Depressing Sad Songs Categorized by Type of Sadness

Likewise there are many songs with sad themes I do not include because the melody is not sad enough for me, and I am all about the melody.

Craig Armstrong And Elizabeth Fraser – This Love

Rammstein – Amour

The Cranberries – Zombie

Mariah Carey – Without You

Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River

Escala – Palladio

Visage – Fade To Grey

Alanis – I Was Hoping

Nirvana – Verse Chorus Verse

The Eagles – Hotel California

Tatu – All The Things She Said

Radiohead – No Surprises

Sarah Mclachlan – Gloomy Sunday

Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

Marilyn Manson – The Nobodies

REM – Everybody Hurts

Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Part II

Queens of the Stone Age – Go With The Flow

Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place

. Dido – Stan

Amy Mcdonald – This Is The Life

Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Pink – Family Portait

Thomas Newman – American Beauty

The Antlers – Kettering

Radiohead – How to Disappear Completely

Emiliana Torrini – Gollum’s Song

Hole – Northern Star

Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love

Nirvana – Something In The Way

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Underneath The Bridge

Adele – Hometown Glory

Robyn – With Every Heartbeat (Live Lounge Version)

Alanis Morisette – Eight Easy Steps

Amelie Soundtrack – Comptine d’un autre été

Elton John – Candle In The Wind

Death In Vegas – Dirge

Tori Amos – Siren

Here we are at the end, this is it, the most depressing, desperately sad songs, this one is for the sadness junkies.

Portishead – Roads

Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On

Britney – Every time

Requiem For A Dream – Lux Aeterna

Brian Eno – An Ascent

Superchick – Courage

Madonna – Frozen

Dolly Parton – Jolene

Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains

Gary Jules – Mad World

Linkin Park – In The End

Mc Solaar – La Belle Et La Bad Boy

3 Doors Down – Be Like That

Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart

Papa Roach – Between Angels And Insects

This is a strange category, but the only one I could think of that is appropriate to these few songs. No doubt they are depressing, but this is my lens so I have only included ones I like personally.

Stacey Kent – Ces Petits Riens

David Kittay – Theme From Ghost World

Nine Inch Nails – Right Where It Belongs

Snow Patrol – Set Fire to the Third Bar

Eminem ft. Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie

Rob D – Furious Angels

Green Day – Good Riddance / Time Of Your Life

The Hole Soundtrack – The Hole Main Theme

Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart

Lostprophets – Fake Sound Of Progress

Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang

Devlin – Runaway

Chester Bennington – System

DJ Tiesto – Adagio For Strings

Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

Nine Inch Nails – Every Day Is Exactly The Same

Aimee Mann – You Could Make A Killing

Avril Lavigne – Forgotten

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

Sia – Breathe Me

Lana Del Ray – Video Games

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Simon And Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

Muse – Bliss

The Smiths – every single Smiths song recorded

Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch

Sinead O Connor – Nothing Compares 2 You

Counting Crows – Colorblind

This was the hardest category to pin down, and I’m not sure everyone will get this one. Music is very subjective and is all up to interpretation so this may not be the same for everyone, but I have tried to separate sadness into 8 distinct categories. 2

Cassius – Love You So

Placebo – Every You And Every Me (plus virtually every other Placebo song)

Kylie Minogue – Confide In Me

Bjork – Bachelorette

Damien Rice – 9 Crimes

Radiohead – Exit Music

Clint Mansell – Requiem for a Tower

For this lens I have taken many songs that I consider sad or depressing and organized them by the type of sad emotion I think they represent. For example angry/sad will have songs that are more rock and metal oriented, or perhaps have the singer screaming, whereas melancholy/sad may have slower songs with piano, and so on. Candi Station – You’ve Got The Love

Nina Simone – Strange Fruit

Kanye West – Runaway

Tori Amos – Crucify

The Animals – House of the Rising Sun

Florence And The Machine – No Light, No Light

Evanescence – My Immortal

The Streets – Stay Positive

This is the most generic of the categories, straight up sad songs that you can self pity to.

Beyonce – Halo

Ayumi Hamasaki – Because Of You

Coldplay – The Scientist

Frank Sinatra – It Was A Very Good Year

Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

Moby – Extreme Ways

The Doors – The End

The Beatles – Yesterday

Chrstina Perri – Jar Of Hearts

Queens of the Stone Age – Mosquito Song

Silverchair – Ana’s Song

Camille – Pale Septembre

Leona Lewis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Alanis Morisette – Mary Jane

Nirvana – You Know You’re Right

Harry Chapin – Cat’s In The Cradle

Nine In Nails – Beside You In Time

Jack Off Jill – Angels Fuck Devils Kiss

Qt Quartet – Hold That Sucker Down

Lou Reed – Perfect Day

Emiliana Torrini – Dead Things

I am a melody person, rather than a lyrics person, so sometimes a song will not have a particularly sad theme, but will be included because the melody is quite sad. These are, melancholy, angry, love, angst, bittersweet, restlessness/anxiety, powerful and finally and most depressingly, despair/hopelessness.

Professor Green – Jungle

Jedi Mind Tricks – On The Eve of War

Korn – Alone I Break

The Source ft. If you know, then you’ll know. This is music for people with tumultuous lives. Samuel Barber – Adagio For Strings

Type O Negative – I Don’t Wanna Be Me

Massive Attack – Angel

Truman Show Soundtrack – Truman Sleeps

Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

System Of A Down – Roulette

Also there are some very famous and well known songs that I have not included simply because I do not care for them (eg, Leonard Cohen). This is for when your sadness has power.

Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack – Aeris Theme

Kate Nash – Nicest Thing

The Hours Soundtrack – Morning Passages

Slipknot – Vermillion pt. (The image still has a watermark because they make you pay for 5 images when I only want one, so when they sell single images they can happily have my money).

Dr Dre – I Need a Doctor

Marilyn Manson – Spade

Sophie Ellis Bextor – Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer

Nine Inch Nails – Ruiner

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

Johnny Cash – Hurt

Soft Cell -Tainted Love

Eminem ft

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