Just relaxing, listening to our favorite songs, and thinking about life are beautiful things, huh? Tastes in music differ, but introverts have one thing in common: we love deep lyrics that express our feelings.
Some time ago, I created a playlist with songs related to introversion and life as an introvert. Meanwhile, it counts more than 50 pop and rock songs from the 1950s to the present.
In this blog post, I want to share my twelve favorites of this playlist with you. I’ll include little excerps of the lyrics as well. You might not like all of the songs, but I hope that you’ll find one or two that resonate with you and make you feel “understood.”
Okay, we’ve had enough of words. Here we go!
1. “The Universe Inside” by Ben Lee (2015)
I recently stumbled upon this song and instantly fell in love with it. Introverts are often quiet people, but they have a rich and complex inner life. This song nails it.
“There’s a universe insideSongwriter: Ben Lee / Wells Michael John
Which no one else can see
A world inside
Where I’m alone with me.”
2. “Read All About It, Pt. III” by Emeli Sandé (2012)
This song is about encouraging a shy person to write down their song and share it with the world. These lines were a huge motivation boost to me because I’m shy and often struggle with publishing my writings.
“You’ve got the words to change a nationSongwriter: Adele Emily Sande / Benjamin Alexander Kohn / Peter Kelleher / Iain James / Thomas Andrew Searle Barnes / Stephen Manderson
But you’re biting your tongue
You’ve spent a lifetime stuck in silence
Afraid you’ll say something wrong.”
3. “All The Cool Girls” by jeremy messersmith (2018)
These lyrics touched me deeply. It reminded me of when I struggled with my introverted nature because my best friend turned away from me to become one of the “cool girls.” Maybe you’ve made similar experiences? If so, this song’s for you!
“We made a solemn vow, oh yeah, that we would never changeSongwriter: Jeremy Messersmith / Brian Tighe
We’d spend the rest of our poor lives misunderstandin’
Strange, well I’m still here, you’re standin’ there
With all the cool girls.”
4. “I Am a Rock” by Simon & Garfunkel (1966)
I know, this one’s a bit melancholic, but I’m sure that many introverts have felt like this before. Sometimes it’s good to listen to something melancholic because it comforts you to hear that you’re not alone with your negative feelings.
“I have my booksSongwriter: Paul Simon
And my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armor
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.”
5. “Here” by Alessia Cara (2016)
Ever been at a party or social gathering and felt like you didn’t belong there? Alessia Cara perfectly describes this situation in her song. These straight lines made me realize once more that nothing’s wrong with me, just because I hate parties.
“I’m sorry if I seem uninterestedSongwriter: Terence Po Lun Lam / Isaac Hayes / Coleridge Tillman / Andrew Wansel / Robert Gerongco / Samuel Gerongco / Alessia Caracciolo / Warren Felder
Or I’m not listenin’, or I’m indifferent
Truly, I ain’t got no business here
But since my friends are here
I just came to kick it but really
I would rather be at home all by myself, not in this room.”
6. “Things I’ll Never Say” by Avril Lavigne (2002)
I guess, most introverts – especially the shy ones – know this scenario: You want to tell someone how much you like them, but the words just won’t come out. Funnily, I’ve known this song for over 15 years, but only realized lately how perfectly it expresses what I feel.
“What’s wrong with my tongueSongwriter: Lauren Christy / Scott Spock / Graham Edwards / Avril Lavigne
These words keep slipping away
I stutter, I stumble
Like I’ve got nothing to say.”
7. “I Am Just a Girl” by ABBA (1973)
This one’s a sweet love song, and I can relate. I grew up with ABBA’s music because my father is a fan. But I didn’t know this song until I bought their debut album “Ring Ring” several years ago. When I listened to it for the very first time, I instantly felt so “understood.”
“I am just a girlSongwriter: Benny Andersson / Björn Ulvaeus
Not the kind of woman men would like to meet
Just another girl
No one ever looks at in the street.”
8. “In My Room” by The Beach Boys (1963)
What’s the favorite place of an introvert? Right: Their room! On their third studio album – “Surfer Girl” – the Beach Boys accurately phrased what we feel. Songwriter Brian Wilson explained that he always looked on his room as his kingdom, where he’s not afraid.
“There’s a world where I can go and tell my secrets toSongwriter: Brian Wilson / Gary Usher
In my room, in my room.
In this world, I lock out all my worries and my fears
In my room, in my room.”
9. “Are You Satisfied?” by MARINA (2010)
Well, this song is maybe not 100% appropriate, but I wanted to mention it anyway. It includes some lines that resonate with me and my introverted nature. Actually, that is accurate for several songs by MARINA, but I picked this one as an example. It’s the first track of her debut studio album, “The Family Jewels.”
“It’s my problem, it’s my problem if I feel the need to hide.Songwriter: Marina Diamandis
And it’s my problem if I have no friends and feel I want to die.
Are you satisfied with an average life?
Do I need to lie to make my way in life?”
10. “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode (1990)
That’s probably the most famous song on this list. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of it, haven’t you? It’s about just enjoying the moment without talking because words may hurt. I love being silent with someone, and the best person in my life to do that with is my dad. He’s an introvert like me, and when we are together, we don’t need to talk much but have a good quality time anyway.
“Words like violenceSongwriter: Martin Gore
Break the silence
Come crashing in
Into my little world.”
11. “How Soon Is Now?” by t.A.T.u. (2002)
I know this is a cover of a The Smiths song of 1984. However, I decided to share the t.A.T.u. version, as it has a personal meaning to me. Back in the day, when t.A.T.u. became famous in Europe and the US, I was a huge fan. So, when I heard this song for the very first time, I was about 13 years old and felt very lonely and misunderstood because of my quiet nature. This song represented exactly what I felt. Nobody seemed to care about me. I craved love so badly. (My family always loved me, but when you’re a teenager you wanna be loved romantically and have some close friends—I had neither.)
“There’s a club if you’d like to goSongwriter: Johnny Marr / Steven Patrick Morrissey
You could meet somebody who really loves you
So you go and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own
And you go home and you cry
And you want to die”
12. “Still Waters Run Deep” by The 69 Eyes (2002)
Okay, last but not least, one of my favorite songs. I stumbled upon it on YouTube several years ago, and thanks to it, I became a fan of The 69 Eyes, a Finnish dark rock band.
The proverb “Still waters run deep” has a personal meaning to me. It was among the comments about my humble self in our graduation book in school. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy this made me because most of the other remarks were rather frustrating to read (“She never talks” and blah).
“Just let me listen to you gently breatheSongwriter: Bazie
No words do we need
Let your innocent heart to speak
Still waters run deep.”
Have you discovered any songs you didn’t know yet? Maybe some new favorites to add to your playlist? Or perhaps there’s a song that you missed on this list? If so, don’t hesitate to share it in the comments below. Any genre is welcome.
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