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What is the most melancholy song you've ever heard?

Asked by stardust (10520 points ) March 9th, 2012

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john65pennington's avatar

Honey Bobby Goldsboro

Have a Kleenex ready.

janbb's avatar

“Jesse Come Home” by Janis Ian

XOIIO's avatar

Melancholy Hill by Gorillaz

6rant6's avatar

Mad World.

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dyin’
Are the best I’ve ever had.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I dozed off one night and woke to All By Myself, Eric Carmen. That got me pretty good.

AmWiser's avatar

Not sure of the name of the song, but it’s sung on the commercial about the abused animals. In the eyes of an angel…or something to that effect. The commercial and the song makes me teary eyed.

filmfann's avatar

Ne me quitte pa is my go-to sad song.

The is an old song, sung in Russian I think, that caused hundreds of russians to kill themselves. I don’t remember the title.

janbb's avatar

@filmfann There was a movie about that song called “Gloomy Sunday.” I don’t remember if the song was called that too or not.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@AmWiser Cheater, using the dog and cat eyes. That video is heartbreaking.

filmfann's avatar

@janbb That sounds right! I heard the song about 35 years ago, on the Dr. Demento show of all places. I might have a tape of it somewhere.
I found information on that song (Hungarian, not Russian) on Wiki

janbb's avatar

@filmfann The movie was good too. I think it was set in Hungary or somewhere.

KidCurtis's avatar

“You cant put your arms around a memory” – Johnny Thunders

That was the first one that came to mind.

jaytkay's avatar

George Jones’ classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today”

Trillian's avatar

@filmfann This, I believe is the song to which you refer. The last line on the page is, perhaps, significant.
I don’t have a good answer for this question, I get moved to tears easily if I’m in that kind of mood. Poetry does that to me as well. If I had to pick, I’d say Queen’s Who wants to Live Forever. I bawl like a baby.

muppetish's avatar

“Poor Edward” by Tom Waits ranks pretty high up there.

fundevogel's avatar

I’d have to think about it, but I immediately thought of a line in From her to Eternity. Though it isn’t particularly melacholy itself. Deranged more like.

She’s wearing them blue-stockens, I bet
and standin like this with my ear to the ceiling
Listen I know it must sound absurd but
I can hear the most melancholy sound I ever heard
Walk and cry Kneel and cry

Haleth's avatar

Running up that Hill by Placebo.

@AmWiser The song is “In the Arms of an Angel” by Sarah McLachlan. I’m actually not a huge fan of that song, but the album it’s from, Mirrorball, has a bunch of great songs.

Ponderer983's avatar

Bonnie Raitt – I Can’t Make You Love Me. Not to mention my Mother once pointed out to me that the song sounds like a death march. I happen to love the song though. What does that tell you about me?

downtide's avatar

Another Janis Ian song; one of my friends used to sing this and it would bring tears to my eyes every time. Tea and Sympathy

dabbler's avatar

Allison Mose If You Live, at a slow wailing pace:

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

This one’s been getting to me lately: Black Gives Way To Blue. Alice in Chains

lonelydragon's avatar

“Paint It Black”—The Rolling Stones.

fundevogel's avatar

@smilingheart1 I love Danny Boy! The Muppet rendition is particularly heartfelt.

stardust's avatar

Thank you all for the wonderful dose of melancholia :-)

Roby's avatar

Born to Lose

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