"Love Will Tear Us Apart," Joy Division. The "Louie, Louie" of my generation. Hard to be sad when the only thing you're thinking is, "What the hell?" Ever listen to anyone singing this: "Nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh/Nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh/Nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh/LOVE, LOVE WILL TEAR US APART, AGAIN!"
"He Stopped Loving Her Today," George Jones. I am told by hick acquaintances that among the toothless this is considered the greatest country song ever, a sad song about a man so devoted to a woman who doesn't deserve him that he only stops loving her the day he dies.