It has been raining for a few days here in Texas, which I’m not complaining about as my yard needed it. In fact, I have a special place in my heart for rainy days. Who doesn’t love a day spent on the couch reading a book while listening to melancholy music? And, sometimes we just need a good cry to reset our minds.
I came up with a perfectly mellow playlist, in my humble opinion.
- Everblue by Mandy Moore – This is such a beautiful, moody song. Mandy-Pants, that’s what I call her because I feel like we could be friends like that, was clearly going through a rough patch when she wrote this song. It is my go to when I’m in a broody kind of place.
- Between the Lines by Sara Bareilles – So, y’all know I’m a huge fan of Sara. I think she is an amazing songwriter. I’d love to go see her in Waitress on Broadway in NYC. This was one of my first favorites by the lovely Sara.
- Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez – I originally heard this song on an Anthropologie playlist & fell in love with it.
- Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy – This is the first song I ever heard by A Fine Frenzy. I was hooked by the end of it. Kind of OBSESSED.
- Forever & Always by Parachute – Okay, real talk. I cannot listen to this song without crying, so be prepared. It’s a beautifully tragic love song.
- Magnolia Mountain by Ryan Adams – My absolute favorite song by Ryan Adams. If I’m being honest I tend to think the vast majority of his music is melancholy & moody.
- I Bruise Easily by Natasha Bedingfield – I can’t really put my finger on it, but this song gives me total Joni Mitchell vibes, & we already know I love her so this song was quickly loved as well.
- Lost Stars by Adam Levine – This song is from the movie Begin Again, which Adam Levine was in. This is really the only song from this movie that I loved, preferably the slow version.
- Good Enough by Evanescence – Whew! If ever you have a down in the dumps, feel sorry for yourself moment, this song will help you wallow in it.
- Mayday by Cam – I love Cam; who doesn’t? The Bobby Bones Show helped bring her to the forefront of radio in the last year or so. This song, off her debut album, is my favorite.
- Not An Addict by K’s Choice – This song brings me back to high school. I used to be in a club called P.R.I.D.E. & we went around to the younger schools to talk about peer pressure, drug abuse, etc. We did a skit to this song, & I always picture it when listening to this song. It’s an oldie, but a goodie.
- I Can’t Tell You Why by The Eagles – So, we all know that The Eagles are my GOAT; however, my favorite song changes every so often. For the last year this has been THE ONE. It’s mellow, but the harmonies are amazing. Plus, I sing this song really well during my Car Concerts.
- Maybe by Kelly Clarkson – I love Kelly Clarkson! She’s a fellow Texan & she just gets it, you know? This is kind of a girl anthem meets a moody break up song. There’s chord changes from major to minor keys, it’s fast, it’s slow, it’s all over the place & I love it.
- Insensitive by Jann Arden – As most great songs are, this is one of the many about love & loss. Total classic. There is a great cover of this song by Leann Rimes.
- Can’t Stop A Heart by Aubrey Peeples – It took me quite some time to be able to listen to this song without crying. If you watched the show Nashville then you probably know that Layla wrote this song about Jeff & performed it after his death. It’s dark & sad & I love it.
- Losing My Religion by R.E.M. – Really? Yes, this is one of the ultimate sad jams. ‘Nough said.
- Dimming Light by Tennis – This is a somewhat new song to me. I believe Tennis only has an EP out, but I heard this song randomly on Spotify & immediately gravitated to it.
- Lemon Parade by Tonic – Tonic is one of my favorite bands from the 90’s & most of their songs are fairly mellow. This particular one really resonates with me.
- Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold) by Dan Seals – I love, love, love this song. It’s a typical country love song – tragic. This song is about a woman leaving her daughter & husband, & the song is written from his point-of-view. I particularly love it because the little girl’s name is Casey & the horse’s name is Red (my dad’s name). When I was little I thought this song was about us…it totally isn’t. Ahh, to be young & naive again.
- Up & Up by Coldplay – I love Coldplay. I’d say that 90% of all Coldplay songs could be on this playlist, but I especially love this one off their newest album. It’s actually a very uplifting song, but it’s so mellow thus how it landed here.
What are some of your favorite Rainy Day Tunes?