28 Songs That Are Guaranteed To Make You Cry


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.


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