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Readers' Poll: The 10 Saddest Songs of All Time

Your picks include 'Cat's in the Cradle and 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry'

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7. Pearl Jam - 'Black'

Pearl Jam were still gigging in Seattle clubs as Mookie Blaylock when they debuted "Black," a sad tale of lost love. Guitarist Stone Gossard cut the demo before he'd even met Eddie Vedder, who later wrote the lyrics while he traveled to Seattle to meet the band. They were thoroughly impressed by his work and offered him the job. They have played the song about 480 times, and it always gets the crowd to sing "I know someday you'll have a beautiful life/ I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky" at the top of their lungs. 

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