Top Ten Most Depressing Songs

The Top Ten

1 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 so well written and it has honestly been one of the only things that could ever get me through the day. This song has evidently changed my life.

It�'s very good and have a very deep message.

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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

The fact that a song by Coldplay can be above this eludes me.

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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

Really love it It describes my life really well Better than most songs

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4 Creep - 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. -

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.

The song with perfection

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5 Disenchanted - 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

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

"It was a lie when they smiled and said you won't feel a thing"
"And we laughed so hard it would sting"

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6 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.

In terms of Depressing, hell yeah this one

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7 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 don't know

8 G. Fresh - Drunken Tiger

Sick meme

9 Hurt - 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.

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.

The original (by Nine Inch Nails) was sad but this was the better, and sadder, version. Cash's weathered voice was perfectly matched withe the piano and acoustic guitar.

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10 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)

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.

Don't listen to this song if you're depress

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The Newcomers

? Cancer - Twenty One Pilots

My mother passed from cancer and this song is way too real. Hurts every time

Better than the original

The Contenders

11 Everybody 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 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!

Most depressing song

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12 Yesterday - 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.

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

I used to hate this song as a child, I had no experience but when I grew up I understood and this is one of the best songs

This song is really sad

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13 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

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14 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 sad

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15 So Many Tears - 2pac

The one which can literally make you shed so many tears with its depressing lyrics

It was lit fam

16 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

Can't get anymore depressing than this

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17 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..

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18 King of Sorrow - Sade
19 Millennium - Outkast

Need to have Gilbert O' Sullivan...Alone again Naturally on this list.

20 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

21 Captain Jack - Billy Joel
22 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.

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23 What You Won't Do for Love - Bobby Caldwell

People find this song depressing? I think it's one of the most beautiful and romantic songs. Listening to it always puts me in a good mood.

24 Caroline, No - The Beach Boys
25 The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles
26 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.

And the award for best song lyrics goes to...

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27 Hollow - Pantera
28 Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues
29 Something About Us - Daft Punk
30 Quicksand - David Bowie

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

WHY IS THIS NOT #1 AGH

"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"

31 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.

This song is sooo sad,i have nothing against coldplay but " fix you" is an emotional song with a "happy ending", not a really sad and dark song like something in the way.This song is about how kurt cobain lived under a bridge when he was kick out of his home, it's so sad simple and beautiful at the same time. This song should be in top 10

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32 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.

This is my favorite next to Street Spirit Fade Out

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33 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

Top 10

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34 Lovesong - The Cure

Um, Lovesong may have a somber melody, but It is still a love song.

35 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

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

Should be top 10

Very sad song to me

36 The End - The Doors
37 This Velvet Glove - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Yes... And most beautiful

38 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
39 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.

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40 Skinny Love - Bon Iver

Send powerful messages to women everywhere

Just listen to it! It's an amazing song that will hit u right in the feels

41 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

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

Another good choice is "21 Guns", but I agree with this one.

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42 One Last Goodbye - Anathema

THE most sad song ever

Ohhh what a song

In my dreams I can see you
I can tell you how I feel
In my dreams I can hold you
It feels so real

And I still feel the pain
I still feel your love - coccoreccy

43 Words - Skylar Grey

Everything Skylar Grey is sad

No comment needed, this song is downright depressing

44 Legacy - Eminem

One of the best

45 Human - Christina Perri

This song is a good song because it gets me through depression and it always reduces me to tears every time I hear it just because of how relatable this song is for me

Reduces me to tears every time I hear it just because of how relatable this song is for me

It shows how nobody can live up to every expectation they are given because we all only human

Same. I'm battling depression and this song helps me.

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46 Cold - The Cure
47 King of Pain - The Police
48 Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera

It talks about how he had to give up someone which is always sad

Life seems so depressing when this song plays

Doesn't effect me like it does anyone else.

Most amazing song bless it

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49 Minute of Decay - Marilyn Manson
50 Hopes Leaves - Opeth

This song just makes me think about how lonely we can be as humans and a rush of memories flash through my head, if I'm in a down mood I often find myself listening to this album and I normally go back and listen to this song again at the end.

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1. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
2. G. Fresh - Drunken Tiger
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2. Captain Jack - Billy Joel
3. Caroline, No - The Beach Boys
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