Top Ten Saddest Songs


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The Top Ten

Tears 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.
[Newest]I used to think, losing my husband is the worst thing that could ever happen to me. Turns out, I was wrong.
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2Hurt - 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.


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.
[Newest]Well I liked the nine inch nails version.. Better...

3Yesterday - The Beatles
An absolutely gorgeous song, could bring Castro to tears it's so beautifuly sad.
it should be on number 1
Nothing sadder than nostalgia..
[Newest]It's my personal favorite track by the Beatles. it deserves the number one spot.

4My 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
[Newest]This song made me cry
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5Wake 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!
[Newest]This is a lovely song. It's sad and beautiful at the same time
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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.
[Newest]One of the best songs by Eminem, I could listen to it all day long...

7Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
David Gilmour's voice and the intro riff is pretty depressing.
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
Beautiful and moving. I have cried to this one before...


[Newest]I thought this song was sad before I knew what it was about... Then I learned what it was about and it's sad looking at pictures of the band just before Syd left and he just looks vacant

8Mad 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.
[Newest]The only thing about this song that I don't like is that it's just WAY too depressing. Whenever I hear it, all it does it make me sad.

9How 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 TV 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. ^^;;


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!


[Newest]The music video and the song... So depressing

10Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
I love that episode of the Big Bang Theory where Amy Farrah Fowler is playing this song on her harp. HAHA!


I have listen to this one lots of times and its so sad.
It was dark time in my life and rem put my thoughts and feelings to song!
[Newest]Mean Tweets Made This Song Funny

The Contenders

11Mother - 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
Sounds like he's losing it all

12Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
defo the most beautifully written lyrics ever


I can't fathom why this beautiful song is so low on the list.
Sad song about the pain of addiction and lonliness

13Hero 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 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, with the video is one of the saddest things I have ever seen. It gets me every time. Extremely powerful song and video.


[Newest]Great song.. one of the best songs I ever seen

14The 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.


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
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.
[Newest]Its a really sad song

15Stairway 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 Led Zeppelin's best work, and one of the best songs of all time.


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


[Newest]If you really pay attention the the mode and beginning lyrics it is very sad should be # 2 beside Bohemian Rhapsody which is about someone innocent being executed and it is there final thoughts.

16Last Kiss - Pearl Jam
Though I'm not a big fan of love songs, I was shocked not to see this one here!


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 :(
[Newest]This song is the saddest thing I've ever heard. It is the ultimate embodiment of regret and love lost. I cannot believe that it is all the way in the top 40.

17He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
Country music has always had a major role in expressing sorrow along with Blues. This is the quintessential sad song of the South. Nothing is more Country than this sad song of "love her 'til you die."
I think this one deserves 1st position
This song always makes me cry. My grandma always plays it because wit hits home for her. Her husband died and this was her th song of sadness

18Dance 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
[Newest]The hidden track at the end was sick but the song itself was crazy. Might be sad but also hardcore

19Adam's Song - Blink 182
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


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
This should be on top 10. what is wrong with people? This is one of the deepest and saddest song ever.

20Creep - 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.
[Newest]It should be on no. 1

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