Five Song-Types For Angsty Alternatives

As alternative people of music-subcultures (there are exceptions to this rule) there’s no doubt that when we are emotional, withering wrecks we turn to music that helps us express, revel and question. So here are five kinds of songs (that coincidentally paralleled the stages of loss) that always help me get past my moments of emotional wreckery.

Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, In paradise
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A Song Depicting The Exact Opposite Of What You’re Feeling (Denial)

 Studies have shown that acting confident can, over time, make you naturally a more confident person – and this works for music as-well. But for those situations when you can’t break down crying on the street or you can’t smash that shop window, like you’re envisioning in your head. It works to stored it away for you to express healthily when you remove yourself from the situation.

Don’t You Want Me by The Human League. This song just makes me laugh so hard, every-time.

Something Screamy (Anger)

Sometimes, don’t we all need to scream? We just need to get it all out and say all of the cuss words (that last part may just be me).

Hole’s Rock Star (AKA Olympia)

A Political, Punk Song (Bargaining)

I’m not trying to dishevel the
of the Punk movement into a subculture of angsty teens. What I am trying
to do is to use the power, emotion and politics of Punk music as a way
to express your angst in a healthy way. Arguing is one thing, but
arguing politics is another.

Holiday In The Sun by The Sex Pistols, it’s certainly a classic.

Something That Lets You Dwell (Sadness)

I considering a certain
amount of dwelling a good thing because it allows the problem to not get
stuck in your mind, under layers of work and school, to hit you when
you least expect it. Face your emotions, cry a lot (there’s nothing
wrong with that) and in the end you’ll be surprised to find that you
feel so much better than if you pushed your feelings to the end of your to-do

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead (or anything by Radiohead at that) is my ultimate dwelling music.

Your ‘Happy‘ Song (Acceptance)

This can be a song that has always been there to make you smile or a recent song that you just can’t stop yourself from dancing to! Anything that gives you a bit of a smile and makes your housemates scream at you for playing it over and over.

Doing The Unstuck by The Cure is a constant and Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles is a current.

What do you listen to when you’re emotional and why? Post any song suggestions below that you feel better fit your own ‘Angst’ list!

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  1. May 11, 2013 / 12:41 am

    I love listening to classic punk songs when i am feeling particularly angsty. Holiday in the Sun is actually one of my favorites, having been the first punk song I ever heard.

  2. Anonymous
    May 15, 2013 / 5:53 am

    Quadrophenia is a really good angst album, 5:15 being a brilliant 'Anger' song. (The Who)
    The Clash are a great punk band, political messages and all! A good song of theirs is White Riot, also for 'Anger'
    Pink Floyd's The Wall album for 'Sadness'

    Just my angst songs! 🙂

  3. May 15, 2013 / 10:18 am

    Anon: Those are awesome! I've heard the bands a million times but I might focus further into their music now that you've pointed out some songs. :3

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