Day 27: A Song That Breaks Your Heart
Yet again, I feel as though this is something we’ve (sorta) been over. Day 10’s theme was to find a song that makes you sad. While I understand the myriad differences between sadness and heartbreak, they are often conflated. Especially when we consider them as themes for songs. Heartache has created a vast pool of songs from which to choose, as no one is immune to it. Well, aside from sociopaths and such, but that’s not what this is about. Today’s theme makes me want to go back and choose something else for sadness, something that is sad but not pertaining to heartbreak. Ah well. Let’s see what I can come up with.
This first one will come across as extremely counterintuitive. But it is heartbreaking to listen to when the sentiments are absent from one’s life. For a time, Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day” broke my heart and brought me to chest-heaving sobs. It’s beautiful and full of love and hope and brightness. And yet the ache. It’s hard to listen to, even now, because of the memories it hearkens to mind.
Then there’s Lord Huron’s “The Night We Met”. This one is a no-brainer.
This post wouldn’t be complete without “Ain’t No Sunshine” by the inimitable Bill Withers.
For a bit of variety, here’s “Don’t Speak”, by No Doubt.
Adele is one of the current reigning queens of the brokenhearted. So, of course, here’s “Someone Like You”.
I can only handle Mariah Carey in small doses, but damn does she nail it with “We Belong Together”.
Let’s draw this to a close. I’m adding in The Rolling Stones with “Wild Horses”. I know it’s blasphemous to say, but I find the stones incredibly overrated. This, however, is a magnificent song.
What are some songs that you find heartbreaking?