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List Rules Songs with depression in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about being depressed as a subject.

Being depressed can sometimes seem like the weight of the world is crashing down on you, but luckily there is music to help you escape the unhappiness you're feeling. This is a ranked list of all the best songs about depression, as voted on by music fans like you. Some of the songs included below may have the words "depression" or "depressed" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about being depressed as a subject or theme. A lot of these are sad songs about being alone and down in the dumps, so if you're in a good mood you might not want to listen to these. 

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid tracks that are thematically similar. Vote for the depression songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more. This poll features items like “Summer, Highland Falls” and “I Wish It Would Rain.”
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Lithium Nirvana

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Mad World Tears for Fears

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Mad World Michael Andrews, Gary Jules

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People Are Strange The Doors

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Lithium Evanescence

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Despair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Depression
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Fell On Black Days Soundgarden

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Tom Islava added Like a Stone Audioslave

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Runaway Train Soul Asylum

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Jason Henninger added Hurt Johnny Cash

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Outside Staind

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Wonderland added How to Disappear Completely Radiohead

The Best Punk Songs About Depression

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Headfirst for Halos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Depression
Headfirst for Halos My Chemical Romance

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Isolation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Depression
MikeHouston added Isolation Joy Division - Joy Division

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Mercy Street Peter Gabriel

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HorsePowerEquestrian added One More Light Linkin Park https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm8LGxTLtQk

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Lullaby by Nickalback is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Depression
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The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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No Rain Blind Melon

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Rain Breaking Benjamin

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If It Makes You Happy Sheryl Crow

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Gloomy Sunday Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra, Billie Holiday

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Sorrow Flyleaf

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I Don't Know Ozzy Osbourne

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HorsePowerEquestrian added Therapy Session NF

18 Pictures of Taylor Swift Not Wearing Makeup

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Jason Henninger added Knockin' on Heaven's Door Avril Lavigne

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King of Pain The Police

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Radioactive Imagine Dragons

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Four Walls Staind

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Sorrow The National

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Sway The Rolling Stones

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Don't Cry Daddy Elvis Presley

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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Changes Yes

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Never Enough Papa Roach

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Praying for Time George Michael

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Save Me From Myself Vertical Horizon

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My Body Is a Cage Peter Gabriel

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I Wish It Would Rain The Temptations

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Deliver Us From Evil Bullet for My Valentine

Famous People Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery

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Screaming Infidelities Dashboard Confessional

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Narcolepsy Third Eye Blind

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Lullaby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Depression
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Teenage Suicide Unwritten Law

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punksnotdead added A Moment of Clarity Therapy?

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Come Around Counting Crows

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