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the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby no-genius » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:05 pm UTC

I've heard that its this, and that may be true, but there's nothing that can sort out this sort of thing like a poll. So, suggest depressing songs (with youtube*/last.fm/upload if you have/want to), and at some arbitrary point I'll make a poll of them.

my first one is this: 'the partisan' by Leonard Cohen. It is fairly bleak - but do you have better?

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby cypherspace » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:07 pm UTC

You heard wrong; it's supposedly this, although you were close.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby no-genius » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:11 pm UTC

cypherspace wrote:You heard remembered wrong; it's supposedly this, although you were close.

fix'd. Thanks - I heard about it on QI. *edits his OP*
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby nsmjohn » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:31 pm UTC

Since the song was found so fast this thread should be about depressing songs in general. There are certainly enough of them.
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Postby Narsil » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:19 am UTC

I find this song to be incredibly depressing, which is a feat, considering there are no lyrics.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Durandal » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:33 am UTC

Motion Picture Soundtrack by Radiohead is a pretty goddam depressing song...

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby 1337geek » Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:56 am UTC

Haven't we already had at least two threads like this?

viewtopic.php?f=23&t=20515
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=15508
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Garm » Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:12 am UTC

Disregarding the other threads, I'd say that the saddest song, not necessarily the most depressing, is Samuel Barber's Adagio For Strings. It's a beautiful piece of music but it's been used in the sad bitz of basically every movie ever. And Tiesto remixed it which is just sorta sad.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Ensehderwie » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:15 am UTC

Gloomy Sunday is very sad and harsh, but it is not near as emotionally affecting as the prior post's suggestion. Barber's use of crescendo and layers has more effect on the emotions than a baritone hollering about his sadness, sad as that sadness may be. This is merely my opinion, but I think Barber's work had much more depth, and therefore could reach much farther in to the mind, soul, etc.

Tiesto's remix was a bit annoying, though.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby no-genius » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:41 pm UTC

nsmjohn wrote:Since the song was found so fast this thread should be about depressing songs in general. There are certainly enough of them.

Nah, I'm still looking. Seeing as I haven't heard that song yet, its hard to say. (See, all cyberspace did was find the song that is meant to be the most depressing. Show some imagination!)

1337geek wrote:Haven't we already had at least two threads like this?

viewtopic.php?f=23&t=20515
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=15508


But I'm not interested in extremes, and its not about your favourite sad song either. I want "Oh me yarm my life is pointless, I should end it now" type of song, not just your average emotear. So although there are similar threads, I think this one is justified.

Garm wrote:Disregarding the other threads, I'd say that the saddest song, not necessarily the most depressing, is Samuel Barber's Adagio For Strings. It's a beautiful piece of music but it's been used in the sad bitz of basically every movie ever. And Tiesto remixed it which is just sorta sad.

Also William Orbit, but I think that one (might) have been OK.

Narsil: I'll give it a listen tonight. Also, I've only heard Motion Picture Soundtrack once, and I don't really remember it being that depressing.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Balalaika Gap » Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:26 pm UTC

no-genius wrote:But I'm not interested in extremes, and its not about your favourite sad song either. I want "Oh me yarm my life is pointless, I should end it now" type of song, not just your average emotear. So although there are similar threads, I think this one is justified.


I vote The Smiths - I Know It's Over.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby no-genius » Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:48 pm UTC

Oh please, the Smiths are just too easy

"I was looking for a job and then I found a job, and heaven knows I'm miserable now" :(
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Balalaika Gap » Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:32 pm UTC

Hey, you wanted songs that say "I should end it now." "Oh mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head" seemed to fit the bill pretty well.

So does being famously, iconically depressed take a band out of the running for most depressing song?

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Postby raistlinn » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:46 pm UTC

Harder Now That It's Over - Ryan Adams

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby 1337geek » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:49 am UTC

http://listverse.com/music/top-10-most- ... ock-songs/

I'd also nominate Nightwish's Dead Boy's Poem. Listening to it might not get you down, since her accent makes it hard to discern the lyrics, and the boy's voice blends into the music. But if you read the lyrics, they're dang depressing.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Ensehderwie » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:56 am UTC

That list is filled with stock sad songs, I think. I do agree with the Elliott Smith inclusion. That song is a real downer, but in a good way. Like a quaalude. In fact, I'm fairly certain any Elliott Smith song is the most depressing song ever. His delivery and musical sense is crushing, but in a good way. Like you have a trample fetish.

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Postby groundride » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:03 am UTC

Phil Ochs' Doesn't lenny live here anymore? is quite depressing.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby no-genius » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:46 pm UTC

Balalaika Gap wrote:Hey, you wanted songs that say "I should end it now." "Oh mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head" seemed to fit the bill pretty well.

So does being famously, iconically depressed take a band out of the running for most depressing song?

After listening to it (check my last.fm profile if you don't believe me!), yeah it is quite depressing. And no, being famously, iconically depressed doesn't take the band out of the running. But it doesn't guarantee an instant win.

another entry: A silver mt zion - 13 angels standing guard 'round the side of your bed
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Postby TSPhoenix » Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:28 am UTC

What do you want the song for? The most depressing song is going to depend on context, for instance "I love my Daddy" might be a cheerful song, but when played in a movie after the kid's Dad just died, well that is more depressing than a song intended to be sad in many cases. The most depressing songs are often the ones that are only depression in ironic circumstances and not intentionally so. Much like real depression a lot of sadness is born from seeing a happiness you believe you can never attain.

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Postby no-genius » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:05 am UTC

Well, if we're talking about depressing songs, then it should be depressing just listening to the song.
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Postby |Erasmus| » Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:06 pm UTC

Ben Fold's 'Brick' is one I've heard mentioned in this sort of debate before.

It -is- quite depressing.

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Postby Sine Nomen » Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:22 pm UTC

"Science" says it's "The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve

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Postby Nebulae » Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:28 am UTC

Garm wrote:Disregarding the other threads, I'd say that the saddest song, not necessarily the most depressing, is Samuel Barber's Adagio For Strings. It's a beautiful piece of music but it's been used in the sad bitz of basically every movie ever. And Tiesto remixed it which is just sorta sad.

It's sorta odd how it ended up being used as a song of mourning, as it was originally written as a meditation. But totally understandable.

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Postby arcsol » Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:51 pm UTC

i would point out Vienna Teng's Passage
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Postby Phloam » Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:07 pm UTC

There is something about Joy Division that makes them seem so much more bleak than other bands to me.

Try this on for size: Joy Division - Disorder
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Postby no-genius » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:40 pm UTC

Heh. I'm listening to that right now. "I've been waiting to for a guide to come and take me by the hand".
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Postby Stief » Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:53 am UTC

I find Cold Water by Damien Rice to be quite depressing :(
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Postby Sandry » Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:16 am UTC

30k ft by Assemblage 23 is fairly depressing, but I don't really want to link to it on YouTube, as I think every version of it they have up has 9/11 footage attached to it. I think I've listened to it about three times, ever, because it's a little unnerving to me.
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Postby Stief » Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:35 am UTC

The 9/11 remix of Dj Sammy's Heaven is extremely depressing :(

the voice of a small girl talking to her dead father while a slow version of Heaven plays in the background...The Song for anyone who wants to listen
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Postby CircleTriangles » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:00 am UTC

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Knives Don't Have Your Back.
The entire album.
Here's a pleasantly depressing sample (may put you in despair):
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All we gotta do is be brave and be kind

I put on an argyle sweater and put on a smile
I don't know how to do this
I'm so sorry for everything
[repeat]

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Say, look at me
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Postby Flashh » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:58 pm UTC

Immortal Technique - Dance With The Devil

I have yet to heard a sadder, more depressing song than this one.

If you don't get depressed after listening to this song, there's something wrong with you.

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Postby nsmjohn » Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:42 am UTC

Flashh wrote:Immortal Technique - Dance With The Devil

I have yet to heard a sadder, more depressing song than this one.

If you don't get depressed after listening to this song, there's something wrong with you.

My god, I've heard this song before. Gets me down every time.

I kind of find All the Same by the Sick Puppies depressing. I don't think I have ever cried harder than when I watched the free hugs video... but that was at a very bad time in my life.

A lot of songs by A Perfect Circle I find depressing (only a few listed here):
3 Libras
The Nurse Who Loved Me (I'm not exactly sure what I find depressing about this song. Maybe it is the fact that I come from a family with a history of mental illness)
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Jadestone » Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:46 am UTC

Well, In the Sun by Michael Stipe/Coldplay has pushed me from a normal mood to tears several times... I haven't heard the original, so I don't know if that's a better version or not.

Love songs always make me really sad. It may just be me and my ability to become depressed at anything, but...

The Origin of Love is one I also find incredibly sad and bittersweet, although it may be me. In any case it is a good song, from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.



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Postby Neris » Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:20 am UTC

Jadestone wrote:
The Origin of Love

Oh me yarm yes. Great song... I actually enjoyed all the songs from that movie. Wow at least three of my favorite artists have been mentioned in this thread so that must say a lot about me. Anyway here's a few:

Eli The Barrow Boy
Leslie Anne Levine
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Postby red artifice » Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:17 am UTC

gonna go with this, it's about someone dying from mesothiolema

http://www.last.fm/music/June+Tabor/_/He+Fades+Away

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Postby Felstaff » Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:30 am UTC

Billie Holiday is cited as singing the most depressing song ever. I can't remember what it is, and it's not Strange Fruit.

Even though that's a pretty melancholic hammer to the brain as it is.

If anyone can find a song more depressing than that, I'd be 63% surprised, 1/5 depressed, and 18% chastised by mathematicians (32% for mixing percentages with fractions and 2/3 for still not getting it right.)
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Postby cypherspace » Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:42 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:Billie Holiday is cited as singing the most depressing song ever. I can't remember what it is, and it's not Strange Fruit.

Even though that's a pretty melancholic hammer to the brain as it is.

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Postby Felstaff » Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:13 am UTC

cypherspace wrote:
Felstaff wrote:Billie Holiday is cited as singing the most depressing song ever. I can't remember what it is, and it's not Strange Fruit.

Even though that's a pretty melancholic hammer to the brain as it is.

Second post.

By Jove, so it is. In my defence, I avoid linkage when I'm at work. After a small incident involving a frozen computer and a 100% volume rendition of the McRoll song that I'm pretty sure was enjoyed, rather than endured, by the entire office.

I remember hearing the song on an episode of Have I Got News For You and thinking "damn, that's gloomy". Wait, it may have been QI, but I remember Ian Hislop making a remark about it.
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Postby no-genius » Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:44 pm UTC

Definitely QI :P

I'm guessing it was the D series (death?)

The saddest song ever is "Gloomy Sunday" sung by Billie Holiday, also known as the "Hungarian Suicide Song". The song was originally written by Rezső Seress, who broke up with his girlfriend. After the song became popular, they got together briefly but then she committed suicide by poisoning herself and left only a two-word suicide note that said simply "Gloomy Sunday".
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Postby Jadestone » Sat May 03, 2008 8:22 pm UTC

I can't believe I didn't mention Hurt -- Originally by NIN, but I prefer Johnny Cash's cover of it. It just hits me harder... doesn't sound like a country song at all, so even if you don't like country (I don't actually) you should listen to this song.
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