Weirdly enough, listening to sad music actually does help you feel better when you’re feeling bad. When it feels like your world is crumbling or just generally like everything sucks, remember and take solace in the fact that many people have felt that way before you; they have gotten up and carried on, and so can you. Here’s a list of their songs. Or a list of sad songs for when it’s raining outside and you’ve found yourself in a directionless melancholy. Sometimes we need to not be sad alone, and that’s one of the many things music is for. To that end, here are 25 Saddest Songs In Recent History.
"I hurt myself today / To see if I still feel / I focus on the pain / The only thing that's real " - Johnny Cash, Hurt. This song was actually written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, but Cash's version is just...haunting. Cash was 71 when this music video was filmed and the original concept had to be abandoned due to his declining health. Cash and his wife June would both die less than a year after filming.
"I'm a creep/ I'm a weirdo/ What the hell am I doing here / I don't belong here" - Radiohead, Creep
"She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly/ off the coast and I'm headed nowhere" Ben Folds Five, Brick. This song was written about his high school girlfriend's abortion. Regardless of how you feel about this delicate topic, the song is depressing as hell.
"Remembering you standing quiet in the rain / As I ran to your heart to be near / And we kissed as the sky fell in" - Pictures Of You, The Cure. Let's be honest, this whole list could be mostly comprised of the works of Robert Smith and still, arguably, be some of the saddest song ever written.
"We only said goodbye with words /I died a hundred times / You go back to her / And I go back to black" - Amy Winehouse, Back To Black