Top Ten Most Depressing Songs

The Top Ten Most Depressing Songs

1 Fix You - Coldplay

If you listen to it closely it seems as if all hope is taken away...

This song is the most saddest thing ever and I have no idea why but I always think of my nan when this plays. I always cry because it just reminds me that I am so lucky to have my nan still alive and I wish I could try and make her better again but I know that realistically that won't happen. I know someday she will end up dieing but I just hope that it isn't yet because I am only 12 years old so I am definitely not ready to lose her just yet. I am crying right now actually.

This is definitely the most depressing song. I cry all the time listening to this. It reminds me of my nan who has cancer and how lucky I am to have her alive. It also scares me about loosing her as well because it is a song she likes but it sounds like a funeral song. I love my nan and I never want her to leave me(die). I will be depressed for the rest of my life if she does. I wish I could help her but all I can do is try and make as many memories as possible.

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.

2 There 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 just isn't really depressing in my books but it could be be true to yourself music but it just wasn't really depressing I listen anime and it far more depressing than this

3 Mad World - Michael Andrews

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

This is the song I want played at my funeral it means so much to me this song is one of the very few things that kept me from taking my own life because it helped me realize I am not alone with my problems I have lots of people who understand me and for some reason that really helped

4 Creep - Radiohead

When I first heard it I was laughing so hard and thinking wow this exactly me.

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 affects me so much whenever I listen to it. It's oddly satisfying and sad at the same time. There are not many words to describe the emotion shown, yet yorke combines it with words to make such an amazing song. I have a connection with it, and I can't help but cry when I think of my loved one.

5 Stan - 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.

This song is so depressing and had so much emotion in it. It's shows how when you're depressed you may rely too much on one thing or a certain someone and when they're not there, you can fall apart.

Its got to be the most intense and depressing song of all time!

6 Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

Depressing? This isn't depressing. Its about how we all feel sad or we hurt sometimes. I think this is very uplifting, it's the song I would like to hear when I get home after a hard day. - Slipperyjack40

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.

I'm already in immense physical pain. Just heard that song and its made me want to kill myself no word of a lie!

7 Down 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

So amazing. It really makes you feel like there's no hope.

8 Disenchanted - My Chemical Romance

I think that this is only the second saddest by my chemical romance. Early sunsets over monroeville (despite having a happy tune) is about a MAN KILLING HIS WIFE BECAUSE SHE TURNED INTO A VAMPIRE

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

9 Hurt - Johnny Cash

I listen to a lot of hip-hop (trap included), my older brother introduced this song to me and I couldn't hold the tears back, it just related perfectly to how I feel, mad crazy, the music video was worse.

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.

In this song you can hear the pain of Johnny Cash's mistakes, you can hear his every regret. He took this Nine Inch Nails song and made it a masterpiece of his own. This is one of the few songs in existence in which you can feel the pain carried with it.

10 Dear 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

It deserves more credit

One of my favorite songs because it describes perfectly how I feel..

The Contenders

11 Hello - 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 love this song. But I do have to admit that it does make me cry every time I hear it. This was the song that was played at my twin brother's funeral. He loved Evanescence. I even bought him the fallen album but after he died my mother gave it back to me and said that he would have wanted me to have it...

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.

12 Fade 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)

Yesterday seems as though it never existed
Death greets me warm, now I will just say goodbye
A song in which almost all hope is lost in some parts of the songs the guitars actually cry, this song excellent to listen to when you have reached rock bottom, in conclusion this is song that fits if something has broken you and destroyed you

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.

13 Walking Away - Limp Bizkit
14 Suicide Note Pt I - Pantera

"Would you look at me now? Can you tell I'm a man? With the scars on my wrist who'll prove I'll try again. Try to die again" I messed up on that a bit. But such a depressing song. And I relate to it. Part two isn't as good. Part 2 is much heavier, but I feel this one is more meaningful.

Pantera's Suicide Notes (Pt I and Pt II) are a powerful set of songs about suicide. This one is more serious and more depressed, the second one more angry and hateful. It depicts perfectly the feelings of desperation, these two moods a depressed person swings between.

Should be at top of all list's

15 Captain Jack - Billy Joel
16 Washer - Slint

This is just a heartbreaking song

17 Yesterday - The Beatles

This is the most nostalgic and depressing song ever! The lyrics annd the melody are sad

Of all these songs, this one is most depressing, distressing, and just plain old sad with a capital S!

The song is eternal. Even the future generation hears this song could easily relate how sentimental and mesmerizing the life of 70's.

