Top 10 Most Depressing Music Genres

These music genres are very depressing whether it be for their songs or the history of the genre

The Top Ten

1 Suicidal Depressive Black Metal

I mean it has "depressive" and "suicidal" in it's name

*blast beats*

*Depressive Suicidal Black Metal - Marraenoloth

How can grunge be more depressing than dsbm?

2 Grunge Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s.

Easily the most depressing. It is all about either being angry or sad. But depressing doesn't mean bad. There are some amazing grunge artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, and so much more! - Slipperyjack40

Grunge is the most depressing because of the subjects, Doom is depressing because of the music but it's not the depressing me because it's just putting a show while the Grunge artists really meant to represent all of this depressive stuff in their music because they have been through a lot of tough things in life. - IronMaidenFan666

Out of all the genres I don't you can get anymore depressing than grunge because many grunge albums have many depressing songs and the history of this genre is also very depressing with the deaths of many musicians (Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell) - christangrant

Nirvana's "Rape Me" R.I.P. Kurt Cobain... a good man. - EliHbk

3 Doom Metal Doom Metal

Doom metal should be number 1 here, many bands draw lyrical content from personal experiences. Everything about it, whether it is the crushing heaviness in the music or the lyrics and vocals is depressing.

This one is very obvious its musically more depressing than Grunge but grunge has had more depressing history - christangrant

For me it's very depressing, too - Metal_Treasure

Just listen to Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper - FromScytheToSceptre

4 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.
5 Funeral Doom Metal

This and dsbm are the saddest

Stormcrowfleet. Jesus, is that album heavy.

Lol, why is grunge is #1. - Uaral

Its name says it all... - Metal_Treasure

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6 Post-Punk Post-Punk

Joy Division always had a very dark and depressive sound and they were the Father's of Post Punk. - cjWriter1997

7 Post Grunge Post Grunge

Looks really depressing by the looks of this happy dove! 7/2017 - EliHbk

8 Sludge Metal Sludge Metal
9 Emo

Whoever wrote they cut themselves and smoke is such a idiot


They cut themselves and smoke.

10 Nu Metal Nu Metal

Most nu metal bands talk about depression, substance abuse, and other dark subject matter. Songs such as Daddy, Blind, Scissors, Numb, and Down With The Sickness are perfect examples.

The Newcomers

? Screamo

The Contenders

11 Stoner Rock Stoner Rock
12 Horrorcore

A genre of rap that deals with Drug abuse and Mental illness - christangrant

13 Blues Blues Blues is a music genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.

Blues tells a story.the hurt and pain the person goes through.especially in the 20's and the struggles African American deal with.

Blues is not depressing. It's an expression of life experiences, good and bad.

14 Pop

It reminds me of how terrible urban life is.

The crap quality of many pop songs is depressing. - jrodz is this depressing? - wrests

I find this genre depressing because the musicians don’t have any talent, and even more depressed when my friends sing it, because it’s so easy to sing and they sing it out of tune! Too little dynamic contrast, lyrics don’t match music, too much monotone, too repetitive, really bad!

15 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

This one really depends. Some of it is uplifting such as Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Some of its extremely depressive like Pink Floyd's Animal's or The Wall. Overall, it's not depressing at all. Check out Genesis and Jethro Full. There music isn't at all depressive. - Slipperyjack40

If you mean Pink Floyd - yes. Great band and music but it's pretty depressing at times, at least to me. - Metal_Treasure

16 Country

Country is the most depressing music when you're depressed and suicidal that's the damn truth

How many times can you sing about your wife leaving you? - Spiderman209942

17 Metalcore Metalcore
18 Hip-Hop Hip-Hop

Hip Hop was originally fun. But over the years, it has become dark and depressing. It always concentrates on the negative side of life, whether it's a break up, killing or hurting somebody, all kinds of stuff that brings you down. - Slipperyjack40

There's so much separation we spend more time beefing with each-other than protecting the culture, no unity.

19 Lo-fi

This isn't a genre

I don't know man, just makes you want to drink a lot and smoke while watching the night go by. Some songs are really depressing. - infinitecirculation

20 Dark Pop
21 Emo Rap

X is the best

Xxxtentacion...need I say anything else?

Lyrical themes tend to be about heartbreak, depression, self-medication and wanting to commit suicide all while singing/rapping in some type of emotional way. Fans often call themselves "sad boys".

Listen to convolk, smrtdeath, and horse head. if you're mainstream, lil peep is what you want

22 Soul Soul Soul music (often referred to simply as soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz.
23 Classical Classical

Classical isn't depressing. There are some sad songs but this isn't typical for classical music. - Metal_Treasure

Come on! There's sad music in all geners. - Slipperyjack40

How was this not already here? - 445956

24 Folk Punk Folk Punk
25 Dark Ambient Dark Ambient

Don't find it depressing but yes, it can be very dark and creepy. - Slipperyjack40

26 Gothic Metal Gothic Metal
27 Industrial Rock Industrial Rock

While it can also be happy and cheerful their is also a very depressing side - christangrant

28 Rhythm and Blues Rhythm and Blues
29 Ambient
30 Sadcore

It is aa music of depressing thougts

31 Space Rock
32 Metal
33 Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. more.
34 Post-Hardcore
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List StatsUpdated 13 Nov 2019

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Top Remixes

1. Grunge
2. Doom Metal
3. Alternative Rock
1. Funeral Doom Metal
2. Suicidal Depressive Black Metal
3. Doom Metal


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