Together, Case and Bachmann sound at once wounded and bewildered, as though their characters know full well that their bond is crumbling and are powerless to stop it. It’s melodically poignant, vocally burnished, arranged in a way I can’t not call “stellar,” and a kaleidoscopic exploration of his lifelong master trope: Stars, literal and figurative. When the narrator looks at the body of the girl he loves after she finally succumbs to cancer, he thinks for a moment that he sees her breathing. It’s about making peace with your “enemies” and learning to appreciate life while it’s happening, in both its “loveliness” and “ugliness.” Do that, and then when the end really does come, all that’s left is “just Hallelujah.” —Ellen Johnson, Written a quarter century after her father shot and killed her mother then himself in the driveway of their home in Monroeville, Alabama, the hurt still feels fresh for singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne. There are few things in life as tragic as dead kids, and sadly, “Little Bonnie never married, Little Bonnie never even made it four.”—Bonnie Stiernberg, Compared to the larger-than-life characters that populated Frank Ocean’s 2012 masterpiece channel ORANGE, the scope of his follow-up Blonde is more interior, laden and tangled with the mental back-and-forths that plague relationships: heartbreak, desire and doubt. “I was far away.” Reckoning with the realization that he may lose her because of his inability to communicate, the protagonist is helpless. The elusive (and allusive) lyrics oscillate between dissonant, moaning chant sections, meditative pop and witty swagger (including a parting swipe at Snarkoholic novelist Martin Amis, who has had his loafer firmly in his mouth ever since he called Bowie a “flash in the pan” in 1974 (Bowie’s rejoinder, “You’re the flash in the pan (I’m not a Marvel star); I’m the great I-Am…” seems to get DC’s Barry Allen mixed up with Marvel’s Quicksilver but I’m sure Amis had some toothmarks in his gabardines anyway). Rarely will you find an LCD Soundsystem fan who doesn’t have some attachment to the track, which is sad to many for many different reasons. Highlighted (lowlighted?) It’s the ultimate mockery to compensate for (and attempt to comprehend) our irrevocable finality.—Hilary Saunders, David Bowie timed the release of his final album to coincide with his 69th birthday. The piano ballad is easily the best song about New York released in some time, miles more emotionally affecting than the Google Maps-like, landmark-referencing “Empire State of Mind,” and it’s one that does a lot with a little, stripping away Clark’s manic guitar-playing in such a way that you almost forget she’s still the best guitarist of her generation. Guess it’s all comes down to interpretation, but still a weep-worthy remembrance piece worth noting. “Why’s it so hard to accept the party is over?” SZA asks at the song’s outset, and at the track’s end, listeners will wonder the same. The remaining cranes were finished by friends and family, and the poor young victim of WWII was ultimately buried with them. Instead she triumphantly announces, “I keep dancing on my own.” The situation is undeniably hurtful and uncomfortable, but Robyn wants her audience to know that she’s going to be just fine alone, and you are too.—Tess Duncan, “Darling I loved you” opens up Side B of Laura Marling’s pitch perfect third album, A Creature I Don’t know. It all culminates in the simple yet devastating final line, a screaming appeal toward a higher power—one that she can barely fully get out—“God I wanna go home.” —Steven Edelstone, Adele’s 21—and really, most of her catalog—is full of heartbreak. His pleads of “Just don’t leave,” which used to be playful and romantic on the 2001 live version that was released as a part of the I Might Be Wrong—Live Recordings, take on an entirely different meaning in 2016, yearning for a happier and simpler time that has long since passed. How often you want to do that will depend on how comfortable you are staring into the face of real death. He had a lot to say. Backed by locomotive acoustics, Berninger recalls a troubling day in the life of a relationship. A ‘00s sob list would not be complete without the iconic Johnny Cash. The Postal Service: “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”, 13. —Matt Fink, Months before SZA dropped her hotly anticipated debut studio album Ctrl, “Drew Barrymore” introduced listeners to precisely how Solana Rowe’s Pop Album of the Decade contender would sound. So I can relate to Ben Gibbard’s narrator in “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.” He probably had such high hopes his time in D.C., but it’s just left him unwanted and unloved and a little disoriented in a strange place where he clearly doesn’t belong. by the admonishing acoustic cut “Lost Cause,” a hallucinatory goodbye letter to an unknown lover, Beck’s repeated refrain of “I’m tired of fighting” sounds as eerily comforting today as it did over a decade ago.