Saddest Rock Songs of All Time

Top ten songs that are really sad and make you cry.

The Top Ten

1 Snuff - Slipknot Snuff - Slipknot

Easily one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Corey Taylor is truly a lyrical genius.

If I need to get a specific tone of absolute sorrow for my book, I listen to Snuff and Into the Light by In This Moment. Honestly, why is Into the Light NOT on this list? I cry every time I sing it. She brought God to tears making that song. For good reason. Yup. Slipknot and In This Moment made two of the saddest songs of all time. Power, emotional, guaranteed to make you cry.

So many thought about something, that I did wrong... about something, that I will never change now... About so many people, who were hearing from me "you're all of me" and who were saying to me "you're nothing to me"... About so many broken dreams... about all things, I shouldn't ever do... All of these thoughts are coming, while am hearing this song again...

Every time I hear this song (and Vermillion part 2), my heart just breaking, and tearing apart into pieces.

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2 Hello - Evanescence Hello - Evanescence

This is by far the most saddest song I have ever song. It made me cry the first time I heard it

Only song which made me cry like a bitch.

By far saddest song I have heard from rock/metal genre, made me cry so many times and still continues to do so.

One of the only songs I cry to every time I hear it

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3 My Immortal - Evanescence My Immortal - Evanescence

My immortal is a very sad and emotional song and is very touching and is a song you must hear

I listen to this song when I need to cry but can't and it gets the job done every tine. Its heart breaking and soulful and brings me to tears every time I hear it I love it

This song is by far the best enchanted song that throws you in a dark bottomless pit of pain and suffering. A true tear commander!

Someone died? This song is relatable. Recent breakup? Relatable. Missing your best friend? Relatable. It's a beautiful song with Amy's beautifully haunting voice, go listen to it.

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4 I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold

It's not just the suicidal lyrics that make it so meaningful, but the instrumentality of the song is very sad and depressing. Also the screaming of Matt at his last chorus is so... Painful to listen to. It's so agonizing and dreadful, along with the haunting sounds in the background. Oh yeah, and the guitar riffs are depressing too. - Wannabeguy513

It's so sad. I heard about this and I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 because of my boyfriend.
Part 1 I relate to, I've self harmed (one month clean, very proud) I've considered suicide and have almost attempted several times.
Part 2 does have screaming but I can relate to that one, especially after losing my friend to suicide. There has not been a time where I heard either part and didn't cry.
It's one of the saddest songs I know.

This is just a perfect break up song with awesome drums and vocals... 'The Rev' you'll always be with us

One of the best and most meaningful songs of the awesome band Avenged Sevenfold..This nine minute track made me burst into tears and think a lot of things about life.It is a masterpiece.Excellent vocals by M. Shadows,incredible guitar solo by Synyster and rhythm guitar by Zacky and of course great drum work by the Rev...And don't forget the piano part of the song...It is the best song of their second album in my opinion.

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5 Far From Home - Five Finger Death Punch Far From Home - Five Finger Death Punch

Most of five finger death punch's songs are very violent but this one is one of there slow and touching songs

While most of Five Finger Death Punch's songs are upbeat and violent, this song is so sad, and I always feel like crying when I hear it.

"All the places I've been and things I've seen. A million stories that made up a million shattered dreams."

Truely a touching song

It makes me tear up when he says "the faces of people, I'll never see again"

It's also saddest

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6 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

This deserves to be number 1 in my opinion. It was written after the drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, the Rev, died. It is very deep and has true meaning, and is very personal. The members even said, it's basically like a person talking to his best friend, telling him he misses him. It's the saddest song I've ever heard, and one of the most powerful.

This is seriously the saddest song I have ever heard, and the meaning and story behind it is just so powerful, and it is just an all around beautiful song. RIP foREVer

How can this not be up there? People! Read the story behind this song, then revote...

This song speaks about The Rev who was such a HUGE part of A7X! It feels really personal like the members calling out to The Rev to tell him how much they missed him. Makes me teary all the time

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7 Call Me - Shinedown Call Me - Shinedown

Shinedown's Call Me can connect with someone who has had a lot of good and bad experiences in their life, myself being one of them. It talks about having to leave close ones behind, such as family or close friends by simply moving apart from each other or even death. It could symbolize for a soldier the moment they have to leave everything behind in order to go on deployment. It is one about separation from those who you have long loved or were close to and still are or desire to be. This connects with me because many times I have had to leave close friends, neighbors or even my passed dog who have made a long lasting impact. I can't thank Shinedown enough for this song, for I can't describe the connection it has with me. Whenever I hear it, I can honor those who have made me who I am today, who I had to leave. I highly recommend this song.

