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

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Kurt Cobain of Nirvana performs in New York City.
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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

“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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