Made much more haunting than the original with the vocals of Gary Jules and the piano, this piece is hard to ignore. Not sure if the fact that it was the ending song to Donnie Darko or the lyrics itself that makes this song so depressing, all that matters is that it just really is.
It is hard not to get moved by this cover, especially if you watch the music video. Seeing Johnny Cash aged and looking back on his amazing career, it is hard not to feel bad right with him.
Most Depressing Song and The most sad - - the person is lonely in the world
Can't believe its not already here. One of the most truly depressing songs ever written.
Because it's so powerful and beautiful, it seems so personal that we shouldn't even be listening to it
How is this not on the list? I wouldn't put it at the top, but it should be on here.
If you're like me you can relate to the song. Blue eyed, hurt and angry because of how everyone treats me but I hide it This song is something to relate to.
A mad fan made to belive eminem is dissing him by not answearing his letters. What made me cry the most was when Stan and his GF who was pregnant died and eminem found himself writing back to a dead man
This song was considered so depressing by many radio stations that when it first came out it was only given limited airplay, even today you will rarely hear it on the radio.
Definitely a depressing song. From the sorrowful intro piano to the depressing swansong of a chorus, this song portrays hopelessness and depression in such a way that it completely reflects the subject matter of a suicide note
about a guy that his girlfriend died.. "I hold your casket gently walking to the grave Dark clouds eclipse the sun won't shine again" I looked the whole list and I haven't seen any Billy Talents song..that's weird they write very dark and depressing songs! "Surrender", "Pins and Needles", "Nothing to Lose" check them out guys!
The story of a man whose perfect day is to be doped up on heroin which allows him to pretend he doesn't hate himself. This, coupled with the beautiful strings and piano just add to despair of the final line's realization that you're going to reap what you sow.
It's so sad and Adele makes it sound even sadder the way she sings it.
A song about someones love just disappearing overnight. It's really sad. Listen closely.
Anyone who has seen 'Watership Down' will know why this is here. In its own right it is a tearjerker.
the rev wrote this song 3 days before his death its his farewell to his band mates and fans such emotionally charged song
The song is talking about losing his best friend and talking about how much it hurts. He keeps thinking about the good times and the night he lost him. A great song for anyone who has lost someone they love.
I find that I can easily relate to this song, the lyrics are just so true.
Amazing, beautiful song. Simon and Garfunkel really can write a depressing song.
I haven't been able to find a song on this entire list that had the same impact on me as this song did.
Heart-wrenching lyrics about Vincent Van Gogh's beautiful life and tragic death...... Starry, starry night. Paint your palette blue and grey, Look out on a summer's day, With eyes that know the darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills, Sketch the trees and the daffodils, Catch the breeze and the winter chills, In colors on the snowy linen land. Now I understand what you tried to say to me, How you suffered for your sanity, How you tried to set them free. They would not listen, they did not know how. Perhaps they'll listen now. Starry, starry night. Flaming flowers that brightly blaze, Swirling clouds in violet haze, Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue. Colors changing hue, morning field of amber grain, Weathered faces lined in pain, Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand. Now I understand what you tried to say to me, How you suffered for your sanity, How you tried to set them free. They would not listen, they did not know how. Perhaps they'll listen now. For they could not love you, But still your love was true. And when no hope was left in sight On that starry, starry night, You took your life, as lovers often do. But I could have told you, Vincent, This world was never meant for one As beautiful as you. Starry, starry night. Portraits hung in empty halls, Frameless head on nameless walls, With eyes that watch the world and can't forget. Like the strangers that you've met, The ragged men in the ragged clothes, The silver thorn of bloody rose, Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow. Now I think I know what you tried to say to me, How you suffered for your sanity, How you tried to set them free. They would not listen, they're not listening still. Perhaps they never will...
I'm not really sure why. Whenever I've listened to this song, it's made me even more depressed than I already was. Probably the slow music and the lightly echoing melodic singing.
A song about a daughter running away from her life- It can be comprehended much more deeply if you listen closely.
I'm upping Cash, Linkin Park and Floyd in this list, but Karen Carpenter was the best at expressions of melancholy.
A beautiful song, I cry every time I hear it. Elton John wrote it after John Lennon died, and I swear every time he says 'Can't you come out to play', I need tissues. If you like Elton John, Loved John Lennon, or just want a good cry, try it out.
How any one can listen to this song and not break down in tears is beyond me. If I would love, love a chance to dance with my father again. The tears are running down my cheeks as I write this.
I know most think of the bodygaurd and Whitteny Housten when this song is mentioned but I find Dolly's version so much more heartbreaking
Cant believe this isn't on here, Clearly About A Brothers Death.
The ultimate anthem to introversion. This song truly hits close to home for anyone who has struggled to be social and outgoing. This song always moves me in much the same way as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
Arranged to have it played at my partner's funeral, listen to it and you'll understand hopefully
The lyrics are very depressing and so is the ironic, haunting, slightly uptempto background beat. "We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun, but the hills that we climbed were just seasons out of time." One of the saddest songs I've ever heard, as the singer talks about remembering his life and preparing to die. The Nirvana cover is perhaps even more depressing.
I have 10,000 plus records in my collection. This is the only song I cannot listen to as it makes me want to cry every time I hear it. It makes me so sad as it reminds me of how fast are children grow up and are then pretty much gone from our lives.
I haven't found a song on this list that comes close the same impact this song had on me
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