- You were recently dumped
- Someone died
- You have lost a friend
- You are just a melancholy person
i know the list is all males, however, I am a male, and these are who I can connect with. I also wanted to stick to groups that were big in either the 90's or 2000's.
Morrissey is almost too sad sometimes. I figured since Morrissey's career started with the Smiths, that this could be an all encompassing list to include his solo stuff as well.
What I've come tho realize over time is the way The Smiths have managed to capture that hopelessness which goes hand- in- hand with depression. This along with the basic chord structures and uplifting rhythms make The Smiths capable of providing a false hope that is never really there once fully examined.
#335 on The Best Rock Vocalistssee more on The Smiths
Rivers Cuomo seems to have a bottomless pit of grief in him somewhere, because year after year he manages to spew out these songs of love lost and times past. Despite the energy, fun sound, and happiness of some songs, their sad one's will do quite the number on you.
Like The Smiths, by including Weezer, I also mean this to encompass Rivers Cuomo's solo music.
#108 on The Best Indie Bands & Artists
#853 on The Worst Bands of All Timesee more on Weezer
#312 on The Best Rock Vocalistssee more on The Cure
A bit folky and possibly even too dark for this list, I couldn't leave Connor Oberest off of this list. The pain and emotion emitted in his voice is so real the listener can feel it.
#545 on The Worst Bands of All Time
#147 on The Best Emo Bands
#1103 on The Best Rock Bands of All Timesee more on Bright Eyes
Despite only one album and a couple EP's, these guys still manage to hit the nail on the head. Gibbard in particular, whose song writing is so emotive a powerful, even appears later on in the list.
#151 on The Best Indie Bands & Artists
#179 on The Best Electronica Artists
#38 on The Best Musical Duossee more on The Postal Service
After reading an interview with the members of Radiohead, I came to understand that Radiohead's songs are about nothing. What makes them so depressing depends on the state of mind of the listener. And if the listener is feeling down in the dumps, then these songs will only fit their mood to no end.
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#512 on The Best Rock Bands of All Timesee more on Death Cab for Cutie