It’s often said that you make your own luck in life, but most of us have days where we just can’t get anything right. It’s an aspect of the human condition that affects us all, so it’s no surprise that there are so many great songs which reflect on how easily everything can go wrong. Let’s hope a black cat doesn’t cross our path as we have a dance with disaster and get down to the ten best songs about bad luck.
Best Songs About Bad Luck: 10 Disaster-Strewn Ditties You Can’t Dodge
10: Ruts DC: Mirror Smashed (1981)
Featuring their signature hit, Babylon’s Burning, The Ruts’ brilliant debut album, The Crack, went Top 20, and the talented London punks looked like going right to the top before their frontman, Malcolm Owen, died of a drug overdose in July 1980. That tragedy unleashed a seemingly unstoppable run of bad luck for the band, and even though they changed their name to Ruts DC (the “DC” standing for “Da Capo”, as in: back to the beginning) that couldn’t prevent Virgin Records dropping them after 1981’s vastly underrated Animal Now. That album opened with Mirror Smashed: a classic slice of brooding, thinking-man’s punk, with a woe-is-me lyric (“Mirror smashed, seven years/A fragment of glass for each of your tears”) which reflected the band’s own predicament while also establishing itself as one of the best songs about bad luck.