Top 10 Saddest Musicians

These musicians lived lives that were not the best, and had deaths that were not the best either.

The Top Ten

1 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

A life full of criticism, drugs, getting his daughter taken away from him, stomach issues, and of course as it says in his last song "You Know You're Right", pain. - MontyPython

Yep. He was a very serious dude. - Aragorn98

2 Tom Evans

Tom Evans ALMOST lived the good life, until he was sued for the money he didn't have. So he was found hanging from his backyard tree. - MontyPython

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3 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

A beautiful young women who believed her life was imperfect. - MontyPython

4 Brian Jones Brian Jones Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.

Living a life full of ignorance, carelessness, crying, stress, drugs, pregnancy, asthma, and a possible murder/suicide/accident. - MontyPython

5 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

Though he IS still alive today, Axl is way too criticized. Sure he has anger issues and emotional problems, BUT IT WAS CAUSED BY ABUSE AS A CHILD! Not to mention, he was the one who tried to keep Guns N' Roses alive! And he did it well! But then people start telling him he's useless and so is Guns N' Roses. This man is disgustingly misunderstood. - MontyPython

6 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

What mistake did he make? Walking down a public street in NYC?

The man who was murdered for one mistake. - MontyPython

Which mistake was that? I don't think he seemed very sad, though we all have our moments. A I believe he was quite content especially in his final years - Billyv

7 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

A man who was hated by his mother, had a uncle who died, a daughter he has trouble seeing, and was kicked around for trying to make a living of himself. - MontyPython

8 Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, more.

Writing music while deaf, lost the women he loved, and would even get criticized and booed at times. - MontyPython

9 Ian Curtis Ian Curtis Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. more.

A man who always wanted to hide in the shadows and wrote dark and depressing lyrics about his loneliness. Poor guy was found dead by hanging from his ceiling fan. - MontyPython

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The Newcomers

? Dave Rubinstein

His girlfriend (Tiffany Bresciani) was the final victim of New York's most notorious serial killer Joel Ripkin. She was hooking to support their drug habit. He was standing around with her when Ripkin picked her up. He watched her drive off with him. When she didn't return, he went to the cops to report her missing. The cops didn't care (cause she was a prostitute and he was a junkie) and told him to get lost. Three days later, Ripkin was pulled over by the cops and they found Tiffany's decomposing body in the trunk. His Mother was killed in a car accident the same week. He committed suicide very soon after. - THC13

? Morrissey Morrissey Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May, 1959), known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author, rose to prominence as the lead singer of The Smiths, an indie rock band - which was active from 1982 to 1987 . Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career making the top ten of the UK singles more.

The Contenders

11 Pete Ham

The founder and musical genius behind Badfinger, and when things went south, his tortured artists soul could not handle it.

12 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.
13 Per Yngve "Dead" Ohlin

He wants to be dead and it really depressed. He committed suicide at 21. Way too young for anyone to go - SirSkeletorThe3rd

He thought he was dead. He was literally bullied since he was a kid. And what Euronymous did after was completely unacceptable. - Lucretia

14 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

One of the best when it comes to getting his sadness down on paper in the form of music. Particularly "Layla" about unrequited love, and even more so "Tears in Heaven" expresses an anguish few of us can comprehend. He literally wrote it instead of committing suicide after the tragic death of his young son.

15 Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

Abused by his stepmom, made fun of in school, was even molested at age 12 and his father didn't even believe him. I'm not a huge fan of Korn but that is seriously depressing.

I don't like Korn, but this guy's childhood was seriously messed up.

16 Moby Moby Moby is an American musician, who has produced inventive new styles to various subgenres of electronic music, inspired by 1950's gospel as much as by modern rock, and musicians from New Order to David Bowie. more.

It's hard not to feel his pain with his music, but it is that that makes him unlike any other. Just listen to his music, or watch his videos, and his emotions become more and more chilling and surreal. - PositronWildhawk

17 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice is contralto. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred in the show.

Its particularly sad that she is still popular despite being insane, which shows how low the threshold is these days for musical popularity.

It's sad how she went from human to totally monstrous.

18 Trent Reznor Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
19 Robert Smith Robert Smith Robert James Smith is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure. He is the band's only constant member since its formation in 1976.
20 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

I don't need to explain this guy.

Not really a fan, but his music is depressing. Just listen to Holy Wood.

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