Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge

Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge

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I was tagged by the wonderful Elizabeth (www.uncustomaryhousewife.com) and Zoe (www.nolightwithoutdarkness.com) to do the Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge. Music is a powerful tool, which has helped me a lot through my life, so I couldn’t resist getting involved.

Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge Information

Rules for the Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge:

  • Mention how music helps your Mental Health
  • List 10 songs that you would consider to be a part of your ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ (optional: mention a little bit why each song is on your list)
  • Tag the blogger who nominated you
  • Link back to ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ creator – Laura Spoonie
  • Tag 10 other bloggers to join in with the ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ Challenge

Music and my mental health

One of my musical heroes, John Mayer, once said “music is the reminder that it is always possible to feel alright“. That sums up my relationship with music perfectly. No matter what I’ve gone through in my life, it’s been a thing I can turn to and feel at ease. There have been times when I’ve felt completely alone, then I’ve heard a song which resonates so much with me, that it was impossible to feel that way anymore. If someone is singing words which reach right into your soul, then they get it. Whatever “it” is.

What is a ‘pick-me up playlist’ to me?

I suppose the natural assumption for most would be upbeat, happy tunes. For the most part, mine fall into this category. However, there are also some songs which are not necessarily upbeat in melody, but in their message. Some are also associated with some of the most precious people in my life, which naturally causes them to give me a case of the warm fuzzies. A pick me up playlist consists of songs which make you feel good, through whatever means.

Ready? Here are 10 songs from my pick me up playlist.

1. Heart of Life – John Mayer

To prevent this from being repetitive, I’m going to restrict myself to one John Mayer song. There are a lot which could make this list. He has so many songs which fill my heart with pure joy.

The reason I chose this one is it’s probably the one which is most in line with how I see the world. It essentially highlights the fact that life doesn’t always go smoothly, but it’s a wonderful thing. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting some of the lyrics tattooed somewhere, and it may very well happen some day.

Favourite lyric: “No, it won’t all go the way it should, but I know the heart of life is good.”

2. Cute Without the E – Taking Back Sunday

While someone being unfaithful isn’t the cheeriest subject matter, I just adore this song. I have done for a very long time. My favourite way to listen to it is with my headphones on, and at full volume.

The best way I can describe how it makes me feel is like my lungs fill with air instantly, as soon as I hear those opening lines. Plus, my eternally emo soul will never not love this.

Favourite lyric: “Your lipstick, his collar, don’t bother angel, I know exactly what goes on.”

3. Imaginary Tea – Jon McLaughlin

This song is slow, and simple, but so pure. Written about his daughter, it expresses his love for her so eloquently – even before she was born. For me, it captures how I feel about my nieces. From the second I knew my brother’s fiancé was pregnant, I loved them.

Favourite lyric: “I loved you before I ever heard your voice, and before I even knew your name, and I loved you before I saw those pretty eyes – yeah, I loved you right away.”

4. Giants – Matt Nathanson

We all need a song which makes us feel like we can take over the world, right? Well, this is mine. Listening to it gets me so pumped up! I love putting this on when I go for my walk first thing in the morning. It sets me up perfectly for the day ahead!

Favourite lyric: “I’m done trying to fit in and be half forgiven for things that I never did. We’re more than what scares us, we’re final and fearless, we’ll dance where the ice gets thin.”

5. Fake Happy – Paramore

Again, there are so many Paramore songs which could have made the cut. After Laughter is a particularly strong album, and I took a lot of comfort in it when it felt like everything was falling apart. Despite the fact its sentiment is actually quite sad, this is probably the one I have the most fun singing along to.

Favourite lyric: “I know I said that I was doing good, and that I’m happy now, I should have known when things were going good, that’s when I’d get knocked down.”

6. Moments – Bliss n Eso (featuring Gavin James)

When it comes to music, Neal and I rarely agree on anything. So, when he tells me to listen to a song, I’m always a bit reluctant. This is one of the few occasions where I approved of his recommendation.

Whenever I hear this, I think of him, and that never fails to make me happy.

