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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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I Fought the Law The Clash

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Even the Losers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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I Believe I'll Lose My Mind John Lee Hooker

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I'm a Loser is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Losing
Mark Lanzarotta added I'm a Loser The Beatles

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MartinAustin added Losing My Mind Liza Minelli

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Locomotive Breath is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Losing
Mark Lanzarotta added Locomotive Breath Jethro Tull

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Born to Lose Motörhead

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Lather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Losing
Mark Lanzarotta added Lather Jefferson Airplane

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Loser Gets It All Black Sabbath

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Lose You Pete Yorn

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Born to Lose Ray Charles

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Losing Hand Ray Charles

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Lose This Skin The Clash

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Losing My Mind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Losing

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Loneliest Person is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Losing
Mark Lanzarotta added Loneliest Person The Pretty Things

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Losing Generation Bad Religion

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Losing Hand Eric Clapton

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Losing It Rush

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I'll Lose My Mind James Brown

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Loss Of Control Green Day

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Can't Stand to Lose The Doobie Brothers

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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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Win or Lose Earth, Wind & Fire

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I'm a Loser Marianne Faithfull

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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

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No Time to Lose Rainbow

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Losing Myself Queensrÿche

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You Lose The Replacements

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