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Sad songs

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
by Shro
Because occasionally you just need a good cry.
Iron and Wine/Calexico - Dead Man's Will. Their entire EP together was heartwrenchingly good. (He Lays in the Reins and 16, Maybe Less are two also sob-inducing. Also the song Naked as we Came by just Iron & Wine.)
Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars - Safe and Sound Even if you don't like Taylor Swift, you should definitely give this song on the Hunger Games Soundtrack a chance.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:31 pm UTC
by jobriath
This acoustic version of Of Montreal's The Past is a Grotesque Animal burrowed into my head and remained there. I love its bitterness and wistfulness.

Edit: I couldn't get into the Iron and Wine stuff (Boy with a Coin is the only song of his?theirs? that I've really got behind) but Taylor Swift is a motherloving revelation!

Reedit (sorry, I am somewhat low on bloodsugar): This doesn't sound too depressing, though. Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens is the best song in the world about childhood bone cancer.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:55 pm UTC
by SirMustapha
The Wedding, by the Legendary Pink Dots.

And even though this one is very subjective, Message, by Vangelis.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:32 pm UTC
by UniqueScreenname
Nutshell - Alice in Chains
Bother - Stone Sour
How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead
Never Let Me Go - Florence + the Machine

Shro wrote:Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars - Safe and Sound Even if you don't like Taylor Swift, you should definitely give this song on the Hunger Games Soundtrack a chance.
I heard this song on MTV and was extremely surprised it was Taylor Swift, since she sounded good. Now I've listened to it about 15 times in a row and am quite despondent, just like the thread was designed for.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:36 am UTC
by Annihilist
Something I can never have - NIN

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:10 pm UTC
by Amie
Wait for sleep - Dream Theater Doesn't matter if you like metal or not because this song isn't.
Her morning elegance - Oren Lavie Doesn't have a sad tune or anything but it's a beautiful song with a beautiful video.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:25 am UTC
by aldonius
Three from Ben Folds Five:
Magic
Smoke
And of course Brick

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:35 am UTC
by jobriath
aldonius wrote:And of course Brick

Brick! I was going to post this. Your link is a repeat of the Smoke link, so I guess I will.

Edit to add:
Shro wrote:Also the song Naked as we Came by just Iron & Wine.

Ouch. That is good.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:35 pm UTC
by philsov
Streetlight Manifesto - As the Footsteps Die Out Forever

Yes, depressing ska can actually exist. Muuuuch higher quality than the Catch 22 original.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
by Izawwlgood
Johnny Cash Hurt
Awesome cover.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:10 am UTC
by Annihilist
Izawwlgood wrote:Johnny Cash Hurt
Awesome cover.
I hate to be an elitist (not really) but the original is a lot better.

While we're talking Nine Inch Nails, (I am at least) there are a few other songs that fit this:

The Day The Whole World Went Away
Something I Can Never Have
The Great Below
Ripe [With Decay] (Instrumental but it sounds sad)

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:16 am UTC
by Izawwlgood
Annihilist wrote:I hate to be an elitist (not really) but the original is a lot better.

I couldn't disagree with you more. Reznors version sounds whiny and angsty; Cash's version sounds nostalgic, insightful, and sorrowful.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:00 am UTC
by bosonicyouth
Dirty Three - Everything's Fucked
Saw them for the fourth wonderful time last night and they played this. Sad times.

Also:
Red House Painters - Summer Dress
Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron - Who

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:28 am UTC
by charliepanayi
Izawwlgood wrote:
Annihilist wrote:I hate to be an elitist (not really) but the original is a lot better.

I couldn't disagree with you more. Reznors version sounds whiny and angsty; Cash's version sounds nostalgic, insightful, and sorrowful.


They're both great versions in different ways (whiny and angsty? Maybe, but NIN are bloody good at whiny and angsty).

