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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.

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If you're like me, you have a playlist for everything.

Songs that will instantly make you cry

You have a workout playlist, a party playlistand of course, a sad playlist, because sometimes, you just need to let it out and cry. Whether you're getting over a breakupexperiencing 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 Geniussaying 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.

This song is just all the more heartbreaking because we know it's about Justin Bieber and their complicated relationship.

Best sad songs

You probably know all of the lyrics to this song, but did you know that it is a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash back in ? While many may assume that this is a song about love, in actuality, the writer Jeffrey Steele was inspired by the passing of his father.

Bruno Mars has said that "When I Was Your Man" is his most difficult song to perform because of the lyrics and meaning. In a post on her website, Taylor wrote about the song, saying, "You say all of these desperate, hopeless feelings that you have after a break-up.

Going through a break-up you feel all of these different things. You feel anger, and you feel confusion, and frustration. Then there is the absolute sadness. The sadness of losing this person, losing all the memories, and the hopes you had for the future.

There are times when you have this moment of truth where you just admit to yourself that you miss all these things. When I was in one of those moments I wrote this song.

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Billie has insisted that "when the party's over" is an angry song, not a sad one, but come on, I'm shedding black tears listening to it rn. A Star is Born is a pretty heartbreaking movie, but nothing is as sad as the final scene when Ally Lady Gaga sings this ballad at her final concert following the death of her husband Jackson Bradley Cooper. If you haven't belted out the chorus to "Bleeding Love" in your room alone after a breakup, you haven't lived.

Really listen to the lyrics of this one because they are haunting.

51 sad songs for when you just want to sit with your feelings

The closest that Avril has ever gotten to a love song, "When You're Gone" is truly heartbreaking, especially when you consider the music video that goes along with it. Adele is the queen of the sad song and like most of her album 21"Someone Like You" was inspired by a failed relationship. I'm sorry, if you can listen to this song without belting out the chorus dramatically, you're not human. No graduation montage is complete without this song. Growing up can be scary sometimes, and Taylor Swift describes it perfectly in this song, which she dedicated to her godson upon his birth.

There's nothing more sad that an old lover meeting someone new and moving on, which is exactly what this song is about. It's the heartbreaking tune that plays in the background as a montage of sad puppies moves across your screen.

The story behind this song is heartbreaking as well, though. Sara McLachlan wrote the track following the death of Smashing Pumpkin's Jonathon Melvoin who died of a drug overdose when he was After Eric Clapton's son tragically died when he was just 4 years old, the singer took a 6-month hiatus from work. He returned with this song, which is about his late son. This one discusses his attempts to prove to a girl that he isn't "all bad," and it may have been inspired by his relationship with Selena Gomez, which went south when he got caught up in the fame and went down a dark path.

Not only does this play behind a montage of photos at like every school graduation, but the story behind this song is actually pretty sad.

39 sad songs that make you cry like a baby every time

Billie Joe Armstrong wrote it after a break-up with a girlfriend who moved to Ecuador. Billie was pretty mad about the whole thing, hence the title, "Good Riddance. Sufjan Stevens revealed in an interview that this song touches on his feelings following his mother's death, when he started indulging in her ly self-destructive behavior. This song is thought to be a response to President Kennedy's assassination since it was released just three months after the event in What's even more sad than the song "Hallelujah"?

Sad songs with the saddest lyrics that will make you cry

The fact that Leonard Cohen wrote about 80 different verses of the now famous tune, and he was known to often sing different ones during various liver performances. Since Leonard died inhowever, we may never get to hear all of his versions.

The lead vocalist of R. Shortly following the release of "Same Drugs," Chance took to Twitter to clarify the meaning behind the song, saying "Same Drugs isn't about drugs. In actuality, the song is about a relationship between the rapper and a girl from his childhood. It describes their fallout after realizing that they no longer have the same interests while also reflecting on their time together.

The 50 best sad songs

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin wrote "Fix You" for his then-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, to comfort her following the death of her father. We were introduced to Ed Sheeran with this heartbreaking song and he proved right away that he was here to stay. Ed revealed that he was inspired to write this song after performing at a homeless shelter and he met a girl named Angel, hence the lyric, "It's too cold outside for angels to fly. A classic breakup song, "Say Something" pairs best with a box of chocolates and a rom-com movie marathon.

Justin Vernon, the frontman of the band Bon Iver, described the term "skinny love" as a relationship that "doesn't have weight," in an interview with Pitchfork back in Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. The Best Teen Romance Books. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. Going through a breakup is hard, and Lewis Capaldi depicts it brilliantly in his hit song. I apologize if this song is now stuck in your head for the remainder of the day.

Nothing puts time in perspective quite like Jay-Z's "Forever Young. Wiz Khalifa. I'm going to assume this song, like all of Justin Bieber's breakup songs, is about Selena Gomez. This song about lost love is the most covered in music history. Avril really knows how to rock a power ballad and "Keep Holding On" proves that. Carolyn Twersky Associate Editor Carolyn Twersky is an associate editor for Seventeen covering celebrities, entertainment, politics, trends, and health. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this to help users provide their addresses.

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