Don't you just love it when a song hits you right in the feels? Stabs you in the heart, moves you to tears, whether it's because it's about something sad and recognisable or it's just plain and simple, incredibly pretty? Well, I do. I find there's something so comforting about listening to such songs, and I always feel sort of like I'm the happiest I can get; blissfully lost in the moment in which I hear them, either singing along, sitting in my favourite chair with a book in my lap, doing the dishes or even swaying across my living room. I love these 'life is good' moments so much that I decided to start on a playlist that features the songs that move me in that way. And what better day than Sunday to start sharing those with you?
Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
We'll never really know what Yorke is singing about in this one, as he labelled it as 'a product of a joke that wasn't really a joke. A lonely, drunken night and, well, a breakdown of sorts'. Anyway, I hear a tragic love story that revolves around all the fake things society can impose on us, how about you?
When the feels kick in: when the song starts to build up at around 2:20. Oh, I'm such a sucker for build-ups, you'll definitely notice that when you hear the other songs in this playlist.
Heroes by Peter Gabriel
I was already completely sold by Bowie's original version, but while that one feels like more of a heroic hymn, Peter Gabriel's tragic take on it really broke my heart when I first heard it used in the first season of Stranger Things.
When the feels kick in: the minute those strings kick in. You can already hear them coming up at 2:10 but when they really break through... Just. Wow.
The Beautiful Ones by Prince
I grew up with Prince's music, so just about anything he ever did is pure gold to me, but when it comes to pretty songs (because damn, that man really had serenadin' down), this one takes the crown.
When the feels kick in: Oh, they're pretty much there all the time. But that ending! When he just sounds so raw and in total agony? Chills, every time.
The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve
The Verve's Urban Hymns is pretty much perfection in my book. From beginning to end. A lot of the songs on it can hit me right in the feels, actually, but probably none more than this particular song.
When the feels kick in: Well. The minute Ashcroft starts singing. What's that, second number 2?
Pure Imagination by Jamie Cullum
I LOVE the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film, and Pure Imagination is such a beautiful song. Cullum's jazzy take on it is my favourite of all the covers that exist.
When the feels kick in: If you want to view paradise ... of course!
Ramshackle Day Parade by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
You didn't think my all-time hero wouldn't be featured in this playlist, did you? If you did I would quite understand, actually, as you wouldn't immediately really connect The Clash's music with the word pretty. Perhaps that's actually the one good thing about them having split up; hearing Strummer's raw voice singing a beautiful tune like this.
When the feels kick in: It's Strummer, people, they're there the whole time.
Sign Of The Times by Harry Styles
Surprised? This one had to grow on me because as a Prince fan, I thought naming your song pretty much the same thing as a legendary song by THE Artist is pretty ballsy. Styles, however, delivered a great album full of small nods to his own (and actually quite old school, awesome) favourite bands, with this song ending up as my personal favourite.
When the feels kick in: The first time the chorus comes around. And the build-up at the end. Duh?
Lightning Crashes by Live
Throwing Copper is easily one of my favourite albums ever. You know, the kind your parents fed you with a spoon, so to speak, and turn out to never let you go as you grow up. Another one to add to the Nelle really loves build-ups list.
When the feels kick in: when Ed tells them to at about 1:58.
Songbird by Fleetwood Mac
Oh, Christine McVie. You totally get us all, don't you? This is just such a universal song you cannot help but love it, whoever you are.
When the feels kick in: let me put it this way; I want to lie down, close my eyes and just enjoy the beauty of it the minute I hear that piano.
Release by Pearl Jam
My all-time favourite Pearl Jam song because it simply has it all; emotion, multiple (yay!) build-ups and a screaming Eddie Vedder. Yes, please.
When the feels kick in. Immediately. But they explode every time he reaches the end of a verse and... Well, you know. Screams.
I'll be sure to add more songs to this playlist in the future because believe me; there's plenty more where that came from. In the meantime, listen to it here but beware. This could be you in a minute:
WHICH SONGS CAN REALLY MOVE YOU TO TEARS?