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48 Songs About Pain, Suffering, and Hurting

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Whether you're in physical pain or feel the mental anguish of heartbreak or grief, we all suffer.  Know that you're not alone.  Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about pain, suffering, and hurting.

Whether you're in physical pain or feel the mental anguish of heartbreak or grief, we all suffer. Know that you're not alone. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about pain, suffering, and hurting.

Pain Is a Common Denominator

Everybody's pain level is different, but what we all have in common is human suffering. Recent advances in neuroscience have demonstrated that people experience social and emotional pain from rejection similar to physical pain. Anyone who has been through a heartache, bullying, or the loss of a loved one understands that.

Whether you're suffering heartache, the pain of chronic illness, or something else, realize that you're not alone in your pain. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about pain, suffering, and hurting. Feel better soon!

1. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash

This song was originally a Nine Inch Nails song (1995) about self-harm and addiction, but when Johnny Cash recorded it in 2002 just months before his death, he not only made it his but also it gave new depth and meaning.

Just watching the video gives me chills. The final hit of the legendary Man in Black's career was filmed in his once-thriving home and museum, The House of Cash. The museum was dedicated to his life and body of work which fell into neglect and disrepair during the latter years of Cash's life.

Surrounded by bittersweet memories, Cash exudes pain, regret, and reflection on a life fully lived like only an ailing man at the end of his life journey can. He recalls where he's been and knows there's no going back.

Only three months later, Cash lost his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash. Four months after her death, the legendary singer followed her to the other side.

2. “Love Hurts” by Nazareth

The guy in this 1974 fires shots at his lover with his raw, honest words. Their rocky love affair is painful, wounding, and scarring.

He fires verbal shots at her as he candidly discloses that every hurtful thing he's learned is her fault. Sounds like this suffering soul is carrying some heavy relationship baggage and needs to stay single for a good long time.

3. “Hurts So Good” by John Cougar Mellencamp

Love is not always soothing, yet we relentlessly chase it anyway. This classic rock song from 1982 won John Cougar Mellencamp his first Grammy. It's about a man propositioning a younger but sexually experienced woman he likes. Whether he wants merely a physical relationship or a more lasting romantic connection, he invites her to "make it hurt so good."

4. "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera

Have you ever felt regret so painfully heavy that you wished you could turn back time? In this 2006 pop song, the narrator recounts walking away from her father after he expressed how proud he was of her. Her father is now deceased, and she can only wish to hold him and reconcile. She realized too late that by blaming him she was only hurting herself. Are you holding on to a grudge that you will regret?

5. "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.

Suffering is universal, and it's merely the content that varies. This poignant 1993 rock song emphasizes that each of us experiences disappointment, deep frustration, and hurt so deep that it can be tempting to want to give up in defeat.

The narrator urges the listener to reach out to others for a helping hand:

When your day is night alone, hold on
Hold on if you feel like letting go, hold on
If you think you've had too much
Of this life, well, hang on.

6. "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" by Gary Allan

There's more emotional depth to this sad 2006 song than one might realize at first blush. The song acknowledges the intense heartbreaks and struggles that life can bring.

If you're lucky, however, personal pain ultimately brings growth: "Life ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride." The singer/songwriter's wife died by suicide two years earlier. Between them, they had six children.

7. “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” by Culture Club

This 1982 reggae-influenced tune was an international hit. It made Boy George—the guy who dressed like a girl back when that was unusual—a phenomenon. In the song, the narrator addresses his lover, asking whether they really intend to cause so much emotional pain and heartache. Toxic lovers are indeed out there!

8. "Let's Hurt Tonight" by OneRepublic

This emotional ballad from 2017 highlights the pain of a relationship that is breaking down. Both partners sense that the end is near, and there is eye-rolling and wanting to call it quits. Something, however, keeps pulling them back into their bittersweet, painful relationship.

9. "Her Diamonds" by Rob Thomas

If you experience a painful, debilitating health condition or love someone who suffers from one, then Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty understands. He wrote this anguished pop tune (2009) about his wife, Marisol, who lives with an autoimmune disease. The narrator describes his partner's crushing pain and her attempts to overcome it while he looks on, unsure of how to best help her.

Chronic pain is persistent pain that lasts 12 weeks or more.  It is associated with a variety of injuries and diseases and affects approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide.

