Too Many Feelings: A Playlist for Our Weird World


"We don't talk enough
We should open up
Before it's all too much
Will we ever learn?
We've been here before
It's just what we know"
-HS

The world is a mess right now, and none of us really know what's going on or the full extent of the situation. It's scary. There's no way around that. But music offers us one the best coping mechanisms out there. There's a song for every emotion you've ever experienced and every situation (even, as you'll see, situations that feel like the apocalypse).
If your anything like me, you've gone through a lot of different emotions over the course of the last week or so. I've started thinking of them as stages of grief in a way. We're all losing a lot during this time in a range of different ways so there's sadness and loss and anger and fear and a real need for self care. So I made a giant playlist of a ton of micro-playlists that touch on some of the different experiences I've had to match whatever you're feeling right now. Maybe it'll make you smile a bit.
Since everyone gets their music from different platforms, I'll make a YouTube playlist and link it because that's the most broadly accessible, but feel free to add whatever songs you want to your version on whatever platform.

What Is The World 

Hurricane (Halsey)- "Don't belong to no city/Don't belong to no man/I'm the violence in the pouring rain/I'm a hurricane"
Overnight (Maggie Rogers)- "Things get strange, but I'm alright".
If The World Was Ending (JP Saxe ft. Julia Michaels)- "The sky'd be falling and I'd hold you tight/And there wouldn't be a reason why/We would even have to say goodbye/If the world was ending you'd come over, right"
Sign of The Times (Harry Styles)- "Stop your crying/Baby, it will be alright/They told me that the end is near/We gotta get away from here"

Angry
Ashley (Halsey)- "And I don't want to be somebody in America/Just fighting the hysteria/I only wanna die someday/Someday, someday"
Empty (Olivia O'Brien)- "I can't handle these pressures/All I can say is, this stress hurts/Things are supposed to get better"
Anxiety (Julia Michaels)- "Like, "If you're sad put your hand up/If you hate someone, put your hand up/If you're scared, put your hand up'"
It Is What It Is (Kacey Musgraves)- "Maybe I love you/Maybe I'm just kind of bored/It is what it is/Till it ain't/Anymore"
I HATE EVERYBODY (Halsey)- "If I could make you love me/Maybe you could make me love me/And if I can't make you love me/Then I'll just hate everybody
Out of the Woods (Taylor Swift)- "We were built to fall apart/Then fall back together/Are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods yet?/Are we in the clear yet? In the clear yet, good"

Sad
To Be So Lonely (Harry Styles)- "It's hard for me to go home/Be so lonely"
okay (Julia Michaels & LANY)- "I'm gonna be okay, right?/I'm gonna be okay, right?/I wish I could tell myself that at night/I'm gonna be okay, right?"
Lonely (Noah Cyrus)- "'Cause I'm so sick of being so lonely/Miss all my family/Oh, I don't care, anyone, anything/Cause I'm so sick of being so lonely"
If I Could Fly (One Direction)- "For your eyes only, I'll show you my heart/For when you're lonely and forget who you are/I'm missing half of me when we're apart/Now you know me, for your eyes only"

Loss
Two Of Us (Louis Tomlinson)- "It's been a minute since I called you/Just to hear the answerphone/Yeah, I know that you won't get this/But I'll leave a message so I'm not alone"
Soon You'll Get Better (Taylor Swift)- "You make the best of a bad deal/I just pretend it isn't rea/I'll paint the kitchen neon, I'll brighten up the sky/I know I'll never get it, there's not a day that I won't try"

Wistful
Drive (Halsey)- "All we do is drive/All we do is think about the feelings that we hide/All we do is sit in silence waiting for a sign/Sick and full of pride/All we do is drive"
Is There Somewhere (Halsey)- "I'm trying not to let it show, that I don't want to let this go/Is there somewhere you can meet me?/'Cause I clutched your arms like stairway railings/And you clutched my brain and eased my ailing"
San Fransisco (Niall Horan)- "My mind's made up/Take me back, take me back to San Francisco/I know what we had would never last, but I can't let go of you"

Self Care
Take Care of Yourself (Maisie Peters)- "I hate how you talk to yourself/It's not weak if you need to be held/So cut off a little slack and roll all your cavalry back/My love, take care of yourself"
Keep On (Sasha Sloan)- "Every time I run away/It catches up somehow/But I've been learning what to say/So I talk myself down"
Don't Let It Break Your Heart (Louis Tomlinson)- "Don’t you let it kill you/Even when it hurts like hell/Oh, whatever tears you apart/Don’t let it break your heart"
Sad Together (Olivia O'Brien)- "'Cause we're born alone, we die alone/But right now I don't wanna cry alone/And we know nothing's gonna last forever/So let's be sad together"
Just Hold On (Louis Tomlinson)- ‪"The sun goes down and it comes back up /The world it turns no matter what /Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh oh, if it all goes wrong/Darling, just hold on"
Clean (Taylor Swift)- "Rain came pouring down when I was drowning/That's when I could finally breathe"
Fine Line (Harry Styles)- "We'll be a fine line/We'll be alright"

Uplifting
Long Live (Taylors Swift)- "Hold on/Just spinning around/Confetti falls to the ground/May these memories break our fall"
Change (Taylor Swift)- "Because these things will change/Can you feel it now?/These walls that they put up to hold us back will fall dow/It's a revolution, the time will come/For us to finally win"
Keep Holding On (Avril Lavigne)- "Keep holding on/'Cause you know we'll make it through/We'll make it through/Just stay strong/'Cause you know I'm here for you"
Treat People With Kindness (Harry Styles)- "Maybe we can find a place to feel good/And we can treat people with kindness/Find a place to feel good"

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