Growing up, there were certain songs that I had on repeat because they helped me feel seen. I wasn’t diagnosed with depression until my 20s, but looking back, I can see how song of the songs I was obsessed with went beyond the typical teenage feelings of being misunderstood — they spoke to something I couldn’t yet describe myself. Realizing this, I knew I couldn’t have been alone.
That’s why I asked my colleagues in the content and community team here at The Mighty for the songs that they were obsessed with in the 00s and beyond. I’ve included a few of my own, and you can find our matching Spotify playlist embedded at the end.
Without further ado, here are the songs we were obsessed with as millennials with undiagnosed depression. Were they on your playlist too?
1. “Crawling” by Linkin’ Park
“I can’t seem / To find myself again / My walls are closing in
(Without a sense of confidence, I’m convinced / That there’s just too much pressure to take)
I’ve felt this way before / So insecure.”
“If there’s a single album I was obsessed with as a lonely, depressed teenager, it was 2000’s debut “Hybrid Theory” from Linkin’ Park. It was one of those albums that introduced me to heavier music and started a lifelong love of rock genres. I could deeply relate to those themes of insecurity, bullying, abuse, and loneliness, even though I didn’t fully understand why until over a decade later. Also, I’d be remiss for neglecting to say: Rest In Peace, Chester Bennington. You are so deeply missed.” — Alexander Lockwood
2. “Last Resort” by Papa Roach
“’Cause I’m losing my sight, losing my mind / Wish somebody would tell me I’m fine /
I never realized I was spread too thin / ’Til it was too late, and I was empty within.”
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