Silent All These Years - Tori Amos: No-one ever partied to Tori Amos and this song is a very good example of why. Grief-stricken with every note played, Amos lets her heart bleed about the experience of rape. I'm not criticizing the song on that ground. If you're going to write about rape, then "Silent" is the way to go about it, expressing perfectly the feelings of violation and loneliness resulting from such a horrible experience. However, it doesn't mean I want to hear it. Whenever this song played on local pop radio back in 1997 when it was released, I had to walk out of the office.
Yesterday - The Beatles: The Fab Foursome certainly knew how to pen a sad tune, and "Yesterday" is the most doleful of the lot. Again, the minor chords, the violins, the sense of loss, the longing for a time when things were happy before they turned bad. Not a song I'm very fond of.
Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson: Nilsson had his fair share of woeful tunes. "Without You" and "Remember (Christmas)." But somehow, "Everybody's Talkin'," in my opinion, is just that bit sadder than those. I don't know why, but the guitar playing in that song evokes loneliness to me.
Listen to Your Heart - DHT: I've heard this one enough on soft-rock stations to know that I'm sick of it. Another run-of-the-mill song about the breakup of a relationship. Sounds like a Tori Amos song. 'Nuff said.
Separate Lives - Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin: A sorrowful dirge about a couple breaking up and going their separate ways. You can almost believe that Phil and Marilyn are a real couple singing their good-byes to each other. Definitely not a party tune.
Life In a Northern Town - The Dream Academy: What is it about this damn song? Everyone seems to love it. Some find it relaxing, some find it dreamy, others like it because it's an '80s tune. To me, the wind effects and the dreary guitar chords make it one of the saddest tunes I've ever heard. I hated this one the moment it came out.