Chronic pain is persistent pain that lasts 12 weeks or more. It is associated with a variety of injuries and diseases and affects approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide.

Famous Musicians with Chronic Health Conditions

Some of these health conditions are more serious and painful than others, but don't knock another person's experience. We all suffer. Even famous people.

Musician & Medical ConditionMusician & Medical ConditionMusician & Medical Condition

LeAnn Rimes, psoriasis

Elton John, epilepsy

Selena Gomez, lupus

Bret Michaels (lead singer for Poison), Type I diabetes and heart disease

Donna Fargo (country singer), multiple sclerosis

Naomi Judd (country singer), hepatitis C

Freddie Mercury, HIV/AIDS

Stevie Nicks, chronic fatigue syndrome

Art Garfunkel, psoriasis

Keith Richards, osteoarthritis

Prince, epilepsy

Glen Frye, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis

Lady Gaga, fibromyalgia

Michael Jackson, lupus

Clay Walker (country singer), multiple sclerosis

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam guitarist), Crohn's disease

Hal Ketchum (country singer), multiple sclerosis

Cher, chronic fatigue syndrome

Cyndi Lauper, psoriasis

David Crosby, hepatitis C

Nick Jonas, Type I diabetes

Seal, lupus

Lil Wayne (rapper), epilepsy

Robbin Crosby (Ratt guitarist), HIV

Steven Tyler, hepatitis C

Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist), AIDS

Neil Young, epilepsy

Neil Diamond, Parkinson's disease

Toni Braxton, lupus and heart disease

Sinead O'Connor, fibromyalgia

Natalie Cole, hepatitis C

Will.i.am, tinnitus

Pink, asthma

Glenn Campbell, Alzheimer's

Linda Ronstadt, Parkinson's disease

Amy Grant, shingles

10. “Pain” by Three Days Grace

This rock song from 2006 is the biggest hit of Three Days Grace's career, at least so far. It describes feeling disillusioned and being exasperated with going through life feeling numb. The narrator claims that it's better to feel pain than nothing at all.

11. "Let It Hurt" by Rascal Flatts

Has your heart ever ached so badly that the only time you get a reprieve from the pain is during sleep? If so, then this 2012 country song should strike a chord. The narrator wakes up and within seconds he recalls the hurt. As he goes through his day, he tries to fake a smile, however, this is getting him nowhere. He advocates giving in to the pain and processing it so that you can eventually come out on the other side, stronger.

12. "Broken" by Seether (featuring Amy Lee)

This amazing 2004 rock song features a troubled couple seeking to cling to one another in their individual brokenness. They've been through significant turmoil, although the worst is now over.

Each suffers their own personal demons, and the lovers feel that it's better to be broken together than apart. The narrator misses her broken kindred spirit and soulmate and yearns to be reunited.

13. "Hurts" by James Arthur

The narrator in this 2016 pop song runs into an old lover who means much more to him than he does to her, and that's obviously very painful for him. While he has specific memories of them making out when they were young lovers, she stares at him quizzically, unable to recall who he is. Ouch.

14. “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss

This 2004 country song speaks anguish like no other. A woman breaks her lover's heart, and he spends the rest of his life with his hands around a whiskey bottle trying to drink away the pain. Eventually his alcoholism got the best of him:

He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger
And finally drank away her memory
Life is short, but this time it was bigger
Than the strength he had to get up off his knees.

The pain of his death and her role in it caused her to follow him to the grave in the same manner.

15. "Fall" by Clay Walker

Everyone should have a supportive care partner like this man. In this 2007 country song, a sympathetic lover promises to be an emotional bedrock when his sweetheart is in pain. When she's suffered a bad day, feels like falling apart, and is on the brink of losing it, he assures her that he'll be the steady force in her life who will take all the negativity away.

16. "Feel No Pain" by Sade

When everyone in your family has been laid off and cannot find work, that's pain. This 1992 rock song's protagonist knows that the suffering of long-term unemployment isn't just economic. It's emotional, too. Not being able to earn a living breaks a person's spirit, creates bitterness and resentment, and it causes a person to lose hope.

17. “Give Me Novacaine” by Green Day

Suffer from the pain of migraines? Having plagued me for years, they've sometimes been so intense and persistent that they required have required occipital nerve blocks injections into the back of my head. Other people get botox injections just to dull their migraine pain.

