Sad Songs for When You Need Them

Back in the ’90’s, I went through a breakup. It was hard. I thought the tears would never stop and I’d never find love again. But they did, and I did, and the rightness of this love makes it clear that that love was meant to happen and fail.

Relationship aside, the best thing to come out of that time was an appreciation for a truly tragic love song. Here are a few of the songs that have given me the purification of soul that comes from wallowing in sadness. Because sometimes a good cry is the best release of all.

1. I can’t make you love me, by Bonnie Raitt
2. I can’t stay away from you, by Gloria Estefan
3. Not Like This, by Al Jarreau
4. Why Won’t You Stay? by American Music Club
5. Pulse, by Ani DiFranco
6. The Trick is To Keep Breathing, by Garbage
7. Anything for You, by Gloria Estefan
8. Don’t Wanna Lose You Now, by Gloria Estefan
9. I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again, by Bonnie Raitt
10. Point Blank, by Bruce Springsteen

11. Racing in the Street, by Bruce Springsteen

12. Newborn, by Elbow

13. Scattered Black and Whites, by Elbow

14. Switching Off, by Elbow

15. That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be, by Carly Simon

16. Colorblind, by Counting Crows

17. I Can Let Go Now, by Michael McDonald

18. Wake Up in New York, by Craig Armstrong (w/Evan Dando)

19. Where the Birds Always Sing, by The Cure

20. Red Dirt Girl, by Emmylou Harris

21. I Fall to Pieces, by Patsy Cline

22. I Get Along Without You Very Well, by Chet Baker

23. There Will Never Be Another You, by Nat King Cole

24. What’ll I Do, by

25. Naked As We Came, by Iron and Wine

26. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, by The Smiths

27. Last Goodbye, by Jeff Buckley

28. I Know It’s Over, by The Smiths

29. The Weakness In Me, by Joan Armatrading

30. No Net Below, by Jonatha Brooke

31. Shame on Us, by Jonatha Brooke

32. Inconsolable, by Jonatha Brooke

33. A Case of You, by Joni Mitchell

34. Blue, by Joni Mitchell

35. Two Grey Rooms, by Joni Mitchell

36. I’ll Be Alright Without You, by Journey

37. Constant Craving, by k.d. lang

38. So In Love (Cole Porter), by k.d. lang

39. Throw Me a Rope, by K.T. Tunstall

40.  Ex-Factor, by Lauren Hill

41. Since I’ve Been Loving You, by Led Zeppelin

42. Famous Blue Raincoat, by Leonard Cohen

43. It’s Over, by Level 42

44. Ne Me Quitte Pas, by Nina Simone

45. We’re In This Together, by Nine Inch Nails

46. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now), by Otis Redding

47. Long Ride Home, by Patty Griffin

48. On Your Side, by Pete Yorn

49. You Know What I Mean, by Phil Collins

50. We Float, by PJ Harvey

51. Beautiful Feeling, by PJ Harvey

52. A Place Called Home, by PJ Harvey

53. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, by The Smiths





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