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25 Depressing Stories Behind Some Of The Most Popular Songs In Modern History

 

Sometimes a song can be uptempo and peppy, while also being crushingly sad, but sometimes a song is just crushingly sad. Many are based purely on their writer’s imagination, but for these songs, real life proved far more depressing than anything a musician could come up with. These famous songs and memorable tracks might be upbeat or seem like a lot of fun, but they all have super sad and depressing backstories, that will have you rethinking using Van Halen’s “Jump” on your pump up playlist.

You know Eric Clapton wrote “Tears in Heaven” about the death of his son, but what about the song “Circus”? Plenty of upbeat pop songs like “99 Red Balloons” and “Semi-Charmed Life” are actually about pretty dark subjects, like nuclear annihilation and addiction. As well, a number of the songs with sad meanings on this list were released posthumously, after the songwriter passed away, usually from reasons related directly to their sad song lyrics.

Here are songs that might be peppy, might be slow, might be epic – but all are based on really terrible things that actually happened. They might not seem like sad songs, but if you listen closely, you will likely shed a tear. Upvote the tracks and singles with the saddest true backstories below… but be sure to grab a box of tissues first.

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