The guy in this 2004 has throbbing pressure inside his head, and he'll do almost anything to rid himself of it. It threatens to overwhelm him, and he needs to numb it so he can return to normal—if that's even possible.

Women have twice the number of pain receptors that men do.

Women have twice the number of pain receptors that men do.

18. "Valley of Pain" by Bonnie Raitt

"Walking through a valley of pain," the woman in this 2002 rock song hurts and cries. However, she also tries to be hopeful by reminding herself that there must be a purpose for this trial. Through hope, truth, and courage, her resilience promises to allow her to triumph through the pain. Watch her come out on the other side and flourish anyway.

19. “Physical Pain” by Joan Armatrading

Everyone should feel this guilty for lying. (Hey, I'm talking to you, politicians!)

In this 2003 pop song, the narrator has lied to a friend, and she feels so unsettled about it that she has broken down in tears. Their friendship now lays in tatters, and she is lost, alone, and feels physical pain from the separation.

20. "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter

Most famous as American Idol's elimination song, this 2005 pop ditty identifies with the pain of losing. More than that, it seems to rub it in, like sand in a fresh wound. The narrator points out that you've had a rotten day and you're falling to pieces. We can all see that you're fake smiling, and it seems like your magic has just disappeared. Stop it now! That's just too much!

Cursing reduces fear of pain and increases pain tolerance.

Cursing reduces fear of pain and increases pain tolerance.

Even More Songs About Pain, Suffering, and Hurting

Do you know other songs about pain, suffering, and hurting that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

SongArtistYear Released

21. Pain

Jimmy Eat World


22. Pain in My Heart

Otis Redding


23. Welcome to My Life

Simple Plan


24. Precious Pain

Melissa Etheridge


25. King Of Pain

The Police


26. Hurt Feelings

Flight of the Conchords


27. The Cure for the Pain

Jon Foreman


28. Pain in My Heart

The Rolling Stones


29. Haven't Got Time for the Pain

Carly Simon


30. Unwell

Matchbox Twenty


31. Used to the Pain

Keith Urban


32. Doctor My Eyes

Jackson Browne


33. What Hurts the Most

Rascal Flatts


34. Get Off On The Pain

Gary Allan


35. My Immortal



36. Ordinary Pain

Stevie Wonder


37. Love This Pain

Lady Antebellum


38. Hurts Like Heaven



39. Hurts Like Hell



40. Looking Out My Window Through The Pain

George Strait


41. Harden My Heart



42. A Little Bit Longer

Jonas Brothers


43. First Cut Is the Deepest

Sheryl Crow


44. Cuts Like a Knife

Bryan Adams


45. Mercy

Brett Young


46. Believer

Imagine Dragons


47. Wine Into Water

T. Graham Brown


48. Didn't It Rain

Songs: Ohia


Questions & Answers

Question: Who recorded a 1960's song with the following line: "It's just starting for you"?

Answer: The song you're looking for is "What's a Matter, Baby" (1969) by Timi Yuro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qjTQRscacs. Here are lyrics:

I know the reason you've been crying

Oh yes I heard she won't be needing you

How does it feel being the one left behind

What's a matter baby is it hurting you

I know you found out she's been cheating

And I heard she even told you she was untrue

How does it feel being on the outside looking in

What's a matter baby is it hurting you


Remember when I needed you so bad


Remember what you had to say

You told me to find another shoulder to cry on

Then you laughed

You laughed and you walked away

I know that you've been asking about me (ha-ha)

And I'm sorry but I've got somebody new

Now my hurting is just about over

But baby it's just starting for you!

Hope this was helpful!

Question: What is the song with the lyrics, "So many times I've hurt the ones I love"?

Answer: The song you ask about is called "Wine Into Water" by T. Graham Brown (2004) or Loretta Lynn (2016). The relevant part of the lyrics are as follows:

So many times I've hurt the ones I love

I've pushed them to the edge of giving up

They've stood by me but how much can they stand

If I don't put this bottle in your hand.

Here's a YouTube link of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSdze_yYeKc.

Question: I don't remember who sang "Here I go again" or what year it came out, but I'm looking for the song by that title that is NOT the one recorded by Whitesnake. Can you help?

