Ten Flawless Albums That Are Also Totally Depressing

I really like listening to depressing music. It actually makes me happy. Is that weird? Anyway, here are my top ten depressing albums. Please don’t kill yourself.

1. Among My Swan by Mazzy Star

No, this album does not have their # 1 hit “Fade Into You” on it. That would be So Tonight That I Might See, which is also a great record but not as flawless as Among My Swan. Songs likes “Rhymes Of An Hour” and “Happy” show the band at its most miserable AKA best. With Hope Sandoval’s hazy vocals that sound like a bottle of Vicodin, Mazzy Star didn’t stand a chance at creating upbeat pop songs. And thank god because depression has never sounded so good. I recommend you listen to “Disappear” while submerged in your bathtub acting like a jellyfish.

2. The Covers Record by Cat Power

Cat Power has never been known to be a ray of music sunshine (which is why it’s weird that she lives in Miami) but she went to some #dark places with The Covers Record in 2000. She takes rock and roll covers like “{I Can’t Get No} Satisfaction” and “I Found A Reason” and injects them with her own particular brand of moodiness. Hell, she could do a record that’s entirely comprised of Raffi covers and still make you want to kill yourself. But that’s whats so great about Chan Marshall. She’s a giant bummer but a beautiful bummer. You make yourself sad just so you can listen to her stuff.

3. Sea Change by Beck

Love him or hate him, you must admire Beck’s ability to switch gears with every record he makes. It seems like he’s either super happy and making some good pop jams (“Odelay” and “Guero”) or making some serious introspective slow burners (“Mutations” and “Sea Change”). The latter record in particular is devastating to listen to. He doesn’t just dip his feet into the sadness pool, he throws his body into it. To be honest, I haven’t even listened to the whole thing, which says a lot coming from someone who loves kill yourself music.

4. Blue by Joni Mitchell

You know how when people say that certain music feeds their soul? I used to think that was a stupid/embarrassing thing to say until I really got into Joni Mitchell. She’s the # 1 California diva and although she doesn’t exclusively make sad music, her voice is so fragile and soulful that you can’t help but feel super emotional while listening to her. Her album, Blue, is undoubtedly her masterpiece. It really captures a young woman in the seventies navigating her way through relationships. I dare you to listen to a song like “The Last Time I Saw Richard” and not feel something. Listening to the record doesn’t make you feel the traditional kind of depressing. It’s like warm comforting melancholy. Does that make sense?

5. Ghost Blonde by No Joy

With a name like No Joy, you know this band isn’t going to be pumping out the “Teenage Dream”‘s. Fronted by two Canadian babes and signed to Mexican Summer, No Joy brings that lovely dense shoegaze sound to the masses by peppering their heavy songs with beautiful melodies. Any time the listener feels like its being swallowed up by darkness, the band brings you back with killer riffs and haunting vocals. No Joy makes you no longer miss happiness and sunshine. Their recipe for doom and gloom is euphoric.


Ryan O'Connell

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  • Guest

    The first Smiths song I ever heard was William It Was Really Nothing, right after this boy named Will broke up with me freshman year of high school and I was Napstering songs with Will/iam in the title so I could cry to it.  But I guess that maybe makes me the fat girl in the song.  Bummer.  

  • lia marie

    i agree, but there’s no way you could possibly get around bright eyes here;  i mean the early stuff when conor made really sad, fucked up music. come on ryan! what about “letting off the happiness”? the lyrics are brilliant and his voice is so miserable that he could plainly make you burst into tears by listening to his voicemail i suppose.

  • r3t0dd

    Fucking amateurs. 

  • Elyse

    Holy Fuck, yeah about the Joni Mitchell. But really, the 70’s Joni albums are always power-bummers. Just listen to “People’s Parties” and look around at all the people know. You’ll find  yourself saying, “Oh my god Joni, how…how do you know?”

    • Lila

      ‘power-bummers’….Sorry, but that’s too good a phrase too good not to steal!  You’re spot-on about Joni.  How does she know??

  • http://facebook.com/sdouglas Scott

    TEPID peppermint wonderland

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49300307 Andrea Nero

    Didn’t BSG write this article a few months ago???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=598958972 Brian Weideman

    If you want depressing, you should try Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Knives Don’t Have Your Back. Flawlessly agonizing. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinplan Robin Plan

    Oh my no. The one true bard is still Mark Eitzel/American Music Club. A compilation of said lyrics:


  • vel

    Fiona Apple??? Cmon

  • http://twitter.com/steviekew Stevie Kew

    Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane over the Sea was left out. #11?

    • http://twitter.com/ingenuegle Egle Makaraite

      It’s flawless but not exactly depressing imo

      • communist daughter

        agreed.  utterly flawless, but more childlike and playful than bleak.

  • http://twitter.com/masha_m_j Masha Tsarick

    PJ Harvey’s “White Chalk” must be here!

  • P Funk

    Scud Mountain Boys – “Massachusetts”  + Richard Buckner “Devotion & Doubt”. Easy.

  • Megan

    Okkervil River-Black Sheep Boy, Broken Social Scene-You Forgot It In People

    Also, The Smiths x1000. I listened to them very heavily my first semester of college and a lot of their discography I can’t even bear to listen to anymore

    • Anonymous


      FUCK YES


      Not on Black Sheep Boy, but “John Allyn Smith Sails” is my go-to “fuck everyone” song.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Fiveoseveniam-Lazaroff/7706828 Steven Fiveoseveniam Lazaroff

      yeah, ‘a stone’ is devastating.

  • http://twitter.com/lucefowls Lucy Fowler

    I find Sound Of Silver by LCD Soundsystem so depressing – I mean, the lyrics of All My Friends describe the late teenage/young adult lifestyle so well, and it fucking bums me out. And Someone Else is so heartbreaking. It’s my go-to song when I need a cry.

  • Random

    That album that I like that you probably also do, but couldn’t include because you can only choose 10? That one.

  • Drew Dernavich

    Wow – how can there not be a single Radiohead album on here? Existential despair is practically a member of the band.

  • Guest

    I’d say Souvlaki – Slowdive could be on this list. When the Sun Hits makes me want to weep, everytime. Beautiful.
    Or maybe Red House Painters’ self-titled album.

  • https://unemploymentisnotsexy.wordpress.com/ To

    britney spears ‘oops i did it again’


      Dude, “Lucky” bums me the fuck out.

  • scott

    my december by kelly clarkson

    • Anonymous

      I’m just bummed out that you even mentioned Kelly Clarkson…

  • KDL

    Ugh. Where’s ?  Their album is the epitome of flawless.  I cried for weeks listening to this thing after my first friend in school.  It’s SOOO depressing :)

  • Vix

    i want to have Chan Marshall’s moody, drunk babies.

  • no one

    On The Beach-Neil Young

  • nealus

    No For Emma forever ago?

    • Mr Shankly

      Who the fuck finds Bon Iver depressing?

      • Anonymous

        I see it…

  • james

    what about Dummy from Portishead?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707272007 Alex Thayer

    suburban light and pink moon are not depressing.  suburban light is actually one of the most charming records, ever.

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