Top Ten Saddest Songs

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1Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton

Eric clapton wrote about his son, its real, there is nothing more devastating than losing your child, relationships mean nothing compared to looking at yourself in a tiny form,
and having to watch it die

I have also lost a child. I have tears and happiness in heaven, can't wait to see my son again!

I think the reason for writing this song is heart rendering.
I can't imagine what it would be like to lose one of my kids.

This is depressing. Where is The One That Got Away - Katy Perry

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2My Immortal - Evanescence

This song isn't just sad because of the lyrics but it means an awful lot to me. Every time I here it I cry and think about the memories.

I'd never heard this song until I saw this list. It's truly beautiful. Like a lament to the world. Evanescence made a very strong connection with all those who listen.

Really awesome... With the voice of amy lee, and melodic music is expressing it - the pain... Great song

So emotional

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3Hurt - Johnny Cash

This version of the song is simply genius. Though he didn't write this song on his own, Johnny Cash performed it so deeply that you can feel the emotions in every little sound of this song. With his broken voice he appears as fragile as the meaning of this song is. Beautiful song. - darksky

The one by NIN is good but this one just makes bawl every time.

This song is so emotionally and beautifully sung by Johnny Cash. It has truthful lyrics and a sad, broken voice singing them. This song deserves everyone's vote because everyone hurts once in a while.

Johnny Cash is a legend

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4Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

At first, I didn't know what this song is about. After knowing at the meaning and the reason of Armstrong writing this song. I feel very sorry, the lyrics are so touching. It makes me feel sad every time I listen to it

Although it might not be the saddest song of all time, I touched my heart and made me cry, I felt strongly compelled to vote for it. It doesn't hurt that I love Green Day, either. The meaning bwhined the song made me even sadder. Billie Joe wrote it about his father who passed away in September when he was ten.

I love Green Day as much I love this song! One of most touching song ever made by a rock band... Truly amazing!

I cry every time

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5Yesterday - The Beatles

An absolutely gorgeous song, could bring Castro to tears it's so beautifuly sad.

Nothing sadder than nostalgia..

If there's anything that can break your heart, it's nostalgia. Like in the third verse of Firewood by Regina Spektor... Nostalgia is a very powerful subject and a nice change from damn love songs. There's too many.

Paul McCartney has written such beautiful words.

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6Stan - Eminem

You shouldn't do this, with the emotion, emergeness, EMINEM sings the song... REALLY makes me feel like he's Stan... VOTE IT...

What can be sadder than somebody commiting suicide with his pregnant wife in the car- awesome lyrics.

As much as I am not a big fan of Eminem/rap in general, this was a really great song. Unlike the songs above which can lead to sadness, this song has sadness and anger directed from Eminem. You can really hear the depth of emotion in his rapping, and the video shows it a lot.

Love you Eminem

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7Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Definitely the best. This song is about the iconic ex-guitarist for Pink Floyd Syd Barret. It is about how though Syd was alive at the time it was as if he was dead. His brain was dead from all the psychedelic drugs he took and he was clinically insane. He lived out the rest of his life in his mothers basement by law. So sad

David Gilmour's voice and the intro riff is pretty depressing.

Beautiful and moving. I have cried to this one before... - kingmadmushroom

I was forced to vote for this. - Dawscr

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8Creep - Radiohead

Expresses the feelings that everyone gets at some point in their lives. If you haven't heard it yet, listen to it and you'll understand.

Here comes my vote... it's one of the most depressive songs I've ever heard.

Definitely. One of the most depressing songs I've ever heard, too. And come on, everyone's heard it at some point. A great song to write (or drink) to.

This is scary...

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9Mad World - Gary Jules

Such a sad song, most will know this from gears and Dom's death, gears incorporated this song greatly. Its just such a sad but good song, and at the same time it gives me a good feeling that's unexplainable.

i always struggle not to cry when listening to this song. its just so slow and lilty, and Gary Jules soft, slow, smooth voice just brings the lyrics to life...which sounds kind of ironic really.

What!? Half of these songs aren't even sad (more like dramatic. ) this song is far the saddest I've heard.

I always cry in my head when this song comes on

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10Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I don't know why this is even ON this list. How on earth can you take this for a sad song? And if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last: To be a Rock, and Not to Roll?

Stairway is, quite possibly, the most powerful rock and roll song of all time. It's all there, the whole package- I remember it being voted the #1 song by radio station listeners in San Diego (on KGB's yearly poll back in the day) several years in a row. With good reason. DEFINITELY not SAD or DEPRESSING WHATSOEVER!

This song makes me sad but also very excited. I just love it! It's easily one of the best Rock songs. And the lyrics feel so passionate! If you watch the live version, Robert (the lead singer) says, "You know, I feel like this song's about hope." Then the famous guitar riff hums it's way in and the crowd is bawling and screaming their lungs out. And the live version is amazing as well. But this song overall is just so beautiful that it's sad. I think that's why I vote for it. It's about the natures of life and how precious life itself is! Stairway to Heaven in my opinion is easily one of Led Zeppelin's best works, and one of the best songs of all time. - MontyPython

This should be in the top 10. It's so heartfelt. If you don't agree, listen to the lyrics! It's just beautiful. - crazyforkiss

Love this song! But sad song? Really?

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11How to Save a Life - The Fray

How To Save A Life is one of the saddest songs that I've ever heard. I just heard it today, and I totally fell in love with it. Especially when your watching a really sad episode of a comedy-drama T.V. show. Not just drama alone -- comedy has to be there with it, because it makes it all the more sad. In my opinion, that is. ^^;; - darkvineyard

The lyrics touch me, as many of my friends have considered or attempted suicide (none have succeeded -- thank god! ). I can relate to it and it touches me in a way few other songs do.

