Top ten songs you can’t listen to without crying


Willow Bowen, Reporter

  1. “Runaway” by Kanye 

“Runaway” by Kanye West was released on October 4, 2010, on the album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” This song would make anyone emotional with the remorseful words used to describe all of the problems wrong with oneself. Runaway is coming from the perspective of someone that is sorry for all of the things that they make other people put up with, but they can’t help it because that’s who they truly are. A lyric from the song that describes it as a whole would be “Cause you could blame me for everything and I don’t know where I’m Manage if one day you just up and leave.” 

  1. “Mirrorball” by Taylor Swift 

“Mirrorball” by Taylor Swift was released in 2020 on the “Folklore” album. This is one of my personal favorite Taylor Swift songs because it’s very unique and delicate with its words. “Mirrorball” reflects the idea that you mirror other people’s personalities to help yourself fit in, but when no one is around that’s when you shine the most. This is also  a way to say that when you love something you can lose yourself in it. The lyrics from the song that emphasize the meaning the most is “I’m a mirrorball, I can change everything about me to fit in, you are not like the regulars.” 

  1. “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star 

“Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star was released in 2011 from the album “ll giorno in più.” This song has been interpreted by completely giving yourself up to a person to such an extent and losing yourself in the process. The singer ends up in heartbreak because they were loving someone that was damaged without the capability of true affection. One verse from the song is “You live your life, you go in the shadows. You’ll come apart and you’ll go black.” 

  1. “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry 

“The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry came out in 2010 on the “Teenage Dream” album. “The One That Got Away” is about losing someone who was important to you and then realizing later in life that  they were the one that got away. This song reminisces the things that they did with the person they lost and how in another life they would be together. The most meaningful line in the song would be “All this money couldn’t buy me a time machine, no, can’t replace you with a million rings, no, I should have told you what you meant to me.” 

  1. “Purple Rain” by Prince 

“Purple Rain” by Prince was released July 27, 1984, on the “Purple Rain” album. The amount of emotion in the song always sticks with me and makes it more than a song; it’s an experience. Prince described the meaning of “Purple Rain” as “When there’s blood in the sky – red and blue equals purple. Purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your hope guide you through the purple rain.” My favorite lyric from the song “It’s such a shame our friendship had to end.” 

  1. “August” by Taylor Swift 

“August” by Taylor Swift was released in 2020 on the “Folklore” album. Swift wrote this song to reminisce about the memories of young summer love, and after summer is over the relationship tends to fizzle out even though you thought you finally had them. It creates the image of what you imagined that person to be but seeing who they really were by the end of it. One verse from the song is “But I can see us lost in the memory, August slipped away into a moment in time, cause it was never mine.” 

  1. “My Immortal” by Evanescence 

“My Immortal” by Evanescence was released on December 8, 2003, on the album “Fallen.” This piece was a song that is about mourning the loss of a loved one but them still having them haunt you. The only thing that you want the spirit to do though is leave so you can finally have peace. A line from “My Immortal” is “I wish that you would just leave, cause your presence still lingers here, and it won’t leave me alone.” 

  1. “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran 

“Photograph” by Ed Sheeran came out on June 23, 2014,  with the album “X.” This song is interpreted many different ways but I see it as when someone is away, keeping the love you have for them in a photograph, where the happiness you had was captured there, frozen. Sheeran also talks about the ways that love can affect a person in ways of how it can hurt you but also how it can heal you and it’s the only thing you truly know. A memorable verse from “Photograph” is “we keep this love in a photograph, we made these memories for ourselves, where our eyes are never closing, hearts were never broken, and times forever frozen still.”

  1. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac 

“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac was released in 1975 on the album “Life Becoming a Landslide.” Stevie Nicks, the band’s lead singer, came up with the song after facing the fear of losing everything just for a dream. Singing about how you don’t know if you’re going to keep it together just so you can pursue it.  This can be an emotional song for a lot of people because of the topic of passing time. A memorable lyric from the song would be “Well I’ve been afraid of changing, cause I’ve built my life around you, but time makes you bolder, even children get older, and I’m getting older too.”  

  1. “Adam’s Song” by Blink-182 

“Adam’s Song” by Blink-182 was released in 1999, on the album “Enema of the State.” This song is number one because to me it’s a story of growth and finally seeing the brighter sides of things. This song is about having lows in your life that cause depressive episodes and make you feel like you can’t make it any longer. Eventually though you start to see the beauty in things and how it can change your life, finally making you excited to live again. A memorable verse from “Adam’s Song” is “Tomorrow holds such better days, days when I can still feel alive, when I can’t wait to get outside, the world is wide, the time goes by.”