Plus juxtaposing words like “toy” and “surprise” with “divorce” and “custody” severely ups the misery factor.—Tess Duncan, Matt Vasquez wrote this History From Below tearjerker as an ode to his late grandparents, who both passed away within a short timeframe. Semi-forgotten at home in the UK but still apparently a superstar on the continent, Berry made his name in 1964 with this sentimental pop single. Carried by a somber piano melody and underscored by Jessee’s subdued drumming, it manages to sound serene in spite of the emotional turmoil behind each of Folds’ troublesome scenes.—Tess Duncan, I still remember the exact spot where I first I heard “Trapeze Swinger,” which is pretty unusual for me—I have a decent memory for where I’ve read certain unforgettable books, but songs tend to blend in space and time, since you can listen to them over and over and gradually erase the point of origin. ‘Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?’ stands as one of great lines of the twentieth century. To say she sings her heart out on this song would be trite and also a gross understatement—she turns in a wailing vocal performance so good that she manages to overpower Cissy Houston’s otherworldly backup “ooooOOOOOOOOOO”s and make you forget where you are as the horns swell and her pleas to the man who won’t love her back grow more and more desperate. It’s a universal plea for the human race to learn from its mistakes and a call to freedom. After all, this song wouldn’t be nearly as devastating as an instrumental. The Magnetic Fields – “I Don’t Believe In The Sun”, 2. 10 Songs That Every Hippie Knows By Heart. We already have this email. Right from the black and white era to Technicolor and Eastman color days, songs in Hindi films have stirred the soul. When the narrator looks at the body of the girl he loves after she finally succumbs to cancer, he thinks for a moment that he sees her breathing. The singer only really lashes out once or twice – ‘my brother, my killer’: ouch – and saves the bite in his voice for the sign-off: ‘Sincerely, L Cohen’. The girl I am secretly in love with but have never spoken to is dancing to The Jam whilst I lurk just off the dancefloor trying to work up courage. Though it sounds like she’s singing through trembling lips, Olsen’s spirit is uplifting. ‘Black Eyed Dog’ was one, documenting the weary singer’s struggles with depression. Meanwhile, the keyboard line bounces happily along. The '60s were revolutionary in practically every human sphere, from politics to music. “Jolene” is a good example of a sad song that doesn’t exactly sound sad but doesn’t need to in order to convey the narrator’s desperation. Can you name any songs that fall into that cattagory? Lads! During its history the corporation has banned songs from a number of high-profile artists, including Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Noël Coward, the Beatles, Ken Dodd, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, the BBC Dance Orchestra, Tom Lehrer, Glenn Miller, and George Formby. To Sir, with love - Lulu. But she knows she just can't be without him, and she wants us to know it. Mar1717 Tamil - 50s & 60s Rare Songs Videos. But O’Connor’s version dialled the sad factor to 11, channeling the singer’s very real grief from the death of her mother five years previously. Jeremy Saunders, December, 1982: I’m at a seventeenth birthday party in a function room in a small Kent town. Over a cartoon toy cowgirl getting left under a bed. Great art doesn’t necessarily tell you something new, but rather puts words to something you always knew, but couldn’t name. As the DJ drops Culture Club, she turns and kisses the biggest dickhead in the sixth form, and Boy George soundtracks a teenage heart breaking. But Ashworth’s observational skill keeps his output firmly on the tragic side of twee. According to the Dictionary, to cry means to utter inarticulate sounds, especially of lamentation, grief, or suffering, usually with tears. Heartbreak U.S.A. - Kitty Wells. Top 100 Bollywood Songs of the 50s and 60s - Old Songs from Hindi films evoke a special feeling. Just in time for the holidays, Performer Stuff delivers the sheet music for your favorite holiday songs. It preys on the guilt of every career-dedicated parent—first you don’t have any time to spend with the kids because you’re always working, and then they grow up and don’t want to spend any time with YOU. In his original 1965 version, Otis Redding delivers this song’s themes of love, sex and deference with typical passion and flair. "Raunchy," Bill Justis. Though it was the singles ‘Pictures of You’ and ‘Lullaby’ that got the airtime, the monster lurking in its depths was the title track: an eight-minute serpent of a song that twisted this way and that and turned pitiless eyes on the dissolution of a relationship. © 2020 Time Out England Limited and affiliated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. don’t come true, or is it something worse?’ stands as one of great lines of the twentieth century. Tammy Wynette articulates the internal struggle of so many divorcees-to-be with children, the strain and ache in her warble serving as a vehicle for her overwhelming remorse. Then it’s easier to have those songs around Yes, sad songs do say so much. His death in 2003 from two stab wounds (probably self-inflicted) cast a shadow over the five albums he had released, including 1997’s ‘Either/Or’: the record which included the last and greatest part of the ‘No Name’ song series that he’d started on ‘Roman Candle’ in 1994. Ian Curtis captures that despair on Joy Division’s most recognizable song. From the time I arrived, I could tell she was over our relationship. She retired from music three years later, turning to religion after the sudden death of her friend and Stax labelmate Otis Redding. Its power resides in its slowly stately build up with shuffling drums, a sly bit of marimba, and those weightless strings wafting through it all. Everyone has a really bad day. Nick Levine, Numbed by years of addiction and paranoia and recently divorced, in 1980 Bowie laid his former selves to rest. You can now listen to our playlist below on Spotify! “Windows” is wistful but more for its instrumental composition and Olsen’s gossamer vocals. Dry Your Eyes’ – The Streets. Although rock grew up pretty quickly, getting more and more complicated in the process, its formative years were largely defined by simple chord structures: the I-IV-V jump blues progression that practically defined the genre in the '50s, and also the slightly more complicated doo-wop progression which threw a minor into the mix. The list includes classics from Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole but also contemporary selections from Josh Groban and Robbie Williams. ‘The River’ is as devastating as it gets, a mournful account of two carefree young lovers forced into a joyless marriage after an unplanned pregnancy. Alexi Duggins, In which Paul Simon condenses the Great American Novel into a folk song. GETS ME RIGHT IN THE HEART.—Bonnie Stiernberg, At the beginning of 2011, Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Rather than betray his love and ruin a marriage, he carries the secret to his grave, leaving his lover in a state of constant mourning.—Josh Jackson, A hauntingly beautiful tale of unrequited love, “Pale Blue Eyes” is about recognizing you’re being used and allowing it to happen anyway. A teenage tragedy song is a style of ballad in popular music that peaked in popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Relevance. Déjà vu! Fatalism never sounded so lush and lovely. Owen Ashworth’s solo project was aptly named, specialising in wrenching portraits of millennial misery – like ‘Girls’ without the jokes – mumbled in too-tired-for-suicide baritone over chintzy 8-bit keyboard beats. Some of these songs became anthems and still resonate today. Then he sings about God: “All the glory when he took our place / But he took my shoulders and he shook my face / and he takes and he takes and he takes.” He’s trying to reconcile the generosity of Jesus allowing himself to be sacrificed on the cross with a god who would let a young girl die from leukemia. by the admonishing acoustic cut “Lost Cause,” a hallucinatory goodbye letter to an unknown lover, Beck’s repeated refrain of “I’m tired of fighting” sounds as eerily comforting today as it did over a decade ago.—Ryan J. Prado, This 1982 Tears For Fears song achieved another round of fame when Gary Jules and Michael Andrews covered it for the Donnie Darko soundtrack in 2001. Witness the scene from tour doc ‘Heartworn Highways’ in which Townes uses it to serenade his neighbour, who promptly bursts into tears. The song tells of a woman asking her lover what she should bring back for him from her travels. That album was never finished: in November that year Drake died, aged 26, from an overdose of amitriptyline. That’s how you kill with kindness. Ideal emotive background music for ocean scenes, California coast, surfing, or a beach feel. In 1974 Nick Drake recorded five songs for his fourth album, the sequel to his stark masterpiece ‘Pink Moon’. Like most of Jeff Mangum’s work, there are times when you have to put in some effort to parse the expressionistic imagery (“blister please with those wings in your spine…how he’d love to find your tongue in his teeth”) but at other times, the emotion is plain and jarring. Smith wrestled his demons in his music, and “Fond Farewell” feels like his goodbye note in song. Within the narrative, “Mad World” builds a universe of nameless faces in common situations, from birthday parties to school classes. Of course, all the chart hits are here. Sad times call for our list of the Top 10 Cry Songs. As I began pulling tunes, titles were often misleading. 'It's easier said than done, when you just can't break away...' Utterly sublime. The father of eight children from four wives, Campbell has been married to Kim Woolen for more than three decades. There was also a lot of musical styles that emerged in the 60… ‘Black Eyed Dog’ surfaced years later as a terrible, beautiful testament to a life cut short. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! The combination is transcendent.—Josh Jackson, A couple facts to consider here: few genres consistently produce sad songs that’ll punch you right in the heart quite like country does. I tried to keep it to one song per artist but Johnny Cash ended up getting a pass. AND CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESULTS OF OUR OTHER POLLS Click below to listen to our playlist! His warbling voice is perfect for the tone of the song—it’s not hard to believe that he’s heartbroken over the loss of his young love. There seem to be a lot of songs about teenagers dying (espiceally in automobile accidents.) Of all the tragedies on the record, “Carissa” is the most gruesome and harrowing. 