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Pretty much every song by The Smiths.
Losing My Religion by REM (Everybody Hurts also but I actually find that song really uplifting)
Voices Carry by 'Til Tuesday
 

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As mentioned several times mad world (Tears for fears, never ever Gary Jules)
Pretty much any songs by the Cure, especially songs from Faith or Pornography.
 

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Pretty much every song by The Smiths.
Losing My Religion by REM (Everybody Hurts also but I actually find that song really uplifting)
Voices Carry by 'Til Tuesday

Totally agree with your REM choices!
Also the Cranberries- Dreams (can be happy or v sad depending on how I'm feeling), and indeed most of their best known songs.
ABBA- One of Us, Like an Image Passing By
Scissor Sisters - Better Luck Next Time
 

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This transformation of You Are My Sunshine was amazing. In a related vein, I always thought this version of Baby One More Time (from the reality TV show Rock Star: INXS) was much more enjoyable than the perky schoolgirl performance by Britney Spears:

Marty Casey - Baby One More Time

Johnny Cash - Hurt

This was particularly moving--thanks for posting. I love finding things in this forum that I might never have paid attention to or known about otherwise.
 

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This transformation of You Are My Sunshine was amazing. In a related vein, I always thought this version of Baby One More Time (from the reality TV show Rock Star: INXS) was much more enjoyable than the perky schoolgirl performance by Britney Spears:

Marty Casey - Baby One More Time



This was particularly moving--thanks for posting. I love finding things in this forum that I might never have paid attention to or known about otherwise.

I loved the way he plays it in Dm. It gives it that sad sound like how I personally think it should sound. For it to be known as a happy song always baffled me. Have you actually read the lyrics to You Are My Sunshine? It's depressing as shit. So his version of it really stands out to me.

That was a good cover of Hit Me Baby One More Time. There was another band that covered it back in the day called Travis covered. It reminded me a lot of it. Travis - Hit Me Baby One More Time.


Johnny Cash did a fantastic cover of this song. So good infact you can actually debate whether it's better than the original. I personally believe NIN's live version is the best, then Johnny Cash's version, and then NIN's studio version. It was just a powerful cover of it. Cash died shortly after releasing it. :(
 

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Blind Guardian's cover of Spread Your Wings. [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc4TxuHO85g[/ame]

Yes, I realize it is about a guy breaking away from his shitty life, but I always tend to focus on how his life is crushing him.
 

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I loved the way he plays it in Dm. It gives it that sad sound like how I personally think it should sound. For it to be known as a happy song always baffled me. Have you actually read the lyrics to You Are My Sunshine? It's depressing as shit. So his version of it really stands out to me.

Good point--I guess I usually only think about the "you make me happy when skies are gray" part.

That was a good cover of Hit Me Baby One More Time. There was another band that covered it back in the day called Travis covered. It reminded me a lot of it. Travis - Hit Me Baby One More Time.

Yes, I have seen/heard that version as well--it's good, too, and many have speculated that edgy covers like the one I provided a link for were inspired by Travis'.

Johnny Cash did a fantastic cover of this song. So good infact you can actually debate whether it's better than the original. I personally believe NIN's live version is the best, then Johnny Cash's version, and then NIN's studio version. It was just a powerful cover of it. Cash died shortly after releasing it. :(

I haven't seen the Nine Inch Nails versions, but now I'm gonna have to check them out; thanks for the recommendation. :)
 

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The NIN version is really great (and as a huge fan of theirs it's the one I prefer) but Cash's version has the feeling of weight behind it, he was a man who'd had a pretty grim life and it shows.
 

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Man everybody loves the shit out of that johnny cash version of Hurt, as do I. But, all those American recordings albums he did with Rick Rubin were great and had a lot of great covers.


Merle Haggard-I think I've found a way

"I think I've found a way to live without you. Now all I have to do is die"

Merle was the king of down in the dumps country, all those people you hear talk shit about sad country. They're talking about merle. Fuck the haters this dude has gotten me through some hard times in my life and if you can't relate to some of his songs where the general theme being the only thing you want to do is drink and feel bad for yourself,well...then I don't want to really know you.
 

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Man everybody loves the shit out of that johnny cash version of Hurt, as do I. But, all those American recordings albums he did with Rick Rubin were great and had a lot of great covers.


Merle Haggard-I think I've found a way

"I think I've found a way to live without you. Now all I have to do is die"

Merle was the king of down in the dumps country, all those people you hear talk shit about sad country. They're talking about merle. Fuck the haters this dude has gotten me through some hard times in my life and if you can't relate to some of his songs where the general theme being the only thing you want to do is drink and feel bad for yourself,well...then I don't want to really know you.

You had me at Merle!

I can't possibly agree more with you on this sentiment. The thing for me when it comes to his songs, is that he is not only authentic, but he walked the fine line between being heartbroken and depressed without crossing the line and becoming a whiny little puss. For me, that is what makes him so relatable. That and he cops to the fact that most of the time his actions are what caused the misery.
 
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