Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The 20 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2014

It's time to get sad.

Well, you don't really have to get sad. There is hope here, just take the album cover shown above for Damien Rice's My Favourite Faded Fantasy (what a sad bastard title that is!). The poor chaps at the top have "made it," although they have nowhere to go. I'd like to think they're shouting down to that cat who's about a third of the way up the ladder: "You're better off swimming to the next island, lad!" I guess that's my idea of hope.

Being listed as one of the best sad bastard songs of the year is pretty much the highest honor we can throw out here at Speakers in Code. Here are the 20 that did it for us in 2014.

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Darkness throughout, but Howard saves the best for the harrowing ending. What's he saying? What the hell? Go to him? Do I even want to know?

"Letting go is not the same as pushing someone else away." Oh, Damien. You're the greatest bastard.

The whole album is a masterpiece, but there's something about this song when she sings, "All I ever wanted was you." Sigh.

Can you sound any sadder, Lana? I imagine her singing in a dark, smoky room, eating McDonald's fries in an unmarked bag, and sipping pinot noir.


Simple, stunning, and sad. When everyone was trying to be different, Emily Wallace was being herself.

"I wish I could call you, I wish you were still around." Ryan gives that line after dousing us with imagery. It's why he's one of the best.

"You got a lot of nerve to throw me out the way you did." Chilling every time I hear Noah Gundersen sing it.

"Please...don't leave." It's the way Gemma Hayes sings those three words. Man.

You don't think "sad bastard" when you listen to The War On Drugs, but this one takes you to that place.

When William Fitzsimmons releases a new album, he's a lock for this list.

My favorite part is at 2:54 to the end. She's so patient when she sings.

"They all warned you bout me, don't give your heart to a wreck." And later, "I'm the lucky fool that you married." This is a deep, deep album from start to finish.

This could make every Speakers in Code list from now until the end of time. "We took black and white pictures / With your hooded sweatshirt on / We were beautiful, broken, and young." That right there is why I love great writing.

I met Damien Jurado once, and he was so kind. A quiet guy. And as talented as they come.

Probably the saddest song on this list. Here, just read this interview.

The whole Banks record is this dark, layered masterpiece,and then we get this soft, nuanced gem, which I obviously enjoy.

Okay, here's the thing about Angel Olsen. She sounds tortured to the degree of her music is sometimes almost unlistenable. But there something that just draws you in, because the pain in her voice is just so natural. It doesn't even seem as if she's trying -- like, that's just how the beauty is coming out.

My friend Courtney sent me this song, and I immediately loved it. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me."

"These songs were written during a period of profound change in my life. Everything I want to share is there," said Neil Young about Storytone. It's a mixed bag of an album, but the one thing every Neil Young album has is soul.

"Some things still change, but nobody dies, nobody dies, nobody dies." Thanks, Tweedy.


  1. الاول خدماتها تغطى جميع انحاء المملكة فهى افضل شركات التنظيف بجدة ومكة والرياض وينبع والاحساء والدمام نتميز باننا نوفر افضل العماله المدربة الماهرة نقدم تنظيف منازل وخزانات وبيوت وفلل وشقق ومجالس وسجاد وموكيت
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف منازل بالدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بينبع
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بينبع

    شركة تنظيف بمكة
    شركة تنظيف بالقطيف
    شركة تنظيف بالاحساء
    شركة شراء اثاث مستعمل بالرياض
    شركة نقل اثاث بجدة
    شركة تنظيف كنب بشرق الرياض

  2. شركة تنظيف مساجد بالرياض

    شركة تخزين عفش بالرياض

    تقوم كذلك بتقديم كافة التسهيلات وسيارات النقل لتحصل على افضل خدمة شراء اثاث مستعمل بالرياض
    علما بان الشركة تستخدم افضل المنظفات والمطهرات والمعقمات التى تحقق اعلى نتائج التنظيف المطلوبة فى تنظيف منازل بالرياض
    وتنظيف الفلل والشقق وكافة المؤسسات الاخرى
    لتصبح شركة الاخلاص افضل شركة غسيل خزانات بالرياض بجانب خدمات التعقيم والتطهير المميزه التى تتم باستخدام افضل المواد المنظفه والمحاليل المطهره والتى تحقق اعلى نتائج خاصة بتنظيف خزانات المياه بالرياض

    وتقوم ايضا بتنظيف كنب بالرياض فهى افضل شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض وبالمملكة فابتصالك بنا تحصل على افضل شركة تنظيف
    مع العلم ان شركة نقل عفش بالرياض تقدم خدمات نقل الاثاث الدولى خارج الممكلة بكل سهولة بالاعتماد على احدث سيارات الشحن الدولى والتى تتميز بالسرعه والامان عند نقل الاثاث

    فشركة الاخلاص شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض تسعى بكل جهدها للوصل لحل لهذه التسريبات والتقليل من فاتورة المياه الخاصه بك بعد حل مشكلة التسربات بالاعتماد على اقوى وافضل عماله متخصصه وخبرة فى استخدام هذه الاجهزة باحتراف
    شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام

    شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالرياض

    شركة مكافحة صراصير بالرياض
    ونقدم افضل خدمة جلى بلاط بالرياض فشركة البيت الافضل تشتهر بانها افضل شركة جلى بلاط بالرياض
    تعمل على جلى جميع انواع البلاط والرخام