—Ryan J. Prado, This deeply personal song from Brandi Carlile, set to the quiet strumming of guitars and shuffling drums, remembers a friend who committed suicide when she was a teenager—and all the confusion and sadness and rage that comes with tragedy. Here are 10 of the best rock songs that use death as a theme. And of what the world lost in January 2016: An intergalactic traveler, and a superstar. Superchunk: “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”, 37. —Amy Glynn, “It took me awhile to for me to be able to do ‘Go Home’ comfortably because that’s one of the most explicitly autobiographical songs,” Baker once told me while touring off of her first record, Sprained Ankle. It’s a disturbing story made only more dismal when backing vocalists harmonize with Kozelek on lines like, “Carissa was 35/ You don’t just raise two kids and take out your trash and die.”—Tess Duncan, We could easily pull out half a dozen Elliott Smith songs for this list, and nearly that many were nominated. The video for the song follows Chris Martin as he winds back to him and his girlfriend’s soon-to-be car wreck. The minor-key piano chord that opens the tune is the musical equivalent of a catch in your throat, as if to prepare you for what is to come. Though she’s watching her former love get frisky with his “new friend” in the club, the chorus doesn’t come across as self-pitying. But instead of writing a dreary ballad about it, Robyn flipped the script. —Eric R. Danton, Eric Bachmann wrote this mournful duet for Crooked Fingers’ 2005 release Dignity and Shame, and sang it with Lara Meyerratken. When your dad still calls you “Little Bonnie” sometimes even though you’re a few months shy of 27 and the song kicks off with the line “On the day that she was buried/Her Daddy stood out by the cemetery fence/Prayed to God for forgiveness/For surely all of this is punishment for my sins,” it’s pretty much tailor-made to make your heart ache. “I still love that picture of us walking.” It’s not flashy, but it’s beautiful, and leaves the door wide open for a listener’s interpretations. In Cash’s hands, it’s a death-bed confessional.—Ryan Reed, There is one moment in one song in the world that gives me chills every time I hear it. Speaking of heartbreaking: him passing nearly four months after June Carter Cash may have been due to complications with his diabetes, but there’s also that widely voiced “he died of a broken heart” contention, and somehow that just makes sense. Can you guess the number one Rock & Roll song in 2000? Not many songs can sum up being dumped for an ex as well as Winehouse does when she woefully sings, “I died a hundred times.”—Tess Duncan, Self-proclaimed adopter of the sadcore genre, indie folk crooner Phoebe Bridgers knows how to write a melancholic tune. (A black star is, among other things, a theoretical star that has gone out, and has mass but no energy; it’s also a type of cancer lesion.) “Windows” is wistful but more for its instrumental composition and Olsen’s gossamer vocals. It’s hard to deny that the chorus blatantly expresses this conflict too. Lynch has always loved to flirt with melodrama, and this torch song found its perfect expression in del Rio’s full-throated, bell-like voice. She was distanced, but he didn’t ask why. A couple weeks back we threw out a rundown of those tear-jerking songs from the ‘90s that still hit us hard, and well, now it’s time to follow suit with the ‘00s in mind. Just a few soft riffs and gentle drum hits are all that’s needed to back the wavering twang in her voice as she encourages a friend to move on from their dark past. Rebekah del Rio (with David Lynch and John Neff): “No Stars”, 33. Then she gets to the refrain: “I can’t wait ’til we’re afraid of nothing,” she sings, and it’s honest and brutal as Van Etten begins the exquisitely painful work of detaching herself from a relationship where one, or maybe both, of them is always holding something back. Each decade brings with it an abundance of music; some that elevates us to workout for three hours, and others we use for wallowing, comfort, solace or just to ugly cry because we need it. by by Candace Lowry BuzzFeed Video Curator, by Kirsten King BuzzFeed Staff 1. It’s surprising how many people forget that Sia was around well before she had pop hits like “Elastic Heart” and “Chandelier,” but she did, and this track is one to remember. “Love is watching someone die,” a quote from his friend Sarah, sings Ben Gibbard virtually a capella before asking, “So who’s gonna watch you die?” Sure, this is a love song at its heart, but in a dark and twisted way—“What Sarah Said,” one of the highlights on Plans (which includes another saddest-song contender “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”), envisions the strength of love in the emergency room, “a place where we only say goodbye,” decades into a relationship when it is—quite literally—on life support. “Back to Black” recalls ’60s doo-wop with a moody, creeping tempo. Find the top 100 Rock & Roll songs for the year of 2000 and listen to them all! After she first performed “Someone Like You” on Later, with Jools Holland in 2010, she told ITV2, “I