The Sad Music of Life: Instrumental Tracks to Help You Feel

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We all know the feeling: you’re stuck in a funk, feeling low and just generally down in the dumps. But sometimes, the best way to get out of a funk is to just let yourself feel it. And what better way to do that than with some sad, beautiful music?

The Sad Music of Life is a blog dedicated to finding and sharing the best Instrumental tracks to help you feel. From weepy violins to heart-wrenching piano ballads,


It’s no secret that music can be powerful. It can make us feel happy, sad, motivated, or even help us fall asleep. And while there are countless songs out there that can pick us up when we’re feeling down, sometimes what we need is something a little more mellow.

That’s where sad instrumental music comes in. These tracks are designed to evoke feelings of sadness and nostalgia, perfect for when you’re in need of a good cry or just want to reflect on life. From piano-based ballads to strings-heavy pieces, these songs will tug at your heartstrings and leave you feeling introspective and introspective.

The Different Types of Sad Music

There are many different types of sad music out there. Some people might think of classical music when they think of sad music, while others might think of more modern songs. Whatever your preference, there is definitely a type of sad music out there for you.

Slow and Melancholy

Sad music can be slow and melancholic, or it can be fast and furious. It can be soft and gentle, or it can be loud and jarring. It can be simple and sweet, or it can be complex and tortured. But no matter what form it takes, sad music has the power to touch our hearts and make us feel.

There are many different types of sad music, but some of the most common are slow and melancholy, fast and furious, soft and gentle, loud and jarring, simple and sweet, and complex and tortured. No matter what type of sad music you prefer, there is sure to be a style that speaks to you.

Dark and Haunting

Most people associate sad music with slow, mellow tunes that make you feel wistful or nostalgic. But there are actually many different types of sad music, each with its own unique emotional power.

One type of sad music isdark and haunting. This type of music often has a slow, organic feel, as if it is slowly unfolding before you. The melodies can be simple or complex, but they always have a sense of yearning or loss. The lyrics, if there are any, tend to be reflective and introspective.

This type of music can be very effective at evoking feelings of melancholy and loneliness. If you’re looking for music to help you wallow in your sadness, this is the type you should seek out.

Reflective and Contemplative

Reflective and Contemplative: These pieces are usually slower and have a more pensive feel. They may or may not have lyrics, but if they do, the lyrics tend to be introspective. This type of sad music can be helpful when you need to sort through your feelings or when you want to spend some time in reflection.

Songs in this category:

“Yesterday” by The Beatles
“Dust in the Wind” by Kansas
“All By Myself” by Eric Carmen
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan

The Benefits of Listening to Sad Music

Music is often seen as a way to boost one’s mood or energy levels. However, studies have shown that sad music can also be beneficial. Listening to sad music can help you understand and process your own emotions. It can also be a form of self-care, providing a space for you to feel all of your feels.

It can Help You Process Your Feelings

When we experience something sad, our brain releases the chemical neurotransmitter called dopamine. This is the chemical that helps us feel pleasure, and it’s also what makes us crave things that make us feel good. This is why it can be so addicting to listen to sad music—we get a little dopamine hit every time we hear a song that stirs up emotions.

But dopamine isn’t the only chemical at play here. There’s also another one called oxytocin, which is sometimes called the “cuddle hormone.” Oxytocin is released when we hug someone or bond with someone, and it makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Research has shown that oxytocin can help reduce stress and anxiety, and it can even help improve our moods.

So, when you listen to sad music and you get a little hit of dopamine followed by a dose of oxytocin, it’s no wonder that you might start to feel better—even if just for a little while. And if you’re dealing with something big, like a break-up or the death of a loved one, listening to sad music can actually help you process your emotions and start to heal.

It can Help You Connect with Others

It can be easy to feel like we’re the only ones going through tough times, but listening to sad music can help us feel connected to others who might be feeling the same way. In fact, one study found that people who listened to sad music after a breakup actually felt more connected to others and less alone.

So if you’re feeling down, try putting on some sad music and see if it helps you feel better.

It can Help You Boost Your Mood

People often turn to music to help them cope with sadness, but research suggests that sad music can actually have a positive effect on our moods. In one study, participants who listened to sad music experienced a boost in their moods after listening. The music seemed to help them regulate their emotions, making them feel better overall.

other studies have shown that sad music can help people release their emotions and provide comfort during difficult times. Listening to sad music can also be a way of self-soothing, helping us to feel better when we’re feeling down.

So if you’re feeling sad, don’t be afraid to reach for your favorite melancholy tunes. You might just find that they help you boost your mood.

The Best Sad Songs to Listen to

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up playing the piano and singing in choirs, and I’ve always been drawn to sad, emotive music. There’s something about sad songs that just resonates with me on a deep level. Maybe it’s the fact that they often deal with universal themes like heartbreak, loss, and nostalgia. Whatever the reason, I often find myself drawn to sad songs when I’m feeling down.

“Be Still My Soul” by David Nevue

“Be Still My Soul” by American musician David Nevue is a beautifully sad and instrument track that is perfect for when you need to mourn or just sit with your feelings. This piano-based song is slow and stirring, with a feeling of loss and nostalgia throughout. If you’re looking for a sad song that will make you feel, this is it.

“Requiem for a Dream” by Clint Mansell

“Requiem for a Dream” is a haunting and beautiful piece of music written by Clint Mansell. It is often used in films and TV shows to convey a feeling of sadness or loss, and has been featured in some of the most heartbreaking scenes in recent years. If you’re looking for a sad song to help you feel, this is one of the best.

“Lacrimosa” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

One of the best sad songs of all time comes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1791 masterpiece, Requiem Mass in D Minor. The “Lacrimosa” is the penultimate movement of the Requiem and is absolutely heartbreaking. It is a beautiful, tragic song that is sure to bring tears to your eyes.


We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of sad instrumental music. If you’re looking for more, be sure to check out our other playlists. And if you have any recommendations, please let us know in the comments.

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