20 Songs That Sound Happy But Actually Have Sad Lyrics

Don't judge a song by its melody.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Jun 28, 2020
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For the hardcore music lovers, one of the biggest betrayals in life is when you find out that the upbeat song you were listening to actually has some pretty heartbreaking lyrics. Now, listening to that song isn’t the same anymore, and you learn not to judge a book by its cover (or rather, a song by its melody). But on a more serious note, upbeat songs with sad lyrics are actually masterpieces. If you look at it in a different manner, they're just sad songs that make you happy with their vibrant melodies.

If you’re in need of new music recos to add to your playlist of sad, feel-sy songs (Aminin, we all have one!), here are 20 songs with sad lyrics, as recommended by #GenerationCandy. We also compiled it in a playlist so you won't have to.

“The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry

Voted by: @ellekiryuu_13xx 


In another life, I would be your girl

We keep all our promises, be us against the world

In another life, I would make you stay

So I don't have to say you were the one that got away

“See U Never” by Niki

Voted by: @theacuaresma

I'll be seeing you never

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I'm living free, light as a feather

When you're chilly, alone in December

Just remember, I'll be seeing you never 

“Hard Times” by Paramore

Voted by: @laleinm

All that I want is to wake up fine

Tell me that I'm alright, that I ain't gonna die

All that I want is a hole in the ground

You can tell me when it's alright for me to come out 

“Changing of the Seasons” by Two Door Cinema Club

Voted by: @isarrosa

And I've worn out all the reasons

To keep on knocking at your door

Could be the changing of the seasons


But I don't love you anymore

“Hello Stranger” by Janina Vela

Voted by: @itschloexjade 

Can someone tell me please

Does it get easier

To see someone you used to know

I keep asking myself

Would it be better to

Fake that I can't hear when you say hello

“Adore You” by Harry Styles

Voted by: @gorgeousshyra

You don't have to say you love me

You don't have to say nothing

You don't have to say you're mine

“Wonderwall” by Oasis

Voted by: @kristamaaae

And all the roads we have to walk are winding

And all the lights that lead us there are blinding

There are many things that I

Would like to say to you but I don't know how

Because maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me

And after all, you're my wonderwall

“Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran

Voted by: @mlmercado3

So I'll sing Hallelujah

You were an angel in the shape of my mum


When I fell down you'd be there holding me up

Spread your wings as you go

And when God takes you back we'll say Hallelujah

You're home 

“Congratulations” by Day6

Voted by: @heylorlin

Congratulations, glad you're doing great, woah

Congratulations, how are you okay, woah

How could you be so fine

I can see it in your eyes

The same look that you gave me, that kills me inside

“Rare” by Selena Gomez

Voted by: @maxinepumaren

Saw us getting older

Burning toast in the toaster

My ambitions were too high (too high)

Waiting up for you upstairs

Why you act like I'm not there?

“Happier” by Marshmello ft. Bastille

Voted by: @fayeultra, @amberapola

I wanna raise your spirits

I want to see you smile but

Know that means I'll have to leave

“Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5

Voted by: @kit_bnzn 

But things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do


Sunday morning, rain is falling and I'm calling out to you

Singing, someday it'll bring me back to you

“I Don’t Care” by The Ransom Collective

Voted by: @heydudzy

Run along, nothing to say

'Cause all along it never mattered anyway

Sometimes, I feel like I'm okay

Sometimes, I feel like I wanna run away

“Eight” by IU ft. SUGA

Voted by: shreyasingh2k

So are you happy now?

Finally happy now, are you?

Well, I'm exactly the same

I think I've lost everything

Everything comes as it pleases and leaves without a goodbye


Voted by: @rayzcia

I start humming and before I know it

I feel like crying, I don’t feel like myself

This isn’t like me at all

I love you so much

“Cherry Wine” by Hozier

Voted by: @rizalynleus

Calls of guilty thrown at me

All while she stains

The sheets of some other


Thrown at me so powerfully

Just like she throws with the arm of her brother

“The Break Up” by LANY

Voted by: @_amaranthx_ 

You think you wanna be, you wanna be alone

Just wait until you're crying on the shower floor

It hits you in the chest, 'bout every day you're done

'Cause once you let it go, you better know it's gone

“Somebody Else” by The 1975

Voted by: @krxtinnn 

I don't want your body

But I hate to think about you with somebody else

Our love has gone cold

You're intertwining your soul with somebody else 

“Love Scenario” by iKON

Voted by: @its.zmc 

I’m not really okay

Going through this break up

Today was our yesterday and now there’s no tomorrow

It hurts but if we dragged it out more, it would’ve become a scar

I loved you and I was loved

So that’s good enough for me 


“Lifetime” by Ben&Ben

Voted by: @theleighlopez

Tangled with another's eyes

Never mind, you were never mine

Glimpse of me and you

Oh, you were a good dream

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