was really emotional by the end because I’m quite overwhelmed by everything anyway, and then I had a vision of my ex, of him watching me at home and he’s going to be laughing at me because he knows I’m crying because of him, with him thinking, ‘Yep, she’s still wrapped around my finger.’” Fortunately, the audience’s response to all that glorious beauty in her sorrow brought her out of her misery. And then there’s Coldplay, who put Lifehouse to shame, boasting over 200 million views, and a bevy of really solemn comments. Superchunk’s frontman Mac McCaughan can sing about the music he listened to with his friends, can sing songs about them, both in life and death, but no matter how much it means to him, that music can’t fill the space left by his friend’s absence. Listen to Tamil Romance 2000s and download Tamil Romance 2000s songs on It’s good to see his beloved 107-acre farm in Bon Aqua, Tennessee, which he said was a “great place for pottering,” and that he could “think, write, compose, study, rest and reflect in peace,” has recently been revamped. As soon as you hit play on this song, an immediate shiver coils your spirit; his rendition of the NIN song is simply heartbreaking. ... Gaana is the one-stop solution for all your music needs. And yet, “Pristine” was a grand step forward for a promising songwriter who—despite the continued hype—is really just getting started. “Burn.” The song was taken from his album, Confessions, which also housed other anthems like “Confessions, Part 1” and of course, because it’s Usher, “Confessions, Part II,” and don’t forget his “Confessions” interlude. Thraves told MTV: “He got a tape of the song recorded backward and he listened to it over and over….what we learned later on is about the problems with phonetics, because you have to be careful with the lip movement so that when you end on a sound your mouth is formed in the right way.” Martin ended up performing the song in “backward gibberish” and when the film went through edits, the video ran backwards and the vocals were pushed forward. Moreland displays a rueful fondness for his younger self, even as he winces at how life can drain away the innocence and enthusiasm of youth until all that’s left is cynicism and uncertainty that we cover with false bravado. Despite that the title of “Self Control” is a reference to choosing composure over vulnerability, the track is fragmented and indecisive, aching most in the moments where Ocean lets his slip. —Eric R. Danton, Serious audiophiles will point out that one of the saddest things about this song is the intrusively obvious pitch correction in the version used in Episode 10 of Twin Peaks: The Return (bummer), but setting aside that technicality, “No Stars” is still a heartbreaker even by Twin Peaks standards. Saddest Breakup Songs Of The 2000s. is part of the OMNIA Media Music Network, a Division of Blue Ant Media © 2020 Blue Ant Media, Clocking in over 31 million views on YouTube, R. Kelly’s early ‘00s hit rivals Diddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You,” even their videos have similarities. “Skinny Love” was the first single, and the tune that helped launch Bon Iver into the public consciousness and make Vernon into a reluctant indie-rock star, a record producer (Kathleen Edwards, the Blind Boys of Alabama), creator of the Eaux Claires music festival and, not least (if perhaps least likely), a musical collaborator with Kanye West. If you have no idea what I’m referring to, this will give you a quick fix. Though a warm display of fingerpicking and pedal play, there’s no light at the end of this song’s tunnel: Bridgers addresses her depression as she wails, “Jesus Christ, I’m so blue all the time/ And that’s just how I feel/ Always have an always will.” “Funeral” is a brave declaration of grief and likely requires a lot of courage to perform. The song is a study in contrasts, as nostalgia faces off against fading idealism and a dose of hard truth in lyrics that never pull a punch. It didn’t take long to get responses. So grab a pint of your favorite ice cream and your best pair of … I feel deeply for the dying girl and the boy who can’t understand the Why of it all—because none of us really can.—Josh Jackson, © 2020 Paste Media Group. It’s been called “the saddest song ever,” and while it’s certainly not chipper, there’s something very beautiful about the ease with which Isbell sings about life-altering topics such as grief, death and cancer. Because the characters seem so real, so does the sorrow. On the first Valentine’s Day since the launch of the site, Hard Rock Daddy presents the Top 20 Modern Hard Rock Songs. Some have colossal riffs and some are epic ballads, while others are just guilty pleasures you can't get out of your head. When the album version was finally released 21 years later, a melancholy piano ballad complete with ambient sounds throughout, they had recently broken up and Owen was diagnosed with the cancer that killed her later that year. The track’s massive sound contributes to the punch it packs—as the strings swell and fall, the brooding piano