10 Pop Songs Perfect for Pondering Dying Alone
Do you ever get that feeling where you just stop feeling at all? You’ve been through all the motions; frustration, distress, regret, heartbreak. All you want to do is cry, but not a single tear will form in the corners of your eyes. I find this lack of feeling usually resonates in 3 different circumstances:
- When you finally give up chasing after the one who’s just never going to want you back.
- When you realise that the one you’re with is no longer the one that you want.
- When you’ve begged them to stay, but they leave you anyway.
I’ve much more experience with the first and I’ll always remember my friend telling me I just needed to cry, grieve the loss and move on. But no matter how hard I tried, I just could not cry. If you can’t get past Step 1 then you’ve got no chance of passing Step 3.
If this compilation of tear-jerkers doesn’t unclog your blocked tear-ducts, then you’re well and truly dead inside. There’s no bringing you back to life now. Rest in peace.
I’m joking. There’s still hope.
Put your earphones in. Turn the lights off. And cry my friend. Let it all out.
Wake up in the morning. Put your mask on. Get on with your day.
- Lies – Marina & The Diamonds
Sob Scale: 9/10
Perfect for when you realise the Bastard whose led you on for months is just not that into you.
Best listened to with your face pressed against the bus window whilst it is raining.
You’re too proud to say that you’ve made a mistake
You’re a coward ’til the end
I don’t wanna admit, but we’re not gonna fit
No, I’m not the type that you like
Why don’t we just pretend?
- Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart – Ariana Grande
Sob Scale: 6/10
Perfect for when you finally understand that the one you love is never going to give you exclusivity and you wish you could be okay with that.
Best listened to with your back pressed against a radiator, drinking a glass of mulled wine in winter. Knee-high socks and oversized jumper optional.
I know I’m not your only
But at least I’m one
I heard a little love
Is better than none.
- Everytime – Britney Spears
Sob Scale: 7/10
Perfect for when you regret screwing someone over and finally see how foolish you were to let them go.
Best listened to in the bath of course!
I may have made it rain
Please forgive me
My weakness caused you pain
And this song’s my sorry
At night I pray
That soon your face will fade away.
- Love Without Tragedy/ Mother Mary – Rihanna
Sob Scale: 8.5/10
Perfect for when you look back on the monster that you wasted years on, and although he almost destroyed you, from time to time you wonder if they’ve changed and if it could work this time.
Best listened to laying across the backseat of a car, being driven down a motorway at night.
You used to be this boy I loved
And I used to be this girl of your dreams
Who knew the course of this one drive
Injured us fatally
You took the best years of my life
I took the best years of your life
Felt like love struck me in the night
I pray that love don’t strike twice.
- Grand Piano – Nicki Minaj
Sob Scale: 7.5/10
Perfect for when you receive an intervention from your friends who are sick of seeing you cry over a loser.
Best listened to in bed, trying to fall asleep at night, spooning a pillow.
Am I being a fool?
Wrapped up in lies and foolish truths
What do I see in you?
Maybe I’m addicted to all the things you do
Cause I keep thinking you are the one who came to take claim of this heart
Cold-hearted, shame you’ll remain just afraid in the dark.
- Better – Banks
Sob Scale: 9.5/10
Perfect for when you can’t get over someone who is in love with someone else.
Best listened to walking through the woods when it’s really, really windy.
How couldn’t you see
All the water’s cold, cold, cold, cold, cold….
While you lied to me
You hide in your hole, hole, hole, hole, hole…
Don’t you see?
Try to see
Yeah, try, yeah
I can love you better than she can.
- Until We Bleed – Lykke Li
Sob Scale: 10/10
Perfect for when you miss the one you kept trying to fix and hoping they’re doing better now.
Best listened to jogging alongisde a river at night when it is foggy. With the occasional passing car’s headlights shining on you like a spotlight.
I need you to need me
So we’re bound to linger on
We drink the fatal drop
Then love until we bleed
Then fall apart in part.
- Breathe Me – Sia
Sob Scale: 9/10
Perfect for when you still haven’t recovered from the one that you always thought was going to save you, leaving you.
Best listened to walking through the city centre at midnight, wrapped up in a huge scarf.
Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before
Hurt myself again today
And the worst part is there’s no one else to blame
Be my friend, hold me
Wrap me up, unfold me
I am small, and needy
Warm me up, and breathe me.
- If I Were A Boy – Beyoncé
Sob Scale: 5/10
Perfect for when you still hurt from all the lying and the cheating.
Best listened to cycling around the park in Summer on a rented bike.
It’s a little too late for you to come back
Say it’s just a mistake
Think I’d forgive you like that
If you thought I would wait for you
You thought wrong
But you’re just a boy
You don’t understand
Yeah you don’t understand
How it feels to love a girl someday
You’ll wish you were a better man
You don’t listen to her
You don’t care how it hurts
Until you lose the one you wanted
Cause you’ve taken her for granted
And everything you have got destroyed
But you’re just a boy…
- Dancing On My Own – Robyn
Sob Scale: 8/10
Perfect for questioning why you were just never good enough for that ex.
Best listened to in a club at the end of the night, when you’re an absolute mess and have lost all your friends.
So far away, but still so near
(The lights go on, the music dies)
But you don’t see me standing here
(I just came) to say goodbye
I’m in the corner
Watching you kiss her
Oh oh oh
I’m giving it my all
But I’m not the girl you’re taking home
Ooh ooh ooh
I keep dancing on my own (I keep dancing on my own)