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According to entertainment recommendation website TheFilter.com, Elton John was right when he sang:

Turn them on, turn them onTurn on those sad songsWhen all hope is goneWhy don’t you tune in and turn them on

They reach into your roomJust feel their gentle touchWhen all hope is goneSad songs say so much

The Filter, which was set up by Rhett Ryder and Martin Hopkins and is backed by music legend Peter Gabriel, says the number of people listening to snippets of gloomy music or rating these tracks as positive has soared in the last month.

Chief executive David Maher-Roberts tells us: “We’re seeing more of our users than ever before rating depressing or slightly miserable tracks more highly than happier types of music. It’s logical to assume that this is a reflection of what’s happening in the economy.”

Top ten most popular depressing songs as rated by The Filter users

1. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own

2. The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby

3. The Smiths – Heaven knows I’m miserable now

4. Coldplay – Trouble

5. The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work

6. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

7. Blur – No Distance Left To Run

8. Radiohead – How to Disappear Completely

9. R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts

10. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

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