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I'm a sucker for a good death-related playlist and for this death-centric collection of songs I thought I'd return to a favorite subject of rock and roll — suicide. It’s a theme you can find woven through every style of music created by mankind. This playlist contains 19 great songs about the act of killing yourself, but it's limited to the "classic alternative" genre.
What's "classic alternative" you ask? Well, it's a personally tagged genre that helps me classify bands who create alternative music, but have been around for 15 years or more. It’s not adult alternative, or indie, but includes forefathers of these genres.
Bands like U2, R.E.M., The Replacements, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain are all bands I would consider “classic alternative”, and are all included in this playlist.
The destructive act of suicide does not only destroy a single life, but has serious impact on the lives those who loved the deceased. It always leaves unanswered questions, which makes the healing process even more difficult for those left behind. These are 19 of the very best classic alternative songs to explore the subject from many different perspectives.
Please join in and add any "classic alternative" songs that are crafted around the subject of suicide in the comments.
Classic Alternative Suicide Songs
1. "Asleep" - The Smiths
2. "Blasphemous Rumours" - Depeche Mode
3. "Mad World" - Tears for Fears
4. "Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide" - David Bowie
5. "Reverence" - The Jesus and Mary Chain
6. "From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea" - The Cure
7. "A Day Without Me" - U2
8. "Kiss Off" - Violent Femmes
9. "Everybody Hurts" - R.E.M.
10. "Insight" - Joy Division
11. "Redondo Beach' - Patti Smith
12. "Sunset" - Roxy Music
13. "In A Lonely Place" - New Order
14. "All Apologies (Solo Acoustic Demo)" - Nirvana
15. "The Ledge" - The Replacements
16. "The Kick Inside" - Kate Bush
17. "Pepper" - Butthole Surfers
18. "The Downward Spiral" - Nine Inch Nails (okay, this one is a stretch for "classic alternative", but is close enough)
19. "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together" - Morrissey