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Thursday October 21st

14 songs to cry to because midterms

As I write this, there are 10 (!!) days until Spring Break. In those remaining 10 days, I have two midterms and a yuge project that may or may not be the end of me. Surprisingly, these upcoming challenges and the ones I’ve already had to deal with (looking at you Italian 203 midterm) have made me cry less than I thought I would. This means that I’m either doing better than I thought or that I’ve just become immune as a result of some of the horrors I’ve had to face. I’ve gathered some of my favorite crying songs into this lovely playlist just for midterms. Happy cathartic crying, everyone.

“The Scientist,” Coldplay

Have Chris Martin’s teeth always been crooked?

“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door," Bob Dylan

This is drastically different than the Guns n’ Roses version.

“God Only Knows," The Beach Boys

I used the "Love Actually" version because my family watches it every Christmas and I cry every time I hear it because it makes me incredibly homesick.

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," Green Day

All the middle school graduation feels.

“Landslide," Fleetwood Mac

Nick Miller sings this in my favorite episode of “New Girl,” which doesn’t make me cry, but the real version does.

“Hallelujah," Jeff Buckley

Disclaimer: this is not the version from “Shrek."

“Space Oddity," David Bowie

Extra tears because we lost a good one.

“Your Song," Elton John

Elton John is one of my favorite people, partially for this song.

“High Hopes," Kodaline

Discovered this gem first semester of my first year during midterms on a sad songs Spotify playlist.

“Mad World,” Gary Jules, Michael Andrews

Was unaware of how sad this song actually is.

“Chasing Cars," Snow Patrol

Shoutout to “Grey’s Anatomy” for destroying any positive memories I had of this song.

“The Climb," Miley Cyrus

This was peak middle school angst and no one can tell me otherwise.

“Halo," Beyoncé

Saw the queen herself sing this last May in the pouring rain and it was incredibly moving.

Bonus: “Pills N Potions," Nicki Minaj

This is a bonus because, while not a good cry song, it is a great pick-yourself-back-up song.


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