Top Ten Saddest Songsbiscuits
The Top TenXW
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.
It's filled with emotion and passion that will make anyone be calm and emotional..V114 Comments
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
At the bottom of everything, extreme emotion is surprisingly void. Instead, a numb calmness takes over. The only way to know if emotion even exists is to hurt, metaphorically or literally, as Johnny sees all fake people living fake lives, lies called Society. He produces artificial happiness to fit in with society, taking drugs to feel happy. At least he used to use heroin. His old vices and cruelty give him long flashbacks. He can not erase what has happened In the past. He once had problems with these drugs. He wants to give everything he can to his wife, making up for his ruined heart. His fame is not important, because of these bad decisions. He wants to warn them, he will! Hurt them! He thinks he is entirely worthless. If he could have a second chance, he would do it all over again being pure and whole as a man.
The one by NIN is good but this one just makes bawl every time.
This is the saddest song I've ever heard.V76 Comments
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
Great song with beautiful poignant voice of amy lee love her in this song..V218 Comments
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!
When I was younger I never really understood the songs meaning. Now I do...V83 Comments
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.
Whenever I feel down this song really lifts my spirits. Happiest song of all time!V46 Comments
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.
This song is legendary and deserves to be at least in top 3V128 Comments
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 am slowly creeping into the Pink Floyd Family so I do think know a lot about this song buy I have heard nothing but good things about itV37 Comments
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.
This song is just depressingV53 Comments
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.
Sums up my feelings - Jay_07V35 Comments
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 a beautifully written song, with a very powerful message. It makes me break down every time I listen to it because of personal memories.V47 Comments
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!
You are absolutely right it seems like the person who added this song to the list, didn't even have an idea as to what the song wishes to convey. - LightningBlade
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
This song is not sad, however, if you've been through something tragic and sad, this song can be sad from the lyrics and guitar riff. - PlonderssV15 Comments
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
Should be higherV4 Comments
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.
And one of the most underrated artists ever.
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 IS THE saddest song ever made. The only thing that has made me cry in years, and still does every time. Needs to be number 1.V18 Comments
"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 '.V16 Comments
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. - DonutV17 Comments
I listened to this with my grandfather (it was one of his favorites) when I was little... All the time. He died 3 years ago and I miss him so much. I can't listen to the song anymore, because I couldn't stand the pain.
That's why I listen to the saga begins. But even that is still sad in the end. Weird Al can't make me laugh with this song, no matter how much I love the melody or Star Wars.
In fact, this song is not really sad.V1 Comment
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.
I heard this song for the first time when I was young (less than 10) and I was legitimately afraid of this song until a year or two ago when I forced myself to listen to it again, all because of how much it affected me the first time I listened to it. There isn't another song that I know of that makes me cry every time I hear it.
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 song should be #1. It's about abuse! Have you seen the music video? I'm sorry but if you don't at least get choked up while watching that music video, you obviously don't have a heart!V24 Comments
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 like this song but it is not that sad yet it is sad but in a different way from most songs - TheThomasThomas
I love this songV7 Comments
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...
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 :(
Though I'm not a big fan of love songs, I was shocked not to see this one here! - sumit
Fast sad song risky but works 10 out of 10V6 Comments
if you listen to the lyrics of this song you will realise it is about a kid called adam who commited suicide and his mum asked blink 182 to write a song about him, best version of this song is live on mark tom and travis show - bigcowpaddy1
You don't expect song this kind of sad from the punk GREATS as they their songs are usually humorous and banging-type... This song is one amongst theirs best.. Even their song 'not now' is sad, but hasn't made the list
What sets this one apart from the rest of this list is the tragedy of a life with so much before it taken too soon by their own hands (that last bit is what separates it from Tears in Heaven)
Coming from a depressed teenager myself, this song got so much right. Every lyric is the truth. It speaks to me. One of the greatest songs of all timeV12 Comments
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Top Remixes (117)
2. Ashes of Eden - Breaking Benjamin
3. Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park
2. Stan - Eminem
3. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
2. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
3. At Least We Tried - Moby
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