We asked supporters to share their favourite songs for a special World Encephalitis Day 2022 music playlist.

As always, you came up trumps and we have a lovely mix of songs, some of which mean something personal to you and your encephalitis journey, and others which are simply rip-roaring good tunes!

We hope you enjoy!



The first two songs of the playlist were chosen by Yvonne, who sums it up perfectly:

“When short-term memory is damaged, quite a few of us have found the lyrics of songs remain clear in our long term memories. Music stopped me from feeling I’d gone insane.”

Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads (“It’s exactly how crazy I felt when first I woke up from encephalitis”)

Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper (My family during my encephalitis recovery”)

Warrior – Hannah Kerr

Chosen by Tricia: “Warrior is my daughter’s hype song”

Rise Up – Andra Day

Chosen by Hayley and also Gemma

Knowing me, Knowing You – Abba

Chosen by Helen 

Heaven Can Wait – Sia, Labrinth, Diplo

Chosen by Angelique

Fight Song – Rachel Platten

Chosen by Katie

We are Family – Sister Sledge

Chosen by Dr Ava Easton, our Chief Executive

I’m Still Standing – Elton John

Chosen by Jackie

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Chosen by Natalie

Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush

Chosen by Graham

I Find it Hard - Hazy Janes

Chosen by Bron Bury, our Individual Giving Manager

Better Days – Dermot Kennedy

Chosen by Ammir

Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Chosen by Helen

She’s Lost Control – Joy Division

Chosen by Chris

The Chain – Fleetwood Mac

Chosen by Faye

New Year’s Day – U2

Chosen by Mairead

Stand by You – Rachel Platten

Chosen by Bernadette

World Shut Your Mouth – Julian Cope

Chosen by Karen: “especially good when you are frustrated!”

We Will Recover – Natasha Bedingfield

Chosen by Hazel: “Beautiful words”

Lucky Man – The Verve

Chosen by Darren: “It was the first song I heard when I left hospital after encephalitis and made me realise I really was lucky.”

Girl on Fire - Alecia Keys

Chosen by Hayleigh: "This was my fight song in hospital."

Smile by Nat King Cole

Chosen by Kym: "In memory of our Mum who was always smiling and laughing. She never lost her sense of humour after suffering the worst consequences of encephalitis."

Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley

Chosen by Jessica: "When my son was ill with encephalitis his favourite singer at the time was Elvis Presley and the nurses and I would play it for him when he was upset or couldn't settle to sleep, his favourite to listen to was Suspicious Minds, he'd want it playing on repeat."

Walking the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was)
Chosen by Sarah for her son, Nicholas.
Angels on my Side – Rick Astley

Chosen by Lucy

Berri – The Sunshine after the Rain

Chosen by Michelle

My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit

Chosen by Sasha

I am the Resurrection – The Stone Roses

Chosen by Nicole

Sail the Wildest Stretch – Powder Finger

Chosen by Chris

The Edge (Encephalitis) – Vickie Harkness

Chosen by Vickie

Memories – Maroon 5

Chosen by Emma-Jane: “I fell ill with encephalitis and missed my own wedding and lost a lot of my memory, so when we finally got married nine months later, this was our first dance song”

Memories – Barbara Streisand

Chosen by Terry

Move – TobyMac

Chosen by Shanna

Annie: Tommorow – Charles Strouse, Andrea McArdle, Peter Howard

Chosen by Lisa

Search for the Hero – M People

Chosen by Gina

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Chosen by Derek

Don’t Stop Believing – Glee Cast Version

Chosen by Douglas

Kendime Yeni Bir Ben Lazım - Sertap Erener

Chosen by Makbule: "Everytime I heard this song, I thought it was written for me. Because of my memory loss, it is very suitable."

The Lonesome Boatman - Finbar Furey

Chosen by Helen: "I remember listening to his songs while in hospital. He also sent me a special message when I was in hospital which I will cherish forever."

Glorious – Macklemore (feat Skylar Grey)

Chosen by Laura

You're Gonna be Okay - Jenn Johnson

Chosen by Stacey

This is Me – Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman ensemble

Chosen by Lorna

She Used to be Mine – Sara Bareilles

Chosen by Sarah: "These words for someone who has lost their memory due to encephalitis are just heart wrenching." 

18 Until I Die – Bryan Adams

Chosen by Nicky: “I was reborn and woke up from my coma on my 18th birthday and this has been my anthem ever since.”

I Wish it Would Rain – The Temptations

Chosen by James: "When I was recovering and still in hospital, I watched the film ‘Men of Honor’. I was potentially looking at losing my career in the army over encephalitis. Fortunately, I made a full recovery. However, I Wish it Would Rain’ from the montage of Carl Brashear’s recovery has stuck with me, and always gives me strength."

Bright Sadness - Jill Phillips 

Chosen by Gabe and Keely (Gabe played on this song and is on backing vocals)

Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi

Chosen by Ryan: "My dad has anti-DPPX antibody autoimmune encephalitis and we would always play Bon Jovi for him when he was in the hospital and during recovery."


Wake Me Up - Aliki

Chosen by Michelle: "When Aliki sang it on The X-Factor, I just cried and cried."