“Save that Shit” by Lil Peep
“Will He” by Joji
“Demons” by Joji
“Pills” by Joji
“Window” by Joji
“Plastic Taste” by Joji
“I Don’t Wanna Waste My Time” by Joji
“Moby Dick” by Jakey
“Hennessy & Sailor Moon” by Yung Lean
“Runnin’ Thru the 7th With My Woadies” by $uicideBoy$ & Pouya
“Comin’ Home” by City & Colour
“I Never Learnt to Share” by James Blake
“Untrue” by Burial
“Summer Friends (feat. Jeremih and Francis & The Lights)” by Chance the Rapper
“Same Drugs” by Chance the Rapper
“Memo” by Years & Years
“#icanteven (feat. French Montana)” by The Neighborhood
“ATTENTION” by Joji
“SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” by Joji
“YEAH RIGHT” by Joji
“WHY AM I STILL IN LA (feat. Shlohmo & D33J)” by Joji
“COME THRU” by Joji
“R.I.P. (feat. Trippie Red)” by Joji
Sometimes, life really hits you hard. Sometimes it comes at you fast, sometimes it creeps up on you. You’re either suffering through something small yet terrible every day, or you’re laying washed up on the shores of your sanity, living in the aftermath of an intense yet short storm.
These are moments in which you need tears. You need catharsis. But it’s not always easy to cry, to get the waterworks up and running.
This is why everyone needs a big mood playlist. When all else fails, music is always there, an emotional WD-40 that makes it all the more easier to go with the sobs.
My go-to sad music isn’t lyrically focused. You might listen to these songs and critique them for being shallow, just hollow versions of true emotions. But I’d argue that if anything, it’s the atmosphere, the emotional aesthetic of the music, that gets the tears flowing.
This is why you’ll see artists like Yung Lean and Lil Peep pop up here and there. While lyrically their stuff can be pure cringe, this cringe becomes weirdly genuine, if not charming, when combined with the production they sing over.
You’ll also see I have a disturbing amount of Joji on here. There’s something about the vibe of his music that just nails the feel of the darker moods I find myself in every once in a while. Whenever I need to find music that “just understands me, bro,” I turn to my mans Joji.
Feels emanating from nostalgia are here too, provided by Chance the Rapper and City & Colour. These tracks are where the lyricality peaks for me in my sad music, at least in this particular playlist.
There’s an angrier track here too, courtesy of The Neighborhood’s fantastic mixtape #000000 & #ffffff. Sometimes you’re angry-sad, angry to the point of tears. Give it a try in that case.
Do you want some moody tracks on the instrumental side of things? James Blake and Burial have you covered. Skeletal beats, haunting chords, and mantra-like vocal refrains? They all get my feels going.
If you like your sad songs to be lyrically focused, then this playlist may not be for you. For anyone else who just needs some vibes, you’ll want to partake. Shuffle this bad boy and let the salty drops fall from your face.