What's the saddest song you ever heard? | Houston Music | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "George Jones thought the saddest song was too sad. So he carried He Stopped Loving Her Today around with him for nearly a year, insisting to his producer that it needed a different ending.
The song opens with the line “He said, ‘I’ll love you ‘til I die,’” and makes good on that promise when its protagonist, distraught over a breakup, finally expires. Jones thought the “she” who prompted this lifelong infatuation needed to return. Despite decades of flying like a bottle rocket on a diet of booze and drugs, the singer had a whisper of sentimentality that told him the song was too bleak to connect with anybody.
She ultimately did return in a spoken coda added to the song, which was released in 1980. “I still didn’t think it would ever be a hit because it was so sad,” Jones said. “I was wrong because it ended up being my signature song.”"