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Top 10 “Feels” Compositions

Here’s the Urban Dictionary definition for feels:

A wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained.

We’ve got pumped-up metal songs like this:

“For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica

We’ve got funky songs like this:

Music Video for “Dark Necessities” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

We’ve got happy musicals like this:

“Singin’ in the Rain” Title Song

We’ve got pop songs like this:

Music video for “Sucker for Pain”

And the list goes on..

But there are a very few songs that actually manage to give “feels” (cannot be adequately explained, but you’ll know what I mean) that are much narrower than the broad genres we have. One can often relate to such songs with special memories in life. Of course, music is relative and the “feels” will also vary from person to person. I am just going to list my top 10 picks that come in this category.


10. River Flows in You

To get started, this is the type of music I was talking about.

9. Main Title (The Godfather Waltz)

It’s not uncommon that you can’t imagine a movie without its perfect score. But even when I forget everything about the masterpiece movie, this particular track stands out to be relatable in a very specific sense. I was once obsessed with this track for over months.

8. Prélude

This amazing composition by Alexandra Streliski was featured in the “Dallas Buyer’s Club” movie soundtrack. Another one of the hidden gems you find unnoticed in movie soundtracks.

7. Prelude in E-Minor (op.28 no. 4)

Speaking of Prelude, this one by Chopin is known to give feels to many. 
Fun fact: By Chopin’s request, this piece was played at his own funeral.

6. Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 14)

While we are talking about classical stuff, this one is probably the best one in that genre to have them feels.

Moving on to our top 5 picks…

5. Bemidji, MN (Fargo Series Main Theme)

Drawing inspiration from the theme score of the original movie, the Fargo TV show theme is the answer to what the show is all about. Dark.

4. Love theme from Cousins

I’m out of words for this one.

3. Dispute

Let’s talk about the composer here for a while, Yann Tiersen. Monsieur Tiersen specializes in the “feels” genre. The soundtrack album for Amelie, is a compilation of his famous works then. Discover it yourself.

2. Primavera

This is my favorite composition by quite possibly the best modern classical composer of our generation. Here’s Ludovico Einaudi, everyone.

1. Comptine d’un autre été, l’après-midi

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