It is a well-known fact that I am extremely susceptible to earworms and emotional cues from music.  If you want to fill me with existential angst and loneliness, all you have to do is play the first few bars of Toto’s “Ninety-Nine.”  For a song based on a George Lucas flick, it’s remarkably melancholy (although the Lucas flick in question is ‘THX-1138’, which is a treatise on dehumanization in a crapsack future, so it’s not out of character.)  On occasional, when I wanna wallow in a little misery like an angsty teenager, I’ll cue it up to depress me for a bit, then follow it with something upbeat, like Edge’s WWE entrance music, leading to today’s minor-key query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) can also substitute Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’, if I want to relive every bad breakup I’ve ever been through right before a job interview, asking: What song is the most successful at filling you with loneliness?


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  1. Oh geez…I was a teen in the mid-late 90s and a girl and a country music fan…what song doesn’t fill me with melancholy? ;)
    That being said, the song I choose was released 2 years before I was even born – “Cool Change” by Little River Band. ALL the feels with that song.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Right now, it’s probably “February” by Dar Williams. It’s an elegy to relationships that don’t survive the hard times, making metaphor of winter.

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