Saddest Rock Songs of All Time

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

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.

2My 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!
Very emotional makes you think about the past... Your mess ups its overall an amazingly sad song but also purely epic
[Newest]My Immortal is better than other sad songs...

3The Unforgiven - Metallica
This is my favorite metallica song and by far a very sad and depressing song

4Something 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.

5Snuff - Slipknot
Easily one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Corey Taylor is truly a lyrical genius.
Absolute masterpiece. Very deep and moving.
Best Slipknot and Corey Taylor song. Makes me cry, maggot for life!
[Newest]Can't stop listening to it... So Sad but so beautiful. Corey really knows how to write a song

6Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
I didn't think this song was sad at first until I found out it was about billy joes father dying. Pretty good song
Very touching and sad, with a blend of vigerous punk rock, this song clearly shows Billie Joe Armstrong's depression at the time he lost his father.

7Black - 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!
I know you'll one day have a beautiful life. /i know you'll be somebody else's sky. /but why can't it be/can't it be mine?
Simply one of the the best/saddest love songs ever written lyrically and musically, sung by Eddie Vedder
[Newest]I wish everyone can passes his or her life happily

8Far 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
This song is the saddest sure
I love this song and it remind me about my past.

9Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold
It's not even the saddest Avenged Sevenfold song, So Far Away & Seize The Day are much sadder


Very sad but also beautiful


It just make me feel so down, every time I hear it
[Newest]Beautiful song with emotional solo

10Darkness - Disturbed
I always thought that disturbed song heavy metal songs untill I heard this and is a personal favorite as a big fan of disturbed
Disturbed is also one of my favorite bands and this song relates to my life when it first came out

The Contenders

11Nutshell - Alice In Chains
This song is just plain beautiful, makes me cry every time I listen to it
This needs to be higher, my favorite song by AIC. You can literally feel layne's pain when he is singing this.

12My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

13Call Me - Shinedown

14Here Without You - 3 Doors Down

15One - Metallica
Best song ever, sadder than the un forgiven if you take into account the story behind it
Sorry, this song is not sad.
I guess johnny got his gun after all

16Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

17So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold
How can this not be up there? People! Read the story behind this song, then revote...
The music video says it all
Saddest song I've ever heard! Should be in top 10!

18Can't Take It - All-American Rejects

19Heartbeat Slowing Down - All-American Rejects

20Broken - Seether
I always listen by heart this song cause I'm broken.

21The Unforgiven II - Metallica
The unforgiven too is (just like the first unforgiven) a very slow and sad song that anyone can relate to.

22Fiddler On the Green - Demons & Wizards

23Karma Killer - Robbie Williams
Amazing voice and this song is so emotional yet angry and full of hurt.
This should be in the most angriest

24Crawling - Linkin Park
Just an amazing, touching song that a lot of people can relate too. Beautiful :'( Makes me cry :'(

25Blackbird - Alter Bridge
Just listen once and ask yourself where this should be in this list
How is this not 1?!

26Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

27The Show Must Go On - Queen

28Through Glass - Stone Sour
I litterally cryed when I heard this song its so sad you need to listen to this

29Hurricane - Theory of a Deadman
I love theory of a deadman and this is one of there best songs next to bitch came back. Love the intro and how it plays rain noises at the beginning and the end

30Fade to Black - Metallica
One of metallicas best songs


I have always been a Metallica fan and this is one of my favorites and I love many othera but this is one of my favorites
The crisp guitaring. The iridescent lyrics. And the mettalic touch. Perfect ballad for a lonely person to cry upon

31The Little Things Give You Away - Linkin Park
Man, this song is so sad ;/

32Losing You - Dead by April
This song should be given a reward for the saddest song ever. Do you know what it's like to lose someone you love more than yourself? This song showcases it all, it makes everybody who have lost someone whom they loved dearly cry. Very very touching lyrics with beautiful vocals and screams of sorrow with chill-giving melodies, just AWESOME. It has been two years since I have know this song and I still love it, as if I'm listening to this song for the first time. This song earns my full respect, other people should learn to respect this band/song, because they're on of the few bands that make so unique and touchy songs. Please support them :) By the way this song rocks.
This is the only song that makes me cry every time I listen to it. Never listened to such an awesome song, it makes me think of how I was slowly losing my love. Such awesome singing, great melody and the screams are just epic, every time I listen to the screams in this song it makes me cry. It makes me think of how I was begging my love to stay. This song has such great lyrics, it makes you cry when you only read it. Please vote for this song. This is the best EPIC sad song I've ever heard
It's not a song it is a sad

33Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards

34I Don't Care - Apocalyptica
One of the sadist song on the list this one is a major tear bringer and should be for any fan of sad songs
Who knew adam could be so tortured throughout his life. he sings a lot of sad songs.

35World So Cold - Three Days Grace
Very sad and explains how this world is getting worse


36Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin
Very beautiful and sad
My Favourite Band And Song.
So sad, at least for me

37In Loving Memory - Alter Bridge
This song is the summary of everything that mark tremonty could feel when he lost his mother, that everyone could feel when we lost someone

38Don't Go - Bring Me the Horizon
A lot of Bring Me The Horizon songs have a lot of emotion but this song has a special place in my heart.

39I 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.


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

40Terrible Things - Mayday Parade
The second time I heard it, I was actually listening to the lyrics and I started crying. Its such a sad heart-felt song about a father teaching his son about heartbreak.
By far the saddest song ever. Has much truth within with the lyrics with so much emotion and along with a heart breaking melody. I think it should be in the top 5 or top 10.
This is the saddest song I have ever heard. I can't believe it's not higher on the list. This song makes me cry every time I hear it.

