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“Blue Monday”: these 5 depressing songs that make you cry

On this Monday, January 17, we celebrate “Blue Monday”, the most depressing day of the year. With the epidemic of coronavirus which persists in France and in the world, we should not find the smile anytime soon. Here are five songs to listen to if you’re feeling blue.

«True love Waits», de Radiohead

According to a very serious study conducted in 2017 by mathematician Charlie Thompson, this track would be the most depressing and saddest in Radiohead’s discography. She would evoke the relationship between singer Thom Yorke and his partner, artist Rachel Owen, with whom he had two children and who died in 2016 of cancer, at only 48 years old.

With time, by Léo Ferré

“Over time, everything goes away/We forget the face and we forget the voice/The heart when it beats more/It’s not worth going/Look further, we have to let it go/ And that’s very good.” Impossible not to cry while listening to the lyrics of this title released in 1972 which has since become a monument of French song. The time that kills love… we never get tired of it.

«Someone like you», d’Adele

We can only take out the handkerchiefs when the artist covers this piece from his album “21”, which has earned him numerous awards and international fame. On a melancholic rhythm carried by a few chords on the piano, Adele talks about her separation and how difficult it is for her to move on. In the black and white clip, we follow the Briton wandering around Paris like a lost soul.

“Hallelujah”, the Jeff Buckley

If the American singer and musician died twenty-three years ago, his 1994 cover of Leonard Cohen’s hit – itself reworked by John Cale of the Velvet Underground – remains in the collective memory. A few seconds are enough for us to feel shivers and for a certain melancholy to invade us.

“The time that remains”, by Serge Reggiani

On this melancholic song, Serge Reggiani is not interested in the death that awaits him, but loudly proclaims his love for life, for this time that remains during which he could “laugh, run, cry, speak, see, believe, drink, dance, shout, eat, swim, jump, disobey”. A hymn to love also which serves as the credits to the film “Two Days to Kill” by Jean Becker.

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