Anyway:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Luirzce0UF8

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:49 am UTC
by Annihilist
Izawwlgood wrote:
Annihilist wrote:I hate to be an elitist (not really) but the original is a lot better.

I couldn't disagree with you more. Reznors version sounds whiny and angsty; Cash's version sounds nostalgic, insightful, and sorrowful.
I guess i prefer the raw emotion and passion of the original

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:05 am UTC
by SurgicalSteel
In the context of the entirety of The Downward Spiral, I think Trent Reznor's version is better. As a song to listen to on its own, singularly, out of context of any album, I prefer Johnny Cash's. However, the same way my opinion of Reznor's version is colored by my opinion of The Downward Spiral as an album, my opinion of Cash's version is likely colored by the amazing video for it.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:36 am UTC
by UniqueScreenname
I have to agree. I don't think the Johnny Cash version would have been such a big deal if the video wasn't so heartbreaking. I always sort of lean towards the original because those words had to have come from somewhere, and so the song, to me, will always seem more genuine with NIN because Trent Reznor was realizing actual emotions (in theory; I have no proof he didn't just make it up). Johnny Cash could only relate to it, which is not bad in any way, but I just give it less weight. Going purely from a musical aspect, however, I like Cash's voice better, so would pick his version for only that reason.

For the heartbroken dubsteppers: Raise Your Weapon - Deadmau5

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
by Fedechiar
UniqueScreenname wrote:How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead


Most Radiohead songs, really..."True love waits", "Fake plastic trees", "Street spirit (fade out)", "No surprises" (at first it sounds like a mellow, happy song, but then it hits you like a ton of bricks), "Optimistic", "There there", "The bends", "Killer cars"...And that's not even most of it

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:01 pm UTC
by bosonicyouth
Feel compelled to stem the tide of NIN talk. I mean come on. Let's start with a live performance
Nina Simone - Feelings

and some recordings, probably too many but oh well
Antony and the Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Sibylle Baier - Tonight
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Elliott Smith - New Disaster or, well, anything really
Marissa Nadler - Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears
Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy
Archers of Loaf - Perfect Time

and for the sheer awkwardness
The Gothic Archies - Smile! No-one Cares How You Feel on Good Day Atlanta

Party!

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:14 am UTC
by cjmcjmcjmcjm
Eleanor Rigby

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:43 pm UTC
by dshizzle
Winter Winds - Mumford And Sons

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:13 pm UTC
by Jesse
A Simple Process of Elimination, by Aereogramme

Makes me cry everytime, especially that end.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:42 am UTC
by upandcomer
Falls Apart - Hurt

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:46 pm UTC
by 3fj
So many off of the Alchemy Index (except fire, though I guess that makes thematic sense)
Thrice - Digging My Own Grave

And so many Placebo songs, but this one always got me
Placebo - A Song to Say Goodbye

And if we're talking songs that tell a story:
He Is Legend - The Widow of Magnolia
Kaizers Orchestra - Bris
Kaizers Orchestra - Hjerteknuser

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:04 am UTC
by theGoldenCalf;

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:54 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Links are blocked at work, but I'm sure some of these are on youtube

GSY!BE - Dead Flag Blues
The Mars Volta - Televators
Zero 7 - the Road
Agalloch - The Hawthorne Passage
Kings of Convenience - Summer on the West Hill
Sol Invictus - The Edge Beckons
Venetian Snares - Colorless
SoulSavers - Revival
Ulver - Porn Pieces or the Scars of Cold Kisses

Off the top of my head. Of paticular note is the Sol Invictus track, gives me chills every time.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:17 am UTC
by Mikeski
The also-rans:

Tirill - Vendela
VAST- The Nile's Edge
Porcupine Tree - Heart Attack in a Layby

The runners-up:

Pain of Salvation - Undertow
Tori Amos - Winter

And the songs in my collection guaranteed to produce a single, manly tear*:

Loreena McKennitt - The Highwayman (live version from the Paris & Toronto disc)
Marillion - Brave (yeah, it's a concept album. If I need to pick out particular parts, Standing in the Swing, The Last of You, Falling from the Moon. For extra sad, listen to the "sad ending" on the bonus disc, rather than the normal album's "upbeat" final song. And skip over Paper Lies either way.)
Ritsuko Okazaki - Sweet Dreams (not the Eurythmics' song. Knowing that she ended an album called Life is Lovely with a lullaby singing "...and sweet dreams.", and then she died of cancer...)