Answer: An R&B musician, Mario, released "Here I Go Again" in 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvMiBBbXP1M. The song performed well internationally but not so much in the United States.

Question: Who sang the song "Break Out"?

Answer: There were two different hit songs by that name. The first was by Swing Out Sister in 1986: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIOJdMdS56k. Foo Fighters also had a song with totally different lyrics in 2000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eNBM17tkjI.

Question: Who recorded the song, "Oh, Jasmine" in the 1980s?

Answer: There's a song by Seals & Crofts called "Summer Breeze" with a refrain that includes the line "Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind" but that was from 1972. I could not find any song by that title.

© 2017 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2020:

Jal Groen - Such a tragic song and life. Wish he could have overcome his demons in the end. Added the song!

Jal Groen on March 04, 2020:

Nice list but i think it is missing the best song which describes the never ending story of depression.

Songs: Ohia - Blue Chicago moon (go for the demo version…)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2019:

Michael pease - Sorry that's not showing up in any searches at all. I'd suggest going to social media like Facebook or Twitter and trying to connect with either the band or fans of the band. That may be your best shot.

Michael pease on October 27, 2019:

Does anyone know were i can find the song emotional pain by xneurisis i used to have a copy of it and iv spent a very long time searching and can not find it online anywere he raps about suicide and the beat sound like dream on by pink floyed

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 07, 2019:

floor - Thanks for the suggestions. The NIN song is represented by Johnny Cash's cover. I appreciate your comment.

floor on May 07, 2019:

Dark songs about pain, suffering and hurting:

"Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails

"Dance with the devil" by Immortal Technique

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 26, 2019:

Dana - Thanks for posting that suggestion. I hope it's the answer the anonymous person seeks. I appreciate you.

Dana on April 25, 2019:

Kate Bush...This woman’s work might be the 1990 song that the anonymous poster was looking for. Beautiful song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 06, 2019:

Anonymous - I can't help with this one, unfortunately, but perhaps a reader can? If so, I'm hoping they'll leave a comment.

Anonymous on April 06, 2019:

Who recorded a song before 1990 speaks about the types of pain a woman endures?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 24, 2019:

Phil R Neill - Thank you for stopping by! I hope you keep on writing. I look forward to reading what else you write.

Phil R Neill from Chester, Virginia, USA on February 24, 2019:

An excellent article flourish. Great list of songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 25, 2019:

Shawindi Silva - Have a terrific day!

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on January 25, 2019:

It's perfect !!!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 03, 2018:

vv - Thanks for the heads up. I made the change.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 05, 2018:

Peggy - Drawing upon that personal pain probably makes them all the more relatable to the rest of us. We all gather baggage in this journey, some heavier than other. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 05, 2018:

Everyone suffers pain of one type or another in life. I am sure that many musicians have drawn upon their personal pain when writing or singing songs. That is quite a list you assembled of the musicians with chronic illnesses.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 25, 2018:

Paula - I've missed you while you've been away. Pain is suffering is universal. You are right. The only thing that varies is the details. Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

Suzie from Carson City on January 25, 2018:

F.A. Hello! I'm finally trying to make enough time to visit sites of some of my favorite fellow-writers. I've missed your "Songs" articles. This one is as great as all your others.

Who hasn't experienced every form of pain at least once or twice in their life? Nothing like a song to go along with the pain & help the tears flow. We all know the belief that a "good cry" can be healthy for us......releasing the pain. So, a few of these songs are familiar to me & as usual, a few I've never heard. This article also made me recall seeing "Walk the Line" which I loved. Reese & Joaquin did such a fabulous job on that movie. I was most impressed to know that they both did their own singing!

Thanks for another interesting Songs article. Paula

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 25, 2018:

Ed - Obviously you didn't read the text. I said it was a Johnny Cash cover of a Nine Inch Nails song. Be a little kinder, even online.

