The Best Sad Songs

The Best Sad Songs

Sad songs are, well, sad. They are often the result of great tragedies or incomprehensibly shitty situations. That said, they are often necessary. They can be a great comfort in times of one’s own sadness, and they often act as the ultimate catalyst for good ol’ catharsis.

In honour of the encroaching winter I have put together a list of these amazing, melancholy-ridden tracks. So grab some tissues and lose yourself in these amazing testaments to the fact that it’s very human to feel beat sometimes. We’re not robots, and it’s ok to shed a tear every once in a while.

*I’ve added links and snippets of what I believe are the hardest hitting lyrics. There is no particular order here. And yes, I know I’ve missed some: comment away!

 

Hurt – Trent Reznor (he Johnny Cash cover in particular) (‘And you can have it all, my empire of dirt’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt1Pwfnh5pc

 

I Will Follow You into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie (‘Love of mine, someday you will die…’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDHY1D0tKRA

 

Here Comes a Regular – The Replacements (‘Everyone wants to be special here’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s7a-gFX5xM

 

Something in the Way – Nirvana (‘Hmmmmm’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDyvClUsCJU

 

Opium – Marcy Playground (‘I’m all right, I’m just gagging on all the all right’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV7tGeza8Xo

 

If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly (‘If I ever leave this world alive, I’ll come back down and sit beside your feet tonight’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVPTu4l6OnE

 

Wolves in the Garden – The Deadly Syndrome (‘I know I could have saved us, but we’d have never known this day. If this is where we had to go, well then I’m glad we went this way’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsfiCi_qWfY

 

Talk Tonight – Oasis (‘I’ll never say that I won’t ever make you cry, and this I’ll say I don’t know why: I know I’m leavin’, but I’ll be back another day’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycaocta_OCw

 

High and Dry – Radiohead (‘It’s the best thing that you ever had, the best thing you ever had has gone away’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qFfFVSerQo

 

Gold Day – Sparklehorse (‘Keep all your crows away, hold skinny wolves at bay’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrFrcF6xd4I

 

Lazarus – Porcupine Tree (‘Follow me down to the valley below…’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTjc1sPktlY

 

40 Mark Strasse – The Shins (‘You play, in the street at night. You blow, like a broken kite…’)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+shins+40+mark+strasse

 

For Real – Okkervil River (‘I really miss what really did exist, when I held your throat so tight’) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kBWufLX0vU

 

Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (‘We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXdNnw99-Ic

 

Skinny Love – Bon Iver (The whole damn song)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssdgFoHLwnk

 

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