* - additional tears optional.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:29 am UTC
by UniqueScreenname

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:00 pm UTC
by Rium

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:01 pm UTC
by SodoffBaldrick
Henryk Górecki - Symphony Nº3. Truly wonderful music.
I can't link directly as it's flagged as spam, but add this to youtube and you'll get the music - /watch?v=ZVITZUQ_uIU

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:14 pm UTC
by pkcommando
Can't do a link to it while at work, but:

Amanda Palmer - The Bed Song

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:10 pm UTC
by Suzaku

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:30 pm UTC
by CesarioRose
I'm honestly pretty surprised no one has mentioned any Portishead song ever. :)
Western eyes, Sour Times, Roads, and Strangers directly come to mind.

Massive Attack has some great ones; Unfinished Sympathy, Protection, Black Milk/Black Melt, and Live With Me directly come to mind as distinctively sad for their own reasons. (Live with me's video, which I can't link to, but you should motivate your self to go watch it, is especially depressing.)

Trent's or Cash's rendition of Hurt is a newer classic.

Tricky's Ghetto Stars is polarizing, and socially dogmatic.

2econd Class Citizen - A World Without deals with some sad political topics.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:09 am UTC
by existential_elevator
This probably says more about me than about the song, but goddamnit, every time Jonathan :'(
My little girl's got a full time daddy now - Jonathan Richman
And continuing with my 'Well, this one clearly has some daddy issues' theme, try:
Daddy's Girl - Euros Childs
I generally can't make it to the end of either of those songs without tears in my eyes, but hey. I think in tone they're not sad, but if they strike a chord with you, you'll feel it.

I see no mention of
Ne me quitte pas - Nina Simone
Which is my go-to choice of staring out the window wondering what could be music. I anticipate people questioning my version choice, but I go for this one because it was the song played at the big emotional revelation in the film Mukhsin, which is a favourite of mine, so a bit of a twofer in terms of tear-jerk-ability.

And another one that definitely gets me
I'm Waking Up to Us - Belle and Sebastian
Y'know, if you're into songs about slow revelations that, even though you love someone, they're pretty terrible for you.
On a similar theme:
The Album of the Year - The Good Life
Or:
Strike Me Down - The Reindeer Section
Or:
Ex-Factor - Lauryn Hill

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:22 am UTC
by serutan

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:10 am UTC
by Ginger
There's a song by a Christian group I heard about a girl that knows all the words to say to being a good ladylike Daughter of the Christian God but it still leaves her unsatisfied. She's in the corner crying to herself. Even though she did everything right. Then the singer says JAYSUS sacrificed himself so even you too could have a fulfilling life doin' whateva you wanna. I assume all activities must be God-approved first though. What a bummer for poor little Christian good girls.

And when I was in a dark and self-indulgent pity party phase I listened to a song by Evanescence where she describes how everyone shall miss her when she commits suicide. I doubt it lady. They be happy your whining ass is dead. Sad song regardless.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
by Sableagle
The Cure: Treasure and Numb

Also, due to context, Ende and The Real Folk Blues and, of course, It Can't Rain All The Time.

Re: Sad songs

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:40 am UTC
by Ginger
"One Last Time" by Ariana Grande. So one last time I need to be the one who takes you home. One more time I promise after that I'll let you go. Can't you forgive me at least just temporarily? I know this was my fault I should have been more careful.