"The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard"

While getting ready for work this morning, I was listening to DJs on the radio discussing a book called I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard. They only covered the top 5, so I went searching for more of the list. The Guardian lists the top 25, including commentary about why each song is so depressing.

25. Sam Stone - John Prine (1972)
24. My Immortal - Evanescence (2002)
23. You don't Bring me Flowers - Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand (1978)
22. The River - Bruce Springsteen (1980)
21. Tell Laura I love her - Ray Peterson (1960)
20. All By Myself - Celine Dion (1996)
19. Woman's Prison - Loretta Lynn (2004)
18. Prayers for Rain - The Cure (1989)
17. The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe (1997)
16. The Rose - Bette Midler (1980)
15. Maggie's Dream - Don Williams (1984)
14. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (1979)
13. Brick - Ben Folds Five (1997)
12. Ruby, Don't Take your Love to Town - Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (1969)
11. One - Metallica (1988)
10. People Who Died - The Jim Carroll Band (1980)
9. Sister Morphine - Marianne Faithfull (1979)
8. Hurt - Nine Inch Nails (1994)
7. Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday (1939)
6. DOA - Bloodrock (1971)
5. Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks (1974)
4. Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler (1984)
3. Honey - Bobby Goldsboro (1968)
2. The Shortest Story - Harry Chapin (1976)
1. The Christmas Shoes - Newsong (2000)

The author, Tom Reynolds, even ran into some legal trouble for his comments in the first draft of the book, such as references to Whitney Houston's stints in rehab, Lou Reed's heroin addiction, and KISS performing badly on the Paul Lynda Variety Special. Puzzled by the legal department's requirement that he have evidence to back up every comment, he wrote this editorial.

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  1. It's be possible to include Papa Loved Momma by Garth Brooks if it wasn't so darned toe tapping.

  2. How's the People who Died depressing, it's more silly, despite the title.



    or search in Wikipedia for: List of saddest songs


  4. Wikipedia Article on 'Saddest Songs' Deleted

    Editors and Administrators at Wikipedia determined that this article did not meet their encyclopedic standards. Information presented on Wikipedia MUST NOT be based on 'original research', and MUST BE objective and unbiased.

    So I moved the list of sad songs here: http://www.WorldsSaddestSongs.com

    Feedback is welcome.

  5. i would include "love song for a vampire" by Annie Lennox... makes me cry every time, and "There is no if..." by The Cure - a true representation of the fleeting nature of love and why you should never ever try!

  6. What a great list. However it is missing some of my most favorite sad songs(BTW no matter what list anyone makes, it will always miss some of the great song). Two of these song is Evenscence's My Immortal and Undestanding. In 'My Immortal' the theme is about a girl who was waiting for his love to come to her. But her waiting was in vein as she dies her soul still lingers and awaits her lovers return. a really amazing song. One really need to hear it, if they are looking for a sad song. And as for 'Understanding' well there nothing can be said about this song. The more and more you listen to this the more you unfold its mystery and the more you fall in love with this song. Just go to this site http://www.loverofsadness.net/sad_song.php?id=45 and listen to this song for once. Oh and user's might also wanna check this website for Sad Love Songs. i am sure you wont be disappointed.