10 Shawn Mendes songs for every mood

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Josiah VanDien

At just 22 years of age, Shawn Mendes has the power to make music listeners swoon, cry, and dance.

Since his first album, Handwritten (2015), Shawn Mendes strives to write songs from his heart that are meaningful to him and the people who listen. His talent has won him two American Music Awards and three GRAMMY nominations.

Whether you’re looking to put on some sad music and mope or dream about someone you love, there are endless Shawn Mendes songs for both emotions. Check out our list below for 10 Shawn Mendes songs for every mood.

Shawn Mendes songs for when you feel fearless: “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back”

Shawn Mendes’s “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back” from his album Illuminate is the perfect song to let loose to. The track is about a fictional female character he fell in love with when reading a script for a movie he was going to possibly star in. Although the film never came to be, it inspired Shawn Mendes to write a song about jumping headfirst, regardless of the consequences.

He even sings that the girl advises him to “just picture everybody naked” to shake off the fear. It’s a common phrase that’s said a lot when we get stage fright or worry about meeting new people, but we’re unsure who sticks to that advice.

Fans had to ask Shawn Mendes if he does picture people naked when performing in front of an audience. Laughing, he responded, “I don’t.”

With a spinning guitar interlude and Shawn screaming the vocals with a raspy tone, the song makes us want to get up from where we are and start running. We could just be running around our house or apartment, but Shawn brings out a fearless nature within us either way.

The song inspires us to live boldly.

Shawn Mendes songs for when you get your heart broken: “Stitches”

If you’ve ever experienced heartbreak, you know how painful it feels. Shawn Mendes encapsulates that physical and emotional ache with his song “Stitches.”

The 2015 track is the first major single on his debut album Handwritten, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the music video, Shawn Mendes is thrown around and beaten up in a parking garage by some invisible power. We come to find out that it’s his emotions that are physically and mentally hurting him.

The song is highly relatable to those who have been dealing with repatching their broken hearts.

Shawn Mendes songs for when you want to dance: “Senorita”

Shawn Mendes recorded this Latin pop duet with his girlfriend, Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello. This is the duo’s second collaboration, as their first song together was the 2015 hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

The single has won an American Music Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and was number one U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2019. With its Latin beat and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s smooth vocals, “Senorita” has a way of getting everyone up and grooving.

When the music video was released, there were rumors that the two were dating, even though they hadn’t confirmed it. Still, fans couldn’t get over the steaminess and electric chemistry between them.

We have to say, seeing those two on our computer screens broke the internet. We also can’t get over the 10-inch height difference between the two. While Shawn Mendes’s height is six feet two inches, Camila Cabello is five feet two inches. What an adorable pair.   

Shawn Mendes songs for when you feel hopeless: “In My Blood”

In the song “In My Blood,” Shawn Mendes addresses his anxiety to the public for the first time. The single comes off his third studio album.

With lyrics like, “it’s like the walls are caving in” and “no medicine is strong enough,” he sings about his firsthand experience with his mental health.

In an interview with People in 2019, Shawn spoke about the importance of being open about his anxiety.

“Talking about the problem, putting it out there, was one of the scariest but most important things I’ve ever done. Just doing that helped me the most. I still struggle with it but just remember every day that everyone deals with some level of anxiety or pressure; we’re all in it together.”

He’s right about that. Even when the world seems like it’s crashing down, there will always be people there for you. While Shawn Mendes struggles with depression and anxiety, according to his lyrics, when he “feels like giving up, he just can’t.”

Shawn Mendes songs for when you feel butterflies for a special someone: “Nervous”

Have you ever caught your breath the minute you locked eyes with someone? Well, even if you haven’t, Shawn Mendes describes the pure bliss and nerves that come with it in his song “Nervous.”

The single comes off his self-titled third studio album, Shawn Mendes. The steady guitar riff and the hit of the drums make the song sound almost like a heartbeat. It’s a heartbeat that starts beating twice as fast when you’ve met your “love at first sight.” He seems to repeat some verses out loud like he’s going back and forth between the present moment and what his mind is thinking.

As soon as Shawn Mendes sings about how he can “get a little self-conscious” when thinking about the subject of his affection, we know he’s in love. Who can blame him? We all get a little “nervous” around our crushes or people we’re attracted to.

It might be the fan-favorite song on the album.

When Shawn goes into his falsetto, some can’t help but feel jealous about the person he’s singing about. We also really need to know whose hands are caressing him in the music video.

This is essential information that needs to be investigated.

Shawn Mendes songs for when you’re driving with the windows down: “Wonder”

If there’s any song that captures the essence of a long drive with the windows down, Shawn Mendes’s “Wonder” is it. The lead single comes from his fourth album with the same name.

