20 Best Songs About Anxiety

By Brian

Everyone gets anxious from time to time. Anxiety is a normal emotion that can be triggered by anything from an important test to a job interview. Some people, however, have constant anxiety which can get in the way of their daily life and take a toll on their minds and body.

There are many different types of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, panic disorders, and more. No matter what kind of anxiety you have, there are songs that can help you both understand your condition better and cope with it. Here are the top twenty songs about anxiety.

Running up that Hill – Placebo

Placebo - Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (Cover) Official Music Video

The first song on this list is for people who suffer from agoraphobia, a condition where one fears public places and open places such as shopping malls or bridges, abandoned spaces (like rooftops), and other public events like concerts or shows. The name of the condition comes from the Greek word “agora,” which means marketplace.

Everybody Hurts – R.E.M

R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts (Official Music Video)

This song can help people acknowledge that sometimes, even though they feel alone in their problems, other people have it worse and are going through difficult things too. The lyrics also express a message of hope for those who are struggling.

Clair de Lune – Claude Debussy


This song is relaxing and can help people with anxiety to relax, slow down, and calm themselves when they are in an anxious state. However, this song shouldn’t be listened to while driving or doing other tasks where focusing on the music can become dangerous.

Grace – Supergrass

Supergrass - Grace (Official HD Video)

This song is about trying to figure out what has gone wrong in one’s life and why negative things are occurring. Although the lyrics aren’t explicitly about anxiety, someone with low-grade anxiety or depressive symptoms can find it comforting because it describes that sometimes even though bad things happen, they are meant to happen.

What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes

4 Non Blondes - What's Up (Official Music Video)

This song is about anxiety and panic attacks, but doesn’t make it seem like a bad thing, instead showing how people can resolve their own problems. It also acts as an encouragement for those who listen to not give up when they feel anxious or depressed because things will get better.

Everlong – The Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters - Everlong (Official HD Video)

Some people can’t deal with their anxiety or depression on their own and need help from others, this song shows that having somebody there is sometimes the only way one can make it through a tough time in life. This song also shows how sometimes when you let go of something you love, the temptation to go back to it is too much.

Pictures of You – The Cure

The Cure - Pictures Of You

This song talks about how when someone suffers from low self-esteem or depression combined with anxiety, they tend to become very reclusive and isolated because their negative feelings are amplified by their own mind. This can cause problems in one’s life if they don’t receive the right help.

Prayer for the Dying – Seal

Seal - 'Prayer for the Dying' (official video)

This song is about how when someone who suffers from anxiety or depression needs help, sometimes it is difficult to know where to turn because you feel that nobody will understand what you are going through. Also, in some cases, people don’t know where to get help themselves and end up believing that they will find it somewhere else.

Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

Keane - Somewhere Only We Know (Official Video)

This song talks about how even though someone might feel like they are all alone, the world has a way of making everything okay again. It teaches people who suffer from depression and anxiety how they can be happy and that there is a way to feel better.

Grey Street – Dave Matthews Band

"Grey Street" - Dave Matthews Band

This kind of song can help someone express their sadness and pain without having to put it into words, so they can feel better by just putting the feelings into music or art that they create themselves. The lyrics also talk about how sometimes when one is in a low place, and they might not be able to feel anything good, but even just a little bit of hope can help them get through their bad feelings.

Black – Pearl Jam

Black (Live) - MTV Unplugged - Pearl Jam

This song teaches people who suffer from anxiety or other types of mental illness that it is okay to let go and scream out all of the negative energy inside that’s making them feel not only bad, but exhausted. It also talks about how it is okay to be mad at the world, but one should never let their anger destroy them.

I’m Only Happy When it Rains – Garbage

Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains (Official Video)

This song gives hope to those who suffer from anxiety or depression by showing them that one of the most common feelings they have is not only valid, but there are other people out there who feel the same way and it’s okay if they do. The lyrics also show that when feeling absolutely terrible, it can be helpful to surround oneself with positive energy and people who make you feel good.

Breathe Me – Sia

Breathe me – sia

This song deals with panic attacks and the feeling of drowning in one’s own mind, which can be very scary for those who suffer from anxiety or other mental health problems. The lyrics also talk about how someone might feel like there is nothing left to keep them going because their life isn’t worth anything anymore, but just because one might feel like death is the only way to escape their emotional pain doesn’t mean they need to act on it.

Snow – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) (Official Music Video)

This song talks about dealing with sadness and depression by knowing that no matter how bad things may seem there’s always something worse, so even if it feels like there’s no hope for oneself or one’s life, they should always remember that things can get better.

Brick – Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds Five - Brick

This song is was written after Ben Folds’ girlfriend had an abortion while they were in high school, and it deals with the feelings of anxiety and depression that later followed. The song also tells two people who are suffering from anxiety or depression it’s okay to have all of the feelings they do because hiding them will only make things worse.

Mad World – Tears for Fears

Tears For Fears - Mad World (Official Music Video)

This song is about depression and how even though one might think that everyone else is happy and has everything under control, it’s important to know that there are people in the world who care about others even if they don’t show it. It’s also about how sometimes when someone feels like they have no friends or anyone to talk to, what looks like loneliness might actually be depression.

How to Save a Life – The Fray

The Fray - How to Save a Life (Official Video)

This song is about how it is important not only for one’s self- well being, but also for others to reach out and make sure people who suffer from anxiety or depression know that there are other people who care about them and want to help them in whatever way they can. It also tells people who suffer from mental illness that it’s important to try and do something if they’re hurting, even if it might hurt them more in the long run.

I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain - I'll Be (Official Music Video)

This song teaches people who have anxiety or depression that just because one feels bad doesn’t mean that they are a bad person. It also tells those who suffer from mental illness that it is important to reach out and have people in their life who care about them.

Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House

Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over (Official Music Video)

This song is about dealing with anxiety and depression by reminding people that they aren’t alone in their struggles, and there are other people who will be there for them no matter what happens. It also talks about how it is okay to feel bad and like one isn’t good enough for others, but it’s also okay to stand up and fight their own battles.

I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw - I Don't Want To Be (Official Video)

This song is about always being afraid to be alone with one’s self and face one’s emotions, but it also talks about how just because one might not want to have any problems doesn’t mean they don’t exist. The lyrics talk about how feelings like anxiety and depression can make someone feel like a monster, but it’s important to know that everyone deals with them in some way.

Hurt – Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash - Hurt

This song is about how things that might seem bad to others, such as suicide or self-harm, might not necessarily be signs that one wants to kill themselves and may actually just be a way for them to cope with whatever thoughts they have about hurting themselves. It also tells people that even though one might think they are bad, there is always someone who cares about them and wants to help them in their time of need.