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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.

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the hashtag #weekend rock. 

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