Whenever people are in a funk, they usually have a song or a playlist that lifts them out of that dark place. It might be an upbeat, motivational song that gives them the power to get through life’s perils. It could be a song that speaks to them emotionally. The common denominator here is that the song or playlist of their choice is designed to lift their spirits in some way.
But there’s one song out there that reportedly has the opposite effect. In fact, it is so notorious that it has since been deemed “The Hungarian Suicide Song.” Rezso Seress wrote a song called “The World Is Ending” in 1933 at the end of World War I, which is when clinical depression was at an all-time high worldwide. Legend has it that those who listened to the song committed suicide shortly thereafter.
Despite the legend, that song went on to be one of Seress’ greatest hits. An American version was recorded by Billie Holiday in 1941, and it goes by the name of “Gloomy Sunday.” Despite this rebranding, it is still linked with numerous suicides. Are you brave enough to listen to it?
(via Unbelievable Facts)
It does have an incredibly dark feel to it, right? If you did give it a listen, go play some pop music or something to counteract its effects.