10 Depressing Songs About Love
Here are 10 depressing songs about love. There are so many sad songs, it can be difficult limiting the choices to just ten depressing songs about love. Sad love songs are as old as rock and roll itself. Here is a cross section of the more depressing songs that have touched us all on a familiar and personal level.
- "Last Kiss" by Wayne Cochran, released in 1961. This song tells the story of a tragic car accident in which the teenage girlfriend of the driver dies while trying to recover his high school ring. "Last Kiss" experienced a rebirth when Pearl Jam recorded it again in 1998.
- " Without You" by Written by Pete Ham, recorded by Harry Nilsson 1971. Originally a Bad Finger song, "Without You" didn't become a hit until Harry Nilsson released it as a single. The tormented chorus is burned into the memories of anyone who has ever felt the pain of a broken relationship.
- "Everything I Own" by Bread, released in 1972. A very personal and moving song about a relationship that has ended and the man who can't believe he let his love walk away. There is a cryptic warning at the end for anyone who might be taking their love for granted.
- "San Francisco's Mabel Joy" by Mickey Newbury, released in 1970. A classic folk song that tells the tragic story of a green Georgia farm boy who falls for a big city prostitute. This song was not well known outside the folk music world until Joan Baez included it on her 1971 double album, "Blessed Are."
- "The River" by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1980 on the album "The River." This is the quintessential Springsteen story song about lost innocence and empty lives. The couple in this song were enjoying a youth full of passion and magic, until the girl gets pregnant and "Man, that was all she wrote." says Springsteen. Forced adult hood and marriage is followed by a sense of lost innocence and lost dreams.
- "Round Here" by Counting Crows, released in 1994. This was one of two singles released off of the album "August and Everything" and tells the poignant story of a man who is in love with a mentally fragile, suicidal girl whom he wants desperately to help but doesn't know how. This song is especially sad if you have have loved someone with mental or self destructive issues.
- "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's, released in 2005. A bittersweet tale of a boy who let his girlfriend move a thousand miles away, only to live for the day when they can be reunited, "Hey There Delilah" earns its place on the list of ten depressing songs about love. This song was not a hit until two years after its release.
- "Alright" by Pilot Speed, released in 2008. This is a moving song about two people who love each other but can't seem to be together. This definitely belongs on the ten depressing songs about love list, as nothing is more depressing than aching for someone you know is not right for you and that you can never be happy with.
- "Bring Me Back To Life" by Evanescence, released in 2003. This Grammy award winning song packs a powerful punch, mixing rap with searing vocals to create a story of hurt, betrayal and profound disappointment.
- "River" Writen by Joni Mitchell, covered by Sarah McLachlan in 2006. There's nothing like this depressing song about love to get you in the holiday spirit! Set during Christmas, the long tells the story of a crumbling relationship due to personal flaws that the singer knows she has but is unable to do anything about. "I wish I had a river that I could skate away on." is the haunting chorus sprinkled throughout.