Well hello there beautiful people, how’s life treating you these days?
I know life tends to come with a ton of ups and downs, high and lows and a lot of us may have experienced an emotion that normally sneaks in with the lows: melancholia. To me, melancholia is even worse than sadness – it’s a state that I sometimes find myself for a few days in and can’t seem to get out of. It’s that kind of sadness that physically hurts, the kind that takes so much more than tears to get over.
Over the years, I have come to discover a bunch of songs that capture that feeling beautifully for me. Some of them more well-known, some not. Priya from YouShouldHear (one of the best music-related blogs on WordPress that I sincerely recommend you visit) and I came up with the idea to each present 10 songs that capture that haunting feeling of melancholia. I will present my selection in this post and if you feel like it after, you can head over to Priya’s blog to listen to her accumulation of melancholic songs.
I’ll leave the link to her half of this blog post at the end of this post, as well as an embedded Spotify playlist of all of our selected songs. Priya and I also wanted to create some cool visuals – I have done these in the past, as I always enjoy making them and they also offer all of you the chance to screenshot it and listen to the playlist later if you wish.
I hope you enjoy this playlist we put together for you! What songs do you know that reflect that feeling of melancholia? Let us know! Also, for all of you that want to contribute to this playlist, I made it collaborative; So if you feel like a song is missing, you can add to the playlist too!
Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens
September Song by Agnes Obel
Stargirl Intetrlude by The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey
(There’s no YouTube video available to this one, but it’s included in the Spotify Playlist down below!)
Sleep Forever by Portugal, The Man
White Ferrari by Frank Ocean
To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra and Patrick Watson
Creature Fear by Bon Iver
Foreground by Grizzly Bear
A Song About Being Sad by Rex Orange County
TEST SPOT by Bedroom
A big fat thanks goes to Priya for collaborating on this with me, she’s literally one of my favourite people on here and I just love her and her blog to bits! Girl if you’re reading this, this collab was an absolute dream come true I AM SO HAPPY WE DID THIS ❤
Ps.: If you, dear reader, take any of these songs with you, might I suggest “A Song About Being Sad” by Rex Orange County, as we both had this one picked out!