Wednesday Question: Darkest Song of all Time

Name the darkest tune ever created...

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For this week's Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to go dark, think dark music and answer this:

What is the darkest song of all time?

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Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.

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    N-D
    A Perfect Circle - "The Package" - really dark and emotional...
    dewitt
    The Nurse Who Loved Me is pretty dark, even though it doesn't sound that way.
    Funnyname99
    Seducing a nurse for free drugs and banging her face into the carpet? Not sure if that's dark or just honestly committed.
    dewitt
    That's not what the song is about. The guy is delusional and he's in a mental hospital. His face is the one being smashed down into the carpet when they have to restrain him. If not for lines like, "She acts just like a nurse to all the other guys," it would be ambiguous enough that either interpretation could work. I'm pretty sure it's not just about a loose nurse, though.
    Funnyname99
    (You can see how some people get into minor altercations when discussing religious texts!)
    Funnyname99
    I always thought that was more to the other point; that he's seduced her and feels like a real big shot about it, because she doesn't let the other guys drill like that. And why would there be a carpet in a mental hospital? Aren't they supposed to be wipe-clean places? I figured it was more of a sardonic (Maynardesc) take on love and addiction, then a serious metaphorical musing on mental illness, but hey, whichever works for you.
    Krieger91
    I thought it was about a delusional patient in a mental institution who's convinced himself that the nurse has fallen in love with him because of how she's treating him. Yet she's just a nurse with the others. Denial...
    Humr
    The Cure - One Hundred Years. Cause if a song that begins with the line "It doesn't matter if we all die" isn't dark, then nothing is.
    N-D
    And just for stretching the genres boundaries - German band Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, who play so called "dark jazz" (some even call their style "funeral jazz") - really slow, viscous, minimalistic but really atmospheric dark music... Their album "Black Earth" is one of the darkest albums ever for me. So to nominate only one song I choose "Maximum Black" - even its title is already dark. Just feel it:
    Humr
    Bohren always makes me think of Twin Peaks or David Lynch movies in general. Perfect music for late night listening sessions.
    spytock
    wow , thanks for that! never heard of em before. I will surely check some more of their stuff!
    Bedside Shred
    Their first two albums are the best IMHO back when they had a guitarist. More of a desert/western psych drone thing as opposed to the lethargic doom jazz they do now.
    Stonesatreyu
    Bohren are dark as fuck, although I'd go for something off of Geisterfaust. Minamalistic misery
    N-D
    And also can't not to mention Fantomas "Delirium Cordia" - their 75 minutes song-album - true avant-garde masterpiece - and really dark and creepy. YouTube have only excerpts, so here's one of them (but to feel the ALL darkness you need to listen to the whole album):
    Bedside Shred
    Yeah this album is fucked up, reminds me of Nurse With Wound The booklet for the CD is really morbid
    SilentReaction
    Are you trying to get the list to be solely your nominations? Haha lost count of how many tracks you've posted but they are dark so can't argue...
    N-D
    Hah, no I just wanted to share the songs I like (I really love dark music) with others - maybe someone discover something interesting among these.
    N-D
    Yo can not like Placebo, but the song "My Sweet Prince" is really dark... It's about Brian Molko's ex-lover who tried (or even killed, sorry, I don't know) herself - and her last words she wrote on the mirror were "My sweet prince"... Really haunting and grievous... In the rare moments when Placebo played that song live, Brian couldn't hold back his tears while singing... Real pain...
    Humr
    Joy Division's anything. I was deciding between this and "I Remember Nothing"
    Humr
    Not guitar music, but so fuckin good... Portishead. This one is my favourite. So dark and so beautiful.
    llaws
    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Ole' Nessie
