• Jamie Ellsbury

5 songs for your feels playlist

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

So as you can see, I decided to do something a little different this week. I've always been a big fan of ~ sad ~ music because of the emotion it provokes. The songs I've listed below have found their way onto my most recent feels playlist and not gonna lie, some of them are pretty emo. So read ahead at your own risk... ;-)

5. All Love - FLETCHER

Before releasing her EP: you ruined new york city for me, Fletcher toured with the band LANY on their Malibu Nights tour from April 23rd to May 23rd. This is where I initially heard about her and decided to look into her music; since then I've been hooked.

Fletcher released her EP: you ruined new york city for me in August 2019. The most popular song from her EP being "Undrunk" which has over 86 million streams on Spotify at the moment.

The song "All Love" is from the same EP and shares details of an encounter Fletcher had at a bar with her ex and their new partner.

Fletcher talks about having mixed emotions about seeing her ex with someone new, but ultimately being happy for them. This can be seen in the pre-chorus and the chorus.

When you walk in the bar with someone holding hands

Introduce me to her, say I'm just an old friend

And ask how I've been

I say I'm doing fine but I'm lying

I take another shot, need the novocaine

Wish it would numb my heart the way it numbs my brain

But it's all love

I don't feel it, but it's all love

The way you kiss on her neck with that look in your eyes

Do it right in front of me kinda makes me wanna die

But it's all love

I hate the feeling, but it's all love

This song is on the playlist for obvious reasons. I think anyone that's been in a relationship and truly loved the other person has had a moment like this. There's a rush of emotions from seeing them with someone new, feeling upset, confused, etc. but also wanting the best for them (unless it ended terribly lol). I love the simplicity of the lyrics and the imagery that comes with them.

4. Dirty AF1's - Alexander 23

This. Freaking. Song. The first time I listened to this song, I knew that I would overplay it. Alexander 23 released his first EP: I'm Sorry I Love You on October 25, 2019.

Most of the songs on this EP are fit for any "Sad Boi Hour" playlist, but "Dirty AF1's" just hits different.

In the leading single from his EP, Alexander 23 is talking about the girl that he loves going to New York and leaving him in California. The first verse mentions subtle differences he notices throughout his apartment since she left. For example, the line

you took your smile back to New York, but you left your toothbrush

or the lines

I used to sing while in the shower, now I don't 'Cause you're not there to sing along While you put your makeup on

In the song, Alexander 23 also talks about trying to act like he's fine even though he's trying to get over someone he really loved. He keeps doing things to forget about her, or to show people he's over her, and everything seems to relate back to her somehow.

The chorus of the song really emphasizes this with lyrics that make you feel the heartbreak in each line,

I used to like to go out before I met you

Now I just go out to forget you

Put my nice shoes on so strangers can't tell

That I miss your dirty Air Force 1's

I used to like to go out before I met you

Now I just go out to forget you

Put my favorite shirt on so strangers don't know

That it looks way better on you

This song is number 4 on my list because while it's sad, and will definitely leave you down in the dumps, it picks up in the first verse with an upbeat tempo (not that its upbeat by any means hahaha just less depressing than the others).

3. Cherry - Harry Styles

Hello. You've reached the part of my blog where I have to be honest about being a Harry Styles Stan, but hear me out before you keep scrolling... :,)

Who else other than H̶a̶r̶r̶y̶ ̶E̶d̶w̶a̶r̶d̶ ̶S̶t̶y̶l̶e̶s̶ (too much? okay I'll chill), Harry Styles would put a voicemail of his ex at the beginning AND end of an already sad song.

"Cherry" is one of the songs from Harry Styles' Fine Line album, which was released on December 23, 2019.

Supposedly, this song and many others on the album are written about Styles' ex girlfriend, Camille Rowe. The song's name is rumored to be called "Cherry" because that was actually Styles' nickname for Camille. In french, "chérie" means darling and as a play on words he would ~ totally off the record, not really confirmed ~ call her "Cherry."

At the beginning of the song, you can hear Camille say "Coucou" which can be translated in three ways in French, but in this instance, it's meant to be "Hello" to the listener.

The song reminds me of a voicemail you'd drunkenly leave your ex at 2 AM. The verses in the song show things that he misses about her or his jealousy of how quickly she moved on from him. The chorus shows Styles' struggling with his ex being with another man/another man taking his place:

Don't you call him "baby"

We're not talking lately

Don't you call him what you used to call me

This is also shown in the line, does he take you walking 'round his parents' gallery?

