Here it is, the Hospital Playlist Top 10 that I mentioned when complaining about the insufficiency of Christian music several posts back. I’ll post another list exclusively of “Christian” songs that deserve recognition since not many can edge out the ‘not-specifically-Christian’ competitors below. This isn’t a collection of my favorite songs; typically I listen to lighter songs with guitar and thoughtful lyrics. But this doesn’t do for hospital stays. Something about the mood, beat or lyrics of this assorted list meshes well with the hospital life:
In no particular order:
The Show Goes On- Lupe Fiasco
What I like about it: Determination, overcoming hardship. The hospital stay inspires reflection on your life as a whole, so I identify with these themes not just in light of June’s health but in light of the rocky parts of my history as well.
Lyrics Highlight: Anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on
Along These Same Lines: Lighters- Bad Meets Evil feat Bruno Mars
Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men
What I Like About It: I like the folksy trend seeping into the pop music scene in this band and ones like Mumford and Sons. I love to hear the variety of instruments used to create a multilayered sound and rhythm.
Lyrics Highlight: Although the truth may vary,
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore
Along These Same Lines: All Right- Fun
Remind Me Who I Am- Jason Gray
What I Like About It: I love Jason Gray. My favorite song of his is actually “Without Running Away,” and it will be featured on the upcoming Christian list. But that song doesn’t speak specifically to my hospital stay self. This one is a good, simple refocusing song for when my focus is all over the place during the hospital chaos.
Lyrics Highlight:In the loneliest places,
When I can’t remember what grace is.
Tell me once again who I am to You,
Who I am to You.
Along These Same Lines: 10,0000 Reasons- Matt Redmon
21 Guns- Green Day
What I Like About It: Emotion on a grand scale; something about how it’s composed makes it sound epic, like listening to a weighty piece of literature in a 3 minute song format. A few songs I’ve highlighted here, including this one, have been called “rock ballads;” maybe that’s the name for what I’m trying to describe.
Lyrics Highlight: One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
Along These Same Lines: Sail- AWOLNATION
Thrift Shop- Macklemore
What I Like About It: I love Macklemore. He’s talented musically, he takes on daring topics counter to his own genre’s culture, and he openly shares his journey toward sobriety. And often his songs are equal parts juvenile, unique and entertaining.
Lyrics Highlight: They be like, “Oh, that Gucci – that’s hella tight.”
I’m like, “Yo – that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt.”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just some ignorant shit
I call that getting swindled and pimped
I call that getting tricked by a business
That shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Along These Same Lines: Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore
Southern Hospitality (“Cadillac Grills”)- Ludacris
What I Like About It: Unapologetic grandiosity, aggression. This is one of my favorite songs for hospital stays, and I do realize that blasting these misogynistic lyrics and explicit sex and drug references from my oversized mommy-Prius with a Citizen’s Police Academy license plate frame on the back creates quite a spectacle. But having a child in the ICU turns you into a walking adrenaline gland. Your senses stay heightened, whether you’re at the bedside or in line at McDonalds. You are in protection mode and can deftly handle any crisis, anytime. You’re also aware of often being underestimated, and you’re quick to sense others’ attempts to dismiss, overlook, or neglect you or your child. Your “JUST TRY ME” stare is always close at hand. You’ll throw some ‘bows if need be.
Lyrics Highlight: Throw them ‘bows
Liquor Store Blues- Bruno Mars
What I Like About It: The bluesy feel contrasted with the faster-than-blues pace and rhythym of the lyrics.
Lyrics Highlight: Standing at this liquor store
Whiskey comin through my pores
Feelin like I run this whole block
Along These Same Lines (marginally?): One Song Glory- Rent Soundtrack
Let Her Go- Passenger
What I Like About It: This is the only slow song that makes the cut here, but the lyrics are beautiful and reflective without being sappy or sad. It goes with a certain emotionally charged, pensive mood that the hospital brings about. See their other song linked below for the polar opposite- a light hearted, somewhat crude pub song.
Lyrics Highlight:You only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Along These Same Lines: I Hate- Passenger
Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
What I Like About It: I know this is overplayed, but I haven’t gotten tired of it. I like the message, and I’m impressed with her seeming authenticity as an artist. This is also one of my favorite songs to watch as a sign language interpretation.
Lyrics Highlight: It’s like I’ve got this music in my mind
Sayin it’s gonna be alright
Along These Same Lines: All About That Bass- Meghan Trainor
Cruise- Florida Georgia Line
What I Like About It: It’s a “country crossover” song so it has a unique sound. It’s mostly about driving, something I love and I’m usually doing when I listen to music so it’s an enjoyable commute soundtrack.
Lyrics Highlight: In this brand new Chevy with a lift kit
Would look a helluva lot better with you up in it
[I had to ask a true country person- an Aggie 😉 – what this lyric was because it sounded like lift kick to me, so I always laugh at myself here]
Along These Same Lines: California 37- Train