Music playlist week #32 (The songs to cry by edition)
Music has the ability to make you feel a wide range of emotions. It can make you laugh, and god knows it can make you cry.
What makes a sad song? We don't think that it is necessarily the fact that the song needs to be depressing, but when a song is heart wrenching enough, it'll make you cry regardless of the content.
It might sound counterintuitive, but sad music can actually cheer you up. There's scientific evidence showing that somehow, music filled with sorrow makes you happier than joyful tracks.
With that in mind, here are the top ten tracks most likely to bring a tear to our eye...
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
There have been plenty of rumours over the years around who this song is about, but whoever it is, the lyrics are an elegant narrative of grieving and moving on. You don't even need to words to feel the emotion here to be honest. The instrumental version will get you right in the feels too.
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares To You
I think everyone in the world knows this song. This is actually written by Prince, but it wasn't until this cover that the song gained a much, much larger audience. This has topped many polls, lists and surveys over the years as the one song that can make just about anyone cry. It's hard to disagree.
The National - About Today
There are only 87 words in this song, and not a single one wasted. It perfectly captures how it is to be in a relationship that is on the verge of collapse because of an inability to discuss your true feelings. Heart-wrenching stuff. From a band known to write emotional songs, this is probably up there with their most affecting. This seemed to be the song that really started The National on the upward trajectory they're still on.
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Singer Ben Gibbard didn't write "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" about anyone in particular, but more just about his obsession with death. At the time he wrote it, he realised he was comfortable and that death would eventually strike and take someone close to him. This made him take stock and put his thoughts on paper. The result is this incredible track.
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts'
The lyrics to "Everybody Hurts" are pretty straight forward. There's no chance of any subliminal or hidden meanings, but straight forward works just fine. Everyone DOES hurt, and that's OK. There will always be someone to pick you up. Sad at the same time as being hopeful, this is a tear-jerking classic.
Johnny Cash - Hurt
"Hurt" was written by Trent Reznor and originally released by Nine Inch Nails in 1994. As part of Rick Rubin's mission to revive Cash's career, he released a few cover albums, of which this was one of the tracks and earned some serious critical acclaim. If you watch the music video at the same time, which features the last time Johnny and wife June were on screen together, you can't help but get emotional.
Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia
"The Boss" wrote and recorded this for "Philadelphia" (amazing movie, by the way) starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, which was the first mainstream movie about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. If listening to the song doesn't make you tear up just by listening, watch the film. You'll be a wreck.
The Beatles - Yesterday
Apparently, "Yesterday" is the most covered track ever by The Beatles. It's easy to see why. This melancholic track about a break up really touches a chord with so many listeners around the world. There are so, so many songs by The Beatles that we could have chosen, but "Yesterday" wins out for us. If it catches you in the wrong mood, you'll be a mess of tears and snot.
Sebastian Tellier - La Ritournelle
"La Rittournelle" is a beautiful piece of music. Rolling piano, synths, drums and quiet, restrained vocals make this an unforgettable track. It has been called "basically Unfinished Symphony part two". That's a huge compliment, but it's probably more emotional than the Massive Attack classic. We could listen to this on repeat and never get bored of it.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
Nick Cave REALLY understands how to make a great love song. "Into My Arms" is him at his most haunting. A beautiful piano ballad that is a world away from his earlier work. It's about loss and the sorrow that flows from it. Whether that is someone dying or the end of a relationship, it's all the same. Cave sang it at the funeral of Michael Hutchence, and you can imagine it's been played at many, many funerals since.
March 26, 2020