Favourite lyric: “Yeah, I know I’ve been changing, life’s been rearranging, those times were golden but I couldn’t hold them all at once.”

7. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

I mean, you’ve heard it, right? It’s a great example of a feel good song!

That aside, it instantly makes me think of my sister. One of my favourite memories was a dance party for two we had in the living room, and we bopped around to this song. There have also been many occasions when we’ve sang along to it in the car.

Favourite lyric: “I need a man who’ll take a chance on a love that burns hot enough to last.”

8. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Similarly to my last choice, this has a family connection. This is my dad’s favourite song. As soon as I hear the opening second of it, he comes to mind. My mum can’t resist singing along to it, either, so it’s a two-for-one. I love those moments in life, when something immediately brings someone special to mind.

No favourite lyric for this one.

9. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

Pair uplifting lyrics with a rocking tune, and this is what you get. An instant cure for the blues.

Favourite lyric: “Live right now, just be yourself – it doesn’t matter if it’s good enough for someone else.”

10. When You’re Looking Like That – Westlife

If you thought I was going to make it through this list without a Westlife song, you clearly learned nothing from this post. Even though this ISN’T my all time favourite song by them, it’s so cheesy and happy and wonderful.

Favourite lyric: “I don’t want to get lost, I don’t want to live my life without you, how am I supposed to leave you now, when you’re looking like that?”

I think most of the people I would usually tag have already been done, but I’d love to see your lists if you fancy doing one!

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  • Cordelia Moor 26th November 2018 at 11:10 am

    WHITNEY. I LOVE WHITNEY. Also – love this list. Definitely more normal than mine. Some absolute bops, and I expected nothing less. To be honest, this whole thing could have been Westlife and I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:25 pm

      It could have easily been all Westlife, but I didn’t think that would be interesting for other people to read 😉

  • Carly 26th November 2018 at 11:25 am

    I love this tag!! What a fantastic post. I love your taste in music though Ruth, it’s so random. From Paramore to Westlife! Lol. It’s amazing how music can affect your mood, it’s a massive part of my life.

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:26 pm

      My music taste has always been so varied, which I assume is from the fact every member of my family seems to like different stuff, then it comes together in my tastes, with a few extras of my own! You should share your list! 😀

  • Soph 26th November 2018 at 1:17 pm

    This is such a fun post tag! I love Paramore and Whitney would definitely be in my list too. I always find that feel good music can make such a difference to my mood!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com/ x

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:27 pm

      YAY! Music is the best way to turn around your mood quickly, I think. Such a low effort thing, too – just stick on some good songs and chill out.

  • Elizabeth - Uncustomary Housewife 26th November 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I absolutely love your playlist, anything that includes John Mayer is perfect for me!

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:27 pm

      That’s because you are AWESOME!

  • Rachael Hope 26th November 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Great post Ruth 🙂 it certainly picked me up that’s for sure 💜 I love Brown Eyed girl, got such a good vibe to it. Rach xx

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Aww, I’m so glad! Thanks for stopping by, Rachael – always a pleasure 😀 x

  • Bexa 27th November 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Oh wow, I haven’t listened to Cute Without the E in years, I’ve just put it on Spotify and it reminded me what an awesome tune it is. I agree, on full volume with headphones is the only correct way to listen to this, he he. Same goes for The Middle, such nostalgia! Brown Eyed Girl is an instant happy tune, it always makes me smile! Great list Ruth, music always makes me feel better too! Thanks for sharing lovely <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:29 pm

      YAY! Cute Without The E is one of my all time favourite songs! I always thought you had great taste in music from the bits I’ve seen on your blog, but you’ve now confirmed it. 😀

    • ruthinrevolt 27th November 2018 at 3:31 pm

      YAY! Cute Without The E is one of my all time favourite songs! 😀 I always suspected you had awesome taste in music from the hints I’ve seen around your blog, but you’ve just confirmed it! 🙂 x

  • Kim 29th November 2018 at 8:44 pm

    This is a great tag! The only songs I’ve heard of on your list are Whitney Houston and Westlife, but that means I have aome new songs to check out. I enjoy some of Paramore and Taking Back Sunday’s music.

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