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by Jim Allen

July 19, 2014

The Most Miserable Country Songs Ever Recorded

by Jim Allen  |  July 19, 2014

The cliché about country music containing some of the saddest songs ever written is based on easily verifiable fact. You'll find an abundance of impressive evidence right here. It isn't merely that country singers have a predilection for delivering downcast material; they also happen to have a natural way with woe, articulating the angst with eloquence. You'll find every kind of downcast country tune in this sad sack of tracks, from brokenhearted lovers obliterating themselves with alcohol (Merle Haggard's "Misery and Gin") to tragic deaths (The Louvin Brothers' "Knoxville Girl") and every damn thing going wrong at the same time (George Jones' "Things Have Gone to Pieces"). By the time it's all over, you're likely to feel like your own life is pretty easy by comparison.

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