The 6 Stages of Dealing with Change
Track 1: "Carry On" - Fun
Good for: Grieving a loss, letting someone go, skipping town
A bittersweet ballad extolling the virtues of leaving your pain behind—or as singer Nate Ruess piercingly wails, "May your past be the sound / Of your feet upon the ground."
Track 2: "Hold On" - Alabama Shakes
Good for: Getting fired, dumped or otherwise kicked around
Bighearted and triumphant, this song is as motivational as they come. What's more rousing than a gravelly wise woman bellowing, "Come on, girl, you got to get back up?"
Track 3: "Do You Realize??" - The Flaming Lips
Good for: Existential malaise, crises of faith
When singer Wayne Coyne croons in this soaring, strings-laden number "the sun doesn't go down / It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round," you can't help but believe—and appreciate—every last word.
Track 4: "Float On" - Modest Mouse
Good for: Troubles so absurd that all you can do is laugh
Life is unpredictable—but also hilarious. "I backed my car into a cop car the other day," this jaunty song begins. And later: "We both got fired on exactly the same day." But oh, that warm refrain: "And we'll all float on..."
Track 5: "Follow the Sun" - Xavier Rudd
Good for: Loneliness, loss, pessimists looking to reform
This Australian singer-songwriter's spare, bouncing ode to keeping your sorrow in perspective ("Many moons have risen and fallen long, long before you came") is both lovely and reassuring.
Track 6: "My Silver Lining" - First Aid Kit
Good for: Curative road trips, steeling yourself for the next phase
Honey-voiced sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg encourage us to live without compromise ("Be it for reason, be it for love / I won't take the easy road")—advice as disarming as it is inspiring.