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The Domestic Violence Survivors Playlist: Take 2

Songs for survival, strength and, of course, singing in the shower

The Domestic Violence Survivors Playlist: Take 2

In our first Survivor’s Playlist, we compiled a bevy of songs, with your help, to uplift, inspire, console and sometimes let you scream your rage out (that’s important, too). Music has long held that unique ability to touch a certain part of our psyche, the part that helps us tap into strong emotions, an especially important aspect for survivors of domestic violence who’ve long-felt their emotions stifled by a controlling abuser. And for those who can’t tap into those emotions on their own, there are also music therapists who can help.

Research has shown music can help to alleviate the symptoms of depression, sometimes going so far as to end destructive thoughts of suicide. As cheesy as it may sound, music provides the soundtrack to our life experiences, expressing our feelings in a way we may not be able to on our own.

As such, we asked survivors what songs are resonating with them right now—current or past hits—and compiled a new playlist for your listening pleasure, starting with the Dixie Chicks newest release, aptly name “Gaslighter.” Released in May, it’s no wonder this one has become a theme song for survivors. “Tried to say I'm crazy, babe, we know I'm not crazy, that's you. Gaslighting, you're a li-li-li-liar ... oh, honey, that's you.” Read more about gaslighting here and head over to YouTube to watch Licensed Clinical Psychologist Ramani Durvasula’s take on the song, “Gaslighter.”

Gaslighter,” Dixie Chicks

Because of You,” Kelly Clarkson

Better Man,” Little Big Town

Black Eyes, Blue Tears,” Shania Twain

Brand New Me,” Alicia Keys

Burn the Ships,” For King and Country

Caribbean Blue,” Enya

Control,” Janet Jackson

Fighter,” Christina Aguilera

Free Bird,” Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hallelujah,” Allison Crowe

Hit the Ground,” Lizz Wright

Hurts 2B Human,” P!nk feat. Khalid

 “I Am Here,” P!nk

I’m Still Standing,” Elton John

I Don’t Wanna Fight,” Tina Turner

Lay Your Head on My Shoulder,” John Legend

Learn to Let Go,” Kesha

Masterpiece,” Pistol Annies

My Give a Damn’s Busted,” Jo Dee Messina 

Not Ready to Make Nice,” Dixie Chicks

Oceans,” Hillsong United

Over It,” Katherine McPhee

Over You,” Daughtry

Positive Role Model,” Pet Shop Boys

Praying,” Kesha

Rise,” Skillet

Roar,” Katy Perry

Sailing,” Christopher Cross

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Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele

Shining,” DJ Khaled, Feat. Beyoncé and Jay-Z 

Sober,” P!nk

Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood

Sound of Madness,” Shinedown

So What,” P!nk

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again,” Danny Gokey

The First Cut is the Deepest,” Sheryl Crow

Try,” P!nk

The Sun is Rising,” Britt Nicole

 “Til It Happens to You,” Lady Gaga

Titanium,” David Guetta

Unbreakable,” Jamie Scott

Warrior,” Demi Lovato

You Learn,” Alanis Morissette

You Say,” Lauren Daigle

Face Down,” The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

A Ready-to-Go Playlist

We’ve made all the songs from above into a free playlist on Spotify! Click and enjoy. 

Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash.