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Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Rippy » Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:22 am UTC

I just thought of this after having a look through the "recommend one artist" thread recently. The idea is, you post a link to a song (or songs), the only limitation being that it has to be either extremely sad and depressing or extremely upbeat and happy. This can be due to the lyrics, the music, or both. I was originally going to just make this for the depressing songs, but I think it'd be more fun if it's a mix of extremes.

To start it off, here are some depressing ones:
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 3
The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 (Even though the video is just about a bunch of teenagers being douches)
Chris Gerolmo - Over There (This was the theme song to a TV series that aired on the history channel for a while. It was this great fictional show about the war in Iraq, it's too bad it only lasted a season. The youtube video is all clips from that show. I also know one of the actors in it, not that that has to do with anything)

And a couple happy ones:
Goldfinger - Superman
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With a Girl

Over There is pretty friggin' depressing, but I'm certain I can be beaten on the happy front. Anyway, I offer 0.12 Internets to whoever can post the best extreme.

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby ChocloManx » Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:38 am UTC

What about... a song that's happy and sad at the same time?

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby SkaBassist » Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:00 am UTC

ChocloManx wrote:What about... a song that's happy and sad at the same time?

Did I totally just blow your mind or what.

...Actually, that's kind of in the middle. Which is the exact opposite of the point of this thread.



I'll keep it concise at only a couple songs per classification.

Happy:
We're From Barcelona by I'm From Barcelona - Basically candy in audio form.
Kate by Ben Folds - "You can see daises in her footsteps/Dandelions/Butterflies". Yeah.
And some ska for good measure:
LA by MU330/ - Just.... listen to the song. Most fun song to sing along to at a concert of all time.
Running Away by The Polyphonic Spree - This band was designed to be happy.

The Ohio River Boat Song by Bonnie Prince Billy

Sad:
Charlie Freak by Steely Dan - It's a shame I could only find a cover on youtube, but it's not a bad cover. "Poor kid, he overdid/Embraced the spreading haze/And while he sighed his body died/In fifteen ways"
The World We Love So Much cover by Rivers Cuomo - It's about suicide. Joy.
The Ohio River Boat Song by Bonnie Prince Billy - He knows his wife is cheating on him, but he's so hopelessly devoted to her that he can't leaver her. Awwww. Also, I think he might kill himself at the end.

I didn't include the Gary Joules cover of Mad World because I'm not cliche enough.
Let's see if someone has by the time I post this.

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Postby Midnight » Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:34 am UTC

upbeat and creepy would have to go to Beck's "Girl"

it IS both.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby une see » Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:42 am UTC

ChocloManx wrote:What about... a song that's happy and sad at the same time?

Did I totally just blow your mind or what.


That wasn't happy at all...Anyways:

Happy:
1. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat.
2. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
3. Greatest Time of Year by Aly & AJ.
4. Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations.
5. We Like to Party by the Venga Boys.

Sad:
1. Blue by Yoko Kanno. Played during the end of the last episode of Cowboy Bebop. So um...if you don't want to see spoilers, here's an AMV of it.
2. La Vie en Rose cover by Louis Armstrong. Original song by Edith Piaf.
3. She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5.
4. Wherever You Will Go by The Calling
5. Look What You've Done by Jet
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby TheAmazingRando » Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:35 am UTC

These aren't all necessarily sad, but I find that they at least evoke a depressing mood
Depressing:
Bohren & der Club of Gore - Midnight Black Earth
Philip Glass - Metamorphosis One
The Arcade Fire - In The Backseat (the video sucks but it's the only non-live one)
Any song by Escape the Day (band member killed himself so the album was never released...I somehow found it all online)
Wilco - Jesus, etc. (another fan vid, only non-live version I could find)

BOTH HAPPY AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME THAT'S AMAZING!!!!!:
Okkervil River - Seas Too Far to Reach

Happy:
Okkervil River - Unless Its Kicks
Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
Freedom Call - Farewell (this is here only as an extreme, not as a good song)

If I had to put the most extreme together it would be:
Most depressing: Philip Glass - Metamorphosis One
Happiest: Freedom Call - Farewell

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby tin » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:32 pm UTC


I find the lyrics a bit down to this, but daaayum is the song is happy. But that's Of Montreal all over really.
Anyway!

Sad songs

Eels - Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor - The song lyrics are based on the diary entries from E's(the lead singer's) sister's , who commited suicide. Not the video for it, but a beautiful animation made to it.
Elbow - Any Day Now
Bjork - Play Dead

Happy Songs

The Flaming Lips - Race for the Prize - Yaaaaay! The Flaming Lips! YAAAAAY! Ahem. They're pretty much Merchants of Happiness in general.
Guillemots - Trains to Brazil - Incredibly bouncy song.
Modest Mouse - Float On
Psapp - Hi
Pixies - Allison.
The Go! Team - Ladyflash Again, The Go! Team radiate happiness.

Evidently, I can think of more happy songs than sad.
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Postby 1337geek » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:45 pm UTC

Here's my post from the "sad songs" thread. viewtopic.php?p=407803#p407803 I should add one more to my list: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js0Ot7T5sOo Pretty dang depressing, even if the video is hilarious.

As for happy and sad at the same time, there are some great sad songs sung in an upbeat manner. "Happy Birthday" and "Christmas at Ground Zero" by Weird Al or "Here Comes My Baby" by the Tremeloes, for example.

As for just happy... how about "Hakuna Matata"? And Barry Manilow has "Daybreak" and "Can't Smile Without You", which are sappily awesome. I dunno, there are lots of crazy upbeat songs out there.

Oh, and one more thing:

That's not a happy song. Upbeat, perhaps. But not happy.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby timt » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:30 pm UTC

I'd say 1979 is fairly upbeat and happy, in a kind of in a Nostalgic/dreamy nice way.

Pretty much anything by van halen is upbeat.
Stuff i listen to when i'm down/feeling deep - Billy joel - Piano man, Bob Marley, Pink floyd, Lou Reed, Van morrison
Most of that certainly isn't depressing per say but it suits the mood.

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Postby Clumpy » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:53 pm UTC

I'm with Tin on The Flaming Lips. Pretty much all of "Yoshimi" is upbeat, yet the album is introspective and thoughtful enough that it hits on the full circle of emotions. Radiohead usually does the same thing for me.

I'll rate these more by their effect on me than the actual intent of the music:
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Sad or Moody:

"From Off to On" by The Knife
"Slow Show" by The National
"Captain" by Ween
"Retrovertigo" and "Pink Cigarette" by Mr. Bungle
"Radio Cure" by Wilco
"Hours" by TV on the Radio
"Train in Vain" by The Clash
"Time" or "Hang Down Your Head" by Tom Waits
"Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" by The Mars Volta (probably the best sad song I've ever heard though it doesn't make a lick of sense)
Most Cat Power stuff
A lot of Los Lobos
"Monkey Gone to Heaven" by The Pixies
Old Belle and Sebastian
Bamboo[great Pinoy rock group]'s album "Light Peace Love"
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Happy:

"Ocean Man" by Ween
"Don't Ask Me" by Public Image Ltd. (It's not technically a happy song but it has that effect on me.)
Pretty much anything by Tally Hall
Pretty much anything by Panda Bear or Animal Collective
Pretty much anything by The Aquabats

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Postby no-genius » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:11 pm UTC

I'm using last.fm instead of youtube, because its just better.

HAPPY/ Upbeat
Grandaddy - For The Dishwasher, is kinda happy.

SAD/ Depressing
Grandaddy - Underneath the weeping willow I was going to go for Jed the Humanoid, but I changed me mind.

Nuts to this, they're only 30 second previews :(
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Postby Cynical Jawa » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:25 pm UTC

Oh me yarm WTF no-one has posted Patrick Wolf - Magic Position yet?

I have good memories of singing this with a friend in a Himalayan snowstorm last year (yes, I am name-dropping geography :P). See if you can guess whether it's in the "Happy" or "Sad" category :wink:

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Aleril » Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:54 pm UTC

I have one song. And it is quite upbeat.

Shiiiiiny happy people holding hands..
Shiiiiiiny happy people laughing...


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Postby no-genius » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:10 pm UTC

I hope that song is about something really depressing, like Today was. No-one is ever that happy.
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Postby Aleril » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:17 pm UTC

no-genius wrote:I hope that song is about something really depressing, like Today was. No-one is ever that happy.



Micheal Stipe is.

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Postby 1337geek » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:55 pm UTC

Michael Stipe? Happy? You made me lol.
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Postby rob insurgent » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:42 pm UTC

i can't find it anywhere, but the song 'pea' by codeine is by far the most depressing song i have ever heard

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Postby LilPixie » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:45 pm UTC

Lately the songs i go after when i want to be whiny and depressive are:
The Beatles - Yesterday
I think everyone has heard that song at least once or twice in their life time.
The Fray - How To Save a Life
I like the piano in this song, it doesn't overpower the song.

The upbeats would be:
The Knife - Is It Medicine
It's not an official video because i don't think they ever came up with one.
The Beatles - I've Just Seen a Face
Not the vid for it, since there also isn't one, bit shows some pictures of the band. But this song can literally lift me up.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:52 pm UTC

Saddest Songs Evar (note: Can't YouTube, so if anyone wants these, just PM me)



Up-beatiest Songs Evar (ditto for above)


EDIT: Wow, some of these ARE on Youtube! Holy carp...

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Postby TheAmazingRando » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:45 pm UTC


The original version is more powerful than this cover, in my opinion. I think it's a song that suits the style of early NIN more than flyleaf.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:46 pm UTC

TheAmazingRando wrote:

The original version is more powerful than this cover, in my opinion. I think it's a song that suits the style of early NIN more than flyleaf.

I think this version is more powerful... the NIN version may be quieter, and sadder, but Lacey's voice really captures the essence of this song, for me.

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Postby tin » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:37 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Death From Above 1979 - Pull Out



Hell yeah. That song makes me rock out in extreme happiness. As does all DFA 1979, to be fair.

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Postby tin » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:06 pm UTC

Really? The first? But they're so sexellent! Anyhoo..mmm...band recognition cookies.

Firstly: You saw them live? AAAARGH SO INSANELY JEALOUS THAT EXPLOSIONS MAY OCCUR.

Secondly: HA! Crying! Oh deary me. Those girls learnt an important lesson that day, which is that DFA 1979's amount of rock just tramples and spits on the crumpled remains of Billy Talent's music.
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Postby rob insurgent » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:41 pm UTC

dfa 1979 is good. i also found out about a good hardcore band called defy false authority by looking around. now i own LPs by both bands!

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Postby SomeoneElse » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:42 pm UTC

Bugger, I was going to say Flaming Lips - Do You Realise? and every Go! Team song for happy, and Elizabeth On The Bathroom Floor - Eels for Sad. You can't get much more sad than that.

Ooh, ive got a happy one. Mr Blue Sky by ELO, the happiest song EVER. And Nirvana - Something In The Way for Sad.

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Postby Timequake » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:47 pm UTC

Upbeat:
El Gato Lopez by Ska-P
http://youtube.com/watch?v=o8EZXKp9gWg
Sad:
I can't really think of any... The closest I've got is That'll Be the Day by Streetlight Manifesto
http://youtube.com/watch?v=gOmpefJITnk
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Postby Clumpy » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:50 pm UTC

SomeoneElse wrote:Elizabeth On The Bathroom Floor - Eels for Sad. You can't get much more sad than that.


Man - I completely forgot about Electro-Shock Blues. That album is such an emotional roller-coaster, particularly if you know the context behind it. I would add the following from that album:

Sad
Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor
3 Speed
Electro-Shock Blues Title Track (Completely amazing in context)


Happy (Maybe I Should Say "Optimistic")
Last Stop: This Town
P.S.: You Rock My World

Sad/Happy
Going to Your Funeral Pt. 1
My Descent Into Madness

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Postby tin » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:08 am UTC

That is as incredibly sad album. I remember reading up on the surroundings behind it and seeing the whole album in a new light. There's a very simplistic, but wonderfully done animated video to Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor, which I mentioned in my first post in this thread. *politely points upwards*
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Postby SomeoneElse » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:51 am UTC

tin wrote:

I find the lyrics a bit down to this, but daaayum is the song is happy. But that's Of Montreal all over really.


Kinda like They Might Be Giants as well - John Linnell writes quite a few depressing/pessimistic songs but covers them up in upbeat melodies.

tin wrote:That is as incredibly sad album. I remember reading up on the surroundings behind it and seeing the whole album in a new light. There's a very simplistic, but wonderfully done animated video to Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor, which I mentioned in my first post in this thread. *politely points upwards*

And yes, that is a beautiful album and pretty depressing most of the way through (in a good way), though i think the first track is the saddest of the lot.

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby apricity » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:19 pm UTC

Depressing:
-Brandi Carlile- Tragedy, because cellos are good at making you want to kill yourself.
-Say Anything- Goodbye Young Tutor, You've Now Outgrown Me is more depressing when you listen to the whole CD and hear the whole story, but even on its own it's depressing.
-The Fray- How to save a life was already mentioned, but it makes me sad every time I hear it because I relate.

The hands-down winner for upbeat is Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows. There's really no contest there.
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Postby 1337geek » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:54 am UTC

Nightwish's "Dead Boy's Poem" is pretty sad.

