I’m a sad songs junky. I think it has something to do with never having personally experienced epic love and heartbreak, but instead just a regular life of the stresses and sadness that don’t get songs. Shitty things are so easy to romanticize if you haven’t gone through them, after all. Other peoples’ (ideally, fictional peoples’) tragedies become fun to wallow in because you can leave.
So for somebody else’s sometimes melodramatic sadness, please enjoy a few of my favorites.
Tegan & Sara, 100x
I will fight you about Tegan & Sara and how great they are.
Christina Perri, A Thousand Years
I know this was played at Bella and Edward’s wedding, I don’t even care.
Lana del Rey, Dark Paradise
Honestly most of her songs creep me out and this one does too but I suspect that’s the point. Video Games is also a sad song but more for a “girl no come away from there” reason, so it didn’t make the list.
Death Cab for Cutie, I Will Follow You Into the Dark
I’m not sorry. I could listen to this on repeat in high school. Look, Evanescence isn’t on this list, that’s all the slack I can cut you.
MAGICI, Rude (as covered by Kina Grannis)
Only listen to the Kina Grannis cover of this song. Hers is sweet and sad and the best version. Kina Grannis is overall a great source of sad songs, whether she means to be or not. Sorry Kina.
Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars, Safe & Sound
As inspired by the book series that made me cry on public transit.
Any favorite sad songs to share? (NOTHING ABOUT DOGS.) Drop them in the comments!