Radiohead: “True Love Waits” (2016 version), 28. First song “Afraid of Nothing” lets you know up front exactly where she’s going. Are You Ready? There are few things in life as tragic as dead kids, and sadly, “Little Bonnie never married, Little Bonnie never even made it four.”—Bonnie Stiernberg, Compared to the larger-than-life characters that populated Frank Ocean’s 2012 masterpiece channel ORANGE, the scope of his follow-up Blonde is more interior, laden and tangled with the mental back-and-forths that plague relationships: heartbreak, desire and doubt. But listen to it enough times, and Judgement Day imagery will begin to unfold. He captured an overwhelming sadness seasoned with hope in his 2018 song Summer’s End, from The Tree of Forgiveness, his last album. Shonda Rhimes Left ABC for Netflix After a Disneyland Ticket Snub, Dolly Parton Made Stephen Colbert Cry With a Folk Song, The Rudy Giuliani Moment Going Viral Is Good for, Ice Cube Puts Eric Trump on Thin Ice Over Fake Trump-Hat Photo With 50 Cent. We love a bop, we really do, but sometimes when you're feeling a little down, you want music that matches the mood. All Rights Reserved. She sums up those natural feelings of jealousy when an ex moves on to someone new sooner than expected. The expanding racial, class, and political divide of the past decade has set off a boom in self-care records like Solange’s A Seat at the Table, Lana del Rey’s Lust for Life, and Katy Perry’s Witness, which urge listeners to get in touch with their emotions and strive for peace and self-sufficiency. It’s been called “the saddest song ever,” and while it’s certainly not chipper, there’s something very beautiful about the ease with which Isbell sings about life-altering topics such as grief, death and cancer. In her dying days, Sadako therefore worked on folding her own 1,000 cranes, but passed away having only completed 644. Please select the topics you're interested in: Would you like to turn on POPSUGAR desktop notifications to get breaking news ASAP? “I love you.” The whole album makes everything else seem frivolous while you’re hearing it. You know you’re in for a weeper in seconds, just as you know a car commercial is selling you a car in the first frame of the ad. Let's put it this way: When this comes up on shuffle, remove yourself from any group situations or you might frighten someone with a sudden emotional outburst. If you're feeling burnt out (which, FYI, the World Health Organization has officially defined as a workplace problem) or stressed about life in general, never underestimate the power of a great sad song. “If you were a kid on the margins,” television personality and podcast host Dave Holmes wrote of discovering MTV in his 2016 memoir, Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs, “you could turn on your television and get a window into a world you could see yourself in someday.”. “The moon and stars hang out in bars just talking,” Prine adds. I still can't decide if the song or the YouTube comment section of the video is more heartwarming. "Beyond" is about dating someone and feeling that emotion of knowing that it's beyond any other feeling you have felt for someone before. At home in both a sweaty Brooklyn dancehall or your living room, “All My Friends” isn’t exactly dismal, but it’s certainly upsetting. Within the narrative, “Mad World” builds a universe of nameless faces in common situations, from birthday parties to school classes. Whoopi Goldberg! But when “Fond Farewell” was released almost a year to the day after his apparent suicide, this was the song that wrecked me. Winner for most upsetting lyric is hands-down: “I am drowning, there is no sign of land/ You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand/ And I hope you die, I hope we both die.” Darnielle’s sheer despondency and lack of any hope for a better tomorrow is what makes this track so disheartening.—Tess Duncan, “Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You,” what Jacklin says is her favorite song on her excellent 2019 album Crushing (even though “that changes everyday”), is a revelation. If you need a playlist that's both timely and emotional, look no further than the following songs. With lyrics like "One gun on the table / Headshot if you're able," this is a morbidly pretty single that perhaps should've made the cut on her third studio album, Ultraviolence. Music is a potent force—it can create friendships and help us get in touch with our feelings, both as listeners and creators—but as all-powerful as it feels when you’re hanging out with your friends in your teens, its limitations grow impossible to ignore with time and age. Because the characters seem so real, so does the sorrow. “Don’t you like me for me?” she sings. Growing up is hell. Lynch has always loved to flirt with melodrama, and this torch song found its perfect expression in del Rio’s full-throated, bell-like voice. But the rise of Uzi and emo-conscious rappers like Lil Skies, Juice WRLD, and the late XXXTentacion and Lil Peep feels like a radical shift in the duties expected of career rappers, like the moment a decade ago when hardened street rappers like 50 Cent ceded control of hip-hop’s mainstream to fashion-conscious thinkers like Kanye West. 1.3K Shares View On One Page ADVERTISEMENT () Start Slideshow . But look to stories like Demi Lovato’s journey through addiction and recovery, Michelle Williams’s admission that she checked into a facility to get help with depression, and Kid