chords mingle with Winehouse’s grief-stricken vocals and pauses are filled in by spare tambourine shakes. Since the year 2000 a new wave of rock songs have come to life. Here are the saddest songs of the 21st century so far: 50. —Ellen Johnson, While the traditional marriage vow includes a mention of “in sickness and in health,” we tend to always focus on latter—weddings are happy occasions after all. Song Artist Album Year 1 Blackout Muse Absolution 2003 2 Pretty (Ugly Before) Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill 2004 3 I Will Radiohead —Steven Edelstone, “Just let me find a place where I fit,” Moreland pleads at the end of “Blacklist,” a wrenching paean to unrequited love and misbegotten rebellion that the Oklahoma musician sings in a rough, weary baritone. Elsewhere there are rock songs by pop stars (like Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson) mixed in with hits from groups who favor synthesizers as much as guitars (like The Killers and Empire of the Sun). Then he sings about God: “All the glory when he took our place / But he took my shoulders and he shook my face / and he takes and he takes and he takes.” He’s trying to reconcile the generosity of Jesus allowing himself to be sacrificed on the cross with a god who would let a young girl die from leukemia. Glen Campbell: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”. Over some sparse, rumbling guitar plucks, Mark Kozelek memorializes Carissa, a mother who died in a fire at the age of 35. “You live long enough and the people you love get old,” she sings, and all too soon, they’re gone. As this character is withering away due to cancer’s effects, everyone tries to ignore the “elephant” in the room and just make her final moments as joyful as possible. With a nonchalant “Keep a place for me / I’ll sleep between y’all, it’s nothing,” Ocean seemingly brushes off the nostalgia for what he had, though the lush, underwater arrangement of the song that follows suggests otherwise. The video was directed by Jamie Thraves (who directed Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”), and originally wasn’t going to feature Martin, but he wanted to be part of it and wanted to learn how to sing the song backwards. he 2000s gave us wonderful things like the Motorola Razr and iPods, terrible ones like Zunes and Crocs, and a multitude of great songs that have been lost to time. Don’t be fooled by one of the jauntiest melodies Conor Oberst has ever written. Within the narrative, “Mad World” builds a universe of nameless faces in common situations, from birthday parties to school classes. Julia Jacklin: “Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You”, 12. He captured an overwhelming sadness seasoned with hope in his 2018 song Summer’s End, from The Tree of Forgiveness, his last album. The track is among the most candid on an album revered for its honesty: As SZA sings about envy, loneliness, and inflated female beauty standards, she embodies an outcast character like those the song’s titular actress has often played. It’s to her that he addresses the painful refrain over and over in the song. It’s a short, hook-filled blast of nostalgia about hitting record shops with your friends and driving around in the summer listening to reggae, and perhaps the leanest and most direct pop song Superchunk’s ever made. … But it’s through songs like this one that he transcends even that. And while those feelings can be profoundly sad, the song doesn’t necessarily leave the listener in a dark place: You might find yourself smiling through the tears, rather than heaving through a series of weeps, as its gentle tempo is drowned out in a rumbling of keys and voices. It’s hard to separate the album from its contextual sadness—especially given the LP’s heart-stopping centerpiece, a brooding rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” in which the iconic singer glimpses his own mortality. Sung from the perspective of her father a few days before his death (“I been insane since I was nine / Never was the cryin’ but the fightin’ kind / Load up the gun full of regret / I ain’t even pulled the trigger yet”), the driving blues rhythm feels frantic as we all know how the story ends. Great art doesn’t necessarily tell you something new, but rather puts words to something you always knew, but couldn’t name. “No Hard Feelings” is about dying with no regrets, about the day when one’s soul leaves their body and all that’s left to focus on is the joy that defines a life. It’s easy to forget that a beautiful song may only exist because an artist has suffered, but in “Funeral,” the listener, too, is in the trenches. Hinder’s mid-2000s song had that push-pull effect: the conflict between the one you have and the one you want. 30 Best Emo Songs From The 2000s You Forgot About But Still Love | YourTango toggle navigation Below, our list of 10 nostalgic tracks that still may choke you up. Lynch’s signature themes are much in evidence: Nostalgia, expressed in the lyrics and also in the drawn-out 3:4 tempo.
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