Most Depressing Albums

Throughout history some of the greatest art has been inspired by tragedy, hardship, sorrow and loss. This is a list of such albums. Which "dark" album is your favorite?
The Top Ten
1 The Wall - Pink Floyd

This album is just so depressing. It starts off bad with hearing the plane crashing at the end of the first song, signifying the death of Pink's father and it all just goes downhill from there. And being that this album is at least partially based on Rodger Water's life, it just makes the first few songs all worse. And near the end, Pink becomes a leader of an organization resembling the force that destroyed his father and 80 million other lives. Sure, Pink may have knocked down his wall but nothing can undo the people he has harmed.

This album can really bring you down. It contains some of Pink Floyd's greatest songs. I kind of like the album because of its brilliant material but if you want to get into it, don't listen to it every day or you will begin to feel like the main character Pink.

Ok Computer can get enough votes to pass this up but there is no denying that this album is the best. It actually has a main character, the story flows together extremely well that none of the songs are good alone. Top that Radiohead!

Just the thought of Pink growing up to gain fame and fortune, but is not able to enjoy any of it. He isolates himself from society and his life falls apart. He starts a riot and hurts so many people.

2 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails

Trust me. I've gone through a downward spiral for four years! And I some how survived...

The Downward Spiral is the darkest thing I've ever heard.

This album and it's name pretty much describes my life.

Story of my life...

3 OK Computer - Radiohead

Ok, I went to far on my comment on the wall. I didn't really like this album until I listened to it again this afternoon. Then I saw it's true brilliance. There isn't a single week spot on this album. It also has a very comforting feel to it. Perfect to listen to to bed. It's also a very exhausting listen. I felt like a whole long day had gone by but really, it had just been about 50 minutes! By the time I got to the last couple of tracks, I felt like I could doze off. It's s brilliant, beautiful, yet desperately sad masterpiece. After that, I probably can't listen to this for another year.

Beautifully melancholy piece of work.

Needs to be higher

4 Dirt - Alice In Chains

How is this not in the top 10?

5 In Utero - Nirvana

By depressing, do you mean beautiful?

6 Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) - Marilyn Manson
7 Back to Black - Amy Winehouse

Some tracks aren't that dark but the whole atmosphere of the album is deeply sad. Anyway, the album is a masterpiece!

8 Violator - Depeche Mode

Deep and original lyrics made it all!

9 Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains

Dirt is pretty depressing, but there are rays of sunshine every now and then. With this album it's all storm clouds. Can't believe I had to add it.

This album is great, but extremely dark. That's what makes it awesome though

10 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
The Contenders
11 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson
12 Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards
13 Kid A - Radiohead

This is the most depressing album of all time for sure. I don't even think its close. I have depression and no other form of music comes close to depicting the terrible feelings of depression. This album is a free form album which is extremely experimental but every song is so heartbreaking and sad that this is definitely the most depressing album of all time. This album is not one to help someone get through depression though, it kind of shoves you back down into depression. Coldplay is better for healing depression as far as music goes as well as Twenty One Pilots. I still love Radiohead and it is my favorite band even though they are the most depressing band of all time.

I love this album! It was created to welcome us into the 21st century. It introduced new electronic elements that will influence artists all through the century. The whole album is bleak, sad, dystopian, and dark. This isn't the type of album to listen to on your Monday to start the day. Or even everyday listening. It's an album to reflect upon, and go to every once and a while. If you hadn't listened to Kid A, make sure you do before 2100. Hopefully then, we will get Another Kid A, and hopefully another Radiohead.

14 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Candlemass
15 Superunknown - Soundgarden

I mean, one of the songs (the best on the album actually) is called "The Day I Tried to Live", for crying out loud.

16 Mechanical Animals - Marilyn Manson
17 Korn - Korn
18 21 - Adele
19 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

Eh it has its dark passages but not all tracks are depressing.

Not very depressing but it's a very dark album.

20 Boys for Pele - Tori Amos
21 Dummy - Portishead

Dark... But still one of the greatest albums ever!

22 A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie

This, Giles Corey and Have a Nice Life - Deathconsciousness should be in the top 3. This list is just full of mainstream albums that are somewhat melancholic

23 Adore - The Smashing Pumpkins
24 Blue - Joni Mitchell

Master-work of the 70's. Joni released many great albums but this one is her main trophy!

25 Amnesiac - Radiohead

THIS is the most depressing Radiohead album without doubt. Its opener contains the essence of this entire psychotic album. Even the cover is depressing!

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