Music is a universal medicine for the soul. Now, as so many people are facing adversity and looking for change, it’s time to choose hope and use every tool at our disposal—including music—to increase feelings of positivity, resilience, and love. Let’s remember that kindness and appreciation are the surest paths to our own treasures of the heart.

I chose these songs to lift you up and help you feel more joyful in everyday life, through good times and bad, happy or sad. Each song on this playlist means something to me. Like Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” which is not only a much-needed song of unity by an artist whose gospel roots hark back to my church-choir days, but also because I made that song my own on my breakthrough solo album, Private Dancer. I hope you enjoy this eclectic mix of genres, which includes a couple of tracks from my co-authors, Regula Curti and Taro Gold.