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Suicide songs are songs in which the most prominent lyrical sentiment is the conveying of the singer's intentions on taking their life (committing suicide). The songs often relate sorrow, madness, or grief from an unrequited love affair that occasionally plagues the afflicted one beyond the pale of physical death.

The most famous suicide song is "Gloomy Sunday", known alternatively as the "Hungarian Suicide Song". Much urban myth has shrouded the song upon its creation in the early 1920's. It is credited with causing a rash of copycat suicides amongst its lovelorn audience when it was first released. Also famous is Fade to Black (song) by Metallica.

On the other hand, Billy Joel and R.E.M. each wrote a hit song "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" and "Everybody Hurts" respectively which were specifically written to dissuade people from contemplating suicide.

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