6.“The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes
“Here comes a fighter
That’s what they’ll say to me, say to me
Say to me, this one’s a fighter”
This song promotes the inner strength and motivation that is important when working through issues and struggles. Everyone willing to work and better themselves is a fighter.
7.“Otherside” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
“We live on the cusp of death thinkin’ that it won’t be us
It won’t be us, it won’t be us, it won’t be us
Nah, it won’t be us”
When we are struggling with change, our thoughts can tell us things that are not always true, and this song exemplifies that. This is another Macklemore pick that inspires to keep holding on through the hard times.
8.“By the Grace of God” by Katy Perry
“…Laying on the bathroom floor. We were living on a fault line. And I felt the fault was all mine. Couldn’t take it anymore. By the grace of God. There was no other way. I picked myself back up. I knew I had to stay. I put one foot in front of the other. And I looked in the mirror. And decided to stay…”
Katy Perry has said that this song was largely inspired by the difficulties she faced while going through her separation from Russel Brand. The song explores the struggles we all may face at times and the heaviness of it; however, it provides a glimpse into the strength thats within us all to move on.
9.“Hunger” by Florence and the Machine
“I thought that love was in the drugs
But the more I took, the more it took away
And I could never get enough”
She speaks a raw truth about searing for a tangible answer in emotional or spiritual problems. She goes on to normalize the feelings and urges we all have and attempts to provide hope in the search for those answers.
“Don’t let it get you down, you’re the best thing I’ve seen
We never found the answer but we knew one thing
We all have a hunger”
10.Drug Addiction by Colicchie
“My pain’s deep, I have been through hell
I managed to survive so I got a story to tell”
The story that he tells is a relatable one that ends with solutions and hope to the worries that we have.
“I felt pain, look I’m not afraid to cry
My life changed once I was willing to try
I’ve been giving many chances now it’s truly do or die”
It’s now time to update your playlist!
Author: Stephanie Pruefer, LPC, CADC – Footprints to Recovery – Primary Counselor