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- "Santa Fe" from Newsies, sung by Jack after the unsuccessful strike against The World.
- "Coalhouse's Soliloquy" from Ragtime for Coalhouse. And the last verse of "Success" for Tateh. And "Your Daddy's Son" for Sarah. And "Til We Reach That Day" for Coalhouse. AND "Justice" for, yes, Coalhouse. Bring tissues, it's that kind of show.
- In Once On This Island, when Daniel reveals at the ball that he and Andrea are engaged, Ti Moune recaps a few lines from "Forever Yours", which goes right into "Promises".
- "Epiphany" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street could fit into this. Also, towards the end of the play, Todd gets a BSOD moment after he realizes that the Beggar Woman he has just killed was his beloved wife who he had killed the Judge and the Beadle to avenge. The short reprise of 'The Barber and His Wife' could also count as a BSOD Song.
- "Live, Laugh, Love" from Sondheim's Follies is a perfect example of this. It begins as a revival song that Ben is performing, but over the course of performing the song, he realizes his life has fallen apart. The music descends into chaos and the background singers and orchestra become strident, as Ben experiences a nervous breakdown on the stage.
- Les MisÚrables:
- "What Have I Done?", Valjean's song after being shown mercy by the Bishop.
- "Javert's" Suicide, using a variation on the music for "What Have I Done?" to create a deliberate parallel.
- "Judas' Death" from Jesus Christ Superstar (as quoted). Jesus also gets one with "Gethsemane".
- Frank N. Furter gets "Going Home" toward the end of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The song illustrates just how off his rocker he is at that point. He even hallucinates an adoring, sympathetic audience is hanging on his every note.
- "I Can't Make This Movie" from 9: Guido's artistic attempts fall apart, right after his personal life does the same.
- "Let the Monster Rise" from Repo! The Genetic Opera is the Villainous BSOD equivalent of this. Or anti-hero BSOD. Or Heroic BSOD. It's kinda hard to tell.
- "Betrayed" from The Producers.
- "Everything you Ever" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
- Leonard Bernstein's Mass has "Things Get Broken," a 14-minute number where the Celebrant goes through all the stages of a nervous breakdown while the rest of the cast remain in Stunned Silence.
- No Good Deed from Wicked, sung by The Wizard of Oz's 'Wicked Witch of the West' after she accidentally turns her love interest into the Scarecrow you know from the books and movie while trying to use her magic to save him from being tortured to death in the beginning of the song. Also counts as a Sanity Slippage Song.
- "Catch Me I'm Falling" from Next To Normal is a multiple-BSOD song.
- "Rose's Turn" from Gypsy is only partly an example, because of its confident conclusion. That said, many actresses have played up the nervous breakdown more than Ethel Merman did.
- It's not in the modern version of the show, but the original Starlight Express had "No Comeback" as Electra's BSOD song.
- "Tsubasa wo Daite" from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is a less raging-scream-filled version of this, especially near the end. (The raging screams come after he's done singing.)
- Bat Boy, the off-Broadway musical based on the tabloid stories, has Apology to a Cow after Edgar makes some uncomfortable discoveries.
Edgar: "I'm not here to harm you/I only want to KILL."
- "All of My Life" from Do Re Mi, incorporating a heavily self-deprecating comic monologue.
- "Being Alive" from Company is a possible example.
- Don't forget the end of "The Ladies Who Lunch", when Joanne realizes her whole life has been wasted making snarky comments about other people instead of actually doing something herself.
- "What Am I Doin'?" from Closer Than Ever, a vignette about a man who has one after being dumped.
"Then she suddenly said I can't see her, and the thought of it drove me insane. So I climbed up a tree, I am creeping, to the roof over where she is sleeping, and I sit there all night in the rain."
- "Everybody Dies" from "The Toxic Avenger Musical" fits this trope. After Toxie's breakup with Sarah, he becomes so depressed that he wants to kill everyone, even innocent people. Thankfully, some of those people aren't so innocent.
- "Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer" from The Phantom of the Opera for the Phantom, after Christine rips off his mask onstage, exposing his disfigurement to the packed opera house.
- "The last moments of "The Phantom Confronts Christine" and the song "Mother, Did You Watch?" from Love Never Dies are BSOD songs for Madame Giry and Meg Giry, respectively
- Notre Dame De Paris:
- Quasimodo's "Danse mon Esmeralda" (doubles as Grief Song), right after Esmeralda's death. He's witnessed the death of the woman he loves and killed his adoptive father. He's resolved to die holding Esmeralda's dead body, because "dying for you is not dying". Yeah, he's pretty broken.