Spoiler:
Born from silence, silence full of it
A perfect concert my best friend
So much to live for, so much to die for
If only my heart had a home

Sing what you can't say
Forget what you can't play
Hasten to drown into beautiful eyes
Walk within my poetry, this dying music
My love letter to nobody

Never sigh for better world
It's already composed, played and told
Every thought the music I write
Everything a wish for the night

Wrote for the eclipse, wrote for the virgin
Died for the beauty the one in the garden
Created a kingdom, reached for the wisdom
Failed in becoming a god

Never sigh...

"If you read this line, remember not the hand that wrote it
Remember only the verse, songmaker's cry the one without tears
For I've given this its strength and it has become my only strength.
Comforting home, mother's lap, chance for immortality
Where being wanted became a thrill I never knew
The sweet piano writing down my life"

"Teach me passion for I fear it's gone
Show me love, hold the lorn
So much more I wanted to give to the ones who love me
I'm sorry
Time will tell (this bitter farewell)
I live no more to shame nor me nor you

And you... I wish I didn't feel for you anymore... "

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Postby Clumpy » Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:26 am UTC

Dang it - somehow I forgot "The Rainbow Connection"! What is wrong with me? It's the sort of song that makes you forget that you look like a fruit playing it.

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby SkaBassist » Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:11 am UTC

Timequake wrote:Upbeat:
El Gato Lopez by Ska-P
http://youtube.com/watch?v=o8EZXKp9gWg
Sad:
I can't really think of any... The closest I've got is That'll Be the Day by Streetlight Manifesto
http://youtube.com/watch?v=gOmpefJITnk


That song is only sad because it's the worst song on the album.
Yeah, the lyrics to "As the Footsteps Die Out Forever" are pretty sad.

Spoiler:
She was diagnosed on a Friday
The kids were almost home
The kids were on their way
back home from school
lying face down in the gutter
of unaccomplished dreams and broken memories
of things to come
"Sorry ma'am I really am,
Had to break the news
I had to make the phone call to tell you
that you're due you know where
I'll tell you when and I suggest you start living
these next three weeks the best way that you can"

Every night for three long weeks
she'd roam the hallways half asleep
and as the footsteps fade away
in my mind
I could swear
I could swear
I heard her say
"Don't wait for me I've got a lot to do
I've got a lot to be and in the end
maybe I'll see you there."

Lost strength on a Saturday
spent the day in bed
"yeah, I'm fine. it's just the flu"
she said with a smile
but when they turned their backs
the tears would flow
she knew she only had a while
to live(to breath)
to be (to see)
to bleed, to stand
on her own two weakened feet
and so I pray everyday
"don't take my mother away"

every night for three long weeks
she'd roam the hallways half asleep
and as the footsteps fade away in my mind
I could swear
I could swear
I heard her say
"don't wait for me I've got a lot to do
I've got a lot to be and in the end
maybe I'll see you there."

every night for three long weeks
she'd roam the hallways half asleep
and as the footsteps fade away in my mind
I could swear
I could swear
I heard her say
"Don't wait for me I've got a lot to do.
I've got a lot to be
But in the end maybe I'll see you there
and in the end you know I'll see you there
and in the end I'll see you there"

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby 1337geek » Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:28 am UTC

You know what I just realized? Nobody's posted "The Christmas Shoes" yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNsvE33pRSw
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby no-genius » Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:29 am UTC

Happy song: THIS. (Regina Spektor - Ghost of Corporate Future (live)).

Also, I found some full songs on last.fm. (because I hate youtube). Elliott Smith - Wouldn't Mama Be Proud
Eels - My Beloved Monster
and have we already had Radiohead - Lucky
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby apricity » Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:06 pm UTC

I forgot about Martina McBride- Concrete Angel, which really is just the saddest song/video ever. It's about child abuse.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Lt Greatsocks » Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:41 am UTC

The Sinking Belle by SSunn O))) is really sad. The lyrics aren't that sad by themselves, but they combine with the music for a pretty intense mood.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby TheAmazingRando » Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:22 am UTC

Lt Greatsocks wrote:The Sinking Belle by SSunn O))) is really sad. The lyrics aren't that sad by themselves, but they combine with the music for a pretty intense mood.

As much as I like the ambient stuff they did with Boris on that album, I sort of wish the rest was more like that song.
Have you heard The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep) from the Japanese release of Altar? It's a longer more ambient, instrumental track in the same spirit as The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep), and it's pretty intensely depressive.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby aaron » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:05 am UTC

happy:

annie waits by ben folds

it has hand claps. HAND CLAPS. how could it NOT be happy?

sad:

miss misery by elliott smith


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