Most Hauntingly Beautiful and Sad Songs

Title is quite self explanatory. Just a list of songs that make you look at everything a little differently after listening to them. Very sad, but in the best of ways.

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1My Immortal - Evanescence

Amy Lee's voice is beautifully haunted as she sings about a loved one who won't leave her alone after their death. Her voice mixes with the piano to dreary a euphony of sadness.

This is The Best song, This is a Beautiful

One of the saddest songs ever written.

The first time I heard it my senses were shocked. The second time I heard it my heart was entranced. The third time I heard it my soul was crying.

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2Nella Fantasia - Jackie Evancho

Jackie's songs have a haunting quality about them because of her exquisite tone, pitch and interpretation of each one. She leaves her listeners spellbound and in awe.

The beauty of Jackie's voice will haunt you for weeks after hearing her in concert! This I know!

I would have chosen Dark Waltz sung by Jackie, but anything she sings is beautiful

My second choice would be Nights In White Satin

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3Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton

Such a beautiful song.

A song which expresses pain literally

4Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

To me it doesn't get more haunting than this!

I could die to this song and be completely at peace.

The original by Leonard Cohen is much better, and so it the amazing cover by K.D. lang.

5Hurt - Johnny Cash

This song is a real tearjerker for me. Whenever I hear it, it just gets to me for some reason. He's got such a sad voice and the tune is so haunting.

First heard it when the movie Colombiana finished just last year on dvd, I liked it immediately. The haunting voice the lyrics just pulled at my heart.

How this song hasn't got into the top ten yet it shocking. It's so beautiful a song and it's sung in the only way I feel it can be, Johnny Cash style.

This is #1 for me

The original version of this song is written by Trent Reznor, it is a NIN song! Very dark, very haunting!

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6How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead

Filled with pain and emotion Radiohead delivers a song that may not be catchy the first time you hear it, but gradually you will find it pulling you in. Perfectly captures the feeling of being invisible.

Aw man this hits the heart so, so hard - it's like you're feeling Thom Yorke's absolute pain, not only through his lyrics, but through that achingly awesome voice of his.

Street Spirit (Fade Out) should be 2

Perfect correlation between lyrics and music. Heart wrenching song

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7Creep - Radiohead

Simply the most beautiful sound in the world

8Fiddler On the Green - Demons & Wizards

Easily, Top 3. This awesome ballad in based on real life events: the singer & lyricist saw two car accidents in one week (same place! ) and a boy and a girl were killed.
The singer /lyricist turned this tragedy into a sad but beautiful story:

Death took the life of the boy by mistake and to make up for it, the reaper comes back to take the life of the girl, who his soulmate would have been in life. The reaper asks the girl: "Would you mind if take you? "

The singer uses several voice intonations to communicate the emotions - angelic, melancholy, innocent, ghostly, funeral, dramatic and harsh.
Also, the long scream at the end is insane - I think this scream represents the pain of the body when the soul leaves it. Then pain goes away.

Amazing vocals start to finish, hands down. This guy will leave you in awe. - Metal_Treasure

9Angel - Sarah McLachlan

I finally found a good sad song that is not rock :O MAGIC!

10Breathe Me - Sia

You may recognize this song from the final episode of six feet under. This is my favorite sad song ( other than my immortal)

This song just hits somehwere in my heart every time, her beautiful, breathtaking voice, the haunting piano in the background, and the words that just seem to understand. Such an amazing piece of music!

Such a deep and emotional song with haunting lyrics and music

I love this song!

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The Newcomers

?Close My Eyes - Mariah Carey
?(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

It's a song about a guy who can't get laid. There is nothing more sad.

The Contenders

11How to Save A Life - The Fray

This song is amazing all in its own. If you really miss someone and you just sorta want to cry this is the perfect song to listen to

Yes I like this one

Something about this song... it can be related to so many things... depression, suicide, abuse, etc.

12Concrete Angel - Martina McBride

This song made me cry when I first listened to it, and I almost never cry.

One of my favorite songs of all time. X3 - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

I love this song it made me cry the first time I ever heard it.

I've suffered from abuse so it spoke to me

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13Lovers - Jackie Evancho

I bought the movie. in my humble opinion Jackie does a better job, plus watching her sing it gives the listener a powerful emotional connection.

From the movie "House of Flying Daggers", which is a very sad movie.

Tough to pick between this, Nella Fantasia, and Mi Mancherai, with her performance on her PBS Great Performances "Dream With Me In Concert", I have to go with it.

No one does this better than Jackie. - BobG

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14Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

Jackie Evancho demonstrates time and again there is no one that can compare with the awesome beauty of her voice. Simply outstanding.

Mesmerized for days since this was released.. on replay for hours.. under a spell.. can't stop listening..

From "Game Of Thrones".

Up, Jackie! You're the best!

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15Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Billie Joe has the innate ability to write songs that are relatable and almost haunting in their true nature. Wake Me Up When September Ends is a perfect example of what he can do as a songwriter, not just as the punk rock frontman of a world famous rock band to which many people dismiss him as mediocre. But he's not. He is a talent Just by opening up about a part of his life that he had not displayed prior, he really came through and proved just how valuable his is as an artist. RIP Andrew Armstrong.

I cry every time I listen this song. Beautiful.

This song is about the death of Billie Joe's father. Is such an emotional song, with such beautiful lyrics. - georgielikesgreenday

I cried so much when I listen to this song.I don't know but it is kind of depressing..

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16Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards

A father rejects his newborn child diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This ballad describes the struggle of the father and the emotions going in and out of his mind.

"I don't wanna hold you
(Please tell me why)
I don't wanna see you
'Cause even your smile hurts
Oh, it hurts like hell
Life goes on it surely will
Without me it will wither
My tear of joy turned into grief
(I don't wanna stand it anymore)". - Metal_Treasure

17Empty Garden - Elton John
18Nightswimming - R.E.M.
19Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

It's about suicide. The vox, lyrics, melody, chorus and the first guitar solo are of haunting beauty! - Metal_Treasure

20Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues

This is so magical and haunting and I don't quite know why but it does make me have goose bumps after all those years (I'm 57 tomorrow! ) But to me if you don't feel joy or sadness or want to leap around listening to a song then it's almost not worth listening too. I suppose if it's a 'relaxing' tune then it's different!
Totally agree about the line where they sing 'Letters I've written, never meaning to send'...After my divorce sixteen years ago I wrote so many letters and never ever sent them but I did notice as time went by, my letters were less and less angry and bitter and they also became more fair and must have been therapeutic for me. I do have to giggle a little because I was quite young then this group were around and unless we saw the actual album we didn't see names of artists or songs spelt out so I thought it was 'Knights' in White Satin,' which is a little bit of a ridiculous image! Sorry one and all if I've ruined the magic! :) But this song will ...more

The beginning of this song almost made me turn it off, but the moment I hit the chorus I was enthralled with the violin, singing and drama of the whole song. "Just what I'm going through they can't understand" Lyrics that would be cliche in any other song, but not in this one. And of course the wonderful flute only adds to the songs appeal.

The most beautiful, haunting, song ever written. There is no comparison by any other group who write their own material.

So haunting it doesn't seem real.

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