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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Saddest Song of All Time?

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September 27, 2013 3:05 PM ET

Elton John had it exactly right in 1984 when he released "Songs Say So Much." People often turn to music when they're upset, and sad songs do indeed say so much. Artists like John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and countless others released some of their best work while going through horrible times in their lives.

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Now we have a question for you: What is the saddest song of all time? Will you opt for a teenage death song like "Teen Angel" or "Leader of the Pack?" Might you go for a break-up song like Dylan's "You're a Big Girl Now" or Petty's "Free Girl Now?" Maybe you'll even pick a song about AIDS like John's "The Last Song" or Neil Young's "Philadelphia." Vote for whatever song you want, but please only vote once and only for a single song.

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Song Stories

“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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