2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

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2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

Post by puddles » 09 May 2007, 20:58

:( sadsack :(

A collection of the melancholic, for those who like that sort of thing. I am one.

I can think of a couple of tracks they left off, immediately, and I'm positive you will too... Discuss, if you like, or just enjoy arguing. The tracks are all streaming at the link posted above. I'll start, why don't I...


Gram Parsons: Love Hurts
Big Star: Holocaust

Edited title to remove unecessary hype. Sorry about that. :oops:
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Post by sixnon » 09 May 2007, 21:02

I was astonished that such a list could be compiled without (Buckley cover aside) an appearance by Leonard.

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Post by puddles » 09 May 2007, 21:05

25. 'The River' - Bruce Springsteen (1980)
24. 'Nothing Compares 2 U' - Sinead O'Connor (1990)
23. 'No Surprises' - Radiohead (1997)
22. 'A Change Is Gonna Come' - Sam Cooke (1964)
21. 'Space Oddity' - David Bowie (1969)
20. 'That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be' - Carly Simon (1971)
19. 'Lost Cause' - Beck (2002)
18. 'I've Gotta Get a Message to You' - Bee Gees (1968)
17. 'Back to Black' - Amy Winehouse (2006)
16. 'Shilo' - Neil Diamond (1968)
15. 'My Mom' - Chocolate Genius (1998)
14. 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' - Dionne Warwick (1963)
13. 'Naked as We Came' - Iron & Wine (2004)
12. 'In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning' - Frank Sinatra (1954)
11. 'Brick' - Ben Folds Five (1997)
10. 'In the Real World' - Roy Orbison (1989)
9. 'Concrete Angel' - Martina McBride (2001)
8. 'Dance With My Father' - Luther Vandross (2003)
7. 'Hallelujah' - Jeff Buckley (1994)
6. 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' - George Jones (1980)
5. 'I Know It's Over' - The Smiths (1986)
4. 'Hurt' - Johnny Cash (2002)
3. 'Eleanor Rigby' - The Beatles (1966)
2. 'Gloomy Sunday' - Billie Holiday (1941)
1. 'Chicken Wire' - Pernice Brothers (1998)
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Post by andyscott » 09 May 2007, 22:16

sixnon wrote:I was astonished that such a list could be compiled without (Buckley cover aside) an appearance by Leonard.
I always thought Nimmoy's small but perfectly formed oeuvre was fairly upbeat.
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Post by stringtapper » 09 May 2007, 23:03

I always thought that REMs 'Shiny Happy People' was the saddest song I had ever heard.
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Post by sixnon » 10 May 2007, 00:57

andyscott wrote:
sixnon wrote:I was astonished that such a list could be compiled without (Buckley cover aside) an appearance by Leonard.
I always thought Nimmoy's small but perfectly formed oeuvre was fairly upbeat.
if not just a little risque...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uxTpyCdriY

(wherein, although it's a fast edit, you may catch a glimpse of his small yet perfectly formed oeuvre)

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Post by DougP » 10 May 2007, 03:35

"Mad World" by Gary Jules always gets me

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Post by putte » 10 May 2007, 03:59

* friendly men (the free design)
* still fighting it (ben folds)
* moon river
* my way


.. these are the ones coming into my mind at the moment.

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Post by The Beatsmith » 10 May 2007, 07:02

That list sucks

Back to black? That isn't really very sad. The lyrics are a bit negative, okay, but the music isn't really, at all.

Elanor rigby? It's not a dance tune, ok, but doesn't exactly leave me all choked up. 'For no one' is sadder, but even still
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Post by The Beatsmith » 10 May 2007, 07:03

putte wrote:* friendly men (the free design)
* still fighting it (ben folds)
* moon river
* my way


.. these are the ones coming into my mind at the moment.

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i don't think i can sit through moon river - it makes me feel sad/nostalgic for no reason at all, and i have to change it
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Post by tremolounge » 10 May 2007, 07:33

Hey, our local guys won! But in today's Boston Globe:

"As to whether "Chicken Wire" is really deserving of the honor, the band's manager (and Ashmont Media doyenne) Joyce Linehan says "if there was a statuette or plaque or anything else associated with this, they believe they would refuse the honor and award it instead to Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally.""
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Post by Ned Bouhalassa » 10 May 2007, 09:09

There There - Radiohead
Hard Time Killin Floor Blues - Skip James
Crown of Love - Arcade Fire
Sour Times - Portishead
Estate - Joao Gilberto
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Post by kanker » 10 May 2007, 09:53

The saddest song I've ever heard is 'Billy, Don't Be a Hero'.
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Post by The Beatsmith » 10 May 2007, 10:31

Ned Bouhalassa wrote:Sour Times - Portishead
See, that's what i find weird. I don't think that song is sad at all. I think it's chilled out, but moody. For me, it has attitude, i don't think it's sad at all.

I guess it's all subjective, and depends on what your mood is when you listen to the track

It's funny, yesterday i attended a (Music Information Retreival) talk/lecture on music classification based on mood, and everyone had a hard time simply agreeing on what music made them feel 'happy' vs 'sad', let alone trying to get a computer to do

While it's been proven (apparently - i'll take her word for it) that certain music can induce certain moods, a dude in the audience argued that he thought music simply gave you a transition in moods, but it depends on what the original mood was when you started listening to it, where you heard it, etc

If i had listened to Sour times after i had just broken up with my childhood sweetheart or wife or something, or if someone had died, it probably would seem very different to me.

Interesting subject eh
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Post by kanker » 10 May 2007, 10:37

The Beatsmith wrote:If i had listened to Sour times after i had just broken up with my childhood sweetheart or wife or something, or if someone had died, it probably would seem very different to me.

Interesting subject eh
Yeah, perspective's a real big one when it comes to one's relationship with some songs.
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