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The Saddest Songs in Music History

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Sir Elton John once wrote a song called “Sad Songs (Say So Much).” So many of the greatest musicians and artists in history have been possessed of this truth, reflecting it in their art and lives. Sadness is something we all feel from time to time, and whether trying to run away from it or understand it in all its gra[y]ve, blue, ineffaceable mystery, it is a significant part of who we all are as people. These songs illustrate that it is only compassion for this suffering in others, not self-loathing or -pity, that can pull us out of the pit. Music illustrates that sadness can also be a cathartic emotion, like a fresh Led Zeppelin rain or a Beethovian moonbeam. Because, after all, “sometimes it feels so good to hurt so bad.” 

“Yer So Bad” – Tom Petty (I always wind up feeling bad for the sister’s ex-husband. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?).  httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMM1mjfUC-A

“Before the Next Teardrop Falls” – Freddy Fender (sadness/tristeza feels the same in every language – tell ’em, Freddy)  httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hZUi1HWGCY&feature=related