Saddest Rock Songs of All Time

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

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1Snuff - Slipknot

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

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...

Corey Taylor's lyrics slowly builds from a wounded, somber mumbling to an intense agonized roar as the song progresses, all the while accompanied brilliantly by an equally soulful melody. Snuff is heartbreakingly sad and absolutely beautiful. 10/10.

If you listen to this and don't feel at least something you're either have no emotion or have never had your heart broken. One of the best songs ever written.

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2Hello - Evanescence

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

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

The story behind these lyrics is painful.. You can feel it twisting through your body while listening to this song.

Best words I've even heard in a musical form...

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3Far 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"

This song touches every bit of my heart

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4My Immortal - Evanescence

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

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!

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 has made me cry more times than anything in my life, a true masterpiece

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5I 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

What a truly sad song! I really think tears don't fall should be on here too though!

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6Call Me - Shinedown

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

7The 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.

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8Lucy - Skillet

I can't help but to think of my friends that have come and gone through my life.

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

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9So 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...

Should be replaced with fiction

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10Wake 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.

Great song with a very good story.

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The Newcomers

?Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
?Disappear - Dream Theater

The song is about a man losing his wife and saying farewell. The woman he loved is now far away and he tries to accept it and move on. The powerful lyrics combined with dark melodies constitutes one of the saddest songs I have listened to.
"I gave you my hand
I said it's okay letting go time to leave here
And I'll carry on
The best that I can without you here beside me"

The Contenders

11Something 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

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

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12Black - 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!

Simply one of the the best/saddest love songs ever written lyrically and musically, sung by Eddie Vedder

I wish everyone can passes his or her life happily

Black destroys every piece of you, specially if you have a similar story...

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13Bother - 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.

14Nutshell - 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 just plain beautiful, makes me cry every time I listen to it

This song and that one Metallica song are the only ones that should be anywhere near the top 10

Very sad, though but I think Don't Follow is way more sad.

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15Darkness - 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

I always thought that disturbed song heavy metal songs untill I heard this and is a personal favorite as a big fan of disturbed

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16Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold

It's not even the saddest Avenged Sevenfold song, So Far Away & Seize The Day are much sadder - Xinferno-awaitsX

It just make me feel so down, every time I hear it

Beautiful song with emotional solo

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17Here Without You - 3 Doors Down

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

18One - 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

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19My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards
20Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
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1. Snuff - Slipknot
2. Lucy - Skillet
3. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold
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1. Hello - Evanescence
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