A sad song has a way of digging down into your soul. The tears that emerge release the baggage you’ve been holding on to. Without a little help from music, we may not dig down deep enough. Most sad songs help us understand our own problems in a greater context and can be the perfect companion on a rainy Friday night when you’re left to yourself. Here are the best ones to get you started:

Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

This is one of Cyndi Lauper’s biggest hits. When you hear it, you think of all those missed moments you could have said what you wanted, but didn’t. You wonder: What if?

Your Song by Elton John

This sad song is so simple that it touches on anyone you ever loved that didn’t love you back or you haven’t met yet.

True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

If you’re hiding something or want to be accepted for who you are, grab the napkins.

True by Spandau Ballet

No one ever really got what this sad song meant. The verses are quite cryptic but can mean anything. It has a nostalgic feel of better times of innocence and coming of age.

I Can’t Tell You Why by The Eagles

If you had a relationship that you tried over and over again to fix, and you both gave it a good go, but still nothing, these lyrics will speak to you. We really do “make it harder than it has to be.” It’s all about loyalty, and sometimes, loyalty does not always mean happiness.

Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross

Rarely do we hear songs about parents. Pull up to this and think about the ones who made you. They feel pain too.

Against All Odds by Phil Collins

A moving sad song about what could have been, and what it feels like to experience loss…and waiting.

Old Lang Syne

This classic New Year’s Eve tune never fails. Another nostalgia piece, it takes you back to every loved one who passed away. It’s like seeing their faces on a slide.

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

There are times where we want to give up and disappear. No frills, no expensive ticket to travel the world, we just want to go–anywhere. Ms. Chapman tapped into a deep sense of freedom we all wish to experience: to be who we are with who we want.

All of Me by John Legend

This is a good play when you’ve messed up. Think about the unconditional love you share, or used to share.

They’ll Be Sad Songs by Billy Ocean

This is a sad song about sad songs. A must-listen in between boxes of tissues.

Someone Like You by Adele

Yup, most of us are with second best. The guy or girl who wasn’t our top pick. This song is for those times you think about #1.

When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

If you missed an opportunity to get it right, Bruno reminds you that you’re not alone!

Stay by Rihanna

Ever felt completely vulnerable and exposed in a relationship? This song hits on all the points of why some people choose to never leave.

Youth by Daughter

The words alone without the music will bring tears to your eyes. Definitely reserved for the “ugly cry” moments. A haunting, beautiful song.

Wakeup Alone by Amy Winehouse

The lyrics to this are dark and passionate. The title itself says it all when it comes to the pain of loneliness.

A sad song is nothing without a few crunchy or salty snacks, and plenty of napkins on hand. If you’re going to go there, go all the way in and let it out. Now you know you’re not the only one in the world with problems even when it feels like it.

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