5 Songs to Mourn the End of Winter Break
It was only a few days ago that we were saying our last goodbyes to 2016, and though the parting of ways could not have come a moment too soon, there’s a special place in our hearts for what was arguably the most insane year since 1999 (only 2016 could outdo the turn of a century). Alas, we all survived, so before we all resign to turning over the requisite new leaf, let’s take a moment to express both our disdain for the past year and despair following the end of some well-deserved time off with these seriously appropriate throwback tracks.
“I Feel Like Dying,” Lil Wayne
A little hyperbolic, but relevant nonetheless. Released as a precursor to the album that was crowned “the epic culmination of a lifetime of eccentricities” by Pitchfork (Tha Carter III), Lil Wayne’s 2007 hazy hit “I Feel Like Dying” has never been more relatable—on the heels of the worst/weirdest year yet, it’s the perfect way to say one last goodbye to 2016.
“Everybody Hurts,” R.E.M.
R.E.M. pulls us into one big collective hug with “Everybody Hurts,” an empathetic track aimed at connecting everyone’s pain in the hopes of diminishing it (or at the very least, acknowledging it). Even the video laments something we can all agree blows: traffic (perhaps the lowest common denominator of complaint-worthy displeasures).
“Dark Times,” The Weeknd feat. Ed Sheeran
Abel and Ed Sheeran draw on their mutual past of addiction and depression for a somber “Dark Times” (track 12 on The Weeknd’s sophomore album, Beauty Behind The Madness). It’s the quintessential combination of serious and seriously dope.
“Solitude is Bliss,” Tame Impala
If you’re spending your bout of musical self-pity solo, this one’s for you. The Tame Impala trio delivers again, this time with a track that you’ll want to enjoy in…solitude. To drive the memo home, singer Kevin Parker makes things pretty clear: “There’s a party in my head / and no one is invited.”
“Rock Bottom,” Eminem
It’s 1997, and Eminem has become all too familiar with rock bottom in its truest form: fired from his kitchen job and unable to support his one-year-old daughter, Hailie, “low point” may be an understatement. But this rapper rises from the ashes, and “Rock Bottom” emerges as one of his greatest songs to date. Here’s hoping the metaphor still holds for our transition to 2017.
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