11 Super Sad Songs That Can Make You Feel Insanely Happy

Feelings are weird.

1. Robyn, “Dancing On My Own”


Somebody said you got a new friend
Does she love you better than I can?
There’s a big black sky over my town
I know where you’re at, I bet she’s around

Yeah, I know it’s stupid
I just gotta see it for myself

I’m in the corner, watching you kiss her, ooh
I’m right over here, why can’t you see me, ooh
I’m giving it my all, but I’m not the girl you’re taking home, ooh
I keep dancing on my own

It’s basically about having your significant other replace you with someone else.


But it makes you feel like dancing?

Keep on keeping on!

2. Garbage, “Only Happy When It Rains”


Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me

I’m only happy when it rains
I feel good when things are going wrong
I only listen to the sad, sad songs
I’m only happy when it rains

A complicated tune, but let’s face it, the lady is miserable.

Who feels good when things are going wrong? There’s irony here, for sure.

It totally makes you feel like a badass, though.

You can’t tell me what to do!

3. Hole, “Celebrity Skin”


Oh look at my face
My name is “might have been”
My name is “never was”
My name’s forgotten

Being a nameless figure in the vapid town of Hollywood sounds like a drag, right?

Total bummer.

When you listen to it, you feel like you could take over the world.

Stuff sucks but you are invincible.

4. Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”


Puttin’ my defenses up
‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love
If I ever did that
I think I’d have a heart attack

Never put my love out on the line
Never said yes to the right guy
Never had trouble getting what I want
But when it comes to you, I’m never good enough

Dating is the worst.

I don’t know.

This is how it makes you feel.

Whatever, [insert ex’s name here]. I am awesome.

5. The Supremes, “The Happening”


I saw my dreams torn apart, when love walked away from my heart
And when you lose that precious love you need to guide you
Something happens inside you, the happening.

Now I see life for what it is
It-s not all dreams, it-s not all bliss
It happened to me and it can happen to you

The “happening” can stand in for anything, sure, but it’s basically about loss (of love, future, hope, etc.).

So sad!

But it’s a totally beautiful and super fun song.

Try not dancing to it. I dare you.

6. Blue Öyster Cult, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”


Love of two is one
Here but now they’re gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn’t go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew then disappeared
The curtains flew then he appeared… saying don’t be afraid

It’s about the inevitability of death.

Even though BÖC are telling you not be afraid, it’s still really melancholic, you know? Plus, it was once covered by Elliot Smith, who everyone knows was the saddest person to ever exist.

And it just happens to be one of the greatest songs of all time.

You’ll be happy to know that “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is one of those bangers you and your father can enjoy.

7. ABBA, “Mamma Mia”


I’ve been angry and sad about things that you do
I can’t count all the times that I’ve told you we’re through
And when you go, when you slam the door
I think you know that you won’t be away too long
You know that I’m not that strong.
Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, w-o-o-o-oh

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I’ve missed you
Yes, I’ve been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, even if I say
Bye bye, leave me now or never
mamma mia, it’s a game we play
Bye bye doesn’t mean forever

Your lover is bad for you, but you keep going back to them.

Why do you keep doing that? That is soooooo depressing.

And yet, it’s still one of the biggest songs of all time.

It’s just so effin’ fun.

8. The Smiths, “There Is a Light that Never Goes Out”


And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die

And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine

The song is about being so desperate for love you’re willing to die.

I mean, sort of. Basically, it’s supposed to be a love song but borders on hopelessness.

It’s a jam!

Not a club banger, but a great pop song. Love it!

9. The Spinners, “I’ll Be Around”


This is our fork on the road
Love’s last episode
There’s nowhere to go, oh, no

You made your choice
Now it’s up to me to bow out gracefully
Though you hold the key, but baby

Love is dead but, like, I’ll totally be here whenever you want me?

How sad it that? Like, “Oh yeah, I know it’s over, but I’m right here waiting for you”? NO.

And it’s one of the best soul songs of all time!

Dance to the beat of your desperation!

10. Lily Allen, “22”


When she was 22 the future looked bright
But she’s nearly 30 now and she’s out every night
I see that look in her face she’s got that look in her eye
She’s thinking how did I get here and wondering why

It’s sad but it’s true how society says
Her life is already over
There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say
Til the man of her dreams comes along picks her up and puts her over his shoulder
It seems so unlikely in this day and age

What even is life?

Lily Allen, queen of writing songs about being totally lost…with an unavoidably catchy melody.

You’ll sing along instantly.

Is it possible for a social commentary through song to be one giant hook after another?

11. MGMT, “Time to Pretend”


Forget about our mothers and our friends.
We were fated to pretend.

I’ll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms.
I’ll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world.
I’ll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home.
Yeah I’ll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.

But there is really nothing, nothing we can do.
Love must be forgotten. Life can always start up anew.
The models will have children, we’ll get a divorce,
We’ll find some more models, Everything must run its course.

Everything is false and truly, everyone is fated to pretend.

Hollywood dreams just aren’t real, you know?

It’s so darn catchy!


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