Top 5 Depressing Rock/Pop Punk/Metal Songs

Willie Williams, Staff Writer

5. Adam’s Song by Blink-182
This song hit a lot of people directly into the heart. This song was originally written about a teenager who wrote a suicide note and emailed it to the lead guitarist/lead singer at the time, Tom Delonge, and the band wrote a song about it. But this was no 16 or 17 year old teenager, this kid was about 12 or 13 years old whenever he emailed this and his parents found him dead inside of his bedroom the following day.

4. Fade to Black by Metallica
This song was fairly depressing before we lost the bassist of Metallica, Cliff Burton, in 1986 due to a bus crash, it gets even more depressing whenever Metallica decided to dedicate the song to Cliff every time they played it live as well as labeling it “Cliff’s song.” There was really no deep meaning/desired meaning for this single, James, Kirk, Cliff, and Lars just wrote this song about war simply because they love writing songs about war.

3. Something in the Way by Nirvana
Kurt Cobain had a rough childhood, even his entire teenage life was absolutely horrible for him. Cobain wrote this song whenever he was thrown out of his parents’ home and was forced to live underneath a bridge because he didn’t have any money to buy his own house. In this song, Kurt basically writes about how his parent’s didn’t care about him nor his well-being, which I believe because his mom was said to be a pretty bad parent. This song will always be remembered as Nirvana’s saddest song.

2. Zombie by The Cranberries
As if this song wasn’t depressing before we lost Dolores O’Riordan in January of this year, it got even more depressing after we lost O’Riordan. This song featured a spectacular singing part for O’Riordan, as some people said that her Irish accent was horrible in the song, I thought it put more depth into the single. This song is gravely about an IRA bombing where two children were killed, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry.

1. Sowing Season (Yeah) by Brand New
A song about losing all your friends to drinking and driving, just what any emo teenager needs to hear to have the singer sound like he/she understands the listener. This song was yet another hit for Brand New in 2006, but it was also the most depressing and meaningful song in that entire year. This song just had so much emotion thrown into it as well as chaos of a teenager. In fact, it’s almost like this song is written about the development of a teenager as they’re going through changes.