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 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.

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

For me it's the most depressing genre, too. While I appreciate the genre and have respect for several bands (AIC, Soundgarden), I can't listen to it on a regular basis. I just don't feel good after the 2nd song.
And the major grunge musicians committed suicide... - Metal_Treasure

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2 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

3 Suicidal Depressive Black Metal

None of these are really even depressing that much

You really should listen to these genres before making comments - christangrant

Is this even a music genre?

Yes this exists... - christangrant

How can grunge be more depressing than dsbm?

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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 Emo

They cut themselves and smoke.

6 Funeral Doom Metal

Its name says it all... - Metal_Treasure

Songs like mirror reaper by bell witch embody a sort of despair other genres try and fail to acheive. other genres try to paint a picture for you, whereas funeral doom immerses you in the depression. it’s like the difference between looking at a painting and being IN the painting. of course i’m beng slightly dramatic, as this music won’t literally plunge you into a depressive state of mind (at least hopefully not).

7 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.

8 Metalcore Metalcore
9 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.

10 Post-Punk Post-Punk

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

The Newcomers

? Emo Rap

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".

? Dark Ambient Dark Ambient

The Contenders

11 Post Grunge Post Grunge

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

12 Horrorcore

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

13 Rhythm and Blues Rhythm and Blues
14 Pop

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

It reminds me of how terrible urban life is. 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 Sludge Metal Sludge Metal
16 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.

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

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

17 Stoner Rock Stoner Rock
18 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.
19 Hip-Hop Hip-Hop

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

20 Lo-fi

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

This isn't a genre

21 Dark Pop
22 Classical Classical

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

How was this not already here? - 445956

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

23 Folk Punk Folk Punk
24 Industrial Rock Industrial Rock

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

25 Country

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

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