41You Know You're Right - Nirvana
His voice from his grave
His last beautiful song
I miss Kurt so much :'(

42Hymn for the Missing - Red

43Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

44Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Whenever this song plays, you feel like you're really going to heaven.
This song always makes me cry.
This isn't a sad song at all

45Give Me a Sign - Breaking Benjamin
The best song, it has great guitar in the chorus but still maintains a rock sad song. Which proved not all sad rock songs have to be acoustic. This song kept me Alive, I thought of ending everything!
That Makes Me Miss Her.

46Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
My favorite song of all the times

47The Bleeding - Five Finger Death Punch

48Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
Never too later rules it's my fave song.
One of three days graces best songs
Best song by three days grace

49Cradled In Love - Poets of the Fall
"don't cry for your love, cry tears of joy, because your alive cradled in love" what a lyric and the vocal is amazing too. The way the singer sings the song is amazing. All n all this is one of the songs that will touch your heart. Trust me.
It's just amazing. Magical and evergreen. Will touch your heart whether you're in love or not

50Yours to Hold - Skillet
! I add this song to the list like 6 months ago, I'm glad to see that it has increased. I love to see people that had the same feeling listening this song. Believe me this is amazing, you'll cry every time you listen to it.
This is the saddest song ever, if you don't believe me hear it then, and you'll realize this is amazing.
The first time I heard it, I was like: what in the hell is this?! It would probably make you cry like a baby.
! This is so sad, this one shouldn't be down here. The saddest song I have ever heard. Believe me, this will make you cry like a little girl

51Savior - Black Veil Brides
This song is my life, my hope and my everything. Its been really good to me and I'm thankful that they've done this song, because without it, I wouldn't have my own saviour. ^-^
It's such a sad song and it really shows they care about their fans.

52Watch Over You - Alter Bridge
One Of Great Song Of Alter Bridge And My Favourite.

53Hey You - Pink Floyd

54Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

55Still Loving You - Scorpions

56Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

57Ohne Dich - Rammstein
I think that Mutter is a sadder song than Ohne Dich, but it's great nonetheless.

58November Rain - Guns N' Roses

59Falling Away With You - Muse
His voice at the beginning just so honest and match the acoustic then completed it with a crying like voice in the chorus.. Pure genius.
The lyrics are simply beautiful, Matthew Bellamy is a pure lyrical genius

60Win Some, Lose Some - Robbie Williams

61Sorrow - Flyleaf
A truly amazing song.. The verses really describe depression. And the scream in the end is very powerful

62Crimson Day - Avenged Sevenfold

63Times Like These - Foo Fighters

64And All That Could Have Been - Nine Inch Nails
"Please, take this and run far away, far as you can see...
I am tainted, and Happiness and Peace of mind
Were never meant for me [... ]"
Ok, This song is so calm, depressive and it's lyrics is so sad. It should be at the top!

65H. - Tool

66Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off - Panic! At the Disco

67Godspeed - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
It makes me cry every time. A very sad song about war. Very beautiful also!

68Where Do We Draw the Line - Poets of the Fall

69Hollow Life - Korn

70Rain - Hollywood Undead
I can't believe that Rain isn't in the top ten. This is definitely the one of the saddest rock songs I've heard. I wish there were more like it.

71The Temptation That Is You - The Saddest Landscape

72The Lost Child - Anathema

73Asleep - The Smiths
This song has many meanings to different people. To me it is talking about suicide and a want to die.

74Already Over - Red
This song means so much to what has happened in my life. My favorite song by Red and my favorite song.

75I Miss You - Blink 182

76Lost It All - Black Veil Brides
It is an amazing song about losing everything you care about and feeling hopeless. It vocalizes depressions and explains the struggles people have to feel like they are useful.
It's The Best Song Ever!

77Fiction - Avenged Sevenfold
This song deserves a higher place

78These Are the Days of Our Lives - Queen
Last video appearance of Mercury

79The Infection - Disturbed

80One More Day - Digital Summer

81Not Alone - Linkin Park
They've made the song for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti :(

82Her Last 5 Minutes - Sentenced
Makes me cry every time

83Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

84Wind of Change - Scorpions

85Hells Bells - AC/DC

86Lithium - Nirvana
Loneliness vocalized. Energetic song, yet, an extreme lack of companionship is the lingering theme

87The Last Song - X Japan

88Hollow - Godsmack

89A Knife Called Lust - Hollywood Undead

90The Loss - Hollywood Undead

91Toxic - Robbie Williams

92Hurt - Nine Inch Nails
This song deserves to be at the top, gets you right there

93Calling - Dead by April

94Promise Me - Dead by April
Just awesome! Makes me cry every time I listen to it. "Promise me to think of us, as a time so wonderful. Promise to think of us, still bright still colorful. Promise to look back at us, as a time in your life you enjoyed." Just makes me cry :'(

95Say Something - a Great Big World

96In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth
The type of overwhelming despair and fiery anger that combine to form this song--- it screams out that even though your ship is sinking, your taking everyone that's ever hurt you down with it.
How is this not higher dave pours his heart in this song and it is a song that many people feel in their daily lives since we live in such a selfish world

97Fire and Rain - James Taylor

98The Gift - Seether
This song is amazing it's about a man who kills a girl in a crash and visits her gave and feels so much remorse

99Hemorrhage (In My Hands) - Fuel

100Insane - Scars On Broadway
A true song about love and hate, the lyrics speak out with hypnotic chords and a wailing solo that sends you spiraling. This song will definitely hit you I the chest

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This list was created 1 year, 348 days ago and has been voted on over 700 times. This top ten list contains 158 items, has been remixed 4 times.

Updated Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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