Mad World: cover by Gary Jules in Major key (full)
Mad World cover by Gary Jules in Major key even sounds more depressing than the original

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Megumi : I was expecting a happier version, but I guess this song is just so depressing, even the major key is sad.

HamsterMC : Oh god how is it sadder

Kristen Abernathy : the original cover sounded like a man that had given up. this version sounds like a man who is just getting into breakdown mode and losing his grip, but is still hanging onto something. i don't know which is more depressing.

John : It's really haunting, and feels kind of dystopian. I like it.

Elizabeth Einspanier : A man smiles desperately while tears roll down his cheeks...

randomabuserofsanity : It seems both versions are depressing. But this one seems to take the cake. Like the person is literally just going through the motions of life and has essentially given up. Like, what's the point of it all. About to give up. Way more depressing, in my opinion.

Andy Grilz : Sounds even more brittle than the original in terms of tone, like someone's meds are wearing off. You can't overcome those lyrics with a major key.

Chuck boris : Most depressing major song of all times?

caroline foley : holy shit this sounds genuinely sadder than the original

Joshua Larkin : There's no making this song happy. Ever...... lol

Nikki Chi : This is the first major one I enjoy..If anything it sounds more melancholy in a major key. Happy melody with really depressing lyrics <3

SheerSniper7 : It kind of sounds like this guy has very serious depression while everything around him is happy and beautiful and he just can't make himself happy.

zodiark111 : I love it, less angsty, but still depressing. Reminds me of coldplay, but kind of better in a way.

linguaphile : You know you made a sad song when it's just as depressing in major key.

CINGODAX : It's strange but for me this version is much sadder than the original in minor

RCT3Crashes100 : The man wanders the streets, surrounded by people living their lives, yet somehow feeling alone and isolated from it all. He seats himself upon a park bench, surrounded by nature and the sounds of children playing. He couldn't bring himself to speak. A smile grew upon his face. The threads of sanity were breaking one by one. A single tear rolled down his cheek.

Jon G : We took a major song that was covered in minor and made it major again. It is a great day to be alive

Pancake Lord : So I installed a mod for halflife 2...

colossalanimeeyes : This sounds like a very depressing Enya song.

oh baby : this sounds like a man that is trying to smile through the pain but is slowly falling apart

I Heart Noise : Doesn't make a difference whether this is in major or minor - it sounds equally depressing in each tonality. 


Pearl the Gopnik : The original sounds like the aftermath of a mental breakdown, when you're all sad and want to be alone This sounds like that kind of mental breakdown is about to happen and you're desperate to hold onto your sanity.

John Miller : The original song is in dorian mode, that's why this doesn't quite sound happy

IAmMrDexB : Major or not, he still ruined our Christmas.

Lily Malcomb : That moment when you realize this song is still depressing even in a major key... That is when you know you made a sad song. (And yes, I understand that major does not always equal "happy.")

Spilly Cave : This modulation would fit perfectly in Bioshock

Rob Hodges : This might be one of the best reinterpretations of a song I've heard. And I don't mean just by Oleg.

bootenhoven : Songs with depressing themes with happy melodies are the best thing ever.

Phantomtress : This one sounds sadder than the original, and I didn't think that was possible. Wonderful shift, though.

darealleelee : Reading the comments as I'm listening to this is making me laugh so hard right now. It's like as I read the comments, I hear what is being described and it's just so hilarious lol.

revolverswitch : I love how you turned the major parts of the song into minor.

RottenTheMaker : This feels like a world where people are under a vision imparing drug, and one guy finally gets the drug off. And he sees what the desolate world infront of him, where other people see everything clean, its all broken.

ShamelessDuck : this sounds like autotune that took lsd

Maeva : atleast this sounds more melancholic instead of just sad


Chris The Pack Rat : I applaud Oleg and his daughter. It's a shame that the work they do causes all these artifacts in the audio.

StevenShields29 : Technically, this is a not minor to major--it is a mode shift. It's awesome!

MrMut3r : Play this and the original at the same time. Madness ensues

Jason Wheneger : Whether or not one thinks this is happier or sadder, this version I find is much deeper.

Shrek is an anorexic pigeon : hey a version normies can't ruin

Johnaayyy : This is way sadder. The minor one is just unrealistically sad. This one is both happy and sad, a bit bittersweet. Like life

Fjæsing664 : This version sounds a bit Phil Collins

The Phantom Safety Pin : This is even sadder than the original... :c I need to use this for a Call of Cthulhu campaign's intro music.

Amy Hao : This is amazing. Well done! This demonstrates that "Major" doesn't necessarily means happy and "minor," sad. I love the eerie cloud of noise that just floods the sense also the shakiness, that seems to convey instability of mental health. "Mad World" indeed. :D

Daniele Maione : In Major key it's more like a Forrest Gump's song!

faselblaDer3te : Really beautiful actually... anyone with a nice voice and a piano care to make a 'clean' version of this? (Ya know... without the auto-tuning artifacts and stuff)

LinkMan1NeoGAF : Use this to sell antidepressants.

rohiogerv22 : I appreciate your decision to keep the minor iv. Works so well.