We recently asked about your favorite songs for happy moments, those tunes that brighten your day and make you feel good. The obvious next question was about sad songs, those selections that make you cry, remind you of distant (and not-so-distant) memories and hurt a bit. We recently posed the question on social media and got some great responses.
Along with radio staples like “Innocent Man” by Billy Joel, “All of Me” by John Legend and Bette Mildler’s “The Rose” were some gems. From “Mad World” by Gary Jules to “Chelsea” by Dirty Heads came up on the list, KPFT listeners had a range of tracks. Listener Sherrie Nance Mahoney adds in one of great singer-songwriters, Shelby Lynne, whose “Leavin” is details the final moments of a relationship:
Listener Sarah Katherine Jones mentions Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.” “I dunno about “sad” per se, but the truthiness of that tune is palpable. And truth, you know, hurts.”
A few songs fit into the painful honesty area. Among listener favorites include Daniel Rossen’s “Made to Rise,” Eva Cassidy’s version of “Over the Rainbow” and “Plea From A Cat Named Virtute” by The Weakerthans.
Listener Tony Carr adds to the list “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Deathcab for Cutie.
Listener Lee Higginbotham nominated Bread’s “Diary,” but adds “maybe that’s more a disappointed song than sad.” Possibly falling into that category as well is “Another Story” by The Head and the Heart, suggested by listener Erika Rodriquez. She says, “It’s one of those songs about struggling through adversity and makes me tear up a little every time I hear it.”
What are your favorites?