7 Tearjerker K-Pop Songs That Help Relieve Stress

Sad K-pop songs often have the ability to bring tears to our eyes, and sometimes a good cry may be just what we need to relieve stress. SHINee’s Minho, Lee Hi, and many other artists have performed tearjerkers, and listening to these songs may help to reduce stress. K-pop healing is always here for fans and newcomers alike!

2AM – “No good in good-bye”

“No good in good-bye” discusses someone being in denial about the end of a relationship. They can’t imagine life without their significant other and begs them to stay. This song gives comfort to everyone listening though its expressive lyrics. It lets music lovers know that many share the same breakup experiences, and the ballad expertly uses electronic guitars to bring a sad mood. Your stress will be released when that relatable message is conveyed through the very first play.

AKMU – “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love”

“How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” will bring tears to your eyes on the first listen. Good doses of R&B, soul, folk, and blues genres make up this timeless ballad as the song is a haunting one about never wanting to breakup with a significant other because of undying devotion to them. They would rather endure a strained relationship than deal with ending things. AKMU touches the heart with lyrics that are so earth-shattering, and their music is the best medicine!

SHINee’s Minho – “Chase”

The SHINee member brings contemporary, R&B, and hip hop genres to life in this song with explosive emotions. “Chase” talks about someone who is tormented by memories of a lover, and following the separation, they are still haunted by their presence. Minho’s music has the amazing ability to connect with all listeners, and this song is such a tearjerker. You can get so immersed in it that you’ll forget your own problems. Wave stress goodbye as you focus on the relief.

BLACKPINK – “Lovesick Girls”

The girls perfectly blend pop, dance, electronic, and EDM genres together to make an unforgettable K-pop track. The acoustic guitar makes its mark as well. “Lovesick Girls” describes someone’s desire for a lasting relationship after dealing with heartbreak. Love is the ultimate goal despite it being impossible in the unfulfilling relationships they pursue. And as listeners relate with the realistic heartbreak, it’s easy to feel refreshed after having a good cry to this song.

Lee Hi – “BREATHE”

The late SHINee’s Jonghyun wrote this iconic song for Lee Hi. “BREATHE” is all about someone’s desire for comfort when they are having a hard time. It reassures the listener that it’s ok to get tired and make mistakes sometimes. The powerful ballad has a touch of the R&B and soul genres blended in. “BREATHE” is the kind of song to start or end your day with to empower yourself for whatever life throws at you. The song itself is a warm hug that can wash all the stress away.

DAY6 (Even of Day) – “Right Through Me”

Do you ever want to reverse a breakup? DAY6 (Even of Day) expresses the overwhelming desire to make things right in their single “Right Through Me.” The track also talks about the pain someone feels while going through a breakup. There are significant elements of pop, rock, and synth-pop genres throughout the song, and “Right Through Me” is one of those tracks that seems to completely understand the little things that stress us out. A good cry after listening to this one will uplift any day of the week.

Shannon – “Daybreak Rain”

Lyrics in “Daybreak Rain” compare the unhappy emotions someone feels after a breakup to daybreak rain. The song demonstrates the agony a person feels when their significant other isn’t there. This ballad expertly conveys sad feelings with the use of electronic rain sounds! It is incredibly moving to hear the sounds of nature in the single, and it has such a calming effect. “Daybreak Rain” is the kind of song you share with your best friend so you can both erase your stress together!

Hey Soompiers, is there a K-pop tearjerker that helps you relieve stress again and again? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below! 

KMoody is a Soompi writer who is a longtime Korean drama fan. Her favorite dramas include “Boys Over Flowers,” “Dream High,” and “Love Alarm”! For more information about her personal and professional writing journey, follow her on Instagram at BTSCelebs.

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