The saddest songs ever

In case the title wasn’t clear enough, I just want to reiterate that this post is about the saddest songs ever. Some of them are melancholy, at the very least. If you are in an emotionally-heightened state, PMSing or way, way under the influence and must proceed, do so with caution. And preferably a handkerchief.
First up, Ryan Bingham’s Hallelujah (only namesake to the more popular Cohen-turned-Buckley song, no relation) is a heartbreaker, no, heart-annihilator.

Actually, most of his stuff is a tearjerker. Get some more tears jerked (that sounds like a sign outside a Japanese fetish shop, I know) to some more despair in the form of Passenger–one of my favourite songwriters and the king of emo. Instead of a song, I’m posting the YouTube link for the whole album All The Little Lights because it’s the perfect length for a good, cathartic crying sesh. Some of the songs have very witty writing which is quite funny so you *might* feel tempted to giggle between sniffles. Refrain, and persevere. There is more sobbing to be done.

I heard the next song in my ex-boss’ excellent home-theatre setup (soundproofed walls, floor-standing speakers, the works) and I remember being immensely moved. Don’t believe what they say, kids. Money can buy you music and in that, it can buy you love. This is 24–25 by Kings of Convenience, who I like to think of as a modern-day Simon & Garfunkel.

Okay, last song, seeing as I’m not into torture. This one’s an oldie but an oh-so-goodie. A tremendous classic and that violin solo is full funereal despondence. Dust in the Wind by Kansas. (Linking this video with the lyrics in big, bold letters to remind you of your insignificance. Also useful for karaoke.)

From the wretched depths of desolation, toodles!

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Originally published at on March 21, 2016.