Move over Rebecca Black, a Hungarian musician named Rezso Seress has been making music that makes you want to kill yourself since the early 1900s. According to urban legend, his song 'Vége a világnak' (The world is ending), released in 1933, is also known as the 'Hungarian Suicide Song', and with good reason. The 1st World War hangover was still fresh in everyone's ravaged minds around this time, and a cloud of impenetrable depression and heavy-heartedness resulted in the composition of this track. Poet László Jávor wrote his own lyrics to this song a few years later, and talked about a man committing suicide to reunite with his dead lover.
Consequently, several press reports claimed that more than a 100 people killed themselves after listening to this song.
As reported by IBN Live, the song was also covered by American Jazz Queen Billie Holiday in 1941, and was promptly banned by the BBC for having a negative effect on soldiers already low on morale after the 2nd World War (the ban was only lifted in 2002). According to reports, a teenage girl in Vienna drowned herself while clutching a piece of this sheet music, while a shopkeeper in Budapest killed himself and left a note that quoted lyrics from the song. In London, a woman overdosed while listening to a record of the song over and over.
If this wasn't enough, original composer Rezso Seress actually attempted suicide multiple times, and finally succeeded in taking his own life in 1968.
In case you were wondering, Rezso Seress was a Jew who survived a Nazi Labour camp in the 2nd World War but witnessed his mother die in the same camp. His all encompassing depression led him to jump out a window to commit suicide, but he survived this as well. While in hospital, he choked himself to death with a wire.