Music and Mood

I find that when I am feeling down, I like to listen to or write sad music. Not to make myself feel worse, but to make myself feel better. There is a cathartic value to this method. Most people who ride in my car are constantly irritated by my depressing music playlist. I am constantly told I bum people out. In my defense, I feel like I can relate to the music and knowing someone has felt what I am feeling, it makes me feel a little better.

This is the same reason why you want to dance to upbeat music when you’re in a party mood. You crank up the club music (I have a certain level of disdain for EDM) and before you know it you’re twerking with your squad (#SQUADGOALS). Some people prefer country, and they go down to the honky tonk and line dance. Whatever your go-to dance music is, I think you get the point.

I knew a guy once who preferred to rock out to alternative music when he was mad. Like, crank the volume up and make your eardrums bleed kind of rock out. I can’t head bang without getting nauseous, so I don’t partake in that. Another person we all know is your one lady friend who feels empowered and lips-syncs Beyoncé like they’re starring in their own personal music video. If not, watch the video below.


There is no doubt music has an influence on mood. There is even a specialized field of professionals known as music therapists. The American Music Therapy Association says, “Music therapy is an efficacious and valid treatment for persons who have psychosocial, affective, cognitive and communicative needs.”

People in music therapy get a chance to explore personal feelings and gain new perspectives that can help treat mental health issues.

Some people find expression through music easier to process than complicated words and feelings that can be expressed through a song. Listening to certain music can open up the floodgates and help get somebody to talk about things they aren’t usually comfortable talking about. When you find that someone else relates to you, it’s more comfortable to speak out since you know you’re not the only one.

So, the next time you find yourself in a down mood, put on some sad music. It helps more than you think.