I almost abandoned one of my friends, but then I heard this song and cried all night. She was a person almost nobody liked, so I am now her friend once again because of this song :) It's so sad! - emraldYE

This is one of the lost meaningful songs that exists. A song about suicide, it touched my on both an emotional and personal level. It's one that can apply to everyone.

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12Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

"When the day is long, and the night, the night is yours alone. When you're sure you've had enough of this life." It's a beautiful and touching song from one of the best albums of the 90s and of course one of the most influential bands in the past 30 years.

This is the saddest song ever. I've listened to most of the songs on this list, and this is the only one which has me steadily crying throughout the whole song. Maybe it's just me, but this is by far the saddest song I've ever heard. - lavillaof2112

I love that episode of the Big Bang Theory where Amy Farrah Fowler is playing this song on her harp. HAHA! - cedarpointluvr1

This is definitely one of the most saddest songs in history! Makes me cry every time, not to mention it is head to head with ' You Raise Me Up '.

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13Mother - John Lennon

So sad. The outro sounds like an emotional collapse put to music.

Insanely sad song sang and written by an insanely talented songwriter

It breaks my heart listening to this I can hardly explain... - kaitlynrad11

Happy. This is the equivalent of ecstasy I guess...

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14Dance With the Devil - Immortal Technique

Whining about relationships is not sad. Telling a story about a man whos dreams and inspirations led him to destroy and take his own life is sad.

OMG when I heard this song I was fronzen to death, someone else Im pretty sure would cry, but I don't know how could I stay cool.
Great song.
And one of the most underrated artists ever.
Immortal Technique.

you think the beginning is messed up? by the time you get to the end you like... dang I would do it to if I was him. its one of the most heart burning songs for me

This Song Made Me Cry The First Time I Heard It. - 12cc

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15Hero of War - Rise Against

The first time I heard that song, I found it pretty boring because of the lack of speed and guitar an drums in it. Then the second time, I listene to the lyrics and aat the end I burst out crying in my pillow, cause I didn't want my parents to see me. It's the first time I cried in years! The lyrics are so powerful!

This song, with the video is one of the saddest things I have ever seen. It gets me every time. Extremely powerful song and video. - JillianCecil

This is the most powerful song of all time! I showed it to my friend aand his older brother on the way to school, and we all started crying!

This song just gets to me. Great lyrics. - Donut

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16Concrete Angel - Martina McBride

Can not express how powerful this song is I was listening and watching the video one night with my daughter asleep on my lap, not realising she watched and listened to the whole thing. When it finished she burst into tears and told me that she's lucky to have a good mummy and not a bad one like the one she saw. She was 6 at the time. Some children don't realise how lucky they are. My daughter understood every word and listens to it when she feels sad to remind her that there is always someone worse off than her and to spare a thought for the children less fortunate than her.

Saddest song ever, it is sad just to listen to it, but watching the video makes my eyes water ever time I watch it. Needs to be in the top 5 for sure, if not 1st.

This definitely needs to be in the top 5. Every time I try to sing it or even listen to it, I start bawling like a baby. Why this song is so far down I have no idea, because it's absolutely AMAZING and so emotional.

I cry every time I hear that song

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17The Last Words You Said - Sarah Brightman

For anyone whose soul has been singed by the passions and glories of tragic love-- this One's for U. Sarah's voice singing these heart-breaking lyrics will tenderly wound and heal U. She's without equal in awaking hidden depths of feeling in the listener. - timhatcher

ReaLLy aWEsome Song For anyone whose soul has been singed by the passions and glories of tragic love-- this One's for U. Sarah's voice singing these heart-breaking lyrics will tenderly wound and heal U. She's without equal in awaking hidden depths of feeling in the listener.

This is the best sad songs by sarah brightman
Hope you can always cheer us by anything first by your songs
Love you sarah
You may not know all of your fans but your fans will always remember you

It's a really sad song

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18Without You - X Japan

Yes! X Japan writes songs that pump you up... But they also write songs that break your heart... Whenever I listen to "Without You" or "Forever Love" or "Endless Rain" or "Longing"... It feels like someone gutted me, pulled my heart out so I can watch it beat... And I love it. That is a sad song, the saddest song. Sarah Brightman is amazing too... But X Japan deserves to be at number one.

The music itself is more than enough to make people cry. Listen to the lyric, the effect is tenfold. - kurenai_tenshi

Every time I hear this song it makes me want to cry. I love this song, both with lyrics and played on the piano alone. Every time I hear Toshi sing this song it makes me want to cry, the emotion that he puts behind his singing is found every one of X Japan's songs but in this one you hear it more, but that's just my opinion.

It really make me ad hearing the song, when I first hear the song, suddenly I feel so sad and it made me reflect things in my life... I can feel the sadness in the song...

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19Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

defo the most beautifully written lyrics ever - SoloStriker

Really? It's only really sad during the bridge (haha) part of the song, the rest is about the city of Los Angeles. Also, the song itself is really upbeat.

I can't fathom why this beautiful song is so low on the list.

The cover sucks

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20Last Kiss - Pearl Jam

I used to hate this song but then my boyfriend passed away last year and ever since then I listen to this song all the time...

Though I'm not a big fan of love songs, I was shocked not to see this one here! - sumit

I have been trying to find this song for the past week. It makes me cry every time but worth it. This song reminds me of when I lost my baby girl :(

I don't really listen to songs but the songs I do listen to I am forced to.

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