Entertainment The saddest musicians in the world Swedish pop singer-songwriter Tove Lo has been dubbed the "saddest girl in Sweden." Photo Credit: Windish By ROBERT SPUHLER. Special to amNewYork June 14, 2015 6:48 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Swedish pop singer-songwriter Tove Lo has racked up a number of accolades in her young career, but the one that seems to have stuck throughout the media is "saddest girl in Sweden." That may not seem like much considering that her country gave the world Abba, but she's earned the title; her smash hit "Habits (Stay High)" starts off lyrically like an off-brand Ke$ha but eventually reveals that her party and drug lifestyle is only to stave off the pain of an ended relationship. But how does being the saddest singer in Sweden compare to her depressed contemporaries in other countries? With a massive hat-tip to Guy Maddin's exquisite 2003 film "The Saddest Music in the World," let's look at who would be up for the title from other nations. The Saddest Musician In ... Ireland Damien Rice Credentials: "9 Crimes," "Rootless Tree" Judge's Comments: Did you know that the writer of the pinnacle of Irish despair, "Danny Boy," was actually English? With him disqualified, the title falls to Rice, whose "The Blower's Daughter" made for the perfect soundtrack to infidelity in the film version of "Closer." England Morrissey Credentials: "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me," "Everyday is Like Sunday" Judge's Comments: C'mon. It's Morrissey. Canada Leonard Cohen Credentials: "Hallelujah," "Dress Rehearsal Rag" Judge's Comments: One of the benefits of recording into one's 80s (and still being relevant -- 2014's "Popular Problems" was an underrated gem -- is recording a lot of songs about mortality. Australia Nick Cave Credentials: "Where the Wild Roses Go," "Love Letter" Judge's Comments: Known sometimes as the "Prince of Darkness," Cave's distinctive baritone can make "Happy Birthday" sound like a dirge. Combine that with themes of loss and death, and you've got an artist worth crying over. America The National Credentials: "BloodBuzz Ohio," "About Today" Judge's Comments: Restricting this to the living makes it tough; Blues and pre-crossover country music were consistently gloomy, but Billie Holiday and Hank Williams are gone. So we'll put the hipster favorite quintet up against the world's saddest If you go: Tove Lo performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday at 8 p.m., 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn, 212-260-4700, sold out. By ROBERT SPUHLER. Special to amNewYork Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.