Listen Better, Live Better: Great Songs with Great Meanings

December 9, 2018

There is no doubt that listening to music soothes the soul. People fill their bodies with healthy foods to feel physically well, yet there is not much emphasis on exposing themselves to songs with positive meanings to feed their emotional well-being. The lyrics you decide to listen to have the ability to make you feel empowered and full of energy for the day. So, the next time you turn on Apple Music or Spotify, search for these seven songs to start your day off right.

 

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Try by Colbie Caillat

 

 

In a world dictated by comparison- whether that be among peers at school or social media accounts- Caillat’s piano ballad emphasizes the beauty in being yourself and not placing pressure on being someone that you are not. The beginning of the song is almost that of a poem where Caillat describes the evidently long process it takes for a girl to get ready: “put your makeup on, get your nails done, curl your hair, run the extra mile, keep it slim so they like you.” The repetition of “you don’t have to try” throughout the song continuously maintains the reassurance that being anything other than your authentic self is a disservice. The soothing composition is the perfect relaxing melody to improve self-esteem and relieve any worries.


Have It All by Jason Mraz

 

After his top hits “I’m Yours” and “Lucky,” Jason Mraz’s new and happy single reminds his listeners to appreciate the beauty of everyday life and its unpredictability. He sings, “here’s to the hearts that you’re gonna break, here’s to the lives that you’re gonna change…I want you to have it all.” Although with good days comes some bad days, love is the most important thing at the end of the day and, with that, there is always going to be someone to turn to that wants you to have it all. Because you deserve the best, you should listen to one of the best pieces of today’s new music.

 

Good When We’re Together by Kav Verhouzer

 

If you are a fan of uplifting and upbeat music, this song is perfect for you! The vocals and DJ’s beats will definitely get you excited to enjoy what the day has to bring and what life has to bring. Whether you blast this energizing song on a car ride with your gal pals or in a sad state of mind, “Good When We’re Together” is sure to get you dancing!

 

Breathin by Ariana Grande

 

In her newly-released album Sweetener, pop princess Ariana Grande makes a musical breakthrough with an unprecedented theme of mental illness. Reducing the nationwide, Breathin is a therapeutic and uplifting rendition which provides listeners with comfort. The repetition of “just keep breathin” will be sure to diminish any anxieties and stresses that may unfortunately fall in your place.

 

Stand by You by Rachel Platten

 

If you are ever feeling alone or out of place in a situation, “Stand By You” by Rachel Platten is an encouraging reminder that someone is always there for you, through thick and thin. After her debut single “Fight Song,” Platten’s lyrics are known for instilling confidence in individuals, specifically young girls. There is a sense of belonging with her lyrics, “even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you. Love, you’re not alone, ‘cause I’m gonna stand by you.”  Regardless if you are having a great day or a bad day, “Stand by You” is sure to make you appreciative of someone you love.

 

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

 

Everybody knows this radio-favorite! Whether you want to dance or shake off a bad day, this dancing beat is sure to keep you in high spirits for the remainder of the day! With a message of shaking off an unfortunate circumstance and looking at the bright side, take a listen to this terrific tune and keep it on repeat!

 

Road Less Traveled by Lauren Alaina

 

Placing a country spin on feel-good music, this dynamic anthem stresses the individuality, confidence, and risk-taking abilities of her listeners. Taking the road less traveled on is something that is deemed as a catalyst for positive change and Lauren Alaina reinforces this message with a hand-clapping and powerful recording. Try something new, express your uniqueness, and take the road less traveled by adding this song to your playlist!

 

High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco

 

Shifting the focus to alternative and a rock-out vibe, Panic! At the Disco encompasses all of the motivation and big dreams necessary to make you feel the best of the best! He proclaims that he was “shooting for the stars when [he] couldn’t make a killing,” signifying that although a circumstance may not be ideal, daring dreams and highest hopes are all that one needs to achieve great success.

 

As a music fan, taking the time to appreciate the lyrics and the powerful anecdotes of inspiration found in songs is imperative for mental health. Music is even more entertaining to enjoy now that you are focusing on empowering and enthusiastic melodies. Be selective, be attentive, and you will surely live better and listen better!

 

Victoria Giardina is an 18 student at The College of New Jersey pursuing a Major in Journalism and Professional Writing with a  Minor in Communication Studies. Victoria's favorite movie is The Greatest Showman and you can never find her without her planner! As the founder of Kick It Cancer (www.kickitcancer.org) and a news anchor for her campus-wide news station- LTV News, Victoria steps up for community outreach, leadership, and creative storytelling. In the future, Victoria hopes to work in the broadcasting industry in New York City.

 

 

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