Top Ten Most Depressing Songs

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The Top Ten

Mad World - Gary Jules
Ironically, it's depressing and disturbing in ways, but it always makes me very happy to hear it come on my playlist. One of my all-time favorite songs. I hope I'm not the only one who is comforted by listening to it. It doesn't awaken me to the problems of the world - I constantly see them everyday. What it does is relax me. Let me know that there's someone else who understands what I'm feeling. Tell me I'm not the only one.
I really feel a connection to this song. It's like the story of my life. Sometimes, I feel like no one can understand me. It's like I'm the only one in this world who is sane. I know kind of a condescending way of looking at life, but it's just how I feel, and this song illustrates my feeling perfectly.
The sense of atmosphere in this song coupled with the lyrics and piano arrangement make this a masterpiece Christmas number one when it was released just goes to show how good it is. one of the few covers that manages to take the original and put a beautiful haunting new spin on it
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2Stan - Eminem
One of the most emotional songs, by the greatest rapper of all time! Deserves the #1 spot.
Its got to be the most intense and depressing song of all time!
This is d most depressing song no one can even think writing such but Eminem what he wrote is out of this world even god vouldnt have wrote something like. The feeling of fan who insanely pray his idol.. N how his songs help him when people heard it for d first time every artist was this guy jis insane how can even think of something like this he failed shakespear with this this song makes him d greatest lyricst ever born... There was nothing ever written like this... This song is something whose excellence can't be defined in words... This song is out of d league
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3Hurt - Johnny Cash
This song is gut-wrenching for me. NIN's version is good, too, but Cash takes this song to another level. The rasp and evident pain and regret in his voice make this song an apology for all he'd done that hurt those he loved and cared for, and a wish at the end of an old legend's life to go back and do it differently now. Gorgeous and haunting, even if it's not his original material.
I really love this song. It's very touching and emotional, RIP John.
I really really enjoy listening this song, I can listen it for hours and hours... It's so emotional it makes me cry every time, and his deep voice makes it even sadder. Very beautiful song! ♥
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4Creep - Radiohead
Story of my Life! When I listen to this song, I just close my eyes and tears flow out surreptitiously without me realising it.. Can't ever stop loving you nor can I ever make you love me!
The emotion and longing of Thom Yorke's voice makes you want to cry and think of the one you love.

This song is the most realtable song. If you love someone that you know doesn't love you, this is your song. It is extremely well put together and make me tear up every night when I listen to it, thinking of that person I've loved for 5 years and will never get because I know that she doesn't and never will love me.
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5Disenchanted - My Chemical Romance
No one is as good as My Chemical Romance in describing emotion. This song is amazing, it really is a shame that people don' take the time to appreciate it. It tells a sad life story, ("it was a lie when they smiled and said you won't feel a thing") which in the end leaves a confused person who can't handle with their lives ("You're just a sad song with nothing to say", "This never meant nothing to you at all", "If I'm so wrong how can you listen all night long") it definitely leaves you wondering
My Chemical Romance (My Chemical Romance) has a broad range of emotions in all of their songs. Their songs can be happier than most things, while others can be the deepest, darkest lyrics a song has to offer.
My Chemical Romance is one of the best bands of all time. No matter what you are going through, My Chemical Romance describes what you are feeling perfectly.
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6Fix You - Coldplay
If you listen to it closely it seems as if all hope is taken away...
It is a very sad song that makes me cry every time I hear it. this song was well done by glee. also, it is a song I can relate to.
This song is so well written and it has honestly been one of the only things that could ever get me through the day. This song has evidently changed my life.
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7Dreams - Fleetwood Mac Listen to sample

8Fade to Black - Metallica
The lyrics are just so sad. It makes me to feel like everything is gone. When you listen the song you are able to just be somewhere else out of this world for a while. (Sorry for bad English. I'm from Finland)
The lyrics in this song are very depressing and dark and almost makes you suicidal but it also helps you get over sad things that happened to you. Amazing song.
Life it seems will fade away
Drifting further everyday
Getting lost within myself
Nothing matters no one else
I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free
This song is just, really depressing
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9Confessions of a Broken Heart - Lindsay Lohan

10G. Fresh - Drunken Tiger Listen to sample

The Contenders

11There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
I can't explain what this song has meant to me ever since I got depressed. All the emotions are so familiar, but impossible to explain. Death can seem beautiful.
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12Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton Listen to sample

13Hiroshima - Sandra Listen to sample

14Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
Michael Stipe's voice pierces like a dagger and the theme of the song really strikes a note with anyone feeling down. You come out of the song feeling like your day has been lifted a little bit.

I hate this song but it's still very depressing.


