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The Darkest Country Songs

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Those familiar with the country music genre know its subject matter goes well beyond the presumed pickup trucks and alcohol. Dark country songs detailing bad breakups, cheating spouses, senseless slayings, and more pretty much set the standard for decades. It wasn't until more pop-infused acts entered the country realm in the 1980s and 1990s that the industry started trending toward upbeat and up-tempo music. What the change meant for country music remains up for debate, but this much is certain: The genre's saddest songs continue to haunt listeners. While less prevalent today than in the past, heart-wrenching country ballads dip into sorrowful situations that take years to heal.