Playlist: Upbeat songs that are actually sad

You know how sometimes you’re listening to a happy-sounding upbeat song, with a good catchy melody and all? Then all of a sudden, your brain starts registering the lyrics, and then it’s like… WHOA! This song is FUCKING DEPRESSING! Do you ever get that? I get it all the time, and it’s a major head trip. It’s like watching bunnies dancing around and then realizing that the “dance” is actually an act of genocide.

a sad and lonely pug dog

It looks deceptively cute, but it's actually sad

Anyway, here’s a short list of some songs I think sound deceptively happy, but are actually sad as hell.

If you’ve got some suggestions, drop a comment!

  • Death Cab for Cutie – No Sunlight
  • The Cure – In Between Days
  • The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
  • Everclear – Sunflowers
  • Adam Sandler – Somebody Kill Me
  • Adrienne Pierce – Lost and Found
  • Garbage – Only Happy When it Rains
  • Jewel – You Were Meant For Me
  • Liz Phair – Fuck and Run
  • Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
  • Rachael Yamagata – Worn Me Down
  • Suzanne Vega – Luka
  • Tegan and Sara – Back in Your Head
  • Tegan and Sara – I Hear Noises
  • Tegan and Sara – You Wouldn’t Like Me
  • that dog. – Ms Wrong
  • City High – What Would You Do

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