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15Because of You - Kelly Clarkson Listen to sample

16So Many Tears - 2Pac Listen to sample

17Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin
It deserves more credit
Amazing lyrics... Its one you can feel all of the emotion he is trying to put into words. P
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18Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
A mournful and somber vocal line really sets the tone of the song and Buckley's guitar squeezes its way in and is the unsung hero of the song.

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19Lovesong - The Cure Listen to sample

20Something In the Way - Nirvana
Just the overall mood of the song. People speculate that Something in the Way was about Kurt's lifting growing up, like "Underneath the bridge".
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21Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park Listen to sample

22Breathe Me - Sia
This song is so amazing, it's depressing but seriously perfect for those sad moments. I suggest this as the best sad song.
I love this song! It's amazing and it always brings a tear to my eyes every time I listen to it
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23King of Sorrow - Sade Listen to sample

24Words - Skylar Grey
No comment needed, this song is downright depressing

25Yesterday - The Beatles
The song is eternal. Even the future generation hears this song could easily relate how sentimental and mesmerizing the life of 70's.
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26Skinny Love - Bon Iver Listen to sample

27Millennium - Outkast Listen to sample

28X-Static Process - Madonna Listen to sample

29In God's Hands - Nelly Furtado Listen to sample

30Walk Away - Geri Halliwell Listen to sample

31Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Not just the song, the story behind it,
the tale of syd barratt,
this song as so much power and meaning with in to simple verses.
A soulful and screaming guitar line is combined with deep vocals creates a raspy yet quiet jam.

So beautiful. But my fave will always be Queen. But still, Pink Floyd's still in my top ten or five or so.
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32Legacy - Eminem
One of the best
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33Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Curl up and die lyrics...
Cry almost every time

34Human - Christina Perri Listen to sample

35What Hurts the Most - Rascal Flatts
Makes me cry every time
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36What You Won't Do for Love - Bobby Caldwell Listen to sample

37Bad Guy - Eminem Listen to sample

38Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles Listen to sample

39This Used to Be My Playground - Madonna Listen to sample

40Something About Us - Daft Punk Listen to sample

41Hello - Evanescence
This is one of the saddest songs I have ever heard. I love Evanescence but every time I hear this song it makes me want to cry. This song along with My Immortal. On top of that they are on the same album which makes the whole thing even sadder. Amy Lee sure knows how to make someone break down into tears with her music... Another reason to love Evanescence.
I break down every time I listen to this song, it's like I can relate to the lyrics so much, every note, everything just sounds like my own reality, the world that I live in and what I go through every single day of my sad sad life
Beautiful song brings me to years almost every time I hear it. Reminds me on my childhood. And my life now actually
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42In This Life - Madonna Listen to sample

43Understanding - Evanescence
I can't stop crying every time I listen this song. It reminds me for my passed away Girlfriend. I don't even want to listen this song very often, cause it makes me so depressed.
Maybe the most unknown song on this list, but it's depressing as hell, you've got to listen to it at least once.


44Mockingbird - Eminem
This is an amazing song which makes every daughter feel comforted as if the words are spoken to her personally. The lyrics are a complete tragedy, you can't listen to it without crying, but in the end... everything is nice.
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45How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead
This song is an absolutely, painfully heartfelt yearning to not be where you are. From a band with many powerfully emotive tracks, this one must be considered the most exceptionally brilliant of them all.
One of the most depressing pieces of music I've ever heard, or endured. When you can't take anything any more, there's a way further down. From depression, to reflectance; this is what this song means to me and many people.
I listen this when I'm depressed. All goes wrong in my life I can't stand no more
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46Nutshell - Alice In Chains
You can truly hear the pain and despair in Layne Staley's voice this is about his struggle with his heroin addiction this basic guitar chords in this song can make anybody depressed
This should be FIRST! Case closed.
I love this song and I agree it should be first. Its a very haunting depressing song juat beautiful
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47Illegal - Shakira Listen to sample

48Toxic - Robbie Williams Listen to sample

49Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
just listen to the lyrics including the music video. its as if the world around you in slowly dissapering.
I totally agree with Mad world being number 1, but comfortably numb deserves to be higher because of how the lyrics and story make it so sad.
This should be in top 5 at list not 18 but nvm I hope people read this listen to the song and then decide
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5025 to Life - Eminem Listen to sample

51Give Me Love - Ed Sheeran
Give Me Love is one of those somgs that you can listen to without saying a word. Its so beautiful and its beauty kind of masks the sadness behind it.
This is the one song that I listen to on repet when I'm depressed. I don't know why but it tends to calm me down because it makes me feel someone else understands how I feel.
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52This Velvet Glove - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Yes... And most beautiful
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53Space Bound - Eminem Listen to sample

54The End - The Doors Listen to sample

55My December - Linkin Park Listen to sample

56Blind Actor - Detlef
Best song I have heard in so long...
This guy is amazing.
He is from Latvia and very very underrated.
U HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT! It is one of the best!
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57We Might As Well Be Strangers - Keane Listen to sample

58Going Through Changes - Eminem Listen to sample

59Suicidal Thoughts - The Notorious B.I.G. Listen to sample

60Redemption Song - Bob Marley

61Down In a Hole - Alice In Chains
This song is so depressing it's about falling into a deep state of depression that you can't find your way out of this song could easily make it to the top 10
This song should be higher. Excellent and depressing and just grabs your heart strings.


