Most Hauntingly Beautiful and Sad Songs

July 31, 2015 - 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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

My 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.
[Newest]Beautiful song this is make you cry.

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

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.

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.

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

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.


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

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.

12Lovers - 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.
[Newest]No one does this better than Jackie.

13Concrete 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


I've suffered from abuse so it spoke to me

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".

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.


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)".


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!


20Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues
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.
'Letters I've written, never meaning to send..."-This line does it for me! As if the music was not beautiful enough...
[Newest]This song was being played in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows.

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