Makes me think of my friends. We have our differences, but we love eachother the same.

8 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Best Green Day song, and has a reason to be number one on this list, when his dad died, after the funeral he sat in his room and said wake me up when September ends to his mom

I didn't think this song was sad at first until I found out it was about billy joes father dying. Pretty good song

Green Day's songs are always meaningful. There is always a story behind their songs. Especially this one. Truly wonderful and touching and moving. Best.

This is what a perfect rock song should sound like... Green Day Forever, m/

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9 Lucy - Skillet Lucy - Skillet

This is such an amazing song, it really makes you think, its sad but at the same time its peaceful. It's so beautiful.

Makes me think of the ones who are no longer in my life. Really good song.

Lucy is not a love song but a song of guilt of doing abortion...

Didn't expect this to be on the list, even though it's probably the saddest song I have ever heard. Not particulary because of lyrics (they are horrifyingly sad), but because the whole composition, the whole song sends such a hard emotion, and the way it is sung is beautyfull, this is most certanly the best skillet song in my opinion, and I wanna see it higher on the list.
I don't deny that more quality songs are here, like Unforgiven, I'm kinda sad there isn't Mama Said by Metallica or Cats in the cradle by Ugly kid Joe, but who knows, it's a good list overall.

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10 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica

This is my favorite Metallica song and by far a very sad and depressing song

I personally think "fade to black" was sadder.

Fade to Black has much sadder lyrics but the tempo speeds so I understand that it's not up.

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The Newcomers

? Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
? Karma Killer - Robbie Williams Karma Killer - Robbie Williams

Amazing voice and this song is so emotional yet angry and full of hurt.

This should be in the most angriest

The Contenders

11 Black - Pearl Jam

The song is about loosing your true love forever, And the depression that follows the breakup. A Very relatable topic for a lot of people I think. That why this should be in the top 10. Also pearl jam is so influential to modern rock bands today. The people who listen to pearl jam would know that black should be ranked high on any.list like this, the song is a classic!

Pearl Jam is really underrated in the rock world because so many classify it in that 90's grunge era and won't listen to it, I truly believe this song would be top 10 if Pearl Jam was recognized as the amazing band they are

There shouldn't even be a question that this should be on the list. When I think emotional rock songs, this one is the one that pops into my head.

This song hits you right in the feelings if you don't cry when you hear this you have no soul

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12 Something to Remind You - Staind Something to Remind You - Staind

When I heard this on the radio it made me thing about my past and is a song you can relate to

By far the saddest song of all time

This song reminds me about my past listen to this song to understand your life.

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13 Nutshell - Alice In Chains Nutshell - Alice In Chains

My favorite song ever written. A song about loneliness and depression, with the perfect blend of music and lyrics. You can feel the pain in Layne Stanley's voice.

This song is so heartbreaking in hindsight. Layne cut himself open for this one. This and 'River of Deceit' when he was with Mad Season are so raw with emotion it is painful to listen to.

An awesome slow grunge rock tune which really brings out your thoughts for some quiet lonely introspection about one's own life! My favourite grunge rock song!

He deserves a song in the top 5

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14 Bother - Stone Sour Bother - Stone Sour

This song is about the self-loathing you have in a breakup. It's when you realize it may be your fault and you lost the best thing in your life... - Ornsmoughstein

If you listen to this song, you just have to break down. Emotions are floating all around you.

This song is anbout self-hating and a massive depression...Whenever I listen to this song all my emotions are around me...It is a perfect song when I want to calm down after a bad day

15 Here Without You - 3 Doors Down Here Without You - 3 Doors Down

I was listening to this song as I was writing my last love letter to my now ex. She was probably one of the only things in my life that ever made me actually happy. Whenever I hear this song, I think of her.

I love this song so much, it is always a go to song for me but I'd listen to anytime too.

This song must be in top 10. Great lyrics and Great song!

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16 One - Metallica One - Metallica

When it comes to sad metal songs how can people forget about Metallica's masterpiece fade to black?!

Best song ever, sadder than the un forgiven if you take into account the story behind it

I guess johnny got his gun after all

Sorry, this song is not sad.

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17 Darkness - Disturbed Darkness - Disturbed

Disturbed is also one of my favorite bands and this song relates to my life when it first came out

Absolutely beautiful song, love the guitar and piano combination. - 05yusuf09

A drastic change from anything on their first album (The Sickness) and always makes me cry. Very emotional to me and quite underrated

I cried when I listened to this song.

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18 The Show Must Go On - Queen The Show Must Go On - Queen V 1 Comment
19 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
20 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Just the BEST voice around here...

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