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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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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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