The Saddest Songs

22 Jan

Here is a list of the saddest songs in the history of ever, according to my Facebook friends. I am recording it here for posterity and also as a handy reference for the next time I need to listen to sad music and cry forever (so, tomorrow, then).

So! Here we go, in no particular order. Well, in the order they appeared on my Facebook. That’s a type of order, I GUESS.

1. Wilco – Venus Stop The Train

2. Tori Amos – Icicle

3. Tori Amos – Northern Lad

4. Nine Inch Nails – 30 Ghosts

5. Godspell Cast – By My Side

6. Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

7. Elliott Smith – Waltz #2

8. Coldplay – The Scientist

9.  Ben Folds – Fred Jones

10. Jump Little Children – Cathedrals

11. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

12. Most things by Nick Cave

13. This Mortal Coil – You And Your Sister

14. Holly Golightly –  Tell Me Now So I Know

15. Samuel Barber – Adagio For Strings

16. Most things by Blue Rodeo

17. Ben Folds – Red Is Blue

18. Michael Jackson – Little Susie

19. Most things by Dashboard Confessional

20. Counting Crows – Long December

21. Nine Inch Nails – Hurt

22. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

23. Johnny Cash – Hurt

24. Pat Benatar – Hell Is For Children

25. Ugly Kid Joe – Cats In The Cradle

26. Moby – Wait For Me

27. Moby – Pale Horses

28. Holly Cole – Take Me Home

29. Holly Cole – Cry If You Want To

30. Holly Cole – I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

31. Any version of Gloomy Sunday

32. Big Star – Give Me Another Chance

33. Bright Eyes – Shell Games

34. Lisa Germano – Wood Floors

35. Ani DiFranco – Both Hands

36. The National – Exile, Vilify

37. Johnny Mandel – Suicide Is Painless

38. Ani DiFranco – School Night

39. Maria Mena – Sorry

40. The Spill Canvas – All Hail The Heartbreaker

41. Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

42. Joel Plaskett – Cry Together

43. Joel Plaskett – Blinding Light

44. Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven

45. The Good Life – Album Of The Year

46. The Weepies – World Spins Madly On

47. Weezer – Only In Dreams

48. Death Cab For Cutie – I’ll Follow You Into The Dark

49. The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site

50. Hayden – Damn This Feelings

51. The White Stripes – We Are Going To Be Friends

52. The Beatles – I’ll Follow The Sun

53. Bill Withers – Better Off Dead

54. John Lennon – Mother

55. Kanye West – Runaway

56. Kanye West – Blame Game

57. El-P – The Overly Dramatic Truth

58. Tori Amos – Spark

59. Tori Amos – Playboy Mommy

60. Kimya Dawson – Walk Like Thunder

61. Homeboy Sandman – Angels With Dirty Faces

62. Kanye West & Jay-Z – Murder To Excellence

63. Kanye West & Jay-Z – To The Future

64. Ceschi – Shame

65. Ceschi – Half Mast

66. El Perro Del Mar – Party

67. Naughty By Nature – Ghetto Bastard (radio version: Everything’s Going To Be Alright

68. Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

69. Lana Del Rey – Dark Paradise

70. Lana Del Rey – This Is What Makes Us Girls

71. Common Grackle – The Great Depression

72. Mary Cobham – Fire Song

73. The Kills – The Last Goodbye

74. Ani DiFranco – You Had Time

75. Pearl Jam – Last Kiss

76. Suzanne Vega – Luka

77. Tracy Chapman – Behind The Wall

78. Jewel – Adrian

79. Mariah Carey feat. Boyz II Men  – One Sweet Day (added sheepishly, it should probably be noted)

80. The entire album Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday

81. Blur – No Distance Left To Run

82. Rose Cousins – Go First

83. Amanda Palmer – The Bed Song

84. Amanda Palmer – Trout Heart Replica

85. Kathleen Edwards – House Full Of Empty Rooms

86. The Jane Austen Argument – Song For A Siren

87. Dan Mangan – Leaves, Trees, Forest

88. Tori Amos – Winter

89. Sage Francis – Bridle

90. Sage Francis – Crack Pipes

91. Tori Amos – Precious Things

92. Tori Amos – Crucify

93. Tori Amos – Putting The Damage On

94. Tori Amos – China

95. Tori Amos – Hey Jupiter

96. Tori Amos – Sugar

97. Tori Amos – Honey

