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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Losing Hand Ray Charles

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Losing My Mind is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Losing

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Born to Lose Ray Charles

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Lose This Skin The Clash

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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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Loss Of Control Green Day

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I'll Lose My Mind James Brown

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Losing It Rush

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Born to Lose Tennessee Three, Johnny Cash

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You'll Lose a Precious Love The Temptations

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Born to Lose The Everly Brothers

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Born to Lose Social Distortion

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Song About You Mike Posner

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I'm a Loser Marianne Faithfull

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Win or Lose Earth, Wind & Fire

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I Refuse to Lose James Brown

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Lose Your Love Vanessa Hudgens

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Losing Grip Avril Lavigne

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Win Some Lose Some is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Losing
Win Some Lose Some Bryan Adams

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Loss of Control Van Halen

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No Time to Lose Rainbow

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Losing Myself Queensrÿche

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Losing Hope Jack Johnson