After her relationship with Styles, Camille began dating Theodorakis “Theo” Niarchos, a gallerist who opened his own contemporary art gallery 6817 Melrose in 2015. Also, Theo’s father owns a large collection of artwork passed down to him by Theo’s grandfather, Stavros Niarchos.

At the end of the song, there's a voice note of Camille that translates to,

“Hey! Are you asleep? Oh, I’m sorry…” “Well, no… Nope, it’s not important…” “Yup, we went to the beach, and now we—” “Perfect! Let’s go!"

I love how open and honest this song is. It really shows the selfish side of someone hurt in a relationship by not wanting her to be with anyone else because he wants to be with her.

2. please - Chelsea Cutler & Jeremy Zucker

This song is one of five from the brent EP that Chelsea Cutler & Jeremy Zucker released. The song gives details to a relationship that's falling apart and the lyrics hit hard.

I was actually discussing the EP with one of my best friends because Chelsea Cutler released her album recently, which is amazing and I recommend checking it out if you haven't already. We were talking about the two songs "please" and "you were good to me" and we both talked about how we can't listen to "please" around other people because it's such a sad song.

Cutler begins the song by softly singing the first verse over mandola strumming,

You're still in the shower

Don't know where you're gonna go

I wish I had the power

To make this house feel more like home

I won't sleep a minute

Leave the light on by the bed

The bed you should be in, yeah

It's not how it's supposed to end

The lyric "I wish I had the power to make this house feel more like home" gets me every time. It's the saddest lyric to me from that verse because it shows how much effort she wants to put into keeping this person around, but she doesn't know where to begin.

Then the chorus,

Please don't leave me here

I don't know where I started

Please don't leave me here

I don't know where my heart is

The chorus is so vulnerable and melancholic. It really emphasizes the hurt felt between two people that are both so invested in a relationship that isn't working anymore.

Zucker follows the chorus with the next verse,

I'll see you when I see you It hurts, you'll never know ’Cause maybe you’ll come running When you're done being alone I swear I’ll wait forever If it means not letting go I'll put you under pressure Were you scared of getting close?

Zucker is an artist that I've listened to for a while and his delivery is e-v-e-r-y-thing. He can sing lyrics with such emotion, Chelsea Cutler also does this, which is what makes this EP so incredible, but he makes you feel like you've been in that exact situation.

This song beautifully portrays waiting on someone to realize how much you care for them/waiting for someone to love you the way that you love them.

Then Zucker and Cutler join together again on the last chorus to finish the song on a dismal note.

1. Like Everybody Else - Lennon Stella

This song is the saddest on this list because of how relatable it is. Lennon Stella uses this song to talk about the pressure young girls face to be perfect or unique. It could even be relatable to young adults because while it does talk about pressure in society, it also discusses hardships you face while growing up.

In the first verse, Stella talks about being left out by people she thought were her close friends,

Like the night all my friends got together

Heard about it afterwards

Didn't think was gonna hurt so much

In the song she's detailing parts of growing up that she's been let down or disappointed. In the chorus Stella is talking about trying to find your way in the world, but being broken down by comparison.

I hate to be boring or basic and add a quote in here, but this song makes me think about the Theodore Roosevelt quote, "Comparison is the thief of joy."

I can't imagine growing up with the additional pressure that Stella has, but I love that she is using her music to relate to young girls that struggle with their self-image. Especially with increasing expectations and unrealistic body goals set by social media, I think it's important that she's helping young girls feel validated by sharing her experiences and being able to relate to them.

In the chorus you can see Stella struggling with the way she views herself,

Been drilled in my head forever

Be better

Turns out I'm just like everybody else

Don't even go near a mirror

It'll kill ya

Trust me you don't wanna see yourself

Fuck the noise

It's too late

It's the choices

Now I don't even wanna be someone

What made me think I was special

I'm not special

Turns out I'm like everybody else

The mixture of Stella's voice and the lyrics in the chorus give me chills every single time. The end of the chorus especially when she says "what made me think I was special, I'm not special."

In the second verse she says,

Everybody in this room is too hard, too pretty

I'm tired

I just wanna be nobody

In this part of the song I feel like she's talking about the pressure she faces as a young girl in the public eye specifically. Growing up and facing any comparison is hard enough, let alone being a young person in the public eye and having added pressure to be the best at whatever you're doing.

I feel like she's saying that no matter how great she is, she always feels like there's someone prettier, better, etc. More often than not, we are our own worst enemy because not only do other people compare us, but we also put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect that it becomes exhausting.

I just love how genuine the song is and how you can feel the emotion through her lyrics. It seems like she's having these thoughts in her head and you're just tuning in.

I think you can get why it's my number one song by now, but I hope you give it a listen.


Jamie Lee

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