A Love Letter For The Lonely Ones: Songs To Make You Feel Less Alone
Originally written for @imaginistzine
It is easy for the world to feel overwhelming sometimes, for you to be consumed by doubt and uncertainty, especially given the current state of the world. It can also feel like no one else truly understands the inner depths of what you are thinking and experiencing, but the truth is, someone out there does. From heartbreak to self-love, these are the songs for the lonely ones who sometimes crave security and love, the ones which will make you feel less alone.
Conan Gray – People Watching
Just the other day, American singer and social media star, Conan Gray released his newest single ‘People Watching’. In promoting the song Gray posted a snippet of the song’s music video to his 4.5 million Instagram followers, captioning it ‘this song is for all us lonely people’. Beautiful in both melody and lyrics, ‘People Watching’ comments on how hard it is to find love and that special someone who makes you ‘feel all that love emotion’. Although, Gray sings about his feelings of happiness seeing those around him in love, there is a sense of pensive sadness with lyrics such as ‘I end up all alone, but I still keep hoping’. Overall, the song perfectly details how easy it is to feel left behind and unlovable, particularly when it comes to love. Yet, the song shouldn’t be taken as a sad reminder of such emotions but instead exhibits how many people struggle in their quest for security and someone, proves to be somewhat comforting as it highlights you are not alone in feeling this way.
Olivia Rodrigo - Jealousy, Jealousy
To be honest, all 11 tracks on Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album SOUR are profoundly relatable. Nevertheless, one song stands out, and that is ‘Jealousy, Jealousy’. Jealousy is a horrible emotion which no one ever truly wants to admit too feeling. That said, it is one all too common, especially given we live in an era of constant comparison created by the world of social media. The 18-year-old rising star even stated in an interview for Vevo a few months back how as an artist she wants to sing about those ‘ugly feelings’. It is fair to say that within the lyrics of ‘Jealousy, Jealousy’ such feelings are explored with there being mention of comparing oneself physically through looks, lifestyles, and relationships. It can sometimes seem everyone else is confident and happy but what Rodrigo wonderfully captures is the idea that everyone is a little insecure at times and do not always feel that they are at their best.
The Weeknd - Scared To Live
Arguably the most utterly heart-breaking song on the list, ‘Scared to Live’ is one of the amazing collection of songs featured on the Weeknd’s 2020 album titled ‘After Hours’. Through this piece of art, the singer explores hard-hitting themes including self-loathing, heartbreak, and promiscuity, revealing his inner-most raw emotions. What is so sad about this song is its subject of a broken relationship in which one individual was detrimentally affected by. Singing from the point of view of the one in the wrong, the Weeknd expresses not only his sorrow and regret for hurting the other person but most importantly, his encouraging words to said person to keep going on as they deserve better. Everyone who has ever been through a difficult break-up can relate to the song’s content. Often more times than not, one person is left in the dark about how the other one is feeling, and this can be the cause of much anxiety and sadness. However, it can be argued that this song in many ways offers both a sense of closure and hope that someone better will come along.
Rina Sawayama – Chosen Family
Japanese-born, British-raised singer Rina Sawayama is another individual who beautifully captivates the struggles of life, most notably of those growing up and feeling out of place. Sawayama reminds us through her heart-warming song ‘Chosen Family’ that there will always be someone there who will want to help you in your hardest moments. Having recently duetted the song with the legendary Elton John, Sawayama re-emphasised how to her the song holds a special heart and is dedicated to those who are part of the queer community. Citing how it is can be hard for queer individuals to find acceptable, the song’s lyrical content should serve as an uplifting message of hope. Love is all around us and although it can sometimes be hard to find or feel, there is always people who will invite you into their family.
Lauv – For Now
In a weird sort of way, it’s like Lauv captured the situations that many people would find themselves going through in 2020. His album ‘How I’m Feeling’ was released at the beginning of March 2020, a couple of weeks before the world would change. The American songwriter is best known for capturing the realest emotions when it comes to love and heartbreak. In ‘For Now’, Lauv talks about the difficulties that come with a long-distance relationship and the pain of missing someone. This, for most people across the world, was their stark reality last year and for some, it still is. As well as writing about these things, he also makes note of the fact distance does not equate to less love. Although it feels like not being able to physically see someone means they will forget about you, Lauv reinforces the idea the wait will be worth it and one day soon you’ll be able to meet again but for now, ‘our friends will fill this home’.
Janine – Loving Me
This New-Zealand based singer has released a song which anyone who is doubting themselves should listen to me. This emotional melody emphasises the importance of loving yourself with lyrics such as ‘you deserve so much more love than I give’. In a world which is non-stop and never easy, people often forget that they need to treat themselves with the same love they give to other people. It is a song which will leave you feeling at peace with yourself and so proud of everything you have been through. It’s a moment of reflection, which I think everyone needs from time to time.