Editors’ Notes Speaking in an interview toward the end of his life, Roy Orbison—one of the greatest chroniclers of pain and loneliness pop music has ever heard—confessed that he wasn’t half as sad as his songs let on. In fact, he said, he needed to be feeling pretty good before he could convey precisely how it felt to feel so bad. These oldies—from torch-song-tinged pop to R&B ballads—cut to the (broken) heart of a blue mood with tenderness, precision, and an innocence that feels rarer as time goes on. We regularly update these tracks, so whether you're finding a new discovery or a forgotten favorite, add it to your library.

SONG
ALBUM
Mr. Lonely
2:41
 
Crying
2:48
 
It's My Party
2:20
 
So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)
2:33
 
The End of the World
2:37
 
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
2:40
 
Since I Don't Have You
2:38
 
Blue Velvet
2:48
 
Heartbreak Hotel
2:10
 
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
2:17
 
When Will I Be Loved
2:05
 
Take Good Care of My Baby
2:40
 
Only the Lonely
2:27
 
Another Saturday Night
2:42
 
Bye Bye Love
2:24
 
Lonely Teardrops
2:43
 
Sealed With a Kiss (Remastered)
2:46
 
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (Single Version)
3:46
 
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
2:59
 
A World Without Love (2002 Remaster) [Mono]
2:44
 
Tragedy
2:46
 
It's Over
2:49
 
As Tears Go By
2:46
 
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
3:06
 
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
2:35
 
Yesterday
2:05
 
2:56
 
The Sound of Silence
3:10
 
The Tracks of My Tears
2:55
 
Crying In the Rain
1:59
 
This Diamond Ring
2:14
 
Where Did Our Love Go
2:31
 
Eleanor Rigby
2:06
 
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
3:08
 
Walk On By
2:58
 
Love Hurts
2:22
 
We Can Work It Out
2:15
 
Poor Little Fool (Remastered)
2:33
 
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (Single)
2:50
 
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
2:54
 
My World Is Empty Without You (Juke Box) [Single Version] [Stereo]
2:33
 
I Was the One
2:33
 
The Great Pretender (Single Version)
2:38
 
It Ain't Me Babe
3:32
 
Walk Away Renee
2:44
 
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
2:35
 
Take a Letter Maria
2:44
 
3:16
 

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