Ed on January 25, 2018:

Hurt IS NOT a johnny cash song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 03, 2017:

Frank - What a nice sentiment. Thank you!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 03, 2017:

songs that hurt so good in my book, I love when you these types of hubs

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 25, 2017:

Jo - Thank you for your kind comment. For people who live in chronic pain, there's often no other choice but to push through it and cope. There is often relief (without the strong medicines and all of their risks) but the process can be challenging and filled with setbacks. Have a wonderful weekend as we embark on the holiday season!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 25, 2017:

Genna - Those migraines are terrible, aren't they? My migraines and a lot of other health problems started when I was pregnant with my daughter, many years ago. Before that, I was very healthy or so I thought. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend and holiday season!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on November 25, 2017:

I liked your comment about Bonnie Raitt--'watch her come out on the other side and flourish anyway'. Have a wonderful day.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 25, 2017:

"You're not alone in your pain." And the music shares this so beautifully... I remember how Johnny Cash followed his wife, June, into the hereafter soon after her passing. I think "Hurt" is one of his best. I'm so sorry to learn of your migraines. I've only had them once, and that was many years ago when I was pregnant with my son and couldn't take anything for them. This list of songs is sad, but beautiful and reminds of us of how we are sometimes drawn closer together through our pain.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 25, 2017:

Larry - I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, no frowns involved. Thanks for stopping by!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 24, 2017:

A lot of good songs here, from Culture Club to Johnny Cash:-) or should I do a frowny face because of the subject matter, lol

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 22, 2017:

Suhail & K2 - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 22, 2017:

Heidi - Thanks for the suggestion. I'm adding it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of good food and time well spent with family and friends. I am thankful for you.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on November 21, 2017:

OK, Flourish, I will check that article out again :-)

Thanks and regards,

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 21, 2017:

Rasma - Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, then Happy Thanksgiving too.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 21, 2017:

OUCH how painful. Lots of favorites here. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on November 20, 2017:

"Love Hurts" certainly is one that came to mind as I saw the title of this post in my email messages. Glad you also put Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt." I think it shows how music does really transcend generations.

But as you might guess, the 80s Culture Club tune is on my fave list. I might also add Quarterflash "I'm Gonna Harden My Heart" (or maybe that's for the "heart" songs playlist?).

I do hope that your pre-holiday week is free of pain! :) And if I don't connect sooner, Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for all the fun and conversation this year!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Ashutosh - Suffering binds us all to one another. We do not all suffer to the same extent or of the same maladies. Some of our suffering is unseen, some very much visible, yet it's there nonetheless. Empathy can help us cope. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week. I hope it is filled with light and happiness.

Ashutosh Joshi from New Delhi, India on November 19, 2017:

Definitely comforting to what lingers inside, as for the physical pain, it comes and goes. Shuffling through, I've got some recommendations for my playlist. Thank you for that. Cheers!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Suhail - I've added "Cherokee" to my playlist about promises (both kept and broken): https://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Promise... Thank you for the suggestion! Hope you and K2 are doing well. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Tamara - That's strange. Maybe the HP gods are punishing me.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Tamara - Sorry to hear about your TMJ. Glad the ice helps you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Hi, Shyron, Thanks for stopping by. I put "Honey" on the following playlist: "https://hubpages.com/playlists/Missing-You-Playlis... as #124.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on November 19, 2017:

That’s weird, I didn’t see any advertisements to click on in this post. It’s gift-shopping time so I’ve been clicking away! I have all my ads disabled because Poetry doesn’t get quite the audience that these kind of Informative Posts do....

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on November 19, 2017:

Flourish, sometimes I get TMJ in my jaw and the joint pops in and out, but no one can tell by looking at me that it’s happening. Ice helps it a lot!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Linda - Wasn't it the perfect song to cap off such a successful career? I haven't visited his museum in Nashville but look forward to the chance to do so. Have a wonderful week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Larry - I've had that very painful condition too, but luckily it subsided. I'm sorry that your continues to plague you. The pain is raw and intense. I how you feel better soon!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Devika - Thanks for your kind comment. Have a wonderful week.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 19, 2017:

Ouch about the needle in your foot!

I was not surprised to see Hurt by Johnny Cash as your first choice. That song is so powerful and amazing. Each time I go to Nashville I visit the Johnny Cash museum which has a video display near the exit door...it's an emotional way to exit the building.

