10 Sad Songs That Will Make You Surprisingly Happy

Leonard Cohen — “Alexandra Leaving”

I’ve written here before about how people who call the great man “depressing” are kinda missing the point, and while I’m pretty sure that my entreaties are largely falling on deaf ears, at least hear this one out: this is a song about the end of a love affair. It is, undeniably, a sad song. And yet it is also about valuing that the affair happened, about letting it come to its natural conclusion and being thankful for the time you spent together. It is, in other words, pretty much the definition of happy/sad.