A Playlist for the Chronically Ill

20 Songs to encourage, inspire, and uplift you!

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There is nothing easy about living with a chronic illness. If you need an extra dose of encouragement today, give a listen to these twenty uplifting, inspiring, and invigorating songs. (Scroll to the bottom for the Spotify playlist.)

1. “Keep Holding On” – Avril Lavigne

Keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through,
We’ll make it through;
Just stay strong

2. “Light Up the Sky” – The Afters

When stars are hiding in the clouds,
I don’t feel them shining.
When I can’t see beyond my doubt,
The silver lining.
When I’ve almost reached the end,
Like a flood you’re rushing in,
Your love is rushing in (your love is rushing in).

3. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles

Here comes the sun,
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right.

4. “Don’t Stop” – Fleetwood Mac

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

5. “Heal the World” – Michael Jackson

There’s a place in your heart,
And I know that it is love,
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow.
And if you really try,
You’ll find there’s no need to cry.
In this place you’ll feel
There’s no hurt or sorrow.

6. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

Risin’ up straight to the top.
Had the guts, got the glory.
Went the distance,
Now I’m not gonna stop–
Just a man and his will to survive.

7. “The Climb” – Miley Cyrus

Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side.

8. “Stronger” – Mandisa

Oh, don’t hang your head;
It’s gonna end.
God’s right there.
Even if it’s hard to see Him,
I promise you that He still cares.

9. “Don’t Stop Believin‘” – Journey

Don’t stop believin’;
Hold on to the feelin’.

10. “Our Hope Endures” – Natalie Grant

Sometimes the sun stays hidden for years.
Sometimes the sky rains night after night.
When will it clear?
But our hope endures the worst of conditions.

11. “Hang On” – Plumb

Hang on when the water is rising.
Hang on when the waves are crashing.
Hang on, just don’t ever let go.

12. “Stand” – Rascal Flatts

You feel like a candle in a hurricane,
Just like a picture with a broken frame.
Alone and helpless, like you’ve lost your fight.
But you’ll be all right, you’ll be all right.

13. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger.
May you never take one single breath for granted.

14. “Fight Song” – Rachel Platten

This is my fight song,
Take back my life song,
Prove I’m alright song.
My power’s turned on.
Starting right now I’ll be strong.
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.

15. “When You Believe” – Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey

Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe somehow you will.
You will when you believe.

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16. “Titanium” – David Guetta & Sia

You shoot me down but I won’t fall, I am titanium.
You shoot me down but I won’t fall;
I am titanium.

17. “Skyscraper” – Demi Lovato

You can take everything I have.
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass,
Like I’m made of paper.
Go on and try to tear me down.
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper.

18. “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” – Josh Groban

Don’t give up.
It’s just the weight of the world.
When your heart’s heavy,
I, I will lift it for you.

19. “Shake It Out” – Florence + The Machine

And every demon wants his pound of flesh,
But I like to keep some things to myself.
I like to keep my issues strong;
It’s always darkest before the dawn.

20. “Brave” – Sara Bereilles

I just wanna see you,
I just wanna see you,
I just wanna see you,
I wanna see you be brave.

Here’s the complete Spotify playlist:

What are your favorite songs to listen to on a bad day?

Kate Scott

Kate Scott is a native New Englander currently navigating life in the South, a [some would say radical] environmentalist, and a firm believer in the power and wisdom of alternative and holistic medicine. When she’s not writing or researching new treatments, Kate can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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