I like the way you add a song recap to your videos, it helps readers to understand the meaning behind the song. Brilliant!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Peg - The kicker is that he was also a psychologist. He just liked to say, "Get R Done." Very task oriented. I'm sorry about your dog. I'm sure there will be comeback eventually for that manager. He may be old and you may be long forgotten but he'll get his. We all do eventually.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 19, 2017:

Kari - I've got that movie on my list of things to watch. The video was so poignant, and it was so sad that his once thriving museum and home full of awards and memorabilia fell into such decay. I think I'd hurt too. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 19, 2017:

Great list of painful songs. That Johnny Cash video gave me chills also. Have you watched the movie, "Walk the Line"? I really enjoyed it. It seems strange to me that so many artists have autoimmune diseases.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 19, 2017:

Flourish, I missed "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro, and "I'm Alright Till I See You" by Susan Raye. My album that has this song on it is from the 1960s/early 70s.

Some great songs on here.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on November 19, 2017:

Hi Flourish,

You have listed one of my favorites - "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. It was backed by a powerful video too.

There are many songs from hard rock and heavy metal genre on pain, suffering, hurting, especially from those blues based hard rock bands. The wailing of David Coverdale from his White Snake band songs stand out. Another band that had true pain, suffering, and hurting feeling is less known and under-rated Great White.

The ballads of Scorpions is yet another set of examples.

Another song along the lines, but not exactly falling in the category, that I like is 'Cherokee' by Swedish band Europe.


Suhail and my dog K2

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 19, 2017:

It's amazing, the pain we'll endure to keep a job and incredible that you were able to manage on your business trip with the pain in your foot. I worked for a manager for five years who expected me to come back to work the day I had to put my dog to sleep. In fact, he suggested that I shouldn't go at all. Ouch.

This list really tell a story about the pain people have endured. Love the personal tag in the Bonnie Raitt song.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 19, 2017:

Songs make one feel mixed emotions or just happy ones. I like the list of songs, always going down memory lane.

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on November 19, 2017:

When you wrote about the needle in your foot I did cringe. I can imagine how you felt. I have a condition in my face called, Trigeminal Neuralgia. Sometimes I get shots of pain that spikes to the max. Many of those songs I have heard and some can bring tears to the eyes. Great article, thanks for posting.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2017:

Dora - I appreciate you stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2017:

Linda - I'm sorry to hear about your migraines and those of your sister. Mine have improved with the vegan diet, and it sure beats lots of prescriptions. Thanks for stopping by! Have a lovely weekend!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 18, 2017:

Singing away the pain is far better than drugging it away. It takes courage though. Thanks for the list.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 18, 2017:

This is an interesting article that is also filled with sadness. Pain is a difficult aspect of our lives. The section about migraines was especially meaningful for me. My sister's life has been seriously altered by frequent and persistent migraines. I experience migraines, too, but thankfully only occasionally. I hope yours improve, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2017:

Bill - It's certainly a sad song precipitated by a tragic set of circumstances. You don't ever get over a suicide of someone that close, only learn how to make do. I hope you are doing well this November weekend. Wishing you a happy weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2017:

Tamara - Isn't it amazing that all of these singers have often disabling and painful conditions that the rest of us do? It makes what they do seem all the more fantastic. thanks for stopping by!

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on November 18, 2017:

Ah, yes...pain. The misery that we all share in a fallen world. I will email your link to myself because I might choose some of these songs to re-write lyrics to! I used the rhythm to LOVE HURTS in two separate Song lyrics, already.

P.S.- while I was on your site of “Naughty Gifts” for Christmas, I clicked on the stuff with the corn in it- HILARIOUS!!

BTW, I am fascinated by these singers’ medical conditions. Great Job, as usual, Flourish!


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2017:

Who knows how many songs about pain I have heard in the last six decades, but for some reason, the one by Gary Allen stuck in my head. Maybe because of his personal loss and how raw he was when he recorded it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2017:

Linda - Suffering is a bond we all share, and fortunately we have one another to lean on to ease the hurt. Knowing that others understand the pain, whether physical or emotional, often helps. Thank you for your lovely thoughtful comment.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 17, 2017:

Flourish, this is sad and comforting at the same time. I know, that sounds like a dichotomy, but all of us are in pain. Some physical, some emotional. And sometimes the physical effects the emotional.

My point is that pain can make one feel so isolated. It seems that everyone else is going about with their lives, yet here I am in this place I can't climb out of.

Sometimes it's a chronic ailment (like MS, lupus, Crohns, rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, etc.). And sometimes it's an emotional wound (which can also be chemical/physical) and sometimes it's the pain of loss.

There is some comfort though in knowing that you are not alone. These songs speak to that. Thank you for such a heartfelt, loving article.

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