10 Terribly Sad Albums to Hear Before You Die

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We all love sad music. We love it when there is something about sad music we can relate to through our own sad personal life experiences. It is pleasant to listen to a song about heartbreak when your heart is broken. It is also pleasant to listen to a song about heartbreak when your heart is not broken, but when it has been broken in the past, and you can recall that sad feeling through a sad song. We even enjoy it when the sadness of a particular song is a type of sadness we have never personally experienced, because we can put ourselves in other people's shoes and temporarily enjoy their sadness. There are many different modes of sadness and many different modes of sad music. But these are 10 terribly sad albums you should listen to before you die.

See also: Ten Metal Albums to Hear Before You Die


10. Sun Kil Moon
Benji (2014)
Sun Kil Moon, and Mark Kozeleck's other project, Red House Painters, are both known for really sad music. But this new album (out this week through Caldo Verde) is the saddest thing he has ever made. It is so sad it is surreal. Someone is always dying. In "I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same," Kozeleck goes on and on about how much he loved watching the Led Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same one warm summer weekend with his friends in a theater in Canton, Ohio, and how much he was mesmerized by Jimmy Page and Peter Grant and John Paul Jones. Then, out of nowhere, his friend falls off a moped, a truck backs over him and he dies. Then a girl he sits next to in school dies. Then his grandmother dies. In "I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love," Kozeleck sings about how he can't live without his mother's love. He says he will miss taking walks with her. He will miss playing Scrabble with her. He will miss calling her on the telephone to talk. "My mother is 75/ She's the closest friend I have in my life/ Take her from me I'll break down and bawl/ And whither away like old leaves in the fall." It's devastating.


9. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (1979)
"Where will it end?" sang Ian Curtis, of Joy Division, on "Day of the Lords." It ended just over a year after this depressing album came out. Curtis hung himself in his kitchen. He was 23.


8. Counting Crows
August & Everything After (1993)
"Mr. Jones" is not an uplifting song. It is about being an ugly and insignificant man. It is about staring, creepily, at beautiful women, at a party, and knowing those beautiful women will never love you. It is about a vain world where being a big star is the only hope, and then realizing it is not a possible future world for you. Because you are ugly. Because you are insignificant. Because no one will ever love you. The next song, "Perfect Blue Buildings," is about death. The whole album is about death. A very slow death.



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66 comments
Atcha John
Atcha John

Well it's just doom 'n gloom, despair and tragedy isn't it...lol. I never picked my self up since 79. But with this lot...well!!! Thanks loads.

Michelle Mock
Michelle Mock

If I owned a Counting Crowes album. That. Would. Be. Sad.

Drew Martin
Drew Martin

Clearly you do not own a copy of The Holy Bible.

Douglas Love
Douglas Love

Any Justin Biebet, Miley Cyrus or Robin Thicke song makes me lose all hope for humanity.

Charles Mitchell
Charles Mitchell

Frank Sinatra's 1959 album: No One Cares. A masterpiece of depressing love ballads. Who in the hell would want to get into a relationship after listening to this one!

Tim Cox
Tim Cox

Define melancholic. LOL... Just messing with you! I find Morrissey's lyrics deeply humorous, but some songs are just downright sad. How Soon Is Now?, I Know It's Over, Asleep, etc.

Ross Harris
Ross Harris

The Smiths aren't sad music. This point is often lost on Americans. I think you have to be British to fully understand the melancholic dark humour of Morrissey's lyrics.

Tim Cox
Tim Cox

I think Drake is way too shallow and superficial for this list. Of course, it's a matter of opinion. I would put Depeche Mode and The Smiths on the list.

Ross Harris
Ross Harris

Missed the best sad album ever - Electro-shock Blues by Eels.

noone
noone

Hospice - The Antlers.

If I could, I would explain the emotional pain that you feel listening to this album, the story, the hurt, the brokenness. But I can't.It's something you have to experience for yourself.  I can just tell you that after listening to this album I was completely emotionally exhausted, and was depressed for next couple days. 

guttercandi
guttercandi

If we're talking single songs,


"When Your Number Isn't Up" by Mark Lanegan is hard to beat as well.



Ann Howard
Ann Howard

Brian Mumblo do you know what album this is? One of my favorite bands . Get back to me!!! :)

cantuii
cantuii

You forgot your lifes soundtrack... I bet thats pretty miserable.

Felipe Guarnieri
Felipe Guarnieri

I'd add The Weeknd's 'Trilogy' and The National's 'Trouble will find me' to that list

Glenn Davey
Glenn Davey

I guarantee I listened to them all at my lowest and it helped to foment all my terrible feelings.'

Lauren Ell
Lauren Ell

Rozz Williams & Gitane Demone "Dream Home Heartache"

Duncan Milne
Duncan Milne

Or listen to the Galaxie 500 cover of "Listen the snow is falling" by Yoko Ono. No need to be depressed, just enjoy the snow.

nweastcoaster
nweastcoaster

No Velvet Underground?????  Loaded, 1969 Live

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

Counting Crows SUCK. The end.

John Chluda
John Chluda

This list is total BS. Pink Floyd: Final Cut. End of list, good night now.

Michael Hollands
Michael Hollands

Joy division still fresh as the day off release some 30 odd years ago , Simply brilliant .

Kyaw Zayar Lwin
Kyaw Zayar Lwin

Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (2007) Once up a time, there was a man named Justin Vernon. His girlfriend had just broken up with him. He had mono. He went to a cabin somewhere in Nowhere, Wisconsin. He sat there alone for three months. He recorded nine sad songs about his life. The End. You don't even have to hear these songs to feel sad. The creation narrative is miserable enough.

Kathleen M McGowan
Kathleen M McGowan

For that matter, how is Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here not on this list?

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

Justin Bieber. His whole existence breaks my fucking heart. Seriously, if I had to listen to his body of work I'd kill myself. Take *THAT* Joy Division!

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

The Smiths had that one song that was pretty sad... I forget the name, but it seemed pretty darned sad.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

I like Joy Division, but "love will tear us apart" always left me wanting... Love will tear us a part of cloth? Tear us a part of a sheet of blotter acid? Tear us a part of big sandwich created for AISD Awearness (a group of of dyslexic AIDS patients who don't know how to spell.) So many questions...

guttercandi
guttercandi

@nweastcoaster


Lou Reed - _Berlin_ beats 'em all.


John Cale's _Music for a New Society_ is up (down?) there too.


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