Friday Playlist: Bright Lights for Dark Days

Songs to help you get through tough times.

Sometimes the difference between a good day and a bad day can be as simple as the music you listen to. May this playlist be a tiny light to help you find your way even during the gloomiest days. Aiya Eärendil Elenion Ancalima! Lumos! That kind of thing!

Illustration by Minna

Illustration by Minna


  • maiag September 13th, 2013 11:06 PM

    thank you so much for this. I’m actually crying I don’t know why but this website always helps me and always seems to understand how im feeling and i really appreciate it <3

  • TessAnnesley September 13th, 2013 11:32 PM

    oh my GOODNESS florence does not get enough love on rookie playlists (in my florence-obsessed opinion) and i’m so happy to see shake it out…
    i’m serious, that song single-handedly got me through last year, which included all the stress of final-year-schooling on top of severe depression that resulted in six suicide attempts.
    that’s a pretty heavy thing to admit here (sorry) but i guess i just want people to know of the power of that song. or any song you like. i hope all of you guys have one of those that fills you with joy <3

    • Alice123 September 14th, 2013 3:28 AM

      Yes! Florence is the best! <3 So sorry about your depression, but so happy you could find such power in Shake it out. I feel the same way about it, it's so incredibly simle at some points, whilst also being kick-ass at others, and then the lyrics! Swoon. Hope things are seeming at least slightly better, rooting for you! Also, more florence on Rookie plz

  • -anna- September 13th, 2013 11:50 PM

    ahhh perf playlist!


  • jaymee September 14th, 2013 12:35 AM

    This is amazing. Is it unhealthy that I closed my eyes the whole time and imagined this was the soundtrack to some medieval horseback charge lit by torches that would lead to a life or death battle? (slightly)

  • maddie123 September 14th, 2013 1:05 AM

    THIS IS AMAZING! i’m so excited that you included Obvious Bicycle!! that song has gotten me through so many hard times just by sulking and crying and singing along to it. i’m pretty sure there should be a fandom comprised entirely of that song because i would so join it.

  • FlaG September 14th, 2013 6:46 AM

    I’m going to be the weird one and say I am way too pleased about seeing ‘Gotta Get Thru This’ on this playlist! I remember when it came out and just being so buoyed by the melody. Good add ;)

  • Sophie ❤ September 14th, 2013 6:47 AM

    The best playlist EVER!

  • Zoe September 14th, 2013 7:02 AM

    You guys should actually do an interview or something with her, because she’s totally awesome and incredibly talented and only, like, 16 or something and totally making it as an independent artist, especially here in Australia, where everyone ADORES her.

  • pizzaface September 14th, 2013 7:11 AM

    the fawkes the phoenix song made me feel so happy haha :3

    • Jules September 24th, 2013 7:58 PM

      Haha! I know! I immediately recognized it from The Chamber of Secrets of Secrets and freaked out for a moment.

  • amescs September 14th, 2013 8:08 AM

    rookie do you read my mind? this is just what i needed right now. THANKS FOR ANOTHER PERFECT PLAYLIST <3

  • MaddieMae September 14th, 2013 8:57 AM

    Oh my gosh, I love Lorde. I’ve been obsessing over the Love Club for about a week now :)

  • spudzine September 14th, 2013 3:43 PM

    OKAY GUYS THIS IS SOME GOOD MUSIC RIGHT HERE. Also, thank you Rookie for making this playlist with that specific title, it’s much needed for a high school student such as myself.

  • ehebehrttnr September 14th, 2013 4:21 PM

    I thought I was the only person on earth who had heard everything will be alright. I got it off this mix cd from this lady that we bought a guitar off of, and it got me through my first year of highschool

  • elliecp September 14th, 2013 6:05 PM

    love this. also, I love your handwriting.

  • GabbyCat September 14th, 2013 8:38 PM

    Bravado is my number one back-to-school survival song it is the absolute best. Perfect playlist.

  • myl5597 September 14th, 2013 11:24 PM

    Thank you so much for this. Music has always made me feel better about my life because it uncovers in a few minutes the truths and emotions that full novels can’t even convey. This playlist made my day :)

  • speakthroughvision September 15th, 2013 1:08 PM

    Ugh putting John Williams in there was beyond brilliant. What a beautiful and warm playlist!

  • speakthroughvision September 15th, 2013 1:16 PM

    Be above it reminds me of March when I went to see Tame Impala and I swear that was one of the best nights of my life.
    gotta be above it
    gotta be above it
    gotta be above it

  • ellestolemyname September 15th, 2013 5:10 PM

    eurgh Obvious Bicycle and Dear Prudence and Shake it Out and BASICALLY THIS PLAYLIST ROCKS.

  • Graciexx September 16th, 2013 9:10 AM

    soooo perfect! <3

  • inesc September 16th, 2013 1:05 PM

    this is FLAWLESS. enough said.

  • Haleyhaley2w September 16th, 2013 4:24 PM

    I LOVE this playlist! it’s one of my new favorites from the site! and I know I’ll be coming back to it a lot to help me get through certain things!! thanks so much rookie!

    (P.S is anyone from Rhode Island?)

  • rahima September 17th, 2013 4:46 AM

    shake it out is the soundtrack of my life. so glad to see it on the playlist :D

  • Monroe September 27th, 2013 4:05 PM

    Can you submit a playlist? And if so, how?

  • randomthingswithnia October 21st, 2013 4:39 PM

    i made the playlist on YouTube!