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10 Albums For Depressed People

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1. The Cure, Seventeen Seconds (1980)

The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds (1980) was the goth band’s second studio album. Its minimal, drum driven tracks and excruciating, faraway vocals about love, loneliness and loss are the perfect companion for the point in your night where you’re feeling the high of alcohol and the beauty of isolation. Lead singer Robert Smith’s vocals in Seventeen Seconds are overwhelmingly distant and sonic, and express a hard, highly relatable sort of sadness that hurts to listen to. The lyrics are similarly depressing. From the track featured here, “In Your House” (lyrics in their entirety):

I play at night in your house
I live another life
Pretending to swim
In your house
I change the time in your house
The hours I take
Go so slow …

I hear no sound in your house
Silence
In the empty rooms
I drown at night in your house
Pretending to swim
Pretending to swim

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    • ZaneEatsWorld

      First wave emo got the shaft. WHERE MY GET UP KIDS/PROMISE RING/CAP'N JAZZ AT, BSG?!?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/wingedthing Leigh Alexander

      antlers – hospice is my favorite depressed album

    • Oliver Miller

      The Smiths or gtfo.

      • ryan chang

        morrissey is really funny, in a 'fucked-but-totally-ok-with-it' way

      • angelikap

        The Smiths were def conspicuously absent..

    • star colonel kotaire

      yo beeKEEPERS, forgot osasis what's the story (morning glory)

    • ryan chang

      i like that chopin is included. was hoping to see the get up kids or jawbreaker on this list.

    • http://twitter.com/lukebourassa Luke Bourassa

      “Saturdays = Youth” is a gorgeous album and I've never considered along side the word “depressed.” Should have included Beck's “Sea Change”

      • brandypass

        I agree. Sea Change is bar far the most depressing album I own. Well maybe that or City and Colour “Bring Me Your Love” (Which is gorgeous).

    • alexrax

      oh man this is my life. elliott smith was my break up record. st ide's heaven was my (super depressing) jam.

    • scott

      My December by Kelly Clarkson (2007) is a fantastic yet depressing album

      • http://twitter.com/straponheart Evan Hatch

        could this be a troll even greater than the likes of myself? i cannot discern.

        • scott

          no im being serious. it's really underrated and it's really good and different than all of her other albums. it's not as commercial. you should check out some of the songs – some highlights include Irvine, Don't Waste Your Time, and Maybe. To be honest, the whole album is very cohesive and tells a nice story.

    • Ben Leach

      I think its funny that Nico, Elliot Smith, and Nick Drake are all on this list and all have (arguably) the best songs on the Royal Tennenbaums soundtrack. Why did I never think of that movie as super depressing until just now? weird.

    • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

      nick drake, jesus. i didn't know that's what happened to him, or forgot that happened to him, maybe. i liked reading this article.

    • Julian Williams3

      Pink Floyd – “The Wall” (Too Obvious?)
      Bob Dylan – “Blood on the Tracks”
      Any Damien Rice

      • brandypass

        Love The Wall!

      • RamonaCC

        “Blood on the Tracks” is so good and damn depressing as hell.

    • http://twitter.com/joshliburdi Josh Liburdi

      when I think depressed, I think jason molina. everything he writes is about the blues and depression. and it is all wonderful. (especially Let Me Go x3 and Didn't It Rain.)

    • http://twitter.com/ohfaith Faith Wright

      carissa's wierd- songs about leaving

    • Amy

      Bonnie Prince Billy – “I See a Darkness”

    • Alex0307

      Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago.

    • clint

      really glad “
      Frédéric Chopin’s Preludes and Nocturnes” was on here. was surprised to see that. Good post Brandon!If you make a counter article “ten albums for really happy people”.. N'sync's first album and some blink 182 album HAVE to be on there cause that shit is goofy as hell and makes people so damn happyi love you

    • bollocks

      This list could use more Antlers, Mountain Goats, the National, Walkmen, and Joy Division.

      • brandypass

        The Mountain Goats, yeah.

      • Megan

        the National's Boxer is so goddamn depressing.

    • Tracy

      I second the Mountain Goats.

      Also, I appreciate the inclusion of classical music. For all of y'all depressed people looking for some classical, though, I'd go for Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Mahler, or Stravinsky.

    • brandypass

      I really like this article and it's obvious it took a lot of work to put it together and write so well. Nice.

    • http://valentine-kitchenson.tumblr.com valentine-kitchenson

      Where's the Joy Division? Unknown Pleasures is the ultimate album of self-loathing and pity.

      Good job on the article, though. I enjoyed reading it!

      • Mylum

        I agree with the lack Joy Division, but the album would have to ‘Closer.’

        That album will Make you depressed no matter what mood you’re in.

    • http://valentine-kitchenson.tumblr.com valentine-kitchenson

      Not to mention Beck's Sea Change.

      That album makes me want to start slitting my wrists; in the best way possible, of course.

      • brandypass

        Yeah a few of us mentioned that one.

    • http://twitter.com/buytoiletpaper Meaghan S

      No mention of Neutral Milk Hotel? Two-headed Boy. also, so, so, so many others. Built to Spill oldschool.

      • Asforteri

        oh man. two-headed boy is definitely some fetal-position shit.

    • http://stephentullydierks.blogspot.com stephen

      i like a lot of these albums

      it's sofia coppola, not sophia coppola, btw

      • Brandon

        thanks stephen

        • http://fastfoodies.org Briana Ritz

          don't you mean…steven

    • tim

      neil young- tonight's the night is good for drinking alone and feeling melodramatic

      • Asforteri

        my dad once dramatically said, “sometimes you are alone and drinking and depressed and it's just you… and… neil” thanks dad, now i can't hear him without thinking about you wallowing and making me feel guilty for not calling more.

    • http://twitter.com/rislynsey christopher lynsey

      Dying via anti-depressant overdose. Jesus, depressing.

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