    Great choice! First one I thought of. If possible though the type o negative cover of this song is even darker than the original at least IMHO
    N-D
    Yes, this cover is EVEN MORE darker... Thanks for sharing!..
    I-Am-The-Man
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    I-Am-The-Man · May 25, 2016 11:40 AM
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    metal@hart11 · May 25, 2016 01:19 PM
    Gexzilla
    Black sabbath is just a fantasy/horror song. I agree with guy above who mentioned One by Metallica, it is really fucked up song based on fucked up book, but the story is believable and doesn't turn into silly-evel-slayer/grotesque-cannibal-corpse terrotory and I can hardly think of anything more horrifying than being trapped in your body like this.
    N-D
    Oh, and yes - Erik Satie - "Gnosienne No. 3" - one of the darkest classical tunes ever... Can't find the right version - but this interpretation is really good too:
    Humr
    Anything by Giles Corey
    or...
    Stonesatreyu
    That album was written while he was extremely depressed and contemplating suicide, the screams on the title track are him suffocating in a plastic bag with pin pricks in it to limit oxygen to the brain, and a cloth wrapped round it to keep him in the darkness.
    Minicaxotinho
    Suicide - Frankie Teardrop
    N-D
    Absolutely! Thanks for nominating it! So dark meaning...
    N7Crazy
    This one scared the shit out of me out when I was 13, and it still kinda freaks me out.
    N-D
    Just for nominating non-rock band - Massive Attack "Butterfly Caught" - just watch this video:
    Humr
    This thing by Sunn O))) The choir is creepy as hell.
    real182
    Why did I had to scroll this far for such an obvious choice as Sunn O)))? UG community get your shit together and broaden your musical tastes.
    Bedside Shred
    The amount of people who don't understand the craft and discipline that goes into making good avant grade music is huge
    Joshua6464
    Matt Elliott - The Kursk. Probably one of the darkest and saddest songs I know. The song is about the Kursk submarine tragedy and "sung" by the slowly dying and drowning crew of the submarine. It's cold I'm afraid It's been like this for a day The water is rising and slowly we're dying We won't see light again We won't see our wives again
    N-D
    Wow! I don't even thin that someone here knows Matt Elliott!.. His songs are really dark... By the way, his main electronic project The Third Eye Foundation is so dark too... And the song "Still Life" is one of the darkest ever for me...
    N-D
    Oh, I forgot about it - Depeche Mode "Little 15" - I think their darkest song ever... And my personal favourite.
    N-D
    Almost forgot it - Dinosaur Jr. - "Poledo" - really dark and even disturbing song...
    srez29
    NIN - Hurt
    luttis
    Johnny Cash version
    yankmaddog
    No way. Trent is the original
    eatfresh1736
    The Cash version is darker and more somber. The NIN one is just kinda emo.
    Minimallamb
    Yeah, meaning dark and emotional. I find the more introspective sounding NIN version a lot darker, especially with those clashing notes
    lucidguitar
    I don't know man, I love a lot of NIN stuff but I'm going to have to go with Cash on this one myself for the sole reason that he was using the song to literally say goodbye to this world. And I know this is about subjectivism here but I never liked Hurt until Cash did it. For me personally it was always one of the tracks that I would just skip because I didn't believe that there was anything real behind and the delivery for me was lacking. I know I'm not in the majority here but just my point of view
    Danroush
    What lucidguitar said, really. Cash's version is done brilliantly, and is truly sung from the heart.
    Humr
    It's hard to take someone who uses emo as a derogatory term seriously.
    Minimallamb
    Yeah, meaning dark and emotional. I find the more introspective sounding NIN version a lot darker, especially with those clashing notes
    zack2k
    Nah, not emo. For me Hurt is living the line of Gothic rock. if you listen to it closely, you'll understand.
    lucidguitar
    I was looking for this clip officially from South Park but couldn't find it... but this has the full audio at least. And yes I totally agree, but never cared much for nihilism (ironically a kind of philosophical catch-22 right there).
    ozzy_iommi
    Agree Johnny Cash > NIN but we are in UG
    metalme31
