If you're like me, you have a playlist for everything. You have a workout playlist, a party playlist , and of course, a sad playlist, because sometimes, you just need to let it out and cry. Whether you're getting over a breakup , experiencing a big change in your life, or just feeling down, it always helps to know that Adele, Avril Lavigne, and Bruno Mars have all been there. So, if you need to refresh your sad music playlist, check out these 39 songs that will pair very nicely with a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. Mitski described her inspiration to Genius , saying that she wrote the song when she decided to stay in Malaysia one holiday season. Like "Nobody," "Dancing On My Own" is definitely a song you can dance to, but in reality the lyrics tell the story of a girl dancing at a club while she watches her ex with another woman.
1. “Stay,” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko (2012)
1. “Beloved Wife” by Natalie Merchant (1995)
It's heavy, and so vivid it was never anything but real. So grab your earbuds—and a thick pack of tissues—and weep with us. The simplest things hurt the most, don't they? Or maybe they're just the most honest.
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If you're feeling burnt out which, FYI, the World Health Organization has officially defined as a workplace problem or stressed about life in general, never underestimate the power of a great sad song. Sure, it may feel counterintuitive, but some of the best slow, emotional tracks allow us to acknowledge our feelings—a painful but necessary step in the right direction. Call Not only did Adele basically invent winged eyeliner, she also perfected the art of the sad song. You still sound like a song. My God, this reminds me of when we were young. This song is so sweet. The music video is so sweet. Leon Bridges is so sweet. Just everything about this song is so sweet.
Your taste in music might contain multitudes, but there's one thing that can be found in any genre: sad love songs. As long as musicians—and the fans who listen to them—have broken hearts, we'll have endless options for our postbreakup soundtracks. But even though their picks cross decades and genres, they're all perfect for those times when you just want to be in your feelings. Whether you're fresh off a split yourself or simply in need of a cathartic cry, see our list of the 51 best sad love songs, below. I've never bothered to google whether this song is actually about the loss of a wife—I'm too busy bawling. Her strained voice! The gorgeous piano and melody!