We know these trying days can be a hefty slog. So we’ve compiled a selection of songs that all feature something to help pick you up when things can seem a bit tough, from thoughtful messages to just some straight up energetic tunes.
DANCE GAVIN DANCE - STRAWBERRY'S WAKE
Beneath the twilight echo of this focused, self-preservation jam lies a voracious appetite to just live your best life. “I want you, to matter to you” vocalist Jon Mess urges, and those truly are words that resonate on the most empathetic level.
ALL TIME LOW - I FEEL LIKE DANCIN'
A true anthem to just letting loose and having a good time, All Time Low feel like dancin’ and it’s one hell of a remedy to these heavy days, almost enough to get us up and bouncing around our living rooms.
ROAM - ALIVE
Some chirpy pop-punk from a band that have certainly been through the wringer. “We made it out alive,” ROAM euphorically chant, and it’s that fire we all need to keep us thinking of better days to come.
ENTER SHIKARI - THE LAST GARRISON
A song that understands that life can certainly take some casualties, but as long as we’re still going on strong, it’ll all be okay. After all there’s “still air in my lungs, still blood in my veins”. Let this affirming war-cry of Shikari help carry some of the weight.
GREEN DAY - MINORITY
We know it’s cool to be in the majority at the moment, staying home and doing our part for the cause. That doesn’t mean we have to give everything else up, and Green Day’s anthem for individuality is as timeless as it is catchy.
A DAY TO REMEMBER - NJ LEGION ICED TEA
This year hasn’t gone to plan for, well, anyone, but that doesn’t mean the small victory’s can’t count. On A Day To Remember’s energetic promise to keep on strong no matter what happens, that’s exactly what we all need to be doing. Here's to hoping for “another banner year”.
JIMMY EAT WORLD - A PRAISE CHORUS
The ultimate ode to music and the power it holds in true Jimmy Eat World fashion. Stoking the idea that sometimes you just need to crack on and deal with the hand you’re dealt and no matter what music’s going to be there to keep you company.
THE BOTTOM LINE - REASONS
Let the sugar rush of The Bottom Line’s resurrection hit take hold. The purest form of pop punk imaginable, it’s impossible to not feel uplifted by the high energy and hyperactivity that refuses to get in line and just wants to crack on with life.
BLINK-182 - WISHING WELL
A completely underrated Blink-182 number that deals with losing your way but ultimately finding your way back and having “fun in the promised land". Its heart screams with the same joy Blink have always mined deep into and the result is a cruising pop-punk jam that will see you back on course.
ARRESTED YOUTH - BRIGHTSIDE
It’s no easy feat to get yourself out of a slump, but Arrested Youth have tried their hand at cracking out the song to help kickstart the process. If you feel everything’s a bit overwhelming, give this a shot and in no time you’ll find a bit more hope waiting for you.
COUNTERFEIT - IT GETS BETTER
A song literally written for the purpose of reminding us all that it does get better, it’s as if Jamie Campbell Bower and Co knew the world was going to need this footnote. It's the perfect catalyst for giving us that courage to remember it’ll all get better soon.
ANDREW WK - PARTY HARD
Is there a more fitting end to a PMA playlist than the ultimate party anthem? Once the world rights itself and the doors to life are unlocked once more, who better to get the party started than Andrew WK and this monolithic anthem.
Let us know what songs get you in a better headspace.