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Mercury Retrograde. Two words which strike fear into even the most level-headed people… and an excuse that many of us (cough, not me) use when we forget to send that email, or to ease your guilt when you send that call to voicemail.
But the struggle is real! Mercury, ruler of all things communication, not only throws us into a spin in terms of the odd email going awry, it also sets the scene for some of the year’s most undesirable situations.
But in a time of short temperedness, rollercoaster mood swings and communication breakdowns, how do you survive?
With a good, ol’ singalong, that’s how! Here’s 10 songs you need to add to your playlist, one for each of Mercury Retrograde’s favorite hurdles.
1. The “No I Didn’t Receive Your Email” Rage Release Song
Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name Of
Technology ruining your life right now? That important email you were waiting for went to junk. You lost the presentation you were due to give in an hour. Or you hit “Reply All” when you absolutely shouldn’t have. Here’s the perfect song to unleash your frustrations on the machines which rule our lives!
2. The “Are We Even In The Same Conversation?” Miscommunication Frustration Song
Linkin Park – Talking To Myself
Honestly, are they even listening to the words that are coming out of your mouth? Don’t get mad, sing it out… “Tell me what I gotta do, there’s no getting through to yooooou!”
3. The “I’m sure that meeting was tomorrow!” Memory Mending Song
Brad Paisley – Remind Me ft. Carrie Underwood
More forgetful than usual? Yeah thanks, Mercury! You should perhaps have this song on repeat during Mercury Retrograde as a constant reminder not to forget.
4. The “Oh, so you weren’t flirting with me?” Intuition Reset Song
Chris Stapleton – I Was Wrong
There’s nothing worse than foggy intuition, and it’s usually a source of embarrassment when you are wrong. **Hands up if you’ve ever been so sure about something, and made a fool of yourself?!** Well, you just gotta own it, baby!
5. The “No Susan, I couldn’t afford to spend $1,000 on bed sheets” Buyer’s Remorse Pick-Me-Up Song
Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
When Mercury forces you to spend your last few dollars on something you really want, but definitely don’t need…and absolutely can’t afford… there’s no better way to get over it than to feel the collective broke-ness of the nation! Belt this one out with your fellow impulse purchasers and know you’re all waiting for payday together!
6. The “I love sitting in the airport for 8 hours” while-you-wait Song
Jack Johnson – Sitting Waiting Wishing
Delays, missed connections and travel chaos. When Mercury Retrograde’s trademark manifestations come across your path, just chill with Jack Johnson, he makes waiting sound like a gift!
7. The “You Look Tired” Nighttime Relaxation Song
Faithless – Insomnia
Ok, this one is less to help you get to sleep and more to reassure you that the delirium you’re experiencing is all good…since you’re in the same boat as countless other insomniacs at the mercy of merciless Mercury.
8. The “I hated this job anyway” it’s-ok-that-you-don’t-know-where-your-next-paycheck-is-coming-from Song
Queen – I Want To Break Free
You got fired? It’s a good thing, you hated that job anyway and you’ll find another, more amazing job in no time. Now, go forth and play this song at full volume and pretend you left of your own accord!
9. The “We were on a break” Post-Fight Song
U2 – With Or Without You
One for the “Friends” fans out there. If this song was good enough for Ross and Rachel during their ‘we’re on a break’ miscommunication it’s good enough for you! Actually, I think this was technically playing when they were breaking up, but they got back together in the end, right!? Either way….good luck!
10. The “So, you didn’t back it up?” don’t-take-it-out-on-the-IT-department Song
The Prodigy – Breathe
Yup, we’ve all encountered the sarcasm of the self-righteous IT department. And when they’ve pushed your buttons one too many times -after a snarky comment following the 25th time you’ve asked for help during this Retrograde – just breathe. But in an intense, not-at-all-calm, Prodigy kinda way!