More Sad Songs About Being Depressed and Breaking Up

Updated on April 21, 2016

Pink Floyd - Mother

Pink Floyd's album, The Wall, is one of the best albums of all time. And there are 2 discs! Probably my favorite album of all time. And the movie, while very strange in many ways, was really kind of cool with the visuals and the art, etc. Mother is an interesting song. It clearly has some somberness to it, but due to its rather neutral tone, you have to dig a little deeper to sense the level of sadness it contains. "Mother will she tear your little boy apart? Ooooh ma, mother will she break my heart"

Pink Floyd - Mother

Pink Floyd - The Trial

This is towards the end of disc 2 of The Wall. Perhaps the majority of the album (and the album's name) is about a secret life of psychosis, inner turmoil and clandestine torment behind the scenes (or, more aptly, behind The Wall), and The Trial is in large part about that wall being torn down "I sentence you to be exposed before your peers!" is a line that best summarizes this one.

Ever Felt Like This?

Pink Floyd - Goodbye Cruel World

This is the penultimate track on disc 2 of Pink Floyd's epic The Wall. This song is unique in that it has a seemingly positive tone whereas the words expressed couldn't be more despairing. Perhaps it's because in his view (and that of many people inflicted with depression, chronic or isolated), contemplating saying goodbye to this deranged and maniacally cruel world engenders a deep sense of relaxation and relief.

No Hidden Meanings Here

Pink Floyd - The Postwar Dream

"Should we shout? Should we scream? What happened, to, the postwar dream? Oh Maggie, Maggie what did we do?"

This whole song is sad. The singer somehow blaming himself for his father's death because he watched to much TV, mentioning that it can't be much fun for Japan with all their kids committing suicide (a reference to Kamikaze pilots and a culture that favors willingly dying in battle with no chance of achieving any objective in lieu of surrendering, etc.

Should we shout? Should we scream?

Nirvana - Jesus Don't Want Me For a Sunbeam (Unplugged)

The year was 1993. Not only did MTV predominantly play music videos rather than trashy "reality" television, but around that time, they commenced a periodic series of acoustic performances called "MTV Unplugged" which saw some of the biggest names in music performing, for a lack of a better description, in an "unplugged" manner.

On November 18, 1993, Nirvana played an "Unplugged" show at Sony Music Studios in New York City. It was broadcast far and wide, and is considered by most familiar with the series to be one of the greatest live performances ever aired on television.

This song, as is made clear from the title itself, largely about having a pitifully low level of self-worth.

What a performance!

Johnny Cash - When the Man Comes Around

The inclusion of this entry on my list may be largely, if not entirely, attributed to my association of it with the final scene of HBO's Generation Kill.

In that context, my view of this scene (see the video linked below) is that it's really nostalgic and sad at the same time as the disillusioned soldiers look back on their time in Iraq.

Till Armageddon, No Shalam, No Shalom ...

Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

To some, it may not make all that much sense that this song is on this list, given that the song is about someone being there for another person when they're at a low-point.

But in order for someone to help you when you're down and out, you have to be ... down and out. Also, sometimes something is so nice it's sad. Does that make any sense to you?

When friends just can't be found ...

Hayden - Trees Lounge

Trees Lounge, starring Steve Buscemi (a Long Island native) takes place in Valley Stream, New York, and is set decades ago mainly in a hole in the wall gin-mill called Trees Lounge, where the regulars drink their depressing lives away.

Anyone who has had alcohol and/or substance abuse issues, or have a loved one who has such issues, will be familiar with the horrible "Groundhog's Day" feel of this movie.

Steve Buscemi at his best!

Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

The lyrics of this song aren't all that sad, per se, but the tone is, to me, one of desperate sadness. Do you agree? If not, don't worry, I'm the weird one.

The tone is sadder than the lyrics, isn't it?


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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      This was one fantastic read! Loved every word. I voted Up + all of the choices. Your graphics usage was superb. I like hubs like this. I urge you to keep up the great work and may you have a world of success on HubPages.


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      5 years ago from Long Beach, New York

      Thanks for reading Cornelia!

      I'm checking out some of your stuff right now.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 

      5 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Awesome list. My personal favorites are The Trial by Pink Floyd and... certainly Simon and Garfunkel. :)


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