Top Ten Most Depressing Songs

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1Fix 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.

This so it great to!

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2Mad 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

One of the most beautiful song that I've heard. It brings so many memories. Actually the original is from tears for fears I like both!

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3There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths

What a joke list. Creep? Really? Radiohead are my all time favorite band and they've got FAR more depressing songs such as How to Disappear Completely, Last Flowers, or True Love Waits.

Anyway on to the Smiths. This song is definitely heartbreaking, but it's kind of uplifting in a depressingly beautiful way. Moz sounds like someone who has been through a lot of emotional trauma, and for him to announce his ideal death as being by this persons side is romantic in a sick and twisted way. By far my favorite song on this list, and one of my all time favorites for sure.

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.

I'm glad to see the Smiths so high on this list. This song is indescribably beautiful in the gut-wrenching way that makes you want to live and die at the same time. - PetSounds

It is such a sad song. - DynastiSugarPop

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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.

Not depressing. - DynastiSugarPop

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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

This song is certainly depp and depressing, My Chemical Romance will forever be my favourite band. The emotion Gerard Way (Lead singer) manages to get across in every song is so impressive, both in lyrics and melodically, but I can't help but say that Cancer must be more depressing. The emotion behind every song, this one definitely makes me agree that it certainly deserves a spot, but I personally feel that Cancer is a more depressing song.

This song is really.. Emotion because the lyrics were kinda a little sad... My heart touched when the lyrics "Now,will it be matter if I'm gone? ". It was ringing in my head every time I heard the acoustic guitar at the first. And it's kinda really describing our life that, will everything be matter after we gone? And the person that we love all the time were just kinda the one who kinda left us behind. They just making us like we're a sad song and that's real sad. Also its amazing

Yes that song is really sad

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6Stan - Eminem

The first three verses are pure desperation. Stan is a person with serious problems snd depression. Having no one to talk to about his sorrows, he projects the relationship he would have to any person of reference (someone that's obviously missing in his life) on Eminem. He would understand him having had the same problems according to his songs. He thinks he found his soulmate ("We should be together too") in Slim Shady. When he doesn't reply it's as if he has no one in his life and his soulmate betrayed him. That not even him, who Stan gave all his love, would care about him. The suicide/homicide is a cry for help. It's also a fact that people who go on killing sprees are mostly those who never (could) talk about their massive problems. They are always the silent ones.

But what makes this song so sad is the fourth verse. Where Eminem writes back, giving Stan some serious advice, being honest but not disrespectful, trying to cheer him up and being optimistic about ...more

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!

I was feeling kind of down the other day so I thought "how 'bout some Eminem to cheer you up? "

It didn't work - Cheese567

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7Hurt - 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.

Trent himself said it was no longer his song after hearing cash do it

Its very dark

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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)

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

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.

I had this as my most depression song of all time, but has anyone heard Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday? That should be #1 forever.

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9Dreams - Fleetwood Mac

'Have you any dreams you'd like to sell? Dreams of loneliness' wow, Stevie...

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10Everybody 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 agree, so how is this in the list of most depressing songs? It's a very positive and uplifting song when you feel down. - Agent_Cooper

I remember this growing up as it was one of my favorites even today through my various bouts of depression.

An amazingly beautiful and touching song...

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

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The Contenders

11Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

This song was written for the child him and his wife had, who passed away due to complications. It's about when he finally dies and moves on to heaven, and seeing his son again. Because of their relationship the lyrics reflect how he wonders if his son would even recognize him, and what that interaction would be like. Powerful song about losing the ones we love and how it effects those who remain

This is a true story, and that is what makes it so sad

His son never died of complications, however rest of your critique is true

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12G. Fresh - Drunken TigerV1 Comment
13Yesterday - 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.

I used to hate this song as a child, I had no experience but when I grew up I understood and this is one of the best songs

The Beatles are iconic and this song goes to prove it.

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14Hello - 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

This is one of the saddest songs I have ever heard. It is based on how Amy Lee felt when her little sister died; she was at school when it happened. I feel that Evanescence is underrated.

Definitely deserves more credit than it gets.

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15So Many Tears - 2Pac

The one which can literally make you shed so many tears with its depressing lyrics

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16Down 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

Not as high on the list because fewer people know about it. But it is an excellent tour through the mind of a man who is utterly hopeless but oh, so talented!

This song should be higher. Excellent and depressing and just grabs your heart strings. - superluke1000

Alice in Chains entire discography could be #1

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17Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

Heard this one day and it described how I feel and I have been battling depression for years now and this song expresses me.

Amazing lyrics... Its one you can feel all of the emotion he is trying to put into words. P

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18King of Sorrow - Sade
19Hallelujah - 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. -

Beautifully sung by Buckley, Probably a better version than the original

Even sadder than when leonard cohen sang it trust me, this guy KNOWS the words, not from memory but from heart, he knows exaxtly how it feels to be in it's situation that shows in his voice in a way you CAN'T fake

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20Millennium - Outkast

Need to have Gilbert O' Sullivan...Alone again Naturally on this list.

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Top Remixes (12)

1. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
2. G. Fresh - Drunken Tiger
3. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
1. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
2. Captain Jack - Billy Joel
3. Caroline, No - The Beach Boys
1. Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
2. Fix You - Coldplay
3. Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

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