Cudi’s long, winding path through drugs and therapy to wellness and it feels like people are reacting to shaky feelings by arming themselves with the tools to get to wellness, then sharing them with anyone who’ll listen. "Why won't you ever say what you want to say? This makes them valuable to more than just impressionable teens. “But like a drunken night, it’s the best bits that are colored in,” he croons in his Scottish brogue before launching into perhaps the most tear-inducing stanza of the indie rock era, ending with a line that he routinely would scream live: “You should look through some old photos/ I adored you in every one of those/ If someone took a picture of us now they’d need to be told/ That we had ever clung and tied/ A navy knot with arms at night/ I’d say she was his sister but she doesn’t have his nose/ And now we’re unrelated and rid of all the shit we hated/ But I hate when I feel like this/ And I never hated you.” —Steven Edelstone, Benji is an album heavily focused on death. The track is a brutal listen; Yorke’s vocals, while probably the clearest on the entirety of A Moon Shaped Pool, feel distant, like he’s looking back on the song as a bittersweet memory from long ago, now knowing what would eventually come next. But “Pristine” aims a bit higher, with soaring choruses and crisp guitars crafting a shimmering backdrop for Jordan’s musings on young love. Whether it's sobbing over legitimate heartbreak or shedding a tear because the Game of Thrones season eight premiere still feels so far away, getting it all out there is healthy. I feel deeply for the dying girl and the boy who can’t understand the Why of it all—because none of us really can.—Josh Jackson, © 2020 Paste Media Group. The title pretty much sums up the vibe. The record comes to a screeching standstill on “Poke,” a heartbreaking stunner of an acoustic fingerpicked track, where he details the process of finally cutting the chord, delving deep in the ugliness that Baker spoke about with some of the most brutally honest yet beautiful breakup lyrics in recent memory. This sad breakup song captures how you feel once you come out the other side, and you want to warn your ex's new love interest to stay very, very far … And the only conclusion is a chorus of angels whose weeping turns into something like joy as a triumphant trumpet kicks in. Here's our list of the top 50 saddest dance music picks of all-time, from sad love songs to depressing songs about death. All rights reserved. Chicago rapper Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” (No. every time. The remaining cranes were finished by friends and family, and the poor young victim of WWII was ultimately buried with them. "Right Now" reminds us why the Haim sisters are one of the best groups of the decade. Cam's cover of Sam Smith's "Palace" (which she originally wrote, btw) is a heartbreakingly mature tribute to an ex lover who she clearly still loves. “Back to Black” recalls ’60s doo-wop with a moody, creeping tempo. Vic Chesnutt: “Flirted With You All My Life”, 19. Can a song make you feel shivery? Ineye (in-NAY-yay) Komonibo is the editorial fellow at MarieClaire.com. It's Julien Baker, after all. The results are as engrossing as they are emotionally devastating. Why New York City Is the Ideal Cinematic Setting for Finding Romance, Bruce Springsteen Plays Tennis-Racket Guitar in Front of His Bedroom Mirror, Tom Hanks, Civil War Daddy, Is the Captain Again in. "Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have" was one of the first singles from her upcoming album, Norman F*cking Rockwell—a heartbreakingly beautiful reminder that sometimes hope is all we have. Bebe Rexha’s debut album, Expectations, speaks honestly about suffering and seeking help in songs like “Sad” (“Maybe I’m just comfortable with being sad”) and the new single “I’m a Mess”: “Everything’s gonna be alright / Everything’s gonna be okay / It’s gonna be a good, good, life / That’s what my therapist say.”, Sad pop tunes are a constant in the history of songwriting because suffering springs eternal, but what sets the 2018 crop apart is their immediacy. (“Someone help me, I’m crawling in my skin / Sometimes I feel like giving up, but I just can’t / It isn’t in my blood.”) In June, Alessia Cara catalogued her “Growing Pains” (“I guess the bad can get better / Gotta be wrong before it’s right”), and Demi Lovato released the crushing “Sober,” an apology to friends and family for falling off the wagon rendered all the more chilling by recent news of her drug overdose. 8) deals in sleep paralysis, suicidal thoughts, and antidepressants: “I take prescriptions to make me feel a-okay / I know it’s all in my head.” Post Malone’s “Better Now” (No. When did you get so dark, LDR? You really feel for Frank as he sings about struggling with his sexuality, though the sense of impossibility is much more pervasive than that. Manchester Orchestra's 2009 song wins the rip-your-heart-out award every time you listen to it with its harrowing instrumentals and the lyrics to go along with them. 209 songs. “I still love that picture of us walking.” It’s not flashy, but it’s beautiful, and leaves the door wide open for a listener’s interpretations. "Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby" is one of those songs that can transport you to somewhere else in an instant. There’s a particular kind of braveness unique to anyone who can get up on stage and sing through your tears about an ex for whom you still hold a flame.