“… I find sad songs comforting rather than depressing. It makes you realise you’re not alone in the world.”

Very often people ask me why I listen to so many sad songs. I’m asked would you not prefer to listen to something upbeat and happy to put you into a more positive mind frame. But I think that the above quote by Australian singer/songwriter, Natalie Imbrugliacaptures the reason why I think sad songs are so important.

At different times throughout our lives we all experience different things that make us feel isolated from the people around us. At times like these we tend to look for anything that makes us feel like other people are going through what we are currently going through, anything that provides us with support for our current situation. It can often be important to experience your darker thoughts in a way that puts them in perspective, and for many people this is one of the functions of sad songs.

Since early last summer, me and the proofreader and editor of this blog have been compiling a playlist of sad songs that have impacted on us. Below us a selection of some of the songs that made the cut.

Jason Walker – Echo

Talos – Escariot

Dean Lewis – Waves

Delorentos – Swimmer

Declan Carruthers – Coin Drops

For those of you who are interested in seeing the complete selection of songs that made the playlist, see below:

There is also a Spotify version for those of you who would rather that format:

“Sad songs are for deep people.”