yahoo!’s top 20 heartbreaking songs of all time

The 20 Most Heartbreaking Songs of All Time

The list itself is incredible enough (and I use the word “incredible” in its worse sense). “Abba” and “heartbreaking” in the same sentence just doesn’t seem to cut it, but I’m not as harsh as the commenters on that list.

A lot of the commenters have complained about the “oldness” of the choices, and while I may not have firsthand experience of actually listening to the songs, I must say that the classics (what these volatile commenters have dubbed “grandfathery” choices) have a way with conveying sorrow that pierces through you without riling you up. In my opinion, what these commenters seem to be expecting are the “emo-ish” type of heartbreaking songs that depict depression and desperation while making you think of cutting yourself up literally. Also, some of their suggestions weren’t exactly heartbreaking as opposed to angry and bitter. The one suggestion of these commenters that I do absolutely agree with–although it’s not exactly about the romantic kind of love that the choices have in common–is Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.” Now there’s a heartbreaking song if I ever did hear one.


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