Having a song that speaks to your bad days is just as important, if not moreso, than a song you can put on and dance around the living room to on the good days. This year many artists released some truly stunning pieces of music that left us feeling less alone and in a few cases, in tears. Sometimes you just need to cry it out.
Here are songs that were released in 2017 that emotionally wrecked us.
Kesha’s return to radio was well worth the wait. After years of being silenced by her ex-producer and alleged assaulter Dr. Luke, Kesha was finally free to make her own music and channeled her pain and anger into her most stunning body of work yet.
Lyric that wrecked us: “Some say, in life, you’re gonna get what you give / But some things only God can forgive.”
Following the passing of his father, SonReal put his emotions down on paper and recorded the personal and beautiful tribute “My Friend.”
Lyric that wrecked us: “If I got you, then I know I got something.”
It’s no surprise that a song that uses the US national suicide prevention hotline as its title is an emotional rollercoaster. The poignant track struck a chord with listeners around the world in 2017, with Logic succinctly rapping about what it really feels like to deal with depression.
Lyric that wrecked us:“I don’t wanna be alive / I just wanna die today.”
Sam Smith’s deeply personal lead single from 2017’s The Thrill Of It All detailed what it’s like to love a person even when you know they’re going to hurt you in the end.
Lyric that wrecked us: “I’m never gonna let you close to me / Even though you mean the most to me / ‘Cause every time I open up, it hurts.”
Linkin Park’s 2017 single “Heavy” was already a difficult song to listen to for anyone who has dealt with depression or lost someone to suicide. But considering it was the band’s last major single before lead singer Chester Bennington took his own life this summer, the song hits even harder and is a reminder of how heavy depression can be.
Lyric that wrecked us: “Why is everything so heavy /Holding on / So much more than I can carry.”
With her breakout single, Julia Michaels laid down all her demons for the world to see in the vulnerable “Issues.”
Lyric that wrecked us: “When I’m down, I get real down.”
I mean, it’s right there in the title. It’s not as if Noah Cyrus didn’t warn us.
Lyric that wrecked us: “I never hated you like I do right now / ‘Cause all you ever do is make me cry.”
Ed Sheeran wrote 2017’s “Supermarket Flowers” following the death of his beloved grandmother. After playing the song for her late husband, Sheeran’s grandfather insisted the song be included on Divide. We insist on listening to the song alone so we can cry without judgment.
Lyric that wrecked us: “And when God takes you back we’ll say Hallelujah / You’re home.”
If the intro of a solo cello wasn’t enough of a giveaway to the fact that Camila Cabello’s “I Have Questions” was going to hits us in the feels, the melancholic listing of queries was enough to finish us off.
Lyric that wrecked us: “You got some nerve trying to tear my faith apart.”
Haim’s hauntingly beautiful “Right Now” chronicles a one-sided relationship where both partners are never in sync with their feelings. Timing is everything and in the case of “Right Now,” too much hurt has been caused to ever get back on track.
Lyric that wrecked us: “Gave you my love, you gave me nothing / Said what I gave wasn’t enough.”
Niall Horan’s “Too Much To Ask” can best be described as a song that encapsulates the bargaining stage of a break up.
Lyric that wrecked us: “I forget you’re not here when I close my eyes / Do you still think of me sometimes?”
SZA’s song about still wanting to be with her ex even though they ended the relationship is painfully relatable.
Lyric that wrecked us: “I get so lonely I forget what I’m worth / We get so lonely we pretend that it’s worse.”