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geekygoddess
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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2008 07:02      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OK folks, last week I brought you the top 100 singers of all time, now I present to you, the top 25 saddest songs. I obviously have too much time on my hands, I should really be studying for finals..
Here you go...
http://www.spinner.com/2007/05/03/the-25-most-exquisitely-sad-songs-in-the-whole-world-no-25/

Now, what's missing???

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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2008 09:21      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What's missing? That list all on one page! [Mad] [Geek]

There's a Christmas song they left off... you know, that one about the cat. [Razz]

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I gave up around number eight..... I really wanted a single list as well! [Mad]

This means that I don't know whether a couple of obvious candidates made it onto the list:

"Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks
"Old Shep" by Elvis P
[weep] [weep] [weep]

[Razz] [Razz] [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2008 14:17      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You bunch of sissy's!
The list takes two seconds to preview!!!
[Razz]

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Icon 3 posted November 30, 2008 15:15      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Grummash: Seasons in the Sun... awesome.

I'd put Hurt as sung by Cash somewhere on there too.

Geeky-goodness [Razz] : where on earth is this preview?

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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2008 15:44      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
geekygoddess - possessive apostrophe????? [Eek!] Just sayin'.

Snaggy - 'Hurt' by the Man in Black is one of those wonderful cover versions which are so much better than the original. OK, so Cash didn't write it, but he understood it much more than Mr Reznor ever will.

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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2008 16:40      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OK, boys!
Since you are both too impatient to look through the stinkin' list I will tell you that "Hurt" by Cash, not Reznor is number 4! Does that make up for my punctuation error Grummy?

Oh, and Snaggs, I love my new pet name, Geeky-goodness, I may have to use that! [Big Grin]

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The web site is too painful to browse through. The rendering is bad on firefox and I don't want to sit through 25 pages to find 25 items.

That said, are they going for saddest, or most depressing. Did the have "The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" on the list? That's way up there on the most depressing songs list.

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Based on the above, I'm not even going to visit the site. [Razz]

Sounds to me like a ploy for ad $$$.

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I'd certainly vote for "The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" , but do the Pink Floyd tracks "The Gunner's Dream" or "When the Tigers broke free" feature on the list? They should.

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No patience for the slow loading pages...

Here are mine:

Alone Again Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan
My Mummy's Dead - John Lennon
Any Joy Division Song - Joy Division
Withered And Died - Fairport Convention or Elvis Costello (as The Imposter)
The Butcher Boy - Sinnead O'Conner

And I second Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks

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GMx - my Fairport/Sandy Denny choice would be "Farewell,Farewell".

....and what about "The Black Swan" by Jake Thackray???

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My favorite sad song is on there, "Brick" by Ben Folds. Which they also happen to be responsible for my favorite break up song as well. "Give me my sweater back, you bitch!" Otherwise known as "song for the dumped" Classic!

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The only song that makes me cry is "Patience" by Guns n' Roses... Every time I hear it, or even think of it my mind is filled with all the happy times, and the sad times... Times spent waiting in the cold, and times spent cozy, snuggled on the couch.

My first and lost love [Happytears]

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
GMx - my Fairport/Sandy Denny choice would be "Farewell,Farewell".

....and what about "The Black Swan" by Jake Thackray???

Oh, I made a mistake on Withered and Died. It was by Richard and linda thompson, not Fairport Convention. Close, though. [Wink]
And I forgot Shannon by Henry Gross. Nothing like a song about a dog that has died to make you sad.

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quote:
Originally posted by GMx:

Alone Again Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan

Yay! That's my choice (although it always cheers me up -- 'cos it's so pathetic). [Smile]
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Thanks for the list even when it's not all on one page [crazy]
Great recommendations of all the others, now I have a huge "to-Download" List hehe

One track I would definitely add is Portishead - Roads
Besides the fact that nearly all of Portishead's Songs are great, this is the saddest of all. Give it a listen here

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Atmosphere by Joy Division.
Mandolin Rain by Bruce Hornsby.

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It's a crime that Peter Gabriel's "Mercy Street" isn't on this list. [Beard of Peter Gabriel!]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG75ucMYg-s

The song is about suicidee poet Anne Sexton, and the lyrics allude to her sexual abuse at the hands of her own parents. The harmonies are also bone-chilling.

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Chris Isaak could fill the list all by himself, but I vote to add at least 'The End of Everything', 'Forever Blue' and, of course, 'Somebody's Cryin'' , all on the best single-artist breakup album EVER -- and it was released the very month my first and only marriage ended.

Unless we're excluding country, Hank Williams 'Good Year for the Roses' needs to be here; the Costello cover is worthy of considering, too.

Related to Hank Williams, 'Long White Cadillac' is a high-paced tear-jerker for your rowdier sadness.

Some think it campy, others childish, but if you've ever truly had your heart stomped, High Noon's 'I'm Done, I'm Through' still tears into my heart.

At the risk of being controversial, I also have to add 'The Ballad of The Green Berets'. I used to cry endlessly as a child when this was played.

About the same time was Wayne Newton's 'Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast.'

Along the same line is 'Memphis, Tennessee' from Chuck Berry.

Harry Nilsson also knows how to jerk some tears; try listening to 'Turn On Your Radio', then think of a friend whose died, and get out the kleenex. Same album gives us 'Remember'; and, while hopeful, is also quite sad (perhaps it's more sentimental than sad?). And then there's the over-the-top schmaltz of 'Can't Live Without You'; again, you must truly have been wrecked to appreciate the real emotion behind the pop.

I see the list gave an honorable mention to Roy Orbison's 'Cryin''; try listening to the Spanish a cappella version by Rebecca Del Rio and then resist slitting your wrists.

'The First Cut is the Deepest' (any cover) is worthy of inclusion.

And speaking of Rod Stewart, 'I Was Only Joking', and 'Maggie May' sure has a narcissism to it that, upon inspection, is quite sad.

How on earth did Clapton's 'Heaven' not make that top 25??? For God's sake, his son had to DIE for that song to be written.

And, on the flip side, maybe it's just way too old, or the fact it's been covered over a hundred times in different ways, but who doesn't cry at ANY version of 'Danny Boy'? Or do you have to be Irish to get teary even when Harry Connick, Jr. makes you boogie-woogie to a dying father's lament?

I could go on and on, but I'll close with The Blasters 'Leaving'; an introspective love song about a man who spends a long lonely night in bed with his lover, realizing he'll never do better than the sleeping woman next to him, no matter how easy it is 'to slip right out that door.' Our sadness is not for the teller.

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Batrico,

For all your in-depth commentary on the state of sad songs -- and looking at your marital history you have good reason to be expert on the subject -- you missed a really big one.

And the sad part is that the truly saddest song of all time lies sitting there in your signature. That's right, the "Oscar Meyer Wiener Song".

Think about some poor, lonely child, so starved for the love of those around him, or her, that this child would prefer to be a few ounces of ground-up pig lips and butt-holes.

Sad, isn't it? Even sadder, is the day we open our mail to read "You may already be a wiener." And that is when we realize we are most likely a loser.

I gotta go. I'm getting choked up.

CP

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"Perfect Day" by Lou Reed may sound as a soft, lovely, somewhat foolish, ballad. But theres more inside the composition: it's pretty dark, gloom. That song is for me the anti-happy song, whenever I expect things to turn out right and they do the opposite, I have that song in mind.
Duran Duran's cover has been praised by Reed himself as the best cover ever made of his songs, and it pretty much does justice to the original; it just keeps the pace slow, lowers the tone, and all fades to black.
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