Top 10 unusual songs you need to listen to destress

By Sowmya Shetty

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 06:00 PM

On a cloudy Monday morning the gods decided to get on my nerves early in the day. A sluggish, indolent bank karmachari determined to stall my plans was the impeding factor of my happiness on an otherwise hopeful day.

And having no effective channel for expressing my suppressed, rebellious feelings made my Monday blues manifest in varied new forms! (Apologies to my friends, colleagues and family)

Well, what I did then was put on my headphones and take some time out to listen to few of my favorite angst themed songs and screamed along with those wonderful musicians to let out my pent up emotions. Bands like System of a Down, Korn and Limp Bizkit were high on my playlist in this regard as their songs resonated the frustration I felt with the system. They helped me de-stress, cool-off and get back my composure.

There is lot of science and research out there on the internet and in books which prove how music affects our mood and emotions but I wonb t be going down that path today because almost everyone on some level knows it to be true.
So what Ib m planning to do today is share the music I like to listen to while relaxing on a commute to office and back on the frustrating roads and by-lanes of my beloved city Mumbai.

Here is a list of my top 10 go to songs to listen while commuting.

1. Husna, Piyush Mishra (Coke Studio)

The haunting letter by a lover in India to his beloved in Pakistan brings time to a standstill, moves images of love lost in front of your eyes like carousal. The brilliant music by Hitesh Sonik brings alive the b roohb  of how undivided India would have been, Pakistan would have had celebrated festivals similar to India. It brings in perspective how the b aam aadmib  on both the sides goes through similar travails, longings and celebrations. This song is for the soulful, retrospective days.

2. Young and Wild and Free, Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg ft. Bruno Mars

This rap number from Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg might raise couple of eyebrows for the vices they promote but it lets you to freely flow just like howb em rappers roll out their words. It is a good listen after those dreadful Monday blues. Itb s simply about living your life on your terms without a care of what the world has to say cuz web re young and wild and free!

3. Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe, Mohd. Rafi (Film: Kanyadaan)

You wonb t ever get tired of listening to a Mohd. Rafi song even for the gazzillionth time! This song in particular is so melodious and full of charming flattery for the ladies. Bring back the days and tales of eternal romance & sweet, shy love with this number.

4. Ib m An Albatraoz, Aron Chupa

The nimble piano notes, rhythmic & pulsating house beats of this song along with the weird yet catchy lyrics makes for one upbeat music to listen to while carpooling with friends on a Friday after office. TGIF !

5. Tu Kisi Rail Si, Indian Ocean and Swanand Kirkire (Film: Masaan)

Masaan is a brilliant movie and its songs teeming with profundity. They glimmer with lights and shadows of an earthy, real life. The music is pulsating and touches you in the most obscure corners of your core. This is a must listen while traveling through the rain speckled roads of Mumbai this monsoon.

6. Such Great Heights, Iron and Wine

Sam Beamb s gentle, comforting voice mixed with the melodious notes has the capability of leaving us all feeling warm, fuzzy and cocooned with love. Almost all songs by Iron & Wine are recommended for those days of quite, self-observing rides, gazing out at the Mumbai landscape, seeing and feeling different levels of emotions. Valid for the entire week on those introspective, sweet moments.

7. Kun Faya Kun, Mohit Chauhan, Javed Ali & A. R. Rahman (Film: Rockstar)

A personal favorite, this song might help you keep your calm in those gigantic traffic jams and maintain your chi. The lyrics are so symbolically pure and spiritual in nature that you cannot help but turn inwards and sing with Rahman Sir.

8. Livinb  On A Prayer, Bon Jovi

It doesnb t matter which generation you are from we have all gyrated to this iconic song of Bon Jovi from the 80s. This song leaves us full of hope that we can make it even through tough times, the vigor in music is enthusing and the lyrics relatable. It is an added point that the chorus is a good sing-a-along. Recommended for the days of optimism and hopefulness.

9. Perfect, Pink

When you want to appreciate anybody, be it your loved one or yourself this should be your go-to song. In a society where we are bombarded with so many typecasts and idealistic specifications Pinkb s song b Perfectb  reminds us to be proud of who we are and be comfortable in our own skin, b Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel; Like you're nothing, you're f*@%ing perfect to me.b 

10. Let Her Go, Passenger

For those days of indulgent throwbacks, looking at the nooks and corners of different by-lanes that you travel by and reminiscing of the days gone by. The poetic lyrics by Passenger donb t fail to move you.

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