Monday 24 June 2019

REM's Everybody Hurts voted most depressing song of all time

Michael Stipe of REM at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London Photo: PA
Michael Stipe of REM at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London Photo: PA

Everybody Hurts by REM has been voted the most depressing song of all time.

Listening to a sad song has reduced seven out of ten men to tears, according to the study.

And almost 90 per cent of women admit listening to an emotional song or passage of music has made them cry.

The research shows one in five females 'often' shed tears when they hear a sad tune.

And 'Everybody Hurts' by American band REM was named as the saddest song of all time, beating Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind'.

Mike and the Mechanics' 'The Living Years' came third in the poll.

The survey was commissioned by theatrical producer David King to discover more about what he described as "the power of music."

It revealed 84 per cent of men men aged between 18 and 24 have become tearful to music.

But in the 55 plus age group the figure dropped to 74 per cent.

The study also asked people where they were most likely to cry to a sad song.

Are these the saddest songs fo all time?

Annie's Song - John Denver

Everybody's Got To Learn Sometimes - Korgis

Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter, Paul and Mary

Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

Aint No Sunshine - Bill Withers

Sound Of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel

My Way - Frank Sinatra

All By Myself - Eric Carmen

Yesterday - The Beatles

Without You - Harry Nilsson

Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks

Fix You - Coldplay

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

Nothing Compares To You - Prince/Sinead O'Connor

I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

The Living Years - Mike and the Mechanics

Candle In The Wind - Elton John

Everybody Hurts - REM

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