He adds beautiful harmonies to the power ballad, making us feel like we’ve transcended to another planet. It’s the best song for a time when you just want to stare out the window and pretend to be in a music video.

In the song, Shawn talks about the many questions about himself and the obstacles he faced. He even addresses toxic masculinity, singing, “I wonder, when I cry into my hands, I’m conditioned to feel like it makes me less of a man.”

A month after Shawn dropped the track, he worked with Netflix to release his documentary, Shawn Mendes: In Wonder. The film focused on his life on and off stage, his battle against depression and anxiety, and his relationship with Camila Cabello.

Many fans capture the feeling of watching the documentary for the first time.

A lot of tears were shed.

All we know is that we’re proud of Shawn and his vulnerability.

Shawn Mendes songs for when you’ve fallen in love: “Lover (Remix)”

This might be a Taylor Swift song, but the remix with Shawn Mendes is so heartwarming. The slow ballad, “Lover,” is from Taylor’s seventh album of the same name.

 

 

In 2015, Shawn Mendes joined Taylor Swift on the road as the opening act for her 2015 1989 World Tour. Hearing the two reunite on a song together was a great way to reminisce about their time touring together.

He adds his spin on the lyrics in the second verse, singing about lighting candles and dancing in the kitchen while singing love songs. When Shawn and Taylor sing together, magic happens. The words sound so dreamy as both singers promise their other halves the world and all of their love. It will probably be on the top of wedding playlists for many years to come.

He expressed his gratitude to Taylor Swift on Twitter for letting him get a chance to sing on the remix.

We love when talented pop stars collaborate!

Shawn Mendes songs for when you want to take an impromptu trip: “Lost In Japan”

Shawn Mendes persuades us to take an impulsive trip in his song “Lost in Japan.”

The track is the second single off his self-titled third album. While he begins with the touch of a delicate piano, Shawn jumps into a steady beat and groovy guitar line. As the song goes on, it makes us want to twist and shout along. German music producer Zedd added his beats to the funky melody with his own remix.

In the music video, Shawn Mendes locks eyes with Alisha Boe in a hotel room in Japan, and the rest is history. He even made nods to the Bill Murray film Lost in Translation, incorporating the silky green robe, white slippers, and zebra-striped hallways.

With the lyrics, “Let’s get lost tonight,” Shawn makes us want to get on a plane with him, no matter the destination. His sweet vocals also help persuade us to follow him.

Honestly, we feel the exact same way about Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes songs for when you want to be in a “Will They/Won’t They?” rom-com: “If I Can’t Have You.”

Whether you’re a Ross and Rachel fan on Friends or maybe crazy about Chuck and Blair in Gossip Girl, we all agree that the “Will They/Won’t They?” scenario creates many memorable moments.

In “If I Can’t Have You” from his self-titled album, Shawn Mendes brings those vibes as he keeps pining for his love.

The song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Before dropping “Senorita,” this track was his highest-charting single in both the U.S. and Canada.

Shawn Mendes goes on and on about how he can’t stop thinking about a person. Even though Shawn talks about moving on, he feels that he can’t if he’s still communicating with his ex. His head might tell him that the relationship isn’t meant to be, but his heart tells him differently.

He uses a stylistic choice in the music video as most shots are in black and white. While he’s imagining someone lying next to him, in reality, he’s alone. He sits at the piano to try to collect his thoughts, but he can’t shake the feeling of missing that particular person that’s no longer in his life.

When hearing his lyrics, we can’t help but relate to the situation. There are so many TV shows and movies that allude to his message too. Even though something has ended, is it really done?

Shawn Mendes songs for when you want to be serenaded: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (Frankie Valli Cover)

Shawn Mendes stripped down the Frankie Valli hit with his take on “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” In October 2020, he performed the classic song at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to gear up to release his most recent album, Wonder.

Shawn Mendes added a more laid-back jazzy approach to the track with his limitless piano skills, letting his talented vocals take the lead. Towards the end, though, his band joins in with pop spin mixed in. It wouldn’t be Shawn Mendes without him adding his own flair, and we love that about him.

Who’s the lucky lady he’s singing about? As we know, he’s been going strong with Camila Cabello, so all signs point to her. That doesn’t mean we can’t dream he’s serenading us, right? If you close your eyes and think hard enough, you can imagine Shawn singing just inches away from you. It’s an excellent addition to the beauty of the song.

It also brought back memories of that unforgettable Heath Ledger performance from 10 Things I Hate About You.

Shawn Mendes has such an extensive catalog of songs that not all of them could fit into this list. As long as he keeps making hits that speak to us, there will always be a perfect Shawn song for every mood.

Did your favorite Shawn Mendes song make the list? Let us know in the comments!

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