Sad Songs Say So Much

[tweetmeme source=”sarahockler” only_single=false]I was just tweeting about this and decided to turn it into a blog post.

So, we all have a secret mental cache of those sad songs from high school, right? The ones that we can hear now, five, ten, or *cough* almost twenty *cough* years later and be right back in that moment, that raw craziness, as though no time has passed. I’m talking about the ballads and sad songs that got us through the breakups, sang us to sleep as we sobbed over an unrequited love, and reminded us that yeah, sometimes you’ve just gotta cry it out. I don’t know what it is about songs and smells that can trigger memory so powerfully, but man. Whenever I hear the opening chords to some of these, my heart squeezes up and I’m lying in my bed in my teen room, pouring my heart into my journal, listening over and over and looking for someone to tell me things are gonna be all right. Music is poetry and understanding, and it got me through a lot.

So here’s my list, for your late 80s/early 90s retro enjoyment, and at the end, please share yours!

When I See You Smile, by Bad English (aka Bad Hair)

I Remember You, by Skid Row

Love Hurts, by Nazareth

It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday, by Boyz II Men

Good Feeling, by the Violent Femmes

One, by U2

Without You, by Motley Crue

I’ll Be There For You, by Bon Jovi

Pictures of You, by The Cure

There it is, the video diary of many a sad and lonely night. *sniffle*

Now it’s your turn. Post yours in the comments or do a post with videos and link back.

19 thoughts on “Sad Songs Say So Much

  1. My songs were: Teardrops On My Guitar by Tay Swift, Silence by Aly & AJ, Invisible by Tay Swift, Cold As You by Tay Swift, I Wish the Best for You by Emerson Hart, and What Went Wrong by Blink 182

  2. This is great! As soon as you put this on Twitter I thought – on man I am mentioning my song tomorrow morning in a post… now I will link to your post here 🙂

    Mine is You’re The Inspiration by Chicago…. man that brings back memories of my best friend in high school and of course “The Guy”… 🙂

  3. Nice list! The other night Glee reminded me of one of my sad songs, One of Us by Joan Osborne. Also, Kiss From a Rose by Seal and Can’t Cry Anymore by Sheryl Crow (actually most songs from the Tuesday Night Music Club album!).

  4. Mine was the very tragic “At This Moment” by Billy Vera and the Beaters. I spent many a junior high school dance sobbing in the bathroom to that song. In related news: The Beaters, as a band name? Really?

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  6. Yeah, I think music is the closest thing we have to a time machine.

    For me, two definitely on the list are Faithfully by Journey and Every Rose Has It’s Thorn by Poison.

    And OMG, how much did I love Bon Jovi. I kinda still do, actually. 🙂

  7. I followed over to your blog via Sheila’s Book Journey blog!!! Some songs that come to my mind are “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire, and “Photograph” by Ringo Starr.

  8. This was a hard list to trim down!

    U2 – With or Without You
    Springsteen – Thunder Road
    Matchbox 20 – Hang
    The Verve Pipe – The Freshman
    REM – Nightswimming

    “Skid Row – I Remember You”…awesome pick 🙂

  9. Oooh. Good Feeling. Love it. Hadn’t heard that one in a while. I didn’t listen to sad songs to get through a breakup. I was more into angry/strong songs – Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine is a perfect fit.

  10. Okay, I have a story that I LOVE telling. It’s not a sad song story so I’m kind of breaking the rules, but I think its worth it. This is one of my favorite stories.

    I was in middle school. I had a HUGE crush on a boy named Dustin. He was one of the popular boys of course. He had gotten his hand on a letter my friend had written so he knew I liked him, but didn’t feel the same. So fast forward to my 8th grade dance. I was standing my the door to the gym with a couple girlfriends when End of the Road by Boyz II Men came on. I was sad with no one to dance with. So, my friends and I went to leave the gym when I hear someone yell, “Kelley!” I turn around and I SWEAR its like the crowd opened and standing there was Dustin. He did the little finger come here thing and my heart dropped. I instantly started shaking. It was the first time I’d danced with a boy and it was the “love of my life” lol. We found an empty spot and he asked me to dance. I literaly shook the whole time. Probably stepped on his toes. My friends (could have killed them at the time, but now its cute) stood against the gym wall cheering and clapping for me. When the song was over he thanked me for the dance and I ran to the bathroom giggling, hugging and crying with all my friends. That moment is still SO fresh in my mind. I get giggly and goosebumps just telling it. I can’t hear that song without thinking about the popular 13 year old boy who didn’t like the girl who loved him, but had a kind enough heart to make her night with a dance.

  11. I love these songs:

    Celine Dion – When I Need You
    John Mayer – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
    The Script – Breakeven
    Spice Girls – Goodbye

  12. Thank you so much for including Jon Bon. I love the man. He’s just become sexier with age. *Sigh*

    No doubt, I have, too.

    Just finished “Fixing Delilah.”

    Loved it so much. I’ll be posting review closer to release date. Already posted to goodreads as amusingmother.

    Why did Patrick look like Jacob Black in my head? I haven’t even seen Twilight. Seemed a little pedophiliac of me to crush on a 17 year old boy.

  13. Mine are: What I’ve done and Numb by Linkin Park; Life for Rent by Dido; Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit, She’stemple by The cult; and airplane

  14. Definitely Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins. I remember driving around, feeling sorry for myself and hitting rewind, play, rewind, play, rewind, play to this one! Yes, that’s right, people, tapes!

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