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Rainy days and Mondays

Rainy days and Mondays

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.
Reba McEntire

What does a sad song do for you? Does it make you cry, make you snuffle for the Kleenex, make you feel like you are better off than that poor schmuck who is writing and singing that song…well maybe…and yet…

Think Adele….think Sam Smith…think millions….a series of devastatingly sad songs can make you a bajillionaire!

OK I can’t sing like Barbara Streisand…although maybe if I were the last singer and the only person on the earth…and no one else was around to listen…I’d have a chance…

What I do know is that I love, love music so much…and listening in the car and singing along as loud as your voice will allow is one of the most wonderful feelings on the planet…and when they are sad songs…even better.

So here for your perusal…my playlist of the songs that make me feel so sad and so awesome at the same time…some pretty obvious, but some, not so much!

Please add your favorites in my comments!

The Top 25 Saddest Songs That I Love!

  • Cat’s in the Cradle…Harry Chapin (1974)
  • Always Gonna be You…Kenney Chesney (2012)
  • What Kind of Fool…Barbara Streisand/John Legend (2014)
  • Someone Like You….Adele (2011)
  • The Way We Were….Barbara again (1973)
  • What a Fool Believes…Doobie Brothers (1978)
  • As You Turn Away…Lady Antebellum (2011)
  • Alone….Heart (1987)
  • Right Here Waiting….Richard Marx (1989)
  • Smoke gets in Your Eyes….The Platters (1958)
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today…George Jones (1980)
  • Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton (1991)
  • Crying by Roy Orbison (1961
  • Everything I Own….Bread (1972)
  • The End of the World…Skeeter Davis (1962)
  • The Sound of Silence….Simon and Garfunkel (1964)
  • I Can’t Make you Love Me…Bonnie Raitt (1991)
  • Landslide…Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  • Without You….Harry Nilsson (1972)
  • River….Joni Mitchell (1971)
  • Fire and Rain….James Taylor (1970)
  • Everybody Hurts….R.E.M. (1992)
  • And So it Goes…Billy Joel (1990)
  • Nobody Drinks Alone…Keith Urban (2004)
  • Nessun Dorma…Puccini.. as performed by Pavarotti (yup I included an opera song…sung at 1990 FIFA World Cup-google it and watch the video)

Had to add this..Adagio for Strings…Samuel Barber…1934 (Think Platoon…Ok this is not a song, but considered the saddest piece of music ever ever…please listen and weep)

So my SIL asked me why I love sad songs so much and I tried to explain that it is a little bit cathartic.

It’s kind of like being at a scary movie…when it’s over you feel so much better. But when I googled sad songs, I found this great article that explains it better than I ever could…

When words leave off, music begins.
Heinrich Heine

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    There are a few on your list I would have on mine, too – Adele’s Someone Like You; Streisand’s The Way We Were and Joni Mitchell’s River. But, so I won’t be repetitive, here’s my 25:

    Always in My Head – Coldplay
    True Love – Coldplay
    The Scientist – Coldplay
    Please Don’t Ask – Genesis
    Mad Man Moon – Genesis
    Drive – The Cars
    The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve
    Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith
    Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel
    America – Simon and Garfunkel
    The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
    The Last Time I Saw Richard – Joni Mitchell
    What’s New – Linda Ronstadt
    Goodbye – Linda Ronstadt
    Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters
    Love is a Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
    The Winner Takes It All – Abba
    I’m Not in Love – 10cc
    Still the One – Shania Twain
    The Great Gig in the Sky – Pink Floyd
    My Immortal – Evanescence
    These Are the Days of Our Lives – Queen
    Who Wants To Live Forever? – Queen
    Afterglow (3 Sides Live Version) – Genesis
    The Place Where Time Stands Still – Mary Chapin Carpenter

    that’s me…

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