Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Lt Greatsocks » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:09 am UTC

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Lt Greatsocks wrote:The Sinking Belle by SSunn O))) is really sad. The lyrics aren't that sad by themselves, but they combine with the music for a pretty intense mood.

As much as I like the ambient stuff they did with Boris on that album, I sort of wish the rest was more like that song.
Have you heard The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep) from the Japanese release of Altar? It's a longer more ambient, instrumental track in the same spirit as The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep), and it's pretty intensely depressive.


All I've heard by SSunn O))) is Decay2, Bass Aliens, and The Sinking Belle. Out of curiosity, is a lot of their music like The Sinking Belle or is that a one time thing? The differences between The Sinking Belle and Decay2 are pretty radical. I like what I've heard though.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby TheAmazingRando » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:19 am UTC

Sinking Belle was from a split album they did with the Japanese band Boris. It's quite different from the rest of the album, and basically absolutely nothing like anything else they've released. Great song though.

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Lt Greatsocks » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:54 am UTC

Oh, thanks for the info. That is really an awesome song.
When I was at my friend's house putting some SSunn O)) on my ipod, he said The Sinking Belle was his favorite song he had heard by them because it didn't scare the shit out of him.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby greycat » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:44 am UTC

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby anterovipunen » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:55 pm UTC

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Aleril » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:47 pm UTC

Untitled 1 ("Vaka")

The song itself isn't really that depressing, but the music video really is.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Wardial3r » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:07 pm UTC

Happy:

Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

Sad:

Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby existential_elevator » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:14 pm UTC

My current favourite happy song:

My Children, Be Joyful - Rock Plaza Central

And my current favourite sad song:
Black, but comely - Baby Dee

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby McCaber » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:49 pm UTC

Most upbeat: pretty much every 3rd wave ska song. That genre is pretty much all about having a good time onstage.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Rodan » Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:44 am UTC

Here's a song with really cheery lyrics but a vaguely depressing tune.

EDIT: there should really be more youtube videos of that song...

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Dr. Canadian Ninja » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:26 am UTC

Depressing songs?
Braid Paisley, Alison Krauss - Whiskey Lullaby
Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
Eric Clapton - Layla (Unplugged)
Harry Chapin - Cat's Cradle

Upbeat songs?
Derek and the Dominoes - Layla
Scissor Sisters - I Can't Decide

Layla's an odd one. The original, I feel, is rather upbeat, whereas the Unplugged version later turns it on its head.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Various Varieties » Thu May 01, 2008 5:55 pm UTC

tin wrote:Sad songs

Bjork - Play Dead

Strange choice. I love "Play Dead" and think it's the best James Bond Theme Song That's Not Actually From A James Bond Film :) (not surprising when you look at its credited co-writer). While the lyrics are fairly downbeat, wouldn't say the song as a whole is at all depressing.

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby snowmankiller » Thu May 01, 2008 6:21 pm UTC

hmm... I don't have links to the songs, but I'd say for upbeat:
I Walk Beside You - Dream Theater
On Eagles Wings - Theocracy

and depressing:
The Tide Began To Rise OR One Thousand Apologies - Demon Hunter

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby clobs » Thu May 01, 2008 8:24 pm UTC

As far as upbeat songs go, I'm not that much an expert. However, the song "Les Lumieres Pt. 2" by the Bell Orchestre is the happiest, most playful song I can think of off the top of my head. It's so much fun and so happy. Brilliant song.

Depressing songs? I could go on about amazing depressing songs for ages probably. "Falling Snow" by Agalloch is a beautifully depressing. "The Tomb Song" by The Pax Cecilia is also rather depressing (as are the rest of the songs on their album.) I could go on about depressing songs for ages, but I'll stop myself here.

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby aleflamedyud » Thu May 01, 2008 10:42 pm UTC

As far as happy songs go, I must recommend "Badlands" by Bruce Springsteen. Also, "99 Red Balloons", the Goldfinger version.