- Frollo has a BSOD in the middle of "Mon maitre, mon sauveur (My Master My Saviour)" just a couple songs before, complete with Insane Laugh.
- Fleur De Lys also has a one, in La Monture, about how she was destroyed by Phoebus and she'll only take him back if he hangs Esmeralda
- "Listen" by Deena in Dreamgirls. Well, it only appears in the film, but it essentially shows how sick she is of Curtis' crap.
- Effie's is also her Crowning Moment of Awesome - "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".
- Into the Woods has "No More", sung by The Baker after his wife dies.
- Pippin's final song in Pippin, which is titled "Magic Shows and Miracles" when considered separate from the finale.
- A Very Potter Musical has "Missing You", in which Harry and Quirrel sing about their Heroic BSOD's over Dumbledore's death and Voldemort's betrayal, respectively.
- In Senior Year, Harry and Voldemort have the Distant Duet (although separated more by time then by place) "I Was" where they both sing about how they wish things could go back to the way they were before they lost their popularity and were driven out of Hogwarts/to evil respectively by a feeling of no longer belonging.
- "Murder" from the movie musical "Reefer Madness" is another good example. Two of the four reefer fiends start halucinating out of guilt, one goes completely crazy, and everybody is freaking out about the circumstances.
- Kathy's solo Dark Reprise of "An Organized Life" in Vanities: The Musical: "And if/That's how you organize your existence/You have an organized nervous breakdown/You get strung out and neurotic/Messed in the head."
- Moritz's duet with Ilse is a combination of this and Sanity Slippage Song. It's right before he kills himself.
Man, it blows my mind.
- In Its Always Fair Weather, the song "Situation-Wise".
- In The Drowsy Chaperone, the actual opening number for Act II is "The Bride's Lament", which combines this and Sanity Slippage Song for Janet.
- The Scarlet Pimpernel likes these. Percy has "Prayer" after he finds out that Marguerite has (supposedly) betrayed St. Cyr and his family to their deaths, and Chauvelin gets the reprise of "Where's the Girl", wherein he pretty much snaps after finally accepting that Marguerite is never going to accept him or his cause. The re-done version also gives one ("I'll Forget You") to Marguerite after she gets arrested and believes there's nothing left to stop Percy from falling into Chauvelin's trap.
"[spoken]....DAAAAAAAAMN!""I'll never be duped by this scurrilous phantom again!"
- But who could forget "Falcon In The Dive"?! That is THE BSOD song for Chauvelin! There's much more speaking/shouting in the song (especially Rex Smith's version) than singing, significant for taking place right after Chauvelin has been outwitted by the Pimpernel again. The high note at the end puts the cherry on top of it:
- "Astonishing" from "Little Women". Laurie, Jo's best friend, has just kissed her passionately and admitted that he is in love with her, and she opens the song with an "I don't know what to do" section before moving into the more famous part of the song.
"Who is he? Who is he with his 'marry me?'With his ring, and his 'marry me?!'The nerve, the gaul!"
My peace is disturbed, but the ruckus is me as my thoughts run aground.I wanted a life by myself in these rooms,But now all around me, another life looms!Who asked her to come and to go and to leave me like that?
- Additionally, Professor Bhaer is given one of these towards the middle of Act II. He gets some Adaptational Expansion in this musical with "How I Am", after Jo writes him a letter. She makes him realize that he is in love with her, and she has already left for an indefinite amount of time to take care of Beth after she catches scarlet fever.
- Every character has one in Bare: A Pop Opera.
- Richard has one in Thrill Me called "Afraid", where it finally hits him that he cannot weasel or charm his way out of his present situation—the only way he's going to avoid the death penalty is life in prison.
- "Never Gonna Dance" from Swing Time is an early example. It's a surreal, disjointed song expressing Lucky's sense of desolation when it seems he is losing Penny for good:
I'll put my shoes on beautiful trees,
I'll give my rhythm back to the breeze,
My dinner clothes may dine where they please,
For all I really want is you.
- "Edges of the World" from the musical adaptation of Fun Home is one for Bruce, depicting his last thoughts before he kills himself.
Dear Al, I'm scared.
I had a life I thought I understood.
I took it and I squeezed out every bit of life I could.
