The Overdub writers (me, me, and me) have taken it upon themselves to scour the internet for the 11 saddest songs of the year. It took some digging, but we think we did a good job. We added comparative sadness levels for emotional compartmentalizing.
11. Sufjan Stevens – “Death with Dignity”
Sadness level: accidentally snuffing out the life of a lightning bug while trying to catch it like some oaf.
10. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
Sadness level: Mark Hamill’s IMDB page.
9. Sufjan Stevens – “All of Me Wants All of You”
Sadness level: when the cheetah finally catches that antelope you’ve grown emotionally attached to on Planet Earth.
8. Sufjan Stevens – “Drawn to the Blood”
Sadness level: discovering Party Down isn’t getting a third season.
7. Sufjan Stevens – “Eugene”
Sadness level: guys that wear their letterman jackets to their high school reunion.
6. Sufjan Stevens – “Fourth of July”
Sadness level: passing a box of abandoned baby kittens on a country road.
5. Sufjan Stevens – “The Only Thing”
Sadness level: the empty feeling that accompanies finishing a book series and realizing you’ll never see those characters again.
4. Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell”
Sadness level: that episode of Scrubs where the guy was in the other guy’s head the whole time and then he’s at a funeral woah.
3. Sufjan Stevens – “John My Beloved”
Sadness level: Finding out your best friends are in a group chat that you aren’t included in.
2. Sufjan Stevens – “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”
Sadness level: this Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.
1. Sufjan Stevens – “Blue Bucket of Gold”
Sadness level: crying Native American pollution commercial.