28 Songs That Are Guaranteed To Make You Cry

Having a good day? Not anymore.

1. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build a Home

What you’ll need:


- A deep, deep sense of loss.
- An empty home.
- Literally nobody to talk to.

How it’ll make you feel:

2. Michael Andrews, Gary Jules - Mad World

What you’ll need:


- A rainy afternoon.
- A wistful sense of hopelessness.
- A copy of Donnie Darko.

How it’ll make you feel:

3. Frightened Rabbit - Keep Yourself Warm

What you’ll need:


- A debilitating breakup.
- A bank of humiliating and degrading sexual experiences.
- A box of tissues. (Purpose unspecified.)

How it’ll make you feel:

 

4. Bat for Lashes - Siren Song

What you’ll need:


- An overwhelming loneliness.
- Someone who will take you back.

How it’ll make you feel:

5. Big Star - Holocaust

What you’ll need:


- Dread.

How it’ll make you feel:

6. Beck - Guess I’m Doing Fine

What you’ll need:


- An unfortunate inability to effectively lie to yourself.
- A pack of smokes.

How it’ll make you feel:

7. Bright Eyes - Something Vague

What you’ll need:


- A tiny apartment in an overcrowded city.
- An angry but impotent feeling that the walls are suffocating you.
- Fluorescent lighting.

How it’ll make you feel:

8. The Replacements - Here Comes A Regular

What you’ll need:


- An empty bar.
- An incurable alcohol problem.
- Money for tips.

How it’ll make you feel:

9. The National - About Today

What you’ll need:


- The ability to neglect basic hygiene.
- Access to your ex’s Facebook profile.
- A comfortable mattress.

How it’ll make you feel:

10. Slowdive - Dagger

What you’ll need:


- A profound sense of insignificance.
- A dash of agoraphobia.
- Quaaludes.

How it’ll make you feel:

11. Portishead - Roads

What you’ll need:


- An inability to find fulfillment.
- Liberal guilt.

How it’ll make you feel:

12. Richard and Linda Thompson - Walking On A Wire

What you’ll need:


- A broken marriage.
- No kids.
- A demonstrative ability to really slam a door.

How it’ll make you feel:

13. Johnny Cash - Hurt

What you’ll need:


- The shadow of death looming over you.
- Years and years of substance abuse behind you.
- Just one last fix.

How it’ll make you feel:

14. Ben Folds Five - Brick

What you’ll need:


- A genuinely loving relationship that’s falling apart through no fault of your own.

How it’ll make you feel:

15. Radiohead - Exit Music

What you’ll need:


- Two warring households.
- A star-crossed lover.
- Two vials of poison.

How it’ll make you feel:

16. Bonnie “Prince” Billy - I See A Darkness

What you’ll need:


- A sleep mask.
- Black-out curtains.
- An unendurable existential anxiety.

How it’ll make you feel:

17. Tori Amos - China

What you’ll need:


- A long-distance relationship.
- A lack of commitment.

How it’ll make you feel:

18. Modest Mouse - Bankrupt On Selling

What you’ll need:


- Disposable income.
- A fast car.
- An expensive house.
- An empty life.

How it’ll make you feel:

19. Leonard Cohen - Famous Blue Raincoat

What you’ll need:


- A hopeless love triangle.
- A skeleton in the closet.
- Reluctant acceptance.

How it’ll make you feel:

20. Cat Power - Good Woman

What you’ll need:


- A frankly surprising ability to get to the really good part of this song where the kids sing without killing yourself.

How it’ll make you feel:

21. The Verve - The Drugs Don’t Work

What you’ll need:


- Some bunk ecstasy.
- A cat in a bag.

How it’ll make you feel:

22. Red House Painters - Katy Song

What you’ll need:


- Tons more Red House Painters.

How it’ll make you feel:

23. PJ Harvey - The River

What you’ll need:


- An overwhelming urge to shower.
- Regret.

How it’ll make you feel:

24. Cat Stevens - Trouble

What you’ll need:


- A love interest who is 50 years your senior.
- An extended hospital stay.

How it’ll make you feel:

25. Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day

What you’ll need:


- An extensive knowledge of Illinois state history.
- A healthy fear of death.

How it’ll make you feel:

26. Elliot Smith- Kings Crossing

What you’ll need:


- A secondhand grand piano.
- A bottle of Mad Dog 20/20.

How it’ll make you feel:

27. Bruce Springsteen - The Promise

What you’ll need:


- A union membership.
- The keys to your daddy’s car.

How it’ll make you feel:

28. Bonnie Raitt - I Can’t Make You Love Me

What you’ll need:


- Unrequited love.
- A Nicholas Sparks novel.
- A train ticket to anywhere.

How it’ll make you feel:

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