Sad Songs Say So Much

Over the weekend, I had seen a “countdown” show of the 100 “greatest” something or other…

As the countdown got into the top 10-15, I began to scratch my head and think, “what on earth were they thinking…” Then I started to wonder, “by who’s opinion?” I mean, if the list were based on something as tangible as “total sales,” “worldwide box office” or “most top awards” then I would be more inclined to agree. Usually, however, these lists are based on the cumulative opinions of the editorial staff of the program’s producers and as I began to realize this, I started to see how much older I have become.

As I have stated before on these pages, I had, at one time, wanted to be a movie director. And although that dream never materialized, my great love and respect for movies encouraged my study of the art, helped me open my mind to other approaches to the craft, and broadened my horizons to seeing movies that I probably may never have seen otherwise.

To those who are “true believers” to the art, it may shock them that I don’t consider “Citizen Kane” to be in my own personal TOP TEN (or even my own TOP 50—I’ve tried to watch the film on several occasions and each time find myself thinking, “OMG! People thought this was a great movie???” Blasphemy, I know!

I also began to realize that these “lists” are never really objective. If it were so, then “Avatar” should be listed as my all-time best movie I’ve seen. Although I enjoyed it greatly, it’s not even in my own personal top 25. Why? Because as good as it was, it didn’t touch me in such a personal way to really have that much influence in my life. And that is the whole point of these lists. They are PERSONAL in nature—subjective, NOT objective.

So, I thought it would be fun to share with you some glimpses of me as a person by revealing some of my TOP lists, from time to time, just to give you some insights as to who I am.

Along with movies, music has had a HUGE impact in my life, one which I personally thank my parents for. Our family’s life was filled with great music, and a wide spectrum of music was welcomed in our home, from classical and jazz, to rock and country.

Since there are so many different genres and styles and types of songs, I thought I’d start out with one most might overlook: melancholy songs. Why start with these? For one, these kinds of songs usually invoke strong emotions in the listener, and the songwriters have truly exposed a raw, injured side to themselves that others can not only relate to, but they can cause one to look within themselves and ask the question, “could I have overcome this?”

So, here is my salute to the broken hearted—to the lost, the longing, the lonely. Remember, these are the 30 songs that moved ME the most. Take a moment and listen to the words, to the music and even to the instruments that were used in their construction…they tend to be some of the most beautiful songs ever recorded (IMHO!)

You may be surprised at some, might have forgotten others, and still others, you may have never heard of before. Not all these songs were hit songs on the radio, but everyone of these moved me in some way, whether bringing a tear to my eyes, or made me hope that I never have to feel such a great level of angst. Please enjoy:

JetStar’s Top 30 Sad Songs

30: “Not Meant to Be” – Theory of a Deadman

29: “Who Wants to Live Forever” – Queen

28: “One Day in Your Life” – Michael Jackson

27: “It’s Your Life” – Milla

26: “The Winner Takes it All” – ABBA

25: “Fragile” – Sting

24: “Dreaming in Metaphors” – Seal

23: “Apologize” – OneRepublic & Timbaland

22: “I’ll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me” – Exposé

21: “Make Love Stay” – Dan Fogelberg

20: “I’m Not in Love” – 10cc

19: “If You Leave Me Now” – Chicago

18: “Without You” – Nilsson

17: “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers

16: “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” – Bee Gees

15: “If” – Bread

14: “It’s Sad to Belong” – England Dan & John Ford Coley

13: “Holding Back the Years” – Simply Red

12: “Everybody Hurts” – REM

11: “Hold on My Heart” – Genesis

10: “One Less Bell to Answer” – 5th Dimension

9: “Solitaire” – The Carpenters

8: “Tears in Heaven” – Eric Clapton

7: “Think of Laura” – Christopher Cross

6: “All by Myself” – Eric Carmen

5: “A Thousand Years” – Toto

4: “One Day I’ll Fly Away” – (as recorded by Nicole Kidman)

3: “Alone Again (Naturally)” – Gilbert O’Sullivan

2: “Honey” – (as recorded by Gary Puckett & the Union Gap)

1: “It’s Over” – Level 42

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One response to this post.

  1. “The Winner Takes It All” is in my top 5.


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