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music The Best Songs About Losing  

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List Rules Songs about losing, including songs about being a loser, losing someone important to you, or just losing in general.

Loss is a part everyone’s life, and chances are some of these songs about losing are a part of yours. Artists naturally take an important subject and transform it into great music, whether they are songs about losing someone or songs about being a loser. The losing songs on this list range from tongue-in-cheek to downright sorrowful. But although many of these tunes are sad, the feelings they evoke in listeners can be often be positive. 

“Loser,” the breakout single by Beck, was inspired by Beck’s failed attempt to rap like Chuck D of Public Enemy. Rarely is self-deprecation this much fun. “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. is one of the groups most well known songs, though the song isn’t actually about religion. The term is southern way of expressing one’s frustration or rising temper.

“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” was the highest charting single of the band’s career, and is a musical ode to Horace Silver’s jazz standard “Song for My Father.”

Which of these songs are winners? Vote for your favorites! If any songs about losing you love lost out on making the list, please add them.

 

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Loser Beck

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Even the Losers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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I Fought the Law The Clash

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Loser Gets It All Black Sabbath

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TheWelshGuy added Losing My Mind Liza Minelli

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I Believe I'll Lose My Mind John Lee Hooker

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Born to Lose Motörhead

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Lose You Pete Yorn

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Songs You Didn't Know Are About Losing Your Virginity

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Born to Lose Ray Charles

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Lose This Skin The Clash

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Losing Hand Ray Charles

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Losing My Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Losing

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The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Losing Generation Bad Religion

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Losing Hand Eric Clapton

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Can't Stand to Lose The Doobie Brothers

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Losing It Rush

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Loss Of Control Green Day

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I'll Lose My Mind James Brown

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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Born to Lose Tennessee Three, Johnny Cash

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Born to Lose Social Distortion

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Born to Lose The Everly Brothers

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You'll Lose a Precious Love The Temptations

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Win or Lose Earth^! Wind & Fire

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I'm a Loser Marianne Faithfull

Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s

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Losing Grip Avril Lavigne

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Win Some Lose Some is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Losing
Win Some Lose Some Bryan Adams

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Lose Your Love Vanessa Hudgens

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Loss of Control Van Halen

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I Refuse to Lose James Brown

The Best A Cappella Groups

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Losing Myself Queensrÿche

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No Time to Lose Rainbow

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You Lose The Replacements

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Losing Hope Jack Johnson