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14. Scott Walker - "Jesse" (2006)
Even within the confines of 60s chart pop, Scott Walker's romantic sentiments were pitch-black. Is there a 60s hook as bleak and magnificent as "the sun ain't gonna shine any more"? His recent, avant-garde albums are roughly one million times bleaker, going well into sheer horror. But even as the emptiness of "Jesse"'s repeated, "I am the only one left alive" causes cascading existential dread, Walker cuts an elegant Miltonian figure.