We've all been there. Some days are meant for staying in a sad mood, and the best way to wallow in it is with a good playlist, right? For better or worse, has delivered songs worthy of a good melancholy , rainy day.
“Chelsea Hotel #2,” Leonard Cohen
We all have our go-to sad songs, like security blankets for those all-too-common times of need. So grab a pint of your favorite ice cream and your best pair of headphones and queue up our playlist for your pain. We kept it to one song per artist, though several had multiple nominations. Song by song, line by line, he speaks directly to her and into her absence. The results are as engrossing as they are emotionally devastating. How often you want to do that will depend on how comfortable you are staring into the face of real death. Sharon Van Etten took her affinity for sad songs to a new level on her album Are We There , an anguished collection as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking.
Pop is no longer what it used to be. As time has passed, the genre has moved with it, subbing squeaky clean, over-produced tracks for more realistic, modern takes. Instead, Billie Eilish stays steady for all three minutes, her ethereal vocals led by nearly nothing aside from her own layered vocals, resulting in an especially chilling cut. Everyone copes with loss differently. And while its surface-level sound is forgiving, Cuco and Clairo make it clear that whatever they had is decidedly over. Pair that with the unadulterated talent of Khalid, and the track ascends to otherworldly heart-hitting proportions. Bazaar Bride. United States. Type keyword s to search.
If the music we listen to is any indication, then breaking up, feeling down about it and hopefully finding the courage to move on are some of the most common shared human experiences. As centuries of forlorn singletons have learned and generations of songwriters have mastered, one of the best cures for heartbreak is the balm of music that speaks to our souls — or maybe helps us rationalize away the tears. Vincent , Lorde , Kesha and P! Below, TIME has pulled together a list of some of the most popular breakup songs on those Spotify playlists, as well as some under-the-radar favorites that might just come in handy when dealing with a broken heart. Some heartbreak is predicated on just a few powerful moments. As it turns out, Rihanna can turn on the tears just as well as she can pump up the party. Let his subtle guitar and rolling voice take you away. It was a song that ruled airwaves — and, in its simplicity of construction and catchiness of refrain, remains timeless. This Bill Withers classic tells it like it is, in signature blues style with its haunting instrumentation. For a little bit of folk salvation, turn to Bon Iver, whose evocative strums and lilting voice speak straight to the soul.