"The Eternal" by Joy Division
All Joy Division song are devastating, but what makes "The Eternal" even more devastating than the rest is its restraint. It goes on for over six minutes all synth-y and whisper-y, and it never explodes. It's placid. It's so icy and disconnected, and that's because the music is simple and accessible. Ian Curtis, as he sings about funerals and dying children, sounds defeated--and judging by the context in which this song was recorded, he probably was. "The Eternal" is a ballad of the dying, of the weak, of the defeated, and it's also one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.