98. Tori Amos – Jackie’s Strength

99. Hey Rosetta – Yer Fall

100. Sage Francis – It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The End Of Times

101. Sage Francis – Little Houdini

102. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

103. James  – Out To Get You

104. Ben Folds Five – Brick

105. Bonnie Raitt – I Can’t Make You Love Me

106. Hawksley Workman – Oh You Delicate Heart

107. Hawksley Workman – Prettier Face

108. Harry Chapin – The Shortest Story

109. The Mountain Goats – Old College Try

110. Man Man – Whalebones

111. Metric – London Halflife

112. Christine Lavin – Errol Flynn

113. Damien Rice – The Animals Were Gone

114. Damien Rice – 9 Crimes

115. Thom Yorke – Black Swan

116. Evanescence – Missing

117. William Fitzsimmons – Heartless

118. Bon Jovi – These Days

119. Dave Matthews Band – Stay Or Leave

120. Feist – Let It Die

And there you have it – the saddest songs in the world, as suggested by my Facebook friends. Enjoy! And by that I mean, enjoy crying your eyes out alone in your dark room, I guess.

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16 Responses to “The Saddest Songs”

  1. Amy Clarke January 22, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    They forgot “Stay or Leave” by the Dave Mathews Band! Always good for a cry! Or! “Let it die” by Feist! My two most favourite songs to cry to! Hoor..ay?

    • bellejarblog January 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      Ooh, adding those. I love crying to sad music! I mean, that sounds weird, but you know what I’m saying.

      • Amy Clarke January 23, 2013 at 2:37 am #

        Oh, I *totally* know what you’re saying. Sometimes if I’m feeling a little down I just full-on lean into it with some sad songs, maybe a little blog-reading from when I had just been dumped, and some chocolate consumption. I call it my pre-menstrual workout.

  2. Mel January 22, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    I swear you’re just tapped into my brain or something.

  3. Ari January 22, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    Oh wow…not so much my thing. Maybe it’s a boy thing (nature or nurture I’ll set aside for a moment), but in my unhappy teenage moments I was more likely to crank something angry, like Green Day’s “Burnout”. So I don’t know any of these…except “Iris”. Man, “Iris”…in lovesick teenage moments, “Iris” could just shred me..

    As an adult, I also discovered (maybe thanks to Sarah?) Bon Jovi’s “These Days”…great song generally, but wow bleak! Great for wallowing in frustration if I listen to it on a bad day.

    • bellejarblog January 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      Sarah introduced YOU to a Bon Jovi song? THAT I have a hard time believing 😛

  4. Jonathan January 22, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    Tori Amos for sure!

    I’d add Black Swan by Thom Yorke, Missing by Evanescence and Heartless by William Fitzsimmons

  5. andie January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    OOOh, I love these games!

    Hawksley Workman – Oh You Delicate Heart
    Hawksley Workman – Prettier Face
    Harry Chapin – The Shortest Story
    The Mountain Goats – Old College Try
    Man Man – Whalebones
    Metric – London Halflife

    • bellejarblog January 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      Especially when they end with heartbroken sobbing! Added 🙂

  6. andie January 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Oh and “Errol Flynn” by Christine Lavin

  7. kuri January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Also, pretty much anything by Damien Rice, but especially “The Animals Were Gone” and “9 Crimes”.

    • bellejarblog January 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      Oh yeah, I’d forgotten about Damien Rice!

  8. mel February 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I think this cover of Don’t Speak needs to be on your list:

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