10 Answers. The Louvin Brothers – “The Angels Rejoiced Last Night”, 29. James Manning, Until the last verse, this never feels like Ian Dury is doing anything other than listing memories of his once-absent father in a wistful stream of consciousness. The girl I am secretly in love with but have never spoken to is dancing to The Jam whilst I lurk just off the dancefloor trying to work up courage. Ever been stuck in a temp job spending your working hours constantly picking over everything that you’ve done wrong in your life? In which Paul Simon condenses the Great American Novel into a folk song. There was also the onset of the British Invasion with the ever popular Beatles and Rolling Stones. The central story’s a familiar one – Dick Whittington finds out the streets of NYC aren’t paved with gold after all – but the Arthur Miller-worthy final image of the unbowed boxer, and the string-swelling two-minute coda make it hit home with devastating force. AND CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESULTS OF OUR OTHER POLLS Click below to listen to our playlist! View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2009 CD release of Baby Love (100 Classic Love Songs Of The 50's And 60's) on Discogs. We hope you like it! "Ebony Eyes," by Everly Brothers. The central story’s a familiar one – Dick Whittington finds out the streets of NYC aren’t paved with gold after all – but the Arthur Miller-worthy final image of the unbowed boxer, and the string-swelling two-minute coda make it hit home with devastating force. We’ve got 23 Christmas tunes from the 40s, 50s, and 60s like “White Christmas”, “Silver Bells”, and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. 50 Music Programs on TV. This is a fine example of a song that can be applied to different situations as it is non-specific and not tied in to any particular conflict. And these 50 songs helped the Paste staff to hurt so good. Now, after painstaking research, we have arrived at what we believe to be the 50 best love songs ever recorded. This prime example of vintage Sun rockabilly featured a guitar riff so tasty that … Sufjan Stevens – “Casimir Pulaski Day”. We've already thought of a few: "Leader of the Pack," "Teen Angel," etc. The result is a powerful anti-anthem that flips between Cobain’s barely plucked, bittersweet guitar riffs and cracked voice in the verse, and a brutal, angry, chorus that melts back into the strung-out, piercing verse – another flash of accidental brilliance from a broken hero who made being sad not just acceptable but dangerously cool. Ignore the fact that a decade of beery singalongs have turned this into … It’s one thing to see your man out with another woman; it’s quite another to see him pledge his life to her. From the impossibly sad sweeping strings that introduce the song, you know this is going to be a dark one. “Windows” is wistful but more for its instrumental composition and Olsen’s gossamer vocals. Pop music doesn’t get much closer to the bone. James Manning. ‘I Know It’s Over’ may be The Smiths’ deepest journey into despair, with only the subtlest black humour (‘I know it’s over… and it never really began’) to light the way. The lows came in the form of devastating testaments to … Anyway, I'm trying to come up with as many examples as possible. The top male vocalists of the '50s, '60s, and '70s are a diverse bunch. ‘Hurt’ is a man singing in the face of death, channelling a lifetime of memory, pain, hard-won success and thwarted ambition. A modern-day classic. Understanding the content and context of the songs will ensure they are wholly appropriate for the event. James Manning, Basildon’s own synthpop superstars tend to operate somewhere between sleaze and sadness, and this cut from their awesome ‘Violator’ album is definitely towards the latter end of that scale. Not sure. If your heart is made of stone and that’s not enough to choke you up, he also visits his ailing wife from beyond the grave to comfort her as she dies: “I know it’s hard to deal with the pain/you’re yellow from your liver giving out/so just close your eyes and think of me/oh, Jerry’s not leaving this gal.” I’m getting misty just thinking about it.—Bonnie Stiernberg, Written a quarter century after her father shot and killed her mother then himself in the driveway of their home in Monroeville, Alabama, the hurt still feels fresh for singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne. And if that’s not brutal enough, the song fakes you out, filling you with false hope that its narrator will be loved again before revealing that her now-grown owner only picked her up to PUT HER IN A CARDBOARD BOX AND LEAVE HER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. James Manning, The original version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, tossed off by Prince in the mid-’80s and released by the purple ’un’s protégés The Family, is a straight-up (and pretty forgettable) break-up song. With their Appalachian twin harmony, it is the sorrow of the mountains distilled.—Holly Gleason, This song leans a little harder on the angsty side of things, but it’s a lament-filled breakup song nonetheless. But though the relationship is spent, the regret and resentment in the voice and the lyrics lets us know there’s more pain further down the road. Kate Smith Christmas CD. TOP 100 WEATHER SONGS OF THE '50S AND '60S. Nor can I think of anyone who can somehow express this inexpressible concept with such power and emotional precision quite like Mangum. If you grew up in the ’60s, chances are these songs are still some of your favorites. The song’s narrative ranges from heaven to hell, and represents Beam’s most ambitious poetry—it’s long, it meanders, and it hits you with a desperate intensity. 'Say I'm gonna leave a hundred times a day,' she sings, her voice filled with regret. The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant - 1956 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension - 1969 Just Walking in the Rain - Johnnie Ray - 1956 Windy - The Association - 1967 Sunshine Superman - Donovan - 1966 Raindrops - Dee Clark - 1961 Sunny - Bobby Hebb - 1966 The Rain, the Park and Other Things - The Cowsills - 1967 Rhythm of the Rain - The … Tristan Parker, Yes, dance-pop troupe Saint Etienne made a jauntier version in 1991, and yes, it kind of overshadowed the enigmatic Canadian songwriter’s 1970 original. 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