But the edges of the world that held me up have gone away,
and I'm falling into nothingness
or flying into something so sublime.
a man I don't know.
Who am I now?
Where do I go?
I can't go back.
I can't find my way through.
I might still break a heart or two...
- In Hamilton, It's Quiet Uptown is a song all about Alexander and Eliza slowly trying to pick up the pieces and mourn together after their son Phillip's death. More immediately, Burn narrates Eliza's furiously betrayed reaction to The Reynolds Pamphlet, and the last part of The World Was Wide Enough is about Burr's stunned, broken reaction to Hamilton's death at his hands:
When Alexander aimed at the sky, he may have been the first one to die
But I'm the one who paid for it
I survived but I paid for it.
- Edgar's final aria in Lucia di Lammermoor. Ends with suicide.
- Peter Grimes's so-called "mad scene".
- ANY mad scene in any opera... best known example might be Lucia di Lammermoor. But Donizetti was in love with this trope.
- Baba's aria "Afraid, am I afraid?" from The Medium.
- A good amount of Boris Godunov's monologues.
- From the works of Richard Wagner:
- "Die Frist ist um" from The Flying Dutchman.
- Parts of Wotan's big Act II monologue from The Valkyrie.
- Brünnhilde's Immolation from The Twilight of the Gods - well, you can't say riding into a funeral pyre in ecstasy after singing for 20 minutes is sane.
- Tristan... like, the whole third act?
- in Parsifal, Amfortas, who does this EVERY time he sings. He also wangsts.
- Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking scene.
- Parodied in The Magic Flute when Papageno wants to hang himself because he can't get a wife. Thankfully, he's talked out of it and then of course he gets his girl too. Pamina also needs to be stopped. These Magic Flute people really need a psychiatrist sometimes.
- King Philip's big monologue in Don Carlo, mostly about how lonely he is, and how better it would be in his grave.
- Fiesco's opening aria in Simon Boccanegra is also sort of this.
- Rigoletto's "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" aria.
- Vere's "I accept their verdict" aria in Billy Budd, just after the court-martial.
- Eboli's "O don fatale" in Don Carlo.
- Amneris, during the judgement scene in Aida.
- Violetta's final aria "Addio del passato" in Verdi's La Traviata. She sits in her bed quietly and despairingly contemplating the fact that she will die alone and no one will remember her or care.
- Otello's "Dio mi potevi". Also, his final monologue.
- Don Giovanni has a BSOD sextet. When the cast finds out Leporello was disguised as the Don, everyone gets like: WTF?, and they sing about it for long minutes before continuing to bully poor Leporello.
- Although Don Giovanni manages to avoid any kind of realisation even when a statue breaks down his door.
- The duet "Son nata a lagrimar" between Cornelia and Sesto that ends Act 1 of Handel's Giulio Cesare, when Ptolemy orders to imprison Sesto and enslave Cornelia.
- "Otton, qual portentoso flumine" sung by Otto in Handel's Agrippina, when he is betrayed by just about everyone.
- Katerina's Act IV arioso "V lesu, v samoy chashche yest' ozero" ("In the forest there is a lake...") in Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.
- In Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, Blitch's heart-wrenching monologue "Hear me, o Lord, I beseech Thee".
- Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi has this aria "Deh, tu, bell'anima" when he thinks Juliet is dead.
- In Tosca, Cavaradossi sings "E lucevan le stelle" when he's in prison, awaiting his execution, reminiscing about all the good times he spend with his lover while trying to write a farewell letter to her.
- Purcell's Dido and Aeneas has When I Am Laid in Earth. Aeneas has just left Dido, and, having been shot by Cupid's arrows, she cannot bear the thought of living without him. This song is her BSOD-ing to her handmaiden Belinda before she kills herself.
- Alcina's 'Mi restano le lagrime' in the eponymous opera by George Frederic Handel
- Vesti la giubba (Put on your motley) from Pagliacci, sung by Canio as he faces the prospect of having to peform as a character who's a fool and a cuckold... right after finding out his own wife has a lover. He swings from "Bah! Are you not a man?" to "Laugh, Pagliaccio! Laugh at the grief that poisons your heart!" over the course of the aria; most versions have him break down crying at the end.
- 'E la solita storia del pastore' from Francesco Cilea's 'L'arlesiana'. This aria fits this trope so much that it is very often referred to as 'Lamento di Federico.'
- Patterns, I Am A Rock, and Richard Cory by Simon & Garfunkel.
