Sad Music For Happy People

I love all sorts of music, but there’s something SO GOOD about a heart-wrenching, goose-bump inducing tearjerker. That said, I’m not really one to listen to sad music when I’m bummed out – I typically prefer to listen to really sad music when I’m happy. Why is that? Maybe because when you’re generally happy, life feels a bit…dull, but in a great way? Kind of like something’s missing, but you definitely don’t want that something. But listening to a really sad, soul-crushing song can make you really feel alive for a minute, even if you don’t necessarily relate right in the moment – it’s kind of like, proof you can still feel pain like a tortured artist even if you’re a grinning goofball in reality.


Here are some of my all-time favorite sad bastard songs:

  • Talking In Code ~ Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s (GOD this song is good – best breakup song of all time, in my book)
  • The Gold ~ Manchester Orchestra
  • Simple Math ~ Manchester Orchestra
  • Lightness ~ Death Cab For Cutie
  • Transatlanticism ~ Death Cab For Cutie 
  • I Don’t Want Love ~ The Antlers
  • A Lack of Color ~ Death Cab For Cutie (this song actually isn’t really sad, but it has that sad feeling – also, Death Cab is clutch for this type of music, clearly)
  • Should You Return ~ Copeland (if you want to get REAL sappy)
  • Colorblind ~ Counting Crows (also great for your, ahem, sexy time playlist…which, oddly enough, is the case with several of these songs – all that raw emotion, man.)
  • Black And Blue ~ Counting Crows
  • Dizzy ~ Jimmy Eat World
  • 23 ~ Jimmy Eat World (This was actually our wedding song, HA!)
  • The Big Fight ~ Stars
  • Not Your Lover ~ Blitzen Trapper
  • Discoloration ~ Dawn Golden
  • Cold Fame ~ Band Of Skulls
  • That Western Skyline ~ Dawes
  • Curs in the Weeds ~ Horse Feathers
  • Darlin’ ~ Houdmouth
  • My Baby Don’t Understand Me ~ Natalie Press
  • NYC ~ Interpol
  • Leif Erikson ~ Interpol
  • I Can’t Make You Love Me ~ Bonnie Raitt (The classic!)
  • The Background ~ Third Eye Blind (Your classic dead lover cancer song)
  • Casimir Pulaski Day ~ Sufjan Stevens (another cancer song for good measure)
  • Demons ~ Guster

Another option is to just listen to straight Radiohead – pretty much any Radiohead will do, but In Rainbows is a good album choice for the real soul-crushing stuff.

Happy weeping!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s