What's the saddest song you've ever heard?

KaatheSnake

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Hi guys,
This is the thread that people post the saddest song they've ever heard. Mine is the Jurassic Park theme, for some odd reason. It's just so beautiful. That was recorded on reel to reel tape, surprising for 1991-1992.
Thanks,
Ryan
 
rojo

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I can think of a few.

The forte sections of Tristesse by Chopin are pretty emotional. Tristesse is the French word for sadness.


But that chart is not nearly as depressing as Chopin's Prelude in E Minor:


Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, the choral arrangement is another contender, especially if you've ever watched Platoon.


John Williams has a few more worthy candidates than the Jurassic Park theme. Consider "Cadillac of the Skies" from Empire of the Sun.


And of course, the theme from Schindler's List is guaranteed to put you in a pensive state of thorough melancholy:

 
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sterling shoote

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Easy, anything and everything from Tracy Chapman. Play her songs for a perfect evening of lonely depression. No don't. Instead play Joan Armatrading, sad but not depressingly sad. "It Could Have Been Better" is her biggest hit. Listen to it and tell me what you think.
 
Joe B

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Hi guys,
This is the thread that people post the saddest song they've ever heard. Mine is the Jurassic Park theme, for some odd reason. It's just so beautiful.
Thanks,
Ryan
Ryan,

If I understand correctly, I think you are referring to songs which elicit a strong emotional response, songs that are cathartic in nature as opposed to just "sad". I'm only saying this because the Jurassic Park theme, for me, moves from sadness to a sense of joy as the theme concludes. If I'm wrong, please ignore this post. If I'm correct, you may want to listen to this short movement from Will Todd's "Ode to a Nightingale" (a musical setting of John Keats' poem by the same name). Start at 1:55 and listen for 2 minutes. This doesn't make me sad, but it does often reduce me to tears.


I love music like this, music that takes you for an emotional journey and cleanses the soul. The entire work is around 35 minutes in length and takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.......worth at least a 2 minute listen.
 
KaatheSnake

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Ryan,

If I understand correctly, I think you are referring to songs which elicit a strong emotional response, songs that are cathartic in nature as opposed to just "sad". I'm only saying this because the Jurassic Park theme, for me, moves from sadness to a sense of joy as the theme concludes. If I'm wrong, please ignore this post. If I'm correct, you may want to listen to this short movement from Will Todd's "Ode to a Nightingale" (a musical setting of John Keats' poem by the same name). Start at 1:55 and listen for 2 minutes. This doesn't make me sad, but it does often reduce me to tears.


I love music like this, music that takes you for an emotional journey and cleanses the soul. The entire work is around 35 minutes in length and takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.......worth at least a 2 minute listen.
I'm mentioning the songs that make you emotional from hearing them. Yes, those are very good picks of music!
 
KaatheSnake

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Easy, anything and everything from Tracy Chapman. Play her songs for a perfect evening of lonely depression. No don't. Instead play Joan Armatrading, sad but not depressingly sad. "It Could Have Been Better" is her biggest hit. Listen to it and tell me what you think.
Yes, Tracy Chapman has some sad music.
 
Drunkpenguin

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This is probably the saddest song ive ever heard on mulitple levels. Final performance. He died a few months later. The pain in his voice towards the end of the song gives me chills every time i hear it.

 
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snakeeyes

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This is probably the saddest song ive ever heard on mulitple levels. Final performance. He died a few months later. The pain in his voice towards the end of the song gives me chills every time i hear it.

The unplugged of Alice In Chains is similar. Layne was very sick during this performance.
 
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