I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been sick at some point in our lives. The runny noses, chest rattling coughs, and the constant feeling of being oh so very, very, tired. No one enjoys being sick, and hell, I can’t blame them. I just got over a cold that took up the last two weeks of my life. The only thing keeping me upbeat was music (how shocking). Which got me thinking, what if other people had the exact same idea? Listen to music, and have the songs give them some of the energy that had drained out of them back. Well, for those of you who don’t have a playlist lined up and ready for the long, tissue filled battle ahead of you, have no fear! Dr. Thewlis is here with my own playlist that will help you get the pep in your step back. Here are my top 5 from it!
- Circles – Pierce the Veil
The very first song in the playlist is this catchy tune from PTV’s latest album, ‘Misadventures’. Anytime I hear this song, I can’t help but scream the lyrics and dance along (footnote: I am a terrible dancer). What better way to distract yourself from that annoying sinus infection than to find a song that makes you want to move around on the couch and sing along?
- Freak – Seaway
This song is perfect for bringing that positive vibe back to your tired body. It’s what I would call a “Summer Song”, and what about Summer doesn’t scream “good times”? Close your eyes while you listen to this number and just think about the warm sun, the backyard barbecues, and the pool parties that would go perfectly with it. Who wouldn’t get pumped?
- Fat Lip – Sum 41
A classic to those fans of Pop Punk, this song is the embodiment of teenage rebellion. It’s a sure way to bring that flare back to anyone’s achy bones. The energetic drum beats, the rough voice of frontman Deryck Whibley, and the fast-paced guitars; the song is guaranteed to at least give you enough energy to walk to the kitchen for some soup.
- Epilogue: Young Forever – BTS
Now of course, it just wouldn’t be a Merritt playlist without the one non-English song, and this is the one that takes the spot. This Korean pop song by boy group BTS (Bangtan Boys) is a soft-paced, soulful beat; quite a contrast to the rest of the playlist. Don’t panic, you don’t need to go and learn a second language to appreciate the song. Just lean back and, instead of focusing on the lyrics, listen to the flow of the melody and the way the 7-piece group mix their voices to create a piece that’ll help anyone relax. Though you may not understand what they’re saying, you can definitely feel the joyful aura this song gives off, which’ll help take your mind off whatever ailment you’re dealing with.
- Rock Bottom – Neck Deep
When you’re sick, it could feel like the end of the world. One might say that you feel as if you’re at… Rock Bottom. Bad pun? This not-so-new melody by Neck Deep might be the perfect song to help cheer anyone up when they’re dealing with the unfortunate blunder that is a cold. The catchy beat will be guaranteed to have you on your feet and of course you’ll want to shout the lyrics along side vocalist Ben Barlow. It’ll help to re-energize and wake up your foggy brain and give you a new-found energy reserve; or maybe it’ll make you want a nap. Either way, it works for something!
There are 15 songs in the playlist as a whole, and although these are my top 5, they are by no means the best songs on there. Now, just plug in those headphones, sit back, and let the upbeat tunes help you on your way of getting better. Good luck!
What are your favourite songs to listen to when you’re sick? Let us know!
You can listen to the full playlist here.