This song is the saddest song I've ever heard brings me to tears every time

18 Caroline, No - The Beach Boys
19 We are Not What We Say We Are - Versa
20 The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles
21 Hollow - Pantera
22 Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues

Dreary, dreadful song. - truckturner

23 We Might as Well Be Strangers - Keane
24 Wish 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.

This always reminds me of my father, who I wish was here with us

25 Hallelujah - 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. -

Nowhere near as good as the original by Leonard Cohen. Absolutely nobody feels it like the guy who wrote it.

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

A must hear for anyone going through a patch in there life. May we always remember Buckley.

26 Quicksand - David Bowie

Don't believe in yourself
Don't deceive with belief
knowledge comes with deaths release
ah ah


"After All" is more depressing. with lines like
"Man is an obstacle, sad as the clown, oh by jingo
So hold on to nothing, and he won't let you down, oh by jingo"

27 How 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.

The first time I head this song was at 3am. I bawled so hard that I nearly had a panic attack. To me this this is a picture of my sort of depression. It's not one of just sadness and pain, it's of denial and escape. Like you're fading away to nothingness, to cease to exist.

I listen this when I'm depressed. All goes wrong in my life I can't stand no more

28 We're a Happy Family - The Ramones
29 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

Dear chester bennington,

my sister shannon showed me you, I did not fall in love right off the bat but right when your time was coming to an end about 2 months before you died I fell in love I felt like I connected to you I was hoping to go to one of your concerts one day (with you there) when I listen to linkin park I hear what I feel on the inside I hope they play linkin park (any song all the songs) at my funeral because you're the whole reason I'm still breathing you have inspired me to make music I want to help someone like you helped me anyways I want you all to know I thank every member in linkin park I LOVE YOU GUYS.


Very sad song to me... Breaks my heart every time I listen to it.

Very sad song to me

30 Weight of the World - Framing Hanley
31 Tears 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

This was made as a tribute to Eric Clapton's son who died falling out of a window at age 4.

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

32 What A Catch Donnie - Fall Out Boy

This song has really sad story. The author of the song wrote it as a promise to his best friend that he would no longer try to commit suicide and to remind him of his friend.

It's so beautiful but sad at the same time, it sums up depression for me.

33 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
34 Dunkelheit - Burzum

This song instantly makes you feel a big overwhelming feeling. Like you are trapped in a state of darkness that you will never come out of.. That said, I don't think the lyrics or song itself are depressing, just the tone and hopeless athmosphere of this song is enough for it to be in the top ten.


35 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

I LOVE this song its just really relatable how can you not vote this

How can you not vote for this, aside from the perfect guitar melody, it tells a very sad heart-touching story

This song just pulls at my heart. I became a Green Day fan when I first heard it.

The song about Billies father dying, ugh feels

36 Something in the Way - Nirvana

The lyrics were written in a time when Kurt spent time under a bridge after being kicked out from his house. The song itself is only two chords, and yet still has so much power.

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".

Definitely one of the saddest songs of all time. This song defines depression.

Just listen to it. How is it not super depressing?

37 Minute of Decay - Marilyn Manson
38 Cold - The Cure
39 Confessions of a Broken Heart - Lindsay Lohan
40 Love Is Blindness - U2
41 King of Pain - The Police
42 Take Me Somewhere Nice - Mogwai

(can't say if it's the most depressing, but best song on this list)

While most of the other songs rely on their words, this one is able to convey the atmosphere with just its intrumental parts, and it's a most beautifull thing, should be may higher on the list. - Phossu

This is definitely the most desolating song of all time - RandomPerson1234

This song speaks depression. Needs to be much higher.

43 Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple
44 What About Us - P!nk
45 Reptile - Nine Inch Nails
46 These Depths Were Always Meant for Both of Us - A Swarm of the Sun
47 Dreams - Fleetwood Mac

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

This song is great! Fleetwood Mac is one of my favorites

By far one of Nicks best

I love this song!

48 Breathe 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.

Every time I hear Breathe Me, it reminds me of Amanda Todd. This song is amazing, I wish it got a lot more attention like Cheap Thrills or Chandelier - LaST_LiGHT

I love this song! It's amazing and it always brings a tear to my eyes every time I listen to it

Should be on the top of the list. I fall apart every time I listen to it

49 Nutshell - 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

You can tell Layne Staley is feeling broken in this song, beautiful but very sad.

Absolutely haunting and beautiful. Heartbreaking.

Definitely should be in the top ten.

50 Because of You - Kelly Clarkson

Love it. I sing to it every time I am sad.

Love this song

I really don't like this song. Mm-mm. No, I don't.


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