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Songs to Listen to When You're Sad

Sad Songs That Will Actually Make You Feel Better

There's nothing like a sad, slow song to aid in a postbreakup cry or to be the soundtrack to a bad day. It's a well-known fact that music is made to bring out emotions in all of us, but what may come as a surprise is that sad music can have the opposite effect from what you would expect. Wallowing in sad songs can actually elicit positive feelings of "transcendence, peacefulness, and nostalgia," according to a recent study. It allows us to reflect and even feel a sense of consolation during bad times. Lucky for us, there are some really amazing sad songs out there — because what are life and love without a bit of heartache?

— Additional reporting by Katelyn Evans

Listen to our Spotify playlist for the saddest songs of all time, and prepare for an onslaught of emotion.

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