Tuesday, July 14, 2009

50 Songs for Sadness

I don't know what "most people" listen to when they're feeling down. For some, it might be happy music to try to cheer themselves up. I bet there's quite a few (if not most), however, that do what I do: they listen to music that provides a sort of soundtrack for what they're going through. Something that they can tune in to which gives their mind a point of reference and focus, as opposed to the flurry of random thoughts that might otherwise ensue. The lyrics don't necessarily need to be related; it's the feeling you associate with the music that's important.

Tonight I decided to compile a list of 10 songs that I go back to during such times, with no more than one song per artist (which sometimes made for difficult decisions). Well, the list quickly grew to 50, and I could probably get it to 100 without much more effort! I need get to bed soon, though... They are listed below, sorted alphabetically by artist name - not by preference. I will italicize my top ten, however. I am curious to hear your comments on this somewhat eclectic list, as well any additions you might propose.

  1. Air - "All I Need"
  2. Alice In Chains - "Down In A Hole"
  3. Beatles - "Yesterday"
  4. ? - "Black Snake Moan" (acted by Samuel L. Jackson)
  5. Cat Power - "Babydoll"
  6. Chavela Vargas - "La Llorona"
  7. Clint Mansell - "Requiem for a Tower" (from the movies "Requiem for a Dream" and "Sunshine")
  8. Coldplay - "A Rush of Blood to the Head"
  9. Dead Can Dance - "How Fortunate the Man With None"
  10. Empty Grave - "Under My Skin"
  11. Eurythmics - "Here Comes The Rain Again"
  12. Everlast - "What It's Like"
  13. Frou Frou - "Let Go"
  14. Gary Jules - "Mad World" (from the movie "Donnie Darko"; original by Tears for Fears)
  15. Gnarls Barkley - "Who's Gonna Save My Soul" (crazy video)
  16. Gorillaz - "El Mañana"
  17. Gustavo Santaolalla - "The Wings"
  18. Jane's Addiction - "Three Days"
  19. Jeff Buckley - "Halleluja"
  20. Johnny Cash - "Hurt" (original by Nine Inch Nails)
  21. Kansas - "Dust In The Wind"
  22. Led Zeppelin - "The Battle of Evermore"
  23. Lhasa de Sela - "De Cara a la Pared"
  24. Meghan Coffee - "Nightingale"
  25. Metallica - "Unforgiven"
  26. Moby - "Porcelain"
  27. Neil Young - "Old Man"
  28. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - "Do You Love Me"
  29. Nick Drake - "One of These Things"
  30. Nirvana - "Something in the Way"
  31. October Project - "Bury My Lovely"
  32. Peter Murphy - "Keep Me From Harm"
  33. Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb" (from the album/movie "The Wall")
  34. Portishead - "Sour Times"
  35. Radiohead - "Street Spirit (Fade Out)"
  36. Sia - "Breathe Me" (Mylo Remix)
  37. Sinéad O'Connor - "Troy" (almost chose "Feel So Different")
  38. Steve Baker & Carmen Daye - "For Whom The Bells Toll" (from the movie "Donnie Darko")
  39. Stevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac - "Landslide" (Smashing Pumpkins does a great cover)
  40. Sting - "Shape of my Heart" (from the movie "Léon"/"The Professional")
  41. The Cure - "The Same Deep Water As You"
  42. The Doors - "The End"
  43. The Future Sound of London - "Papua New Guinea"
  44. The Mars Volta - "The Widow"
  45. The Smiths - "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"
  46. The Verve - "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
  47. Tom Waits - "Dirt in the Ground"
  48. Tool - "Forty Six & 2"
  49. U2 - "Tomorrow"
  50. Zero 7 - "In the Waiting Line"