Give me your sadness
October 17, 2017 12:11 PM   Subscribe

I want your sad music videos - I don't care about the lyrics, style, or melody, as long I feel pretty miserable at the end of it.

Examples: High Hopes, by Kodaline; To Build a Home, by The Cinematic Orcestra; Hurt, by Johnny Cash.
posted by punchtothehead to Grab Bag (45 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
Pyramid Song - Radiohead

Sad's a relative concept, but the video for "We Are Water" by HEALTH will definitely leave you feeling... upset.
posted by saladin at 12:13 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


No Man's Land - OMD (lyrics)
posted by JoeZydeco at 12:18 PM on October 17, 2017


Wide Open, Chemical Brothers and Beck.
posted by the Real Dan at 12:25 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Jubilee Street - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
posted by vansly at 12:27 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]




Sweet Old World - Ron Sexsmith cover of Lucinda Williams
posted by halation at 12:33 PM on October 17, 2017


Classical's got ya covered: Benedictus
posted by TWinbrook8 at 12:33 PM on October 17, 2017


Splinter (whole album) by The Sneaker Pimps

any thing off of David Sylvian's Secrets of the Beehive (esp. Boy with a Gun, Orpheus, When Poets Dream of Angels)

Duncan Sheik Barely Breathing
posted by supermedusa at 12:35 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Tool's video for "Prison Sex" always had me very very very very sad.
posted by Dressed to Kill at 12:36 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


dammit so sorry I missed the word "video" on your question. the songs I suggest are sad though.
posted by supermedusa at 12:36 PM on October 17, 2017


this is a video!! How to Destroy Angels The Space Between

Johnny Cash's Hurt is suggested but if you want to go REALLY dark, try Kermit the Frog's version YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
posted by supermedusa at 12:39 PM on October 17, 2017 [2 favorites]


Edit: Oh, video. Ignore this.

Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car".

Pretty much all Roy Orbison songs.
posted by at at 12:42 PM on October 17, 2017


This one always does it for me:

Coldplay - The Scientist
posted by nosila at 12:44 PM on October 17, 2017


Whiskey Lullaby- Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
posted by zinon at 12:45 PM on October 17, 2017 [2 favorites]


Hold On by Tom Waits
posted by Phobos the Space Potato at 12:50 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Crash Test Dummies - MMM MMM MMM MMM
posted by lovableiago at 1:02 PM on October 17, 2017


74-75 by the Connells
posted by 4ster at 1:03 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Pennies in the Fountain - Glen Hansard
Mercy Street - Peter Gabriel
Joey - Concrete Blonde
This version of One - The Cowboy Junkies
Essence - Lucinda Williams
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley's version
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
Sinking Like a Sunset - Tom Cochrane
Poison Heart - Ramones
The Freshman - Verve Pipe
Lightning Crashes - Live
Tomorrow, Wendy - Concrete Blonde
posted by Ostara at 1:03 PM on October 17, 2017 [2 favorites]


Crowded House, Twice If You're Lucky
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, I Need You
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 1:07 PM on October 17, 2017


Neko Case - Maybe Sparrow and also Calling Cards.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:28 PM on October 17, 2017


Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug: ridiculous and a bit trippy but makes me sad for sure

Ariel Pink - Put Your Number in My Phone: kind of a bummer song and a weird and depressing (but fascinating, to me) video

Elliott Smith - Lucky Three just beautiful, and so melancholy
posted by mymbleth at 1:29 PM on October 17, 2017


Eminem's Love the Way You Lie makes me miserable for about 73 reasons.
posted by xyzzy at 1:30 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Annie Lennox Oh God (not an official video, don't think there is one, but it's a seriously sad song)

Also The Saddest Song I've Got

Sufjan Stevens Death With Dignity
posted by dnash at 1:47 PM on October 17, 2017


I was going to suggest "To Build a Home" until I saw you'd already mentioned it. That one kills me.

Old school but still affecting: Nothing Compares 2 U--Sinead O'Connor
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:49 PM on October 17, 2017 [3 favorites]


Soul Asylum, Runaway Train.
posted by Sonny Jim at 1:50 PM on October 17, 2017 [2 favorites]




Moving On-James
posted by jacy at 2:03 PM on October 17, 2017


Passenger, Table For One
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 2:13 PM on October 17, 2017


Dead Can Dance - The Host Of Seraphim

It's not so depressing at the end but the beginning is enough of a bummer to bring me down for some time.

Radiohead - No Surprises

UNKLE - Rabbit in Your Headlights

Skinny Puppy - Worlock (lots of horror movie gore)

Stromae - Quand C’est

(warning - child on child violence and torture) Indochine - College Boy

Also, the sum of the Nine Inch Nails Broken movie (warning: simulated snuff, mutilation, torture, full male nudity, gore). Search for it at your own risk if those things are upsetting to you.
posted by Candleman at 2:16 PM on October 17, 2017




REM - Country Feedback
posted by drapatz at 2:25 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Great Big Sea, Yankee Sailor ("When they sailed into the harbor, I could see it in your eyes...")

GBS, Safe Upon The Shore (Take care asking favors from the Sea; you might get what you ask for)

GBS, Chemical Worker's Song ("There's thunder all around me and there's poison in the air...)
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 2:35 PM on October 17, 2017


oh, also: David Bowie, Where Are We Now? and Lazarus (though I admit it's hard to tell how much of the sadness I feel watching these is due solely to the merits of the videos, or because I'm still processing my grief over his death).
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 2:40 PM on October 17, 2017 [3 favorites]


X Ambassadors - Unsteady
posted by The Minotaur at 3:06 PM on October 17, 2017


Praying for Time, George Michael.
posted by xo at 3:07 PM on October 17, 2017


Going to Your Funeral - Eels

Administer with caution, please.

(I can't tell if you mean you are open to all musical styles or you literally don't care about the music 'cause you want the video - if it's the latter please disregard).
posted by karmachameleon at 3:20 PM on October 17, 2017


Blue Rodeo has an excess of sad videos for some reason. I listened to Lost Together when I was a teenager.
posted by Calzephyr at 4:06 PM on October 17, 2017


Hellbent by Kenna
posted by FakePalindrome at 4:46 PM on October 17, 2017


I can't make you love me - Bonnie Raitt
Blue Jeans - Lana del Rey
Miss Misery live video - Elliott Smith
Too Late - M83
Maps - yeah yeah yeahs
You Got Me - The Roots
Colorblind - The Counting Crows
posted by seesom at 5:38 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Saves the Day - At Your Funeral
posted by radioamy at 5:42 PM on October 17, 2017






Not exactly a music video but Gabriele's Oboe from the end of The Mission (1986) is the capstone on the saddest movie that ever really stuck with me.
posted by mce at 7:17 PM on October 17, 2017




Take me to church: Hozier
Elastic Heart: Sia

The sadness in these is very much to do with the video narrative rather than the song but both wrong me out emotionally.
posted by freya_lamb at 5:22 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


The Cure are champions at this. Faith: the whole album, basically, and The Funeral Party in particular.
Faith is all sadness and Pornography is all anguish, so whatever you're in the mood for.
posted by Zack_Replica at 11:28 AM on October 18, 2017


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