Ten Things Tuesday: Ten (at the very least) Melancholy Songs

Written By Rebecca

If you want a happy-go-lucky cheerleader-type post for today, stop right here.  This ain’t it, Playa.  But it’s not THAT bad either, I don’t want to totally turn you off, it’s just that these ten songs aren’t from the “walking on sunshine” category and there’s absolutely no jumping, high fiving or ear to ear grinning going on.  These are the epitome of “angst” songs (brings it back for a few of us..) and perfect songs for when you just wanna roll about in a ball of selfish “why me?” introspect.  Have a bad day at the office and wanna kick the dirt and shove your hands in your pockets on the way home?  Download these.  Not feeling the love, or love troubles, down on your luck?  Come to the dark side, let it seduce you, have a drink, go to bed and try again tomorrow.

I also did you a favor, created this playlist of grooveshark.com and shared it with you, so sign up for grooveshark for free, and share my playlist.

or copy this link:  http://grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Feeling+Bad+For+Myself/65776517  And in no particular order, I present to you….

10. Weezer – say it ain’t so

Your Drug is a heart breaker – my love is a life taker…  seriously.  I love this band for this song and many others, they’re also really big in Japan, I’m serious, that wasn’t a back handed David Hasselhoff he’s-big-in-Germany type joke.


9.  Ben Folds Five – Evaporated

No playlist is complete without some Ben Folds Five.  I’m just sayin’, I won’t hear it otherwise.  The first note played on the piano, you know this is perfect for one of your bad days.  NOW, if you’ve been dumped,  on the flip side when you wake up tomorrow, download “song for the dumped”  It’s not depressing at all, it’ll totally get you in the rebound mode.  You go girlfriend.  <snaps fingers in “Z” motion channeling Stella gets her groove back>

8. Counting Crows – Raining in Baltimore

If it starts out with a slow piano chord, followed by more solo piano, it’s depressing.  You’re gonna need a bigger glass with that bottle.

7. Johnny Cash – Hurt

I told you this list was depressing.  Can’t take it?  Ok, go listen to some WHAM!  Go cheer up, skip the rest of the list, but come back when you want to open that bottle of Whiskey… by yourself.

6. Radiohead – Karma Police

5. Tori Amos – A sorta fairytale

At this point, if you got this far without reaching for the razor blade …  (totally kidding)  you’re probably thinking “Man she really got this depressed playlist thing DOWN, Becca needs to double up on her therapist appointment this week.”  But you’d be wrong, this playlist is cathartic for me.  Turn that smile upside down, you use more muscles when you frown.

4. Billy Joel – And so it goes

My favorite “Uptown Girl” Piano Man woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

3. Alice in Chains – Down in a hole

Everyone was anxiously awaiting a band reunion on this one until Lane Staley OD’d and put himself in a hole that’s six feet under.  Dammit.

2. Cake – Friend is a four letter word

1. Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer and/or Across the Universe

I don’t think it would be possible for Ms. Apple to sing anything that wouldn’t be interpreted as depressing.  I think she could do a cover of ‘Walking on Sunshine” and it would make you want to, at the very least, lay down on a bed somewhere and contemplate your existence.


This wouldn’t be a “Becca Ten Things Tuesday” if I didn’t break the rules right?  Get some Back to Black by the late Amy Winehouse.  I missed Eric Clapton, “Tears in Heaven” and Hootie and the Blowfish “Let her Cry”.  I didn’t want to make you cry, but if you felt like it,  add these two songs.  Me, I’m going to drown my sorrows where I usually find them, at the bottom of a bottle and then Party Rock my way out for another tomorrow.


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