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"You Should Have Seen The Other Guy" by Nathaniel Rateliff is pretty dang depressing. And awesome.
"You Should Have Seen The Other Guy" by Nathaniel Rateliff is pretty dang depressing. And awesome.

The most melancholy songs ever

I am an avid Facebooker. I spend hours every day, seven days a week, writing – predominately for OnMilwaukee.com but also personal, creative projects. Hence, Facebook – and Twitter and Instagram, too – has always served as the perfect "mini break" from composing content.

I know, I know. I should stretch or do chair yoga, but for some reason, status updates and brunch photos clear my mind and relax me. I probably need help.

Anyway, it never fails to amaze me what goes bonkers on my Facebook page.

The most recent example of this was recently, when I was listening to the song "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, declared it in my head the most melancholy song of all time, and then posted, "Name a song that’s more melancholy than ‘Landslide.’ Go."

Within minutes, there were two dozen responses and within a few hours, there were more than 300 suggestions.

Apparently, some of us, myself included, take our melancholy music very seriously.

I know, I know. Staying positive is important in life, but I believe it's unrealistic to expect this from ourselves or others all the time. 

Plus, by insisting on seeing only the sunshine, we miss the beauty of the rain. 

I ended up having an impromptu "DJ session" of depressing songs and, as the macabre girl that I am, enjoyed every minute of it. Here’s a sampling of the doleful ditties from my Facebook friends. 

"Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel.

"Love’s Vigilantes" by New Order.

"Marlene Dietrich’s Favorite Poem" by Peter Murphy.

"Walk Away Renee" by Left Bank.

"Nebraska" by Bruce Springsteen.

"Diamonds In The Mine" by Leonard Cohen.

"Please Please Please" by The Smiths.

"Father and Son" by Cat Stevens.

"Raining In Baltimore" by The Counting Crows.

"Leader of The Band" by Dan Fogelberg.

"Black" by Pearl Jam.

"Come Pick Me Up" by Ryan Adams.

"Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman.

"Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star.

"To Be Alone With You" by Sufjan Stevens.

"You Should Have Seen The Other Guy" by Nathaniel Rateliff.

"Hush, hush, hush" by Paula Cole.

"Circles" by Edie Brickell.

"Little Green" or "River" by Joni Mitchell.

"Hurt" by Johnny Cash (cover).

"He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones.

"Here Comes A Regular" by The Replacements.

"Pink Moon" by Nick Drake.

"For No One" by Paul McCartney.

"If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot.

"Hardly Getting Over It," by Husker Du.

"Someone Like You" by Adele.

"Melancholy Man" by Moody Blues.

"Heart of Gold" by Neil Young.

"The Last Hour" by Elliott Smith.

"Solitude" and "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday.

"Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab For Cutie.

"It Ain’t No Use" by Sarah Vaughan.

"Life In A Northern Town" by The Dream Academy.

"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd.

"Weird Fishes" by Radiohead.

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division.

"And I Fell Back Alone" by World Party.

"Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who.

"Cat's In The Cradle" by Harry Chapin.

"Troy" by Sinead O’Connor.

"The Long And Winding Road" by The Beatles.

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John.

"Everyone Hurts" by REM.

What’s your favorite song to bum out to? 

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