As for depressing... the only song I can think of from my library is "So Far Away From Me" by Dire Straits. I don't *do* depressive music after the life I've had.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Dusty Chalk » Thu May 01, 2008 11:57 pm UTC

I love sad songs, so much that I've made whole compilations (playlists, to you yung'uns) out of them. Don't remember the entirety of them offhand, but I remember a couple of the tracks:

Lacrimosa, "Kyrie" -- they write said songs really well. "Operatic metal" would be the genre; "Kyrie" was a 12 minute suite of operatic metal the entirety of whose lyrics are "Kyrie".
King Crimson, "Requiem" -- violently depressing -- I've been in moods such as this, but I do not have the discipline to play when I'm that pissed off. Robert Fripp is, and I admire him for it.
Yaz(oo), "Winter Kills" -- the epitomical sad song. Drums, piano, voice, sung in a beautiful contralto.
Shape of Despair, "Fallen" -- just because it's one of the shortest songs by them, but really, pretty much anything by them is appropriate.
Clan of Xymox, "There Is No Tomorrow (The Retrosic Remix)" -- delightfully dark electro-goth-y music.
Black Heart Procession, "Waterfront (The Sinking Road)" -- a band that lives up to its name.

If I had it to do over again, I'd probably add something by Rob Dougan ("Nothing at All", perhaps).

Happy Music

I generally don't like happy music, but some of the few that I like are:

Stewart & Gaskin, "Busy Doing Nothing"
Split Enz, "Straight Old Line" (pretty much anything, this is just my personal favorite)
Cure, "Just Like Heaven" or "Friday I'm In Love"
Psychedelic Furs, "Heaven"
Katrina and the Waves, "Walking On Sunshine" (cf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVv5sIY57TA&NR=1 )

I suppose if pressed I could come up with an hours worth of this stuff, but only if pressed.

For the crossover contingent, how about "Lovefool" by The Cardigans? Sad lyrics, happy music.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Rodan » Fri May 02, 2008 12:19 am UTC

Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da by The Beatles is damn cheery, and damn awesome for that matter.
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby screech » Sat May 03, 2008 5:20 am UTC

Heartattack in a Layby by Porcupine Tree always wins Saddest for me. I'm also vaguely surprised nobody has said the Gary Jules version of Mad World...
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby .izaic3 » Mon May 05, 2008 3:49 am UTC

Ok, this song is way too happy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS8C4S6DUZ0

It's called Love Happy Joy Joy by Stickleback

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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Quixotess » Mon May 05, 2008 4:52 am UTC

Well, I'm going to betray my dorkiness here, but when I saw "Musical...depressing" I thought "LES MISERABLES!" Hugo Almighty, every other song is about someone dying.

I think the most depressing song from that musical is Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. That's the part where Marius, who is the only revolutionary to have survived the battle, reflects on the guilt he feels for surviving and the fact that he will never see his friends again. But I don't know, the song I think is most depressing changes based on my mood. Like Drink With Me is pretty sad.
Another one I find really depressing is Rohan's theme from Lord of the Rings.

As for upbeat, the song I listened to when I got depressed about college apps was The Middle by Jimmy Eat World although that might be more uplifting than upbeat. Also:
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Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Postby Strange Alchemy » Mon May 05, 2008 8:50 am UTC

I was content on lurking until I saw this thread, and was surprised when nobody put this particular band for happy/upbeat songs...

Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer- "Moment" (Link below isnt the actual music video. Some fan made crap, but the song is there so, there ya go)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=3RIMxhPvLgU

Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer are probably the most happy, bubbly upbeat band I've heard. You'll find pretty much all their songs are as upbeat, or more upbeat, then the song above. I love them.

As for depressing.....

Jimmy Eat World- "Hear You Me"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hs8B6pQOrCo

This is one of the few songs that have actually made me cry. And I am not afraid to tell a forum full of strangers that. It's about the deaths of Mykel and Carli in a car accident in 1997. They were known for organizing fan clubs for up and coming bands, especially Weezer, and taking care of them/giving them places to stay on tour. It's one of the few touching songs about someones death I've heard in a while.


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