and I share a similar tasted in music - and that includes some interesting metal band stuff that reminds me of happy times.


about 3 years ago, said...

I repeat the comment I made a year ago: contemporary pop music is not likely to be stress-relieving for most people who use this Web site. In fact, it probably will create stress. Try Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," Artie Shaw's "Stardust," Benny Goodman's "Moonglow," or Duke Ellington's" Mood Indigo." Or how about the Adagio from Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor performed by Vladimir Horowitz, the Andante movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by Rudolf Serkin, the Introitus from Mozart's Requiem performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestre de Paris, or the second movement of Rossini's Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G major performed by I Musici?


about 3 years ago, said...

I watch the widows and widowers in my husband's care facility as they bring in guest singers who sing all the 'love lost, long ago' songs and the folks faces are pure sadness - then they bring in someone who can sing an upbeat towards happy song and every has a smile on their face and their feet or hands keeping time with the music..you tell me which kind of music relieves stress?! Studies have shown that classical music is a great stress reliever. How about Jazz, saw that at the are facility and the women were up and dancing…it was a beautiful, happy scene. Just some of my observations. Personally, the 10 songs above made me sad and caused me stress…music is a powerful mind bender.


about 3 years ago, said...

The songs that were suggested, I have not heard of. Most of the people needing to be cared for are 60 yrs and above. Name some songs that they care relate to.


about 3 years ago, said...

Greetings I can clearly see why your editor isn't in the music business. Please don't choose any more music. Just reading the list gave me the feeling somebody was causing that metal on metal screeching sound that give you the willies. Thank you. Good day.


about 3 years ago, said...

You did not include any grateful dead --to many people of my generation this is a band that defines us and their music sends us to another time and galaxy!! :-)


about 3 years ago, said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to get all these songs on one CD!


about 3 years ago, said...

Get cracking and get listening! Open yourselves up to new tunes! GOOD music transcends all generations! :-)


about 3 years ago, said...

I don't even recognize the names of most of these, but I have to disagree when I see Remember When. If I am stressed, I need something very upbeat and cheerful, or I go into depression. Remember When would definitely depress me. It's a beautiful story, but stress if often caused by something going on in the family and remembering just makes me cry and get upset. I prefer songs like The Neutron Song, I'm So Excited, I've Got the Music in Me, or something funky, like Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road. If I can change my mode to excitement, stress cannot stand up to it.


about 3 years ago, said...

Night and Day or Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty.


about 3 years ago, said...

i am in a grieving period and i do get stressed. music has always helped


about 4 years ago, said...

awesome music choices!


about 4 years ago, said...

My favorite of all time to relieve stress is Theme from A Summer Place, by the Percy Faith Orchestra. When I listen to it, I can literally feel my blood pressure drop.


about 4 years ago, said...

I wonder if the people kvetching about the lack of "older" music realize that a lot of this list is actually composed of older music!! In fact, I was just coming on here to laud you guys for picking one of my favorite chill-out tunes from the early '70s, "Our House" by CS[N]Y!! I love that song a lot, as well as the companion piece "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (well, *I* view it as a companion piece). Some other great songs include "Out in the Country" by Three Dog Night, The Ides of March's "Vehicle", "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent, Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Carefree Highway" by Gordon Lightfoot, the Marvin Gaye classic "What's Goin' On"... oh, there are so many great songs from my favorite decade (the '70s, natch!) that could fit onto this list!! And as far as newer music goes, I don't pooh-pooh it. I know a lot of it is horrible, but there are also great acts out there such as Here We Go Magic, Turin Brakes, Franz Ferdinand, and Badly Drawn Boy, who have been doing great music over the last ten years. And I've given myself completely over to the goofy fun of "Gangnam Style", which will probably be a tired old song by this time next year, but for now is a great smile generator.


about 4 years ago, said...

everything. save me the time to do my own search. you already gave me an answer to all my questions in my head!!


about 4 years ago, said...

All of those suggested tunes are can be *very* useful in relieving the blues, yet what are even MORE pleasing is music by The Tijuana Brass and/or The Baja Marimba Band. Talk about sheer pleasantness, THOSE groups are well-known as smile-makers. Also, from the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra are "That Happy Feeling" aka "Swingin' Safari" and "Living It Up". Good albums here to bring on some good moods. Take one(or all of them) and then message me about it in the morning!


about 4 years ago, said...

There are people (I am one) who do not enjoy today's pop music. There is music I listen to in order to relieve stress, but none of it is on this list. In fact, I have never heard of any of these songs. Trying to recommend music without knowing what types a person likes is a waste of effort.


about 4 years ago, said...

That's ok,if you're into beauty!


about 4 years ago, said...

Not helpful. 90% of those musician's names mean nothing to me. I'm an older generation. & the sound that comes off most computers is not hi-fi! But the idea that music is destressing is very true. DH & I used to visit NH's with a singing group - really was stimulating to the residents.


about 4 years ago, said...

San Diego Serenade(Tom Waits), Queen of Hearts (Greg Allman), Gran Torino (Jamie Cullum), The Long Road (Cliff Eberhardt w/Richie Havens), Eyes of Blue (Paul Carrick), When The Leaves Come Falling Down (Van Morrison), Midnight In Harlem (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Southern Nights (Jon Cleary)... and many more...


about 4 years ago, said...

Many of Bette Midler's songs are uplifting- http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=AL94UKMTqg-9BLg0T7dJnS7V7GNs5VhEWy