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Happy World Goth Day! Mark the occasion with some of the most downbeat tunes ever recorded.
The Man In Black sings Nine Inch Nails in a story of depression and self-harm. Bleak, but awe-inspiring.
"How does it feel... to treat me like you do?" We may be dancing, but our hearts are breaking. Bernard Sumner shows that the spirit of Joy Division was still alive on this classic 1983 tune.
"Oh mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head," wails Morrissey in this moving track from the classic Queen Is Dead album.
The metallers write a song about Dalton Trumbo's classic anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, which details the thoughts of a soldier, who is paralysed and rendered deaf, blind and dumb. The video for the song features clips from the movie adaptation - don't watch it if you're planning to sleep tonight.
The Mode's fifth album was released on 17 March 1986 and winds up with this incredible attack on the vacuous tabloid press. Dave Gahan relates various tragedies and sets them against to the papers' obsession with the Royal Family: "Jet airliner shot from sky / Famine horror, millions die / Earthquake terror figures rise / Princess Di is wearing a new dress."
"I've started falling apart, I'm not savouring life" sings Simon Neil on the gloomiest Biffy track... but there's a glimmer of hope at the end.
"All I wanted was a kick about in the park," wails James Allan as he mourns the loss of his dad. We've got something in our eye.
Poptastic, yes, but Brandon Flowers' protagonist is being torn up as the object of his affection gets off with someone else.
Old Anthony Kiedis remembers his drug taking days with a sense of sadness and regret. None of this subtext is present in the cover by All Saints.
Another marvellously gloomy Morrissey rumination on relationships, or the lack of.
Chris Martin claims that the song was written about his behaviour towards the rest of the band. Imagine if they'd have split up after Parachutes?!
Singer Billy McCarthy laments his brother, who committed suicide in a psychiatric hospital following a lengthy drug addiction. True story. But ultimately empowering.
An incident prompts Guy Garvey to remember a relationship that fizzled out as he finds himself "five years ago and a thousand miles away."
The hugely-influential folk singer died in 1974 from what many suspected was a deliberate overdose. He struggled from depression and the "black eyed dog" was always on his trail.
As Joy Division were set to hit the big time, Ian Curtis found his own marriage collapsing, causing all sorts of problems that resulted in his suicide, aged 23. Love Will Tear Us Apart pretty much sums up his state of mind at the time.
Following The Beatles' split, John Lennon underwent some harsh "primal scream" therapy in California. The result was his first solo album, which sees him bemoan the death of his mother and condemn his father for walking out on him. It certainly wasn't She Loves You.
You will suck the life out of me, wails Matt Bellamy. "Our time is running out!" Alright mate, no need to keep reminding us.
Even the album cover is grey! The title track is Robert Smith's finest moment as he exorcises the ghost of Joy Division and his own Catholicism.
The key song from the too-short career of the much-missed Winehouse.
Written by Grant Nicholas following the suicide of original Feeder drummer Jon Lee, this became one of the band's biggest hits.
Damon Albarn's heartbreaking ode to his lost love, mercilessly parodied by Matt Lucas on Rock Profiles as "Justine, Justine Frischmann… out of Elastica."
A song written by Billie Joe Armstrong for his father, who died when he was just ten years old.
Ms Adkins wishes her ex well, but it's a bit of a struggle.
The Sea Change album is one of rock's greatest break up records. ""I'm tired of fighting," he sings, "Fighting for a lost cause." The Becktionary is put to one side for a while.
Scroob ponders the imminent end of his relationship… or is it?
Singer Joel Potts describes the sight of his baby daughter in hospital.
One of Thom Yorke's most moving performances: "This is my final fit, my final bellyache."
Gerard Way checks out of an exhausting relationship: "Remember when you broke your foot from jumping out the second floor?" God, NO!
The very, very last song written by Joy Division as recorded by the band after singer Ian Curtis hung himself. The line "Hangman looks around as he waits… cord stretches tight then it breaks" must have been tough for Bernard Sumner to sing.
According to legend, this was written by Richard Ashcroft about his father's terminal illness. It made number one the week of Princess Diana's death, catching the mood of the nation perfectly.
Tom Smith's meditation on life and death: "You came on your own, that's how you leave."
The late, lamented Jeff beautifully interprets this classic Leonard Cohen song. Spine-tinglingly sad.
"Someday you will ache like I ache," sings Courtney Love in this song about Kurt Cobain. Tragically, as the Live Through This album was released, news of Cobain's suicide broke, making the song horribly appropriate.
Mike Skinner's heartbreaking ode to a girl who's just dumped him. There's plenty more fish in the sea, mate.
Today is the greatest day, says Billy Corgan, because it can never get as bad as this. Oh the irony!
More Thom Yorke, another emotionally draining ballad from the masters of emotional rock.
From the non-more-intense, semi-improvised career-stalling Spirit Of Eden album. Singer Mark Hollis's brother had recently died of a heroin overdose and the impotent rage of this song is a reaction to that event. Wait for the choir to kick in and realise that this song basically invented Elbow.
Brian Molko tries to save a friend who he claims is a "lying, trying waste of space". Not good. Not good at all.
How would you finish your first album? Why, with a song about dead children, of course. Morrissey rages against Moors Murderer Myra Hindley by adopting the persona of her young victims: "This is no easy ride, we'll haunt you til you die."
More textbook 80s gloom from the Mode as singer Dave Gahan catalogues a series of deaths, suicides and accidents that cause him to ponder if "God has a sick sense of humour."
Bob Mould talks about death. Some old tramp he knows dies, then his grandparents die… Then his parents start to worry. When they go, who's next? Uh-oh.
A surprisingly jaunty tune masks the rather sour lyric: "The trouble is… you're in love with someone else. It should be me."
Ian C again. For this classic, he combined his experiences as a newly-diagnosed epileptic and the story of a similarly-afflicted girl he knew, who died after having a fit.
A gut-wrenching diatribe from Manics lyricist Richey Edwards on his struggles with anorexia: "I wanna be so skinny that I rot from view" Not fun.
The final song on the seminal Nevermind (apart from that secret track), this mournful recollection of Kurt Cobain's days sleeping rough under a bridge in Seattle is one of the band's more understated moments.
Written by Floyd man Roger Waters after an experience with tranquillisers, this was the high point of the relentlessly bitter double album The Wall.
The final song from the hugely-successful Out Of Time album, the moving lyric was improvised by Michael Stipe on the day of recording.
Brian Fallon remembers a friend who died in a car crash while the band was performing a show one Saturday night. Heartbreaking.
The final part of The Killers' murder trilogy - alongside Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf and Midnight Show - that detail a night out gone horribly wrong.
This pain won't last forever, sings Kele, telling a story of forbidden love and struggle.