10 Songs That Will Emotionally Destroy You

10 Songs That Will Emotionally Destroy You

Grab some tissues, people.
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Music is arguably one of the most powerful forms of expression that we have. The emotional effect it can generate in one listener or an entire stadium is incredible, and we all have experienced something through music at one time or another. Because I believe that music should be both a shared and personal experience, I've compiled a list of ten songs that have probably (definitely) moved me to tears on one or more occasions with links to listen below:

1. Please Don’t Go - Barcelona

This song does an incredible job of expressing the ache of someone who knows the person they love is going to leave them. There aren't an abundance of lyrics, but the depth with which they are sung, as well as the beautiful instrumental break, are enough to land them on this list. There's something almost ghostly about the tracks opening, igniting the chills that are sure to last throughout the entirety of the song.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "If you want me to break down and give you the keys / I can do that but I can't let you leave"

2. Listen - Beyoncé (From the Motion Picture "Dream Girls")

Beyoncé gives one of her most powerful performances with this song. The song, which originated from the Broadway musical "Dream Girls," focuses on the character's decision to break away from the person that left her voice unheard. It focuses on self-discovery and the termination of an unhealthy relationship in order to be true to oneself and find one's own voice. Naturally, Beyoncé's voice does all of the talking here.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "I am alone at a crossroads / I'm not at home in my own home"


3. Even My Dad Does Sometimes - Ed Sheeran

One of the few songs that doesn't appear to be about a broken relationship, this song attempts to empathize with the listener by addressing vulnerability and explaining that crying is not something to be ashamed of. However, there also seems to be an underlying tone of desperation, pleading with the subject to hold on for the night because things will ultimately get better.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "So don't wipe your eyes / Tears remind you you're alive"


4. Jealous - Labrinth

This song is sung from the perspective of someone who was once in a relationship with a person who has since moved on, and who can't bare to see them with another person. The message is one that is incredibly relatable, and the harsh reality is truly reflected in the pain that comes across in Labrinth's voice.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "It's hard for me to say / I'm jealous of the way / You're happy without me


5. Gravity - Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles knew what she was doing when she wrote this song. It details the difficulty of being trapped in an abusive relationship, one that the victim is begging to be ended. The entire song is devastating, but if you've heard the song, you know that the final climactic note is what makes it that much more emotional.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "I never wanted anything so much / Than to drown in your love and not feel your reign"


6. I Can’t Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt (Bon Iver Cover)

This song is a true heartbreaker. While I enjoy the original version by Bonnie Raitt, something about Bon Iver's voice brings the record to life for me, but you can be your own judge of that. The song expresses the turmoil that comes with being in a relationship that is on the brink of extinction, told from the perspective of the person who is fighting to keep it alive.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "I'll close my eyes/ Then I won't see / The love you don't feel / When you're holding me"


7. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Sleeping At Last

An upbeat song originally performed by The Proclaimers, this version slows things down and turns the listeners focus toward the lyrics. The piano chords are just slow and sad enough to truly pull at the heartstrings, and Ryan O'Neal's voice can bring anyone to tears within the first minute.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "And when I'm dreaming / Yes, I know I'm gonna dream / I'm gonna dream about the time when I'm with you"


8. Father - Demi Lovato

The newest song on this list, Demi successfully destroys every feeling we've ever had in this track on her album "Confident." After coming out with "For the Love of a Daughter," it became clear to audiences that Demi Lovato's relationship with her father was estranged as a result of a severe drinking problem. This song serves as a response to his recent death, expressing both hope for a better existence in Heaven as well as an emotional tug-of-war in which she tries to reconcile her feelings for her father. Lovato's voice is literally dripping with emotion, resulting in one of the most heartbreaking songs she has ever written. (Side note: jump to 2:58 if you're interested in hearing Demi's voice actually destroy your soul)
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: All of them, but specifically, "You did your best or did you? / Sometimes I think I hate you / I'm sorry, dad, for feeling this / I can't believe I'm saying it"

9. Leave Your Lover - Sam Smith

Written about an ex that undeniably broke his heart, Sam Smith's break out album "In The Lonely Hour" has no shortage of heartbreaking songs that can make your chest ache with sympathy. While I'm biased (this is easily my favorite album of all time), this first album has earned the British crooner 17 awards, four of which are esteemed Grammys such as Best New Artist and Song of the Year. His voice is something outside the reach of human understanding, and his passion resonates in every single track.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "You'll never know the endless nights / The rhyming of the rain / Or how it feels to fall behind / And watch you call his name"

10. One and Only - Adele

Like many of the artists listed above, Adele's multiple-award-winning albums often recount her tales of heartbreak and unrequited love. What makes her stand out is that, like Sam Smith, her voice is unlike anything the music industry has ever heard before. She is a power house with the ability to write and express raw emotion in her songs, and this song in particular really hits home in a way that many others don't.
Gut-Wrenching Lyric: "I promise I'm worthy to hold in your arms"

Music has the inherent ability to connect both the listener and artist on an emotional level unlike any other forum of entertainment. Its cathartic nature causes us to react deeply and honestly, whether it be of joy, contempt, sorrow, or anger. Music has the ability to open our minds and break our hearts, and these are only ten of the millions of songs that have been produced to touch others' lives just as these have mine.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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