    Don't do that > shit. Appreciate both artists take on it and stop with that fucking "He did it better" crap. Trent wrote it and meant every single word. Cash covered it and meant every single word. Both are amazing in their own right.
    Humr
    Yes, we're in UG so I'm pleasantly surprised how many people prefer Trent's version. I didn't expect that.
    dewitt
    If we're going for dark country, I would think something like Knoxville Girl would be a better choice than that, but I guess it depends on your meaning of the word.
    Wiencon
    "On GP" by Death Grips. Just listen. At full volume. These lyrics. These drums. Incredible. Mind blown. Mind blown again.
    Humr
    "It's been a pleasure, Stefan" Fuck yeah, great choice.
    Wiencon
    Yeah, this line gives me creeps everytime. I can't get enough of this song, it has beautiful melody in it and is so goddamn energetic despite talking about suicide. It reminds me in a lot of ways about "Hurt" but it's much more engaging listen and in the end it's Stefan who wins the battle with death, not the opposite I just hope more of you guys see this suggestion and check out DG, this band is a modern classic
    Humr
    The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamed That Somebody Loved Me
    zalant
    I love this song! (Well, I love most all Smith songs, TBH.) It's perhaps the only song they ever did where the tone of the music actually matched that of the lyrics. Most of the time, Morrissey was singing about really down subject matter, but over the top of very upbeat music.
    Humr
    Yes, that's what I was thinking when choosing this. Lyrically they've got many dark songs, but this is one of the few (if not the only) that is just as dark instrumentally.
    Izzy-Sweet
    The Cure - Disintegration This song is just literary despair, nothing I've heard even comes close. The calming music behind the lyrics just makes it unsettling, almost like Robert's just given up and doesn't care that the world is crashing around him.
    rebelriotrnr
    Ministry - Filth Pig Actually the whole Filth pig album is pretty dark and uncle Al himself said he can't listen to this one, because it's too dark
    Melekith
    The title of this poll suggests there can only be ONE winner, and this isn't it. But I feel that this could crack the top 10... Nirvana - Something in the Way
    Sebo
    Still going with you know you're right. It's so damn twisted
    I-Am-The-Man
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    I-Am-The-Man · May 25, 2016 12:18 PM
    Nyantom
    Mad World - Gary Jules version
    N-D
    Thank you so much for nominating this. One of my favourite tunes ever...
    N7Crazy
    I think the most perfect use of it has to be from the documentary "The Bridge", a movie which mostly consisted of filming of jumpers of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is the most popular suicide spot in the US.
    Fuglybear
    Not really guitar music, but I always thought Chealse Wolfe's "Carrion Flowers" was pretty fucking gloomy
    fieryfenderz
    This band literally just recorded mental patients screaming in agony for 35 minutes. In terms of sound it doesn't get much darker.
    refizzled
    Mark Lanegan - One Hundred Days
    soapalot
    Very fine choice. I would choose When Your Number Isn't Up off the same album though. Such a haunting track.
    Funnyname99
    Massive Attack - False Flags (I know it's low on the list, but give it a listen and feel the emotion)
    N-D
    It's one of my favourite songs ever... So sincere and deep...
    wylde1994
    Alice in Chains - Nutshell I'd make a case for the majority of early Alice in Chains songs...but from a personal point of view Nutshell is the darkest for me, only because it played such a part in probably the darkest chapter of my life so far
    N-D
    16 Horsepower - "Harm's Way" - band play "dark country" (or "funeral country" if you want) - and it's really dark, especially lyrics - and this song is a great example of it:
    whatisthematrix
    Radiohead - Street Spirit
    nacurrier
    Nine Inch Nails - And All That Could Have Been I agree that 'Hurt" is truly a dark and amazing song, but to me, the isolation and darkness that Trent talks about is portrayed better in this song. Take a listen to it, you'll see what i mean
    N-D
    Great, I agree with you. Also, I also choose "Right Where It Belongs V2"...
    Funnyname99
    Can we get a shout out for V1 as well please. I prefer the production and when the crowd cheers are added at the right moment. See the animal in his the cage that you built; are you sure what side you're on