- Marilyn Manson's triptych of concept albums, Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) (which were released in that order but story-wise, go in the opposite order), feature several. In Holy Wood, they lead to Adam, the main character and lover of Coma White killing himself (after impregnating her). In Mechanical Animals, it leads to the crashed-to-Earth androgynous space alien turned rock star Omega, who is in love with Coma White, becoming part of the establishment he hated after Coma White dies from a drug overdose (in Coma White). Finally, Antichrist Superstar opens with the revelation of Omega's changed outlook, which The Worm, Coma White's son, who idolizes him, turning on him and ending up killing him and taking up the mantle both he and Adam had once held. Overtime, sickened by the very people he is fighting for, The Worm becomes the Antichrist Superstar (in the song of the same title), turns on everyone in the song 1996, decides to destroy both himself and everyone else in Minute of Decay and then does so in The Reflecting God. He reflects on his transformation from hero to villain in The Man That You Fear, and his last words are in the hidden track. And yes, explaining all this is necessary, because three linked concept albums in reverse is confusing as hell, especially when Marilyn Manson's only hint to anything was that they were in reverse.
- And then there's pretty much all of Eat Me, Drink Me, a BSOD Album for Manson, and also parts of The High End of Low, especially Into The Fire, written on a rather depressing Christmas.
- Bon Iver's "Re:Stacks," which is about losing all your money gambling and ending up drunk and depressed.
- Green Day's American Idiot has the truly epic Homecoming, which chronicles the main character's life after his girlfriend leaves him and his best friend — or possibly his alternate personality — commits suicide. His friends are gone, he's alone, so what does he do? He decides to go back home. This does not end well.
- Extra points go to the musical stage version for putting in an ACTUAL BSOD reading "Somebody get me out of here," "Anybody get me out of here," "Somebody get me out of here," and "Get me the f**k right out of here."
- "Ghost Love Score" and "The Poet and the Pendulum" by Nightwish are two totally BSOD songs. A lot of Nightwish songs are, these are just the most outstanding ones.
- "Still Alive" From Portal, possibly the most passive-aggressive song known to humanity.
- "Psychotic Reaction" by The Count Five might...um...count. The verses are fairly sedate, but they go into manic instrumental breaks.
- "Down Came the Rain" by Mr. Murray is a comic example. The singer is crooning a romantic ballad, but in the choruses where he sings about how the rain ruined his courtship, he goes into a totally bizarre vocal delivery.
- Pink Floyd's The Wall is practically an entire album of BSOD, but "Another Brick in the Wall Part III" and maybe "Stop" fit the best.
- "Can't Stand Losing You" by The Police from Outlandos d'Amour.
- Poor Jack
- The Nostalgia Critic parody subverts this. After a whole episode of being depressed and not wanting to do his job anymore, the song marks his triumphant return to being the cynical bastard we know and love.
- The original song also subverts this halfway though, with Jack deciding that, yes, he screwed up, but it was a MAGNIFICENT screw-up and he had fun doing it and got some good ideas out of it (though he still intends to set things right).
- "Art of Life" by X Japan: it is an autobiographical song of Yoshiki's early 1990s collapse from "neurocirculatory asthenia." "Drain" could also fall here as it is arguably the last song hide would write for X Japan and possibly somewhat reflective of his mental state at the time.
- Non-singing example: "You're Not Alone!" from Final Fantasy IX. Also Crowning Music of Awesome.
- Harry Chapin's 'Sniper'. 'I'll never forgive you of your blindness ... I HATE YOU!' One performance of the song had his voice noticeably rougher from that point until halfway into the next song.
- Arguably 'Scissors', the last track from Slipknot's self titled debut, which was written as a reaction to death threats against Corey Taylor. Notable because he sounds on the verge of a real-life BSOD towards the end.
- Yuki from Haruhi Suzumiya has a song called SELECT. Here are a few lines of the song...
Yuki: "Memories that do remain are changed to code and stored away/I know what's how it should be but there is now a [DISK ERROR]/[DISK ERROR]/[DISK ERROR]/[DISK ERROR]/[DISK ERROR]/[YES]"
- "I'm Alive" by Disturbed has elements of this, though it's much more of a "I'll hold my own beliefs and nobody can convince me otherwise" sort of song.
- The "See Me/Feel Me" reprise at the end of "We're Not Gonna Take It" in Tommy.
- About half of the songs in cosMo's series The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku. Some literally, much like the Haruhi example above.
