Top Ten Most Depressing Songs

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The Top Ten

Fix 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 extremely depressing but let me point out how on earth is Adele not dominating this list she is the most consistant depressing singer ever espescially skyfall
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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
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3Fade 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
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4Stan - Eminem
Its got to be the most intense and depressing song of all time!
One of the most emotional songs, by the greatest rapper of all time! Deserves the #1 spot.
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5Hurt - 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 love johnny cash
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6Disenchanted - 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 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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7Creep - 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.

Only song to have ever made feel depressed for the rest of the day!
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8Hello - 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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9Dreams - Fleetwood Mac Listen to sample

10G. Fresh - Drunken Tiger Listen to sample

The Contenders

11There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths Listen to sample

12Understanding - 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.

13Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton Listen to sample

14Wish 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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15Everybody 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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16So Many Tears - 2Pac Listen to sample

17Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin
It deserves more credit
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18Lovesong - The Cure Listen to sample

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.

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20King of Sorrow - Sade Listen to sample

21Yesterday - 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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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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23Skinny Love - Bon Iver Listen to sample

24Something 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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25Millennium - Outkast Listen to sample

26Pieces - Red Listen to sample

27Field of Innocence - Evanescence

28Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Curl up and die lyrics...

29What Hurts the Most - Rascal Flatts
Makes me cry every time
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30What You Won't Do for Love - Bobby Caldwell Listen to sample

31Something About Us - Daft Punk Listen to sample

32Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles Listen to sample

33How 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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34Comfortably 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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35Nutshell - 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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36Give 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.
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37This Velvet Glove - Red Hot Chili Peppers Listen to sample

38Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park Listen to sample

39Blind 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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40We Might As Well Be Strangers - Keane Listen to sample

41Homesick - The Cure Listen to sample

42Suicidal Thoughts - The Notorious B.I.G. Listen to sample

43Redemption Song - Bob Marley

44Down 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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45The 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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46Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day Listen to sample

47With or Without You - U2 Listen to sample

48Because of You - Kelly Clarkson Listen to sample

49Let Her Go - Passenger
Playing this song every day... Love it...
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50Black - 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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51Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Listen to sample

52Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead Listen to sample

53The Unforgiven II - Metallica

Isn't the point of the whole song depressing?

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54Broken - Lifehouse Listen to sample

55The Loss - Hollywood Undead Listen to sample

56Indian Sunset - Elton John Listen to sample

57Johnny Wanna Live - Sandra

See the video - you would see what they do with animals. It's disaster

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58Rhinocerous - 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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59Gouge 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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60Drugs 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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61Turn the Page - Metallica Listen to sample

62Perfect - Simple Plan
Makes me cry nearly every time I hear it... :(
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63Small Bump - Ed Sheeran Listen to sample

64The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script Listen to sample

65A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay Listen to sample

66Everytime - Britney Spears Listen to sample

67Disarm - 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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68Time - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

69Papillon - The Airborne Toxic Event Listen to sample

70The End - The Doors Listen to sample

71Danger - Keep Away - Slipknot Listen to sample

72Youth of a Nation - P.O.D. Listen to sample

73Hate 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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74My December - Linkin Park Listen to sample

75Drunk - Ed Sheeran Listen to sample

76Hush Little Baby - Wretch 32 & Ed Sheeran Listen to sample

77Would It Matter - Skillet
The most lovely depressing song ever!
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78All by Myself - Eric Carmen Listen to sample

79Make 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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8045 - Shinedown Listen to sample

81Confessions of a Broken Heart - Lindsay Lohan

82No Surprises - Radiohead Listen to sample

83Plastic Man - Seether Listen to sample

84The Ghost Woman and the Hunter - Lacuna Coil Listen to sample

85The Rest of My Life - Less Than Jake Listen to sample

86Lonely Day - System of a Down
This song is so different to other System of a Down songs. Its hauntingly beautiful


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87The Diary - Hollywood Undead Listen to sample

88In Pieces - Linkin Park Listen to sample

89Robot Boy - Linkin Park Listen to sample

90Brick - Ben Folds Five Listen to sample

91Why I'm Home - Go Radio Listen to sample

92Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
Such an upsetting and depressing song, I'm astonished it wasn't on here before I had to put this on :'(
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93A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth Listen to sample

94So Cold - Detlef Zoo Listen to sample

95Gustavo - Sun Kil Moon and the Album Leaf
This is a really amazing song about a Mexican named Gustavo and I find some parts of it amusing actually, but other parts are just SO sad oh this song is in an album like no other because it combines a synthesyser with the sad feel of the artist voice

96Trouble - Coldplay Listen to sample

97The Light Behind Your Eyes - My Chemical Romance
I feel as though this was there break up song, the violins and somberness sort of drives me nuts but in a really good, beautiful way
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98Suicide Is Painless - The Mash
For this to not be on the list is blasphemy. Just look at the lyrics: The game of life is hard to play, I'm gonna lose it anyway, The losing card I'll someday lay, so this is all I have to say. One of the first songs about suicide, and yet stunningly realistic today.
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99Summer Breeze - Seals and Croft
Is song is too quiet and has this depressing electric guitar riff throughout that sounds like something from a genetic N64 racing or bass fishing game.
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100Thoughtless - Korn Listen to sample

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