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

Suicidal Depressive Black Metal

You take black metal which is already extreme by itself and add extremely severe depression to it, you'll get depressive suicidal black metal.

None of these are really even depressing that much

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

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

*Depressive Suicidal Black Metal

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!

It is NOT the most depressing. You obviously never heard of Depressive Suicidal Black Metal.

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.

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)

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

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

For me it's very depressing, too

Just listen to Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper

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.
Funeral Doom Metal

Lol, why is grunge is #1.

Its name says it all...

This and dsbm are the saddest

Stormcrowfleet. Jesus, is that album heavy.


Post punk as a whole is not depressing. And when you say post punk, I assume your talking about stuff like Wire or New Order. Not the gothic rock scene (the Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus), now that stuff can be quite depressing. Despite goth being a branch of post punk, it's not called that. Of course there are sad songs every now and then, but then, there are sad songs in every genre.

Slavic post-punk like Kino, Molchat Doma, Nürnberg, partially inspired by Joy Division, is depression itself, perfectly conveying despair, nostalgia, urban dystopia and decay.

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

Post Grunge

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

Sludge 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.


Emo's one of the most depressing genres of all time. It's just whiny and terrible.

Whoever wrote they cut themselves and smoke is such a idiot

They cut themselves and smoke.


The Contenders

Stoner Rock
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.


The crap quality of many pop songs is depressing.

It reminds me of how terrible urban life is. is this depressing?

Dumbs down your brain and makes you feel empty. I feel dumber and feel I lost a few IQ points every time I hear a dumb pop song. Why I avoid corporate radio like the plague.


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

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.

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


Country's an extremely depressing genre, to be honest. I don't like it at all.

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?


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.

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

emotion with beats?


Metalcore should be No.4
2. Doom
3. Grunge
4. Metalcore


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.

well, lo-fi is well crafted emotions was also put in it

This isn't a genre

Emo Rap

its like expressing all of your emotions in every single phrase of the lyrics

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

Xxxtentacion...need I say anything else?

Dark Pop

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

How was this not already here?

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

Gothic Metal
Space Rock

I love starset and their songs are about break ups and such... And also Dustin Bates other band (he is a lead singer) his other band is called Downplay its heavier and sadder.

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