- "Mind Over Matter" by Iron Savior is another fairly literal example, as the storyline's eponymous behemoth questions its own existence, realizing that despite having been artifically created, some power has brought it to consciousness.
I am what can't be - a mind in a digital brain
- "The Idol" from W.A.S.P.'s 1992 album The Crimson Idol marks main Rock Opera character Jonathan's Heroic BSOD that leads to his suicide, featuring the darkest lyrics up to that point and two incredibly depressing Pink Floyd-esque guitar solos.
If I were to stand and look in the mirror would I see
One Fallen Hero with a face just like me?
And if I scream, would anybody hear me?
If I smash the silence, you'll see what fame has done to me!
- "Can't See (Useless)" by Oingo Boingo. At the time, the band was on its last legs, and lead singer Danny Elfman had just broken up with his girlfriend Caroline Thompson (who wrote Edward Scissorhands) and gotten into a fight with his friend Tim Burton.
- "Hurt", both the original Nine Inch Nails version and the cover by Johnny Cash - the former given that Trent Reznor was going through a personal BSOD when he wrote it, and the latter when you consider that Cash recorded it at the age of 71, in the grip of serious health problems, months before he died.
- "Everything In Its Right Place", from the Radiohead album Kid A, was written about a breakdown Thom Yorke had during the OK Computer tour, during which he was Dumb Struck. "How to Disappear Completely" sounds a hell of a lot like a BSOD Song, but is actually a description of a Survival Mantra.
- Van Der Graaf Generator are quite fond of these. "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" is probably the best example.
- "Komm Süsser Tod" the dreaded song that plays during The End of the World as We Know It in The End of Evangelion. Uplifting jazz plays while the singer narrates about how she has lost everything, and how the time has come for her to "end it all, and leave forever."
- The original "Komm, süßer Tod (komm selge Ruh)" by Johann Sebastian Bach really only has two things in common with the song in Evangelion; the name and this trope:
"Oh world, you torture chamber,stay with your lamentations!In this world of sorrow,it is heaven that I desire.Death shall bring me there.Come, blessed rest!"
- The dark reprise of "Turnabout Love/Does She Know, Does She Care?" in My Little Town
- Savatage's Streets: A Rock Opera has the song "Agony and Ecstasy", which is also part Villain Song. The BSOD portion represents the part of DT that's willing to give into despair and return to drugs for comfort.
- Donkey Kong Country featured a surprisingly emotional one sung by Donkey Kong titled "I'm Nobody's Hero".
- "Epiphany" from Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Night Castle album. It's Tran-Do's Villainous BSOD after Cozier dies of infection while Tran-Do was too busy waffling over whether or not his side were Well-Intentioned Extremists. The end of the song has him standing at the edge of a cliff contemplating suicide because he believes for a moment that it's the only way he can be redeemed.
- "I want my own dream/So bad I'm gonna SCREAM!''
- Demons & Wizards has "Winter of Souls", about Mordred on the eve of the final battle with his father King Arthur. He realizes that he's in the wrong and has used his legitimate grievances against Arthur as an excuse for his cruel ambitions, but it's too late to turn back and the fates of him and Arthur are sealed.
- Three Days Grace's "World So Cold" and "Someone Who Cares".
- I Will Go Sailing No More from Toy Story has Buzz gripping with the realization that he's a toy.
- Muse's "Micro Cuts" is a particularly psychotic example.
- "Out Come The Knives" by the Paper Chase is a wonderful villainous example, seeming to be about the protagonist of the album's remorse after killing his unfaithful girlfriend.
- "Ghetto of Beautiful Things" by Kevin Gilbert is five minutes of blind incoherent rage in the middle of an otherwise eloquently moody concept album, 'The Shaming of the True'. Also contains a cluster F-bomb.
- Mortiis's "Everyone Leaves", a song about how everyone you know will eventually leave you or die no matter how hard you hold on.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- "Sound The Bugle" from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is sung as the hero loses (and ultimately regains) his will after being captured and separated from his herd and his seemingly dying girlfriend.
- "Shock" by The Motels
- "Given Up" by Linkin Park
- "Brian Wilson" by Barenaked Ladies
So I'm lying here, just staring at the ceiling tiles.and I'm thinking about what to think about.
- In Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, "You Stupid Bitch" is what Rebecca sings during her spiral into self-loathing and self-hatred as she contemplates how much she ruined her relationship with Greg.