No Hope, No Harm: 10 of Rock’s Saddest Final Albums

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Strangeways, Here We Come, the fourth and final studio album by The Smiths, which brought us gems like “Girlfriend in a Coma,” “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish,” “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” and “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before.” It’s also, in case you haven’t listened to The Smiths lately, irrepressibly sad, in the best of ways. To celebrate the anniversary of this great album’s release, and to mourn the fact that it marked the end of such a short and wonderful career, we’ve collected a few of of the saddest final albums in rock history. Have a listen after the jump, and let us know which we’ve missed in the comments.

Strangeways, Here We Come — The Smiths

The Smiths are the gold standard for teenage melancholy, and their final album is no different. Sure, it might be even sadder in our minds because it marked the end of the band — after all, it was between its recording and its release that Johnny Marr called it quits. But both Morrissey and Marr have cited the record as their favorite of the band’s output, and why shouldn’t it be? So much of it is just perfect for crying into your pillow: “Last night I dreamt/ That somebody loved me/ No hope, no harm/ Just another false alarm.”