Most of you may know it’s World Mental Health Awareness Day. During these times, it’s more important than ever to speak about our mental health and be honest with how things are. Big or small, each struggle and fight is important.
To honour this day, a playlist of songs has been placed together. There are songs by or in tribute to musicians who died by suicide, depict what it’s like to live with ill mental health and lift your spirits during a period of ill mental health. Some of the songs were those picked by Rock Out Stand Out readers for Lotty’s podcast in honour of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The podcast link can be found here.
The songs by artists who died by suicide include Chester Bennington (LINKIN’ PARK), Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA), Jill Janus (HUNTRESS), Keith Flint (THE PRODIGY) and Chris Cornell. There is also a vocal tribute to AVICII from THE LOUNGE KITTENS.
Songs depicting mental illness come from AD INFINITUM, LORD OF THE LOST, CONTROL THE STORM, HEIDEVOLK, John Mayer and MASSIVE WAGONS. Uplifting tones come from SHINEDOWN, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE, BROTHERS OF METAL, EDGUY, HULKOFF and FREEDOM CALL.
There are two singles for charity on the list. Proceeds from BLACK SHEETS OF RAIN’s song Weight Of Shadows go to the charity Ian’s Chain and THE PARASITIC TWINS’ cover of Spaceman go towards CALM.
Hope this list provides you with what you need. Take care of yourselves and remember it’s OK not to be OK.
Rock Out Stand Out Playlist: World Mental Health Day 2021
Black Sheets Of Rain – Weight Of Shadows
John Mayer – Gravity
Ad Infinitum – Maleficent
The Parasitic Twins – Spaceman
The Lounge Kittens – Medley: A Vocal Tribute To Avicii
Shinedown – Get Up
Control The Storm – Chaotic Mind
Kissin’ Dynamite – You’re Not Alone
Brothers Of Metal – One
Massive Wagons – House Of Noise
Lord Of The Lost – A Splintered Mind
Hulkoff feat. Jocke Broden – Ibor & Aio
The Prodigy – Firestarter
Edguy – Fucking With Fire
Heidevolk – A Wolf In My Heart
Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Huntress – Eight Of Swords
Linkin’ Park – One More Light
Freedom Call – Warriors