This was my bible during my first year as a professional music therapist. Throughout the nine months prior that I spent in internship, I compiled songs that I thought might come in handy (or already had) for music therapy sessions. I’m so glad I took the time to do that way back when, because here I am, four years later…still referring back to it and adding new songs as I go.
Of course, not every song is relevant anymore, especially now that I write most of my own material. But every single song on my recent list of 12 Songs Every Music Therapist Should Know can be found in this giant binder, as are many of the songs I’m about to add to that list.
I received several requests for my FULL list of essential songs, and since I aim to please, here goes! Note: I am not elaborating on each one as I did in my original list, because if I did, you’d still be reading this tomorrow…
“A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing” (Schoolhouse Rock)
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (The Beatles)
“The Rainbow Connection” (Kermit the Frog)
“The Raindrop Song”
“River of Dreams” (Billy Joel)
“Seasons of Love” (Rent)
“Shake Your Sillies Out”
“Side by Side”
“Someone to Watch Over Me”
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
“Stand By Me” (Ben E. King)
“Sunrise, Sunset” (Fiddler on the Roof)
“Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay!”
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
“This Little Light of Mine”
“Three is a Magic Number” (Schoolhouse Rock)
“Three Little Birds” (Bob Marley)
“The Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)” (Greenday)
“Top of the World” (The Carpenters)
“Twist and Shout” (The Beatles)
“Under the Boardwalk” (The Drifters)
“When You Wish Upon a Star” (Pinocchio)
“Wide Open Spaces” (Dixie Chicks)
“You Are My Sunshine”
“You Gotta Be” (Des’ree)
“You Raise Me Up” (Josh Groban)
“Your Smiling Face” (James Taylor)
“You’ve Got a Friend” (James Taylor)
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Randy Newman)
Notice the nice little scroll box? Right around song #35, I decided it was mandatory. Hopefully I’ve given you some new ideas for songs to add to your own repertoire…and like my last “essential” songs post, I want to know: which tunes am I still missing?
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