Well hello there, everyone! I’ve dusted off this Bubblebrigade account of mine (I’ve been blogging on a separate account for quite some time now), and I see there are lots of visitors here!
I have seen from my stats that people are still (STILL?) looking at my old post of iTunes top 10 saddest movie scores! Are people always on the search for sad music? You guys are a bunch of saps like me, aren’t you… Other posts have never gotten as many hits. I suppose everyone needs a good cry once in a while… okay, just kidding with you! I love sad music too; that’s why I created the original top ten sad songs list!
For those of you who just can’t seem to get enough of those top 10 sad scores, I’ve decided to give you ten more. You’re welcome! And if you’re one of those people linking to my blog just for the sad music, I urge you to please tell me why you’re looking this stuff up. I’m interested. Seriously.
Here we go, from #10 to #1… Get your tissues ready. Puffs, Kleenex, lotion, no lotion… take your preference of tissue and let’s get to work.
#10 – Elegy – Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy
This film is premiering this weekend – Man of Steel, that is. This piece featured in its second trailer. Very fitting, being so uplifting and yet sorrowful. The voice work is beautiful, and there is so much emotion evoked here. Perfect setting for what will likely be a wonderful film.
#9 Valley of the Shadow – Thomas Newman
Another song that is about death… and the death of one of those really nice people. If you managed to get through life this far without watching the 1995 version of Little Women, maybe this will convince you to watch it.
#8 – Labor of Love – Michael Giacchino
Even though this score is from Star Trek (2009), I still want to include it here because it symbolizes the birth of someone (James T. Kirk) simultaneously to the death of that someone’s own flesh and blood (Jim’s father, on the U.S.S. Kelvin.) This song incorporates both sadness and joy, something which pulls at the hearts of viewers of the film a mere ten minutes in. It takes great skill to evoke emotion in viewers so early in, but this piece really helps things along. “I love you so much…”
#7 – Knowing You By Heart – Patrick Doyle
Have you ever had to say goodbye to someone, not knowing if (or when) you would be seeing them again? Someone dear? This piece plays during a moment just like that in A Little Princess, in which a soldier has to part ways with his daughter. I’ll just leave it at that, and let you discern for yourself just how sad it is.
#6 – Any Other Name – Thomas Newman
Taking a major part of the last few moments of American Beauty, this piano piece will have you reaching for them tissues. This is absolutely stunning, and makes many people sit completely still. Does it do the same for you? It sure does for me.
#5 – Adagio in D Minor (Sun Still Shine) – John Murphy
One of the fantastical film scores from sci fi film Sunshine, this is a beacon of epic awesomeness and sadness. It is hopeful, but still saddening, all at once. The chord at 1:15 tends to rip peoples’ hearts apart, so get those tissues ready.
#4 – Glasgow Love Theme – Craig Armstrong
Another piano piece… but this one’s a gentle sad song. Take it easy. It sounds like love has just managed to slip past one’s grip, here. And that can be the saddest moment of all.
#3 – Lily’s Theme – Alexandre Desplat
Did I mention before that sacrifice seems to be a general theme for most of these saddening pieces? Lily Potter is a hero of the millenial generation simply for her original sacrifice – and her unfailing kindness. This piece seems to remind everyone that some people and principles are always worth dying for.
#2 – A Promise Kept – James Horner
This song starts off sad, and only gets more sad. To me, it matches the theme of the moments in the Titanic film – that sometimes, no matter how easy it is to give up, no matter how depressing things are, or how bad it is… you sometimes have to do what’s best for you, even if you can hardly muster up the strength to do it. 1:40 on is particularly saddening, if you don’t have the patience to listen all the way through.
#1 – The Dark Side of the Moon – James Horner
Would you like to imagine something heartbreaking? Well, this movie isn’t fictitious – Apollo 13 really did have to slingshot around the moon just to return home again, without a landing. This score plays in the film when three heartbroken astronauts can only gaze out the windows and imagine what it might have been like to land on the moon. Especially Jim Lovell. If this song doesn’t break your heart… I don’t know what will.
There you have it… Do you need more? Feel free to redirect yourself back to the first edition of these lists, right here.