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Prescription Music: Albums for all Ailments

prescription music albums for all ailments

This blog post need’s to begin with a quick note. The following blog post is inspired by Lauren Evie’s post, which was prescription literature for all ailments. I messaged her on Twitter and asked if I could write a music version, and she was game!

Now that’s out of the way, today’s blog post is a prescription. A handy guide of which albums/bands you should be listening to for every emotion. Music is a truly powerful thing, and I think most of us will agree that we’ve overcame some hard times by listening to the right album or band! Music can completely change your outlook on a situation, or transport you elsewhere when you’re in need of a distraction. So, I’d like to prescribe some of my favourite ’emotional albums’ so you know what to listen to the next time you’re full of ‘feels’.

Today I am alone:

For me, the presence of any music I enjoy can usually help me to stop feeling lonely. However, if you’re looking for something that doesn’t have too many themes to do with being around others (romantic or friendly music) but is still fun to listen to, I’d go for What Went Down by Foals. If you haven’t given it a listen before, it’s an indie-rock album with a soft touch. Perfect for when you’re feeling a bit ‘meh’.
Today I am hopeless:

I can’t really explain why this one works but Prince’s Purple Rain should help you out. Purple Rain is one of my all-time favourite songs and albums, and something about this album makes me feel like I’m truly going to make it when I listen to it.

Today I am feeling out of love with the world:

If you’re feeling a little out of love, listen to Welcome to the Neighbourhood by Meatloaf. This album is extremely theatrical and romantic which just pumps you full of adrenaline and makes you want to complete 50 laps of the planet, delivering hugs along the way.  In fact, just listen to all Meatloaf songs. You’ll believe in love again once the Meatloaf session is done.

Today I am weak:

I have two options for you for this one. The first is Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. This album will make you come alive again and start owning your life. I’d recommend listening to the tracks Hair and Born This Way over and over. The second option is David Bowie’s Hunky Dory. This album is one of the most empowering albums, ever. Don’t even try to challenge me on this one. If you’re feeling weak, uninspired, or a little unconfident, Hunky Dory is the one for you. Changes, Life On Mars?, Queen Bitch, and Andy Warhol will put you right.

Today I am sad:

I’ve said it before, and I will continue to repeat it until everyone knows this remedy. If you’re sad, listen to Something to Tell You, Haim’s newest album. The whole album is flawless, which is a rareity. There is not one song on the album that I dislike. If you haven’t listened to Haim before (what the fuck, where have you been?!), they have serious vintage Spring vibes and they use repetition in a really creative way throughout all of their songs. Every single they’ve released has a running theme, and yet they all manage to stay individual too. Haim also use african drumming styles to seperate themselves from the rest of the indie girl band crowd, which makes them sound even more amazing. Haim give off serious girl power attitude too, so if you’re also in need of that, you’re killing two birds with one stone.

Today I am feeling unattractive:

We all have those days where we feel like we’ve lost our mojos and it’s hard to believe your sex appeal will ever return. For this, I have a whole four album options; Lana Del Rey’s Paradise, Beyonce’s Lemonade, Prince’s Parade and Blondie’s Atomic. These are the albums that will get you moving your body and each lovely singer’s sex appeal will ooze out of the music and contribute towards the renewal of yours. That’s only a theory, but I think it’s true!

Today I am heartbroken:

If you’re heartbroken from missing an ex-partner or you’ve just been broken up with, I have the perfect album for you. I’ve been giving everyone this breakup advice for as long as I’ve been in relationships. If you’re going through a breakup, specifically the stage after all the sniffling (read: wailing), when you’re in that numb stage of ‘what the hell do I do now?’ – that is when you LISTEN TO FLEETWOOD MAC. LISTEN TO RUMOURS. IT WILL FIX YOU.

Listening to Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham basically telling each other to go fuck themselves through songs of a slightly more poetic tone will give you the ‘oh, wait, actually. I’m amazing and I definitely don’t need this bullshit’ attitude that you need to get through a breakup.

prescription music albums for all ailments

I hope this prescription helps you heal. Let me know in the comments if you need a repeat prescription of films, books, TV shows or activities. I enjoyed writing this post and I wouldn’t mind doing a couple more!

What’s your favourite album?







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  • Reply
    Christopher Ryan
    August 24, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Great set of ideas. Being a bit older, I would turn to blues (BB King, Muddy Waters), Bob Dylan, or old Genesis Peter Gabriel for reflective moods, the New York Dolls of David Johanson’s first solo album to counter feeling weak or helpless, and Bjorne for hope.
    Thanks again for a cool blog post.

    • Reply
      August 25, 2017 at 12:54 am

      That’s fair enough! Can’t say I’m a huge fan of blues but I know a lot of people who’ve turned to it in troubling times! Maybe you could write your own music prescription? I’d love to read!

  • Reply
    August 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Loved these choices! There are so many albums I turn to when I’m sad but also some I stay well away from! My go to is my bad bitch playlist…don’t even ask


    • Reply
      August 26, 2017 at 2:52 pm


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