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62Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day Listen to sample

63The Eternal - Joy Division
My pressing the play button is a... stab... through my own heart. The sky darkens. I feel alone. I'm transported onto a bald mountaintop of dark stone. The clouds engulf my vision. Whatever. I'm possessed by the depressingness of this song. And I don't understand why there isn't at least 15 Joy Division songs in this countdown.


This is my favourite song of all time, along with Milk by Kings Of Leon and Disintegrstion by the Cure. This song is so haunting and beautiful.
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64Let Her Go - Passenger
Playing this song every day... Love it...
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65With or Without You - U2 Listen to sample

66You're Never Over - Eminem Listen to sample

67Black - Pearl Jam
Some of Eddie Vedder's best lyrics, so sad and a powerful delivery about a man who lost everything in his life.
Of what was everythingngng
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68Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Listen to sample

69Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead Listen to sample

70The Unforgiven II - Metallica
Isn't the point of the whole song depressing?
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71Broken - Lifehouse
A song about being so broken hearted you can barely breathe... Yet little by little it gets better.
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72The Loss - Hollywood Undead Listen to sample

73Mr. Rager - Kid Cudi Listen to sample

74Indian Sunset - Elton John Listen to sample

75Johnny Wanna Live - Sandra
See the video - you would see what they do with animals. It's disaster
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76Rhinocerous - Smashing Pumpkins
The whole sound of the song is spacy and depressing and corgan adds a wonderful touch of anger to the depression.

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77Gouge Away - Pixies
This is a good angry depression song. The loud and quiet dynamic of the song is original and fitting to the music.

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78Drugs Don't Work - The Verve
The singer is singing about his wife being destroyed slowly by anti depressants and you can hear his distain and the country twang that hits home.

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79Turn the Page - Metallica Listen to sample

80Perfect - Simple Plan
Makes me cry nearly every time I hear it... :(
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81Small Bump - Ed Sheeran Listen to sample

82The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script Listen to sample

83Save Me from Myself - Brian "Head" Welch
This song is just about the most depressing song I have ever heard. It talks about how as long as there is something you believe in, you have a meaning to live. Truly beautiful and inspiring to those who believe in God AND to individuals who just want a meaning in their lives.
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84Everytime - Britney Spears Listen to sample

85Disarm - Smashing Pumpkins
You can literally feel Corgans pain and anger towards his father and the simple set up and slow addition of the strings section deepen the sound to a sonic nirvana.

This is a sad and very meaningful song, the first verse diarm you with a smile suggests corgan's desire to take every thing against him, and deflect it with love instead of anger. It tells a story about how one hopes to deal with hard things in life.
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86Time - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

87No Surprises - Radiohead Listen to sample

88Papillon - The Airborne Toxic Event Listen to sample

89Danger - Keep Away - Slipknot Listen to sample

90Youth of a Nation - P.O.D. Listen to sample

91Hate Me - Blue October
This song is filled with nothing but pure, utter self-hatred. It is the one of the only songs in the world that can literally bring tears to my eyes. The absolute sadness and remorse that poors out of the lyrics from this song are enough to make anyone feel down. This song deserves to be at least in the top 10
This has to be one of the most depressing songs out there.
He wrote this song for his mother.
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92Drunk - Ed Sheeran Listen to sample

93Hush Little Baby - Wretch 32 & Ed Sheeran Listen to sample

94Would It Matter - Skillet
The most lovely depressing song ever!
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95All by Myself - Eric Carmen Listen to sample

96Make It Stop - Rise Against
This song is about the Gay teens September suicides and it gives me so many feels.
"Born Free but still they hate, born me well I can't change."
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9745 - Shinedown Listen to sample

98Adam's Song - Blink 182
Really?! No Blink 182 Adams Song?! Whats more depressing than a teenager contemplating bout suicide?! Not much, plus the history of this song is heartbreaking. Should at least be in top fifteen. Check out Adam Krieger suicide letter
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99Plastic Man - Seether Listen to sample

100The Ghost Woman and the Hunter - Lacuna Coil Listen to sample

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