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75+ Songs to FIGHT Depression & Suicidal Thoughts

Please don’t hold me up as your role model or the person you wish to emulate—that’s too much pressure for this quiet, tiny-waisted Minnesotan to endure.

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When I named this blog (and my first book if it ever gets published) I had no definition for RECKLESSLY ALIVE and, full disclosure, I’ve been trying to figure it out ever since.

In the worst moments of my depression, the shame of “you’re supposed to be the Recklessly Alive guy” swirls through the hijacked parts of my brain like an F-4 tornado.

Each time the stupid dark room comes back hard and fast, hope becomes harder and harder to hold on to like a honky tonk mechanical bull gone wrong.



Hope that it will ever be gone for good.
Hope that the next medication won’t make me want to throw up all day.
Hope for a normal-er life—whatever that means.

I’ve been alive long enough to realize that we’re all up against something: cancer, loneliness, infertility, greed, grief, obesity, addiction… on and on the list goes. But that’s the thing about life, you have to find something deep within that pushes you to keep that hope alive.

The Recklessly Alive life isn’t about perfection, it’s about showing up in the toughest moments and—despite all the odds—choosing to keep moving forward.

Forward, always forward. So I wake up every day and I keep doing that.

Speaking of RECKLESSLY ALIVE… this blog turns 7 years old this week.

7 Years Old. This blog is a freaking first grader.

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When I sat down and created that first WordPress account 84 months ago, I never dreamed we’d be here together with over 1,000 of you coming to hangout with my words every single day.

It actually freaks me out if I think about it too much… 🙂

Instead of a party or something of that matter, I’m choosing to celebrate this blogaversary by doing what I do best: sharing hope and encouragement to anyone feeling lost and alone.

Thank you for all the kind emails and messages along the way.
Thank you for supporting the blog and the videos and the speaking and the ministry.
Thank you for being my strange, online family through the ups and the downs and the hate mail.

Here are some of my most popular posts about depression too, just for funsies:



If you’re fighting this fight with me, here are 75+ songs that have helped me along the way.

Some are songs that share exactly how I feel in the depths like “Heavy” by Linkin Park or “Breaking You” by Audrey Assad. Others offer that impossible ray of light into the darkness like “You’re Gonna Be OK” by Jenn & Brian Johnson or “Rise Up” by Andra Day.

Fighting the hard fights with you my friends and sharing words, laughter & music along the way.

Blessings,

  1. Rise – Shawn McDonald
  2. You’re Gonna Be OK – Jenn & Brian Johnson
  3. Keep Breathing – Ingrid Michaelson
  4. Out of the Dark – Matt Hires
  5. I’ll Find You – Lecrae, Tori Kelly
  6. I Won’t Let You Go – Switchfoot
  7. Rise Up – Andra Day
  8. The Broken Ones – Dia Frampton
  9. Heavy – Linkin’ Park, Kiiara
  10. You’re Not Alone – Owl City, Britt Nicole
  11. When a Heart Breaks – Ben Rector
  12. Through All of It – Colton Dixon
  13. You’ll Find Love Again – Brandon Heath
  14. Titanium (Acoustic Cover) – Collin McLoughlin
  15. Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
  16. 1-800-273-8255 – Logic, Alessia Cara
  17. Remain – Royal Tailor
  18. Let You Down – NF
  19. Breaking You – Audrey Assad
  20. Unsteady – X Ambassadors
  21. Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Lauren Daigle
  22. He Won’t Leave You There – Andy Garcia
  23. Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler
  24. Not Today – Hillsong
  25. Million Years Ago – Adele
  26. Beloved – Jordan Feliz
  27. I Can Just Be Me – Laura Story
  28. Priceless – for KING & COUNTRY
  29. Shadow Days – John Mayer
  30. Losing – Tenth Avenue North
  31. Gravity – Sara Bareilles
  32. Beautiful World – Nathan Angelo
  33. He Knows My Name – Francesca Battistelli
  34. Alive – All Sons & Daughters
  35. What Do I Know? – Ed Sheeran
  36. Oh Jesus – Jon McLaughlin
  37. What A Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
  38. Undo – Rush of Fools
  39. I’m Not Who I Was – Brandon Heath
  40. Stronger – Mandisa
  41. Mansion – NF
  42. Live Like You’re Loved – Hawk Nelson
  43. I Am Not Alone – Kari Jobe
  44. Never Too Far Gone – Jordan Feliz
  45. Flawless – MercyMe
  46. Hollow – Tori Kelly
  47. Don’t Let Me Down (Cover) – Conor Maynard
  48. Take It All – Sawyer Fredericks
  49. Worn – Tenth Avenue North
  50. The Story – Brandi Carlile
  51. World Spins Madly On – The Weepies
  52. Come As You Are – Crowder
  53. All Too Well – Taylor Swift
  54. Bulletproof – Citizen Way
  55. Let it Go – James Bay
  56. Everything – Lifehouse
  57. Whole Heart – Brandon Heath
  58. Ghost – Ingrid Michaelson
  59. Awake My Soul – Mumford & Sons
  60. Stay Alive – Jose Gonzalez
  61. Begin Again – Matt Hires
  62. No Excuses – NEEDTOBREATHE
  63. Hurricane – Natalie Grant
  64. More Beautiful You – Jonny Diaz
  65. Fall Apart – Josh Wilson
  66. Restless – Audrey Assad
  67. Lost Stars – Adam Levine
  68. Not for a Moment (After All) – Meredith Andrews
  69. Strong Enough – Matthew West
  70. Hello Hurricane – Switchfoot
  71. Believe – Mumford & Sons
  72. Blessings – Laura Story
  73. Busted Heart (Hold On To Me) – for KING & COUNTRY
  74. Floodplain – Sara Groves
  75. Carry Me Through – Dave Barnes
  76. Overcomer – Mandisa
  77. Steady My Heart – Kari Jobe
  78. Outta My Mind – Anthem Lights
  79. Hold You Up – Shane Harper
  80. Fighting a Ghost – Matt Hires
  81. Breaking Now – From Ashes to New
  82. Reason to Breathe – Joe Guerra
  83. You Are More – Tenth Avenue North

 

Here’s the list on YOUTUBE for ya too.

Or over in the Spotify universe if you prefer.

 

 

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3 comments

  1. This is awesome. My own playlist was way too short for the really long days. Yours has my standbys mixed in with wonderful new-to-me songs. To me music is super personal so I really appreciate you putting yourself out there with this playlist!

  2. God bless you, Sam. Thank you for choosing to “keep moving forward” with all of us following you. Thank you for getting the message out that you really can be a Christian and also have depression. I serve an awesome Savior, but some days I still struggle to find hope. And peace. And joy. But I will choose to “keep moving forward”. My eternity in Heaven awaits, but it must be God’s timing, not mine. We’ll stay strong together.

  3. You are certainly an inspiring and wonderful, faithful, young man. Though I have suffered depression for more years than I care to count, I am not suicidal by any stretch of the imagination. I found your blog by chance on Pinterest about prayer and then this list. WOW! I copied it for times I am saddened or depressed. Will be stopping by often to read what you have to say! Blessing your way, Sam!!!

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