All the best pop songs are secretly very sad songs disguised in some banger-worthy beats you want to dance to. A big claim, but I’m standing strong with it. As the great queen Dua Lipa once said:
cry dancing is my fave
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) August 26, 2016
So if you’re in the mood to have a lil cry but want to look groovy while doing it, here are our top 10 sad pop bops!
‘Dancing On My Own’ – Robyn
This song is my OG dance cry song. Released in 2010, it is the sad gal gift that keeps on giving, and the music video features Robyn getting her groove on to it!
FAV LYRIC: “I’m in the corner, watching you kiss her, ohh. I’m right over here, why can’t you see me, ohh.”
‘Fake Happy’ – Paramore
Even if you’ve only read the title, this song needs no explanation as to why it is on this list. It makes me want to dance through the streets blasting it through a boombox while a tear trickles slowly down my face.
FAV LYRIC: “And if I go out tonight, dress up my fears. You think I’ll look alright with these mascara tears?”
‘3am (Pull Up) feat. MØ’ – Charli XCX
The best song to loudly sing along to if you’ve been messed over by a significant other and they just won’t stop calling you (extra relatability points if they are calling you at 3 am). Next time they do it, just send them a link to this song.
FAV LYRICS: “It’s three a.m. and you are callin’ (callin’). Go fuck yourself, don’t say you’re sorry (sorry). I can’t believe I used to want this.”
‘Green Light’ – Lorde
No one can deny that this song absolutely RIPS. And no one can deny that Lorde has some of the best sad girl dance moves OF ALL TIME. Excuse me as I go blast this song and boogie on top of a car…
FAV LYRICS: “‘Cause honey I’ll come get my things, but I can’t let go. I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it. Oh, I wish I could get my things and just let go. I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it.”
‘All You Had To Do Was Stay’ – Taylor Swift
This wouldn’t be a sad pop bops playlist without the one and only Taylor Swift. No matter what specific kind of heartbreak you are going through right now, Miss Swift most likely has written a song about it. This is mine ATM…
FAV LYRIC: “Stay, hey, all you had to do was stay. Had me in the palm of your hand. Then, why’d you had to go and lock me out when I let you in.”
‘Bad At Love’ – Halsey
This list could have been made up of Halsey’s entire Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album tracklist, but I managed to narrow it down to this one universal sad banger! Aren’t we all a little bad at love?
FAV LYRIC: “I’m bad at love (ooh-ooh), But you can’t blame me for tryin’, You know I’d be lyin’ sayin’ You were the one (ooh-ooh). That could finally fix me, Lookin’ at my history, I’m bad at love.”
‘One Last Time’ – Ariana Grande
Why anyone on planet earth would want to turn Ariana Grande down is beyond me, but it has led to this absolute ripper of a tune that would have me crying in the club*.
*if I ever went out clubbing.
FAV LYRIC: So one last time, I need to be the one who takes you home. One more time, I promise after that, I’ll let you go.”
‘IDGAF’ – Dua Lipa
This song would fall more into the category of angry-sad pop songs, but it is the perfect remedy if you have lots of emotions boiling up in you that you just want to groove away. Let’s all learn the dance and take to the streets as a collective.
FAV LYRIC: “‘Cause if you think I care about you now. Well, boy, I don’t give a fuck.”
‘Somebody Else’ – The 1975
This is more of a slowly-groove-while-a-single-tear-falls-down-your-cheek type banger than a fist-pump-while-water-bursts-out-of-your-eyes tune and it makes an amazing addition to the sad pop bops list. We love a well-rounded listicle.
FAV LYRIC: “I hate to think about you with somebody else. Our love has gone cold, You’re intertwining your soul with somebody else.”
‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ – Sky Ferriera
Fit with a staccato slap-back beat and sultry 80s piano chords, ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ is an essential, angst pop banger. It screams of longing, yearning, and frustration – we’ve all had that feeling of pure reeling over our own thoughts and actions, this track, carried by Sky’s sultry vocal performance encompasses that perfectly.
FAV LYRIC: “Hurts so bad, I don’t know what you want from me. You know I’m trying, you know I’m trying”