Songs 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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Beck

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9 4
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12 7
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

6
10 7
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8 5
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Pete Yorn

8
5 2
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11 9
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The Clash

10
9 7
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8 6
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Black Sabbath

12
7 5
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13
7 5
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14
7 5
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Eric Clapton

15
7 5
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Ray Charles

16
6 4
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Motörhead

17
6 4
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John Lee Hooker

18
6 4
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6 5
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20
6 5
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6 5
Losing My Mind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Losing

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6 5
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6 5
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The Clash

24
6 5
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Ray Charles

25
6 5
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Green Day

26
4 3
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Bad Religion

27
4 3
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28
1 0
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Mike Posner

29
7 7
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Jack Johnson

30
6 6
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Marianne Faithfull

31
6 6
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32
6 6
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Earth, Wind & Fire

33
5 5
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The Doobie Brothers

34
5 5
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James Brown

35
5 5
Win Some Lose Some is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Losing
Bryan Adams

36
5 5
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Vanessa Hudgens

37
5 5
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Rush

38
5 5
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Avril Lavigne

39
5 5
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40
5 5
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Van Halen

41
5 5
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James Brown

42
5 5
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43
4 4
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44
4 4
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Queensrÿche

45
4 4
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Tennessee Three, Johnny Cash

46
4 4
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Rainbow

47
4 4
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48
3 3
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The Everly Brothers

49
3 3
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Social Distortion

50
3 3
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The Temptations