Every so often I enjoy creating a list of songs revolving around a certain subject or theme. I thought it might be kinda neat to put together a list of what I consider to be the saddest songs of all-time. Here is a group of songs covering a wide range of genres and a number of different era.s For the most part, they are presented for your consideration in no particular order. Let me know what you think and at the same time, if you are so inclined, I invite you to make up your own list and add it to the "Music Matters" community here on Lunch.
From the album that many consider to be the greatest of all-time "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" The sad story of a misundersood teenage girl about to leave home. Her parents just don't understand!
I really do hate to have to tell you this but I enjoy being with you, I am very attracted to you but you are not the love of my life. I wish I felt differently but I don't. Don't worry, you'll get over it in time.
Whether you prefer Pearl Jam's version from the late 1990's or the original by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers from 1958 this one is a real tear-jerker. We can all imagine ourselves in such a horrible situation and just pray that it never actually happens to us.
One of the greatest country tunes ever written. It turns out Hank Williams was singing about himself when he recorded this one back in 1949. Hank certainly did not have a great voice but he wrote some amazing tunes during his tragically short life.
I would have to say that this is my favorite song by the popular 1970's brother-sister duo The Carpenters. Just dripping with self-pity. Yeah, I have been there and I totally related to this one when it hit the charts.
From one of my favorite films "A League of Their Own". It's a song about revisiting your past and thinking about the hopes and dreams you had back then. Now you realize that much of what you had hoped for is never going to happen. I guess this happens to all of us. A very moving song.
It's the most recorded song of all-time and with good reason. Yesterday everything was wonderful....life was good! But then you went away and now my world has been turned upside down. I still don't understand. You told me you are not coming back. Now I am longing for yesterday. One of the greatest Lennon-McCartney tunes ever.
Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond are in a melancholy mood. The bloom is off the rose now and their relationship has settled into the same old dull routine. The magic is gone and now both wonder if they have a future together.
I think this tune ranks right up there with "He Stopped Loving Her Today" as one of the saddest songs ever recorded. It is about that moment when a person comes to the conclusion that they just don't love someone anymore. It might be a young teen or it could be an adult who is coming to this realization after years of marriage. A devastatingly beautiful song!
"Once upon a time I was falling in love, now I'm only falling apart". The love of her life has gone away and now all is lost. A haunting melody and terrific music only add to the impact of this incredibly depressing tune.
Another powerful tune from Little Anthony and the Imperials, this time from 1965. Little Anthony makes no bones about it. Just seeing her again is a very painful experience. Things have been going great for her but he is still stuck on her something terrible. His pleas for her to come back to him fall on deaf ears and it "Hurts So Bad". The desperation in his voice is stunning!
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more