Top Ten Saddest Songs

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21Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho

From her latest album "Awakening", this piece will bring tears - especially if you're recently lost someone near and dear to you. More so than "To Where You Are". Guaranteed. - Trancas

Jackie is the Princess of Beautiful Sad Songs. - BobG

Written for Jacqueline by: Lisa Venkatrathnam and Paul Sumares.

22Hurt - Christina Aguillera

It's 2013 and I still cry during this song, remembering my father. I cry, cry and cry even if I've listened it around 100000 times and half. I cry. And it's Christina who made me cry because she's so amazing, so perfect and so stunning even after all these years of living. My father would have loved the song and I wished there was a way I could show it to him.

Me and my best friend performed this at our talent show at school and everyone loved it. It is amazing and strong inside out and now every time I hear this song, I remember all those beautiful memories and I just can't help myself but crying.

A deep song. At first, I thought it was about a love relationship. Later I did know that this song telling us to appreciate the ones who always behind our back; keep supporting and guiding us. Thank you christine for making Hurt beautifully with your undoubtful voice!

I still cry when I listen to this damn song.

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23Hymn for the Missing - Red

WHAT! 318?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Trust me...you haven't heard a real sad song till you've heard this one. Every single time, this song will get you straight in the feels. It's so soothing and beautiful to the point where it leaves you in tears afterwards! If you haven't listened to it, you really should! - Vortexeo

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24He 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."

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

I think this one deserves 1st position

This is probably the most depressing song in the history of country music.

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25American Pie - Don McLean

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.

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26Hello - Evanescence

I think this song is really sad, but I loved it so much I had to listen to it over and over, it made me cry 5 out 7 times I would watch it in one day.

I think that this song is much more depressing than "my immortal" because a its about a young child at first in denial about a loved ones death, then they see the body for themselves, and my tears start forming.

This song is a song that only a few people know... But it is amazingly beautiful... I would say that it's my favourite Evanescence song... You will just love this song if you don't know this song.

How can someone not cry to this song! SADDEST DEEPEST SONG EVER

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2721 Guns - Green Day

My brother passed away in war so this song makes me cry so much :'( x

Yes! Especially the Broadway version.

It's actually not that sad if you look at the actual meaning of the so g

This song is so sad

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28Whiskey Lullaby - Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss

A song with naturally melancholic opening riff. The Diminished chord quality mixed with the powerful vocals of Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss make this song so powerful. What puts this song so far ahead of most is the story that the song tells, A woman puts a guy down so much that he kills himself thus the woman gets depressed thinking she caused his suicide so she kills herself clutching his picture "for dear life. " First 3 times I listened to it, I cried, and I rarely cry!

No idea why this fell so far. This is, in the form of song, the saddest love story ever.

This is by far, without a doubt, one of the saddest songs I've ever heard. It makes me cry every time I hear it.

This is the saddest song I have ever heard

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29Ashes of Eden - Breaking Benjamin
30Fix You - Coldplay

One of the most beautiful and moving songs about being lost or an outcast or losing someone close. Almost anyone can relate to this on the planet. The remix from DatsiK (look it up) made me outright bawl. You can feel the pain and sadness in his voice. He is hurt.

Yes this song is sad in the beginning, but it soon becomes inspiring at the end. I think that Amsterdam should replace this song. That song is filled with suicidal thoughts and depression. Don't get me wrong though, Fix You makes me cry every time, but it comes when the guitar comes into play, just because that sudden change in mood is so powerful.

It's so sad- shows the desperation at the start (when you try your best/ but you don't succeed/ when you get what you want/ but not what you need). This gives way to hope for the future that makes this song at once heartbreaking and uplifting, in classic Coldplay style (lights will guide you home... / and I will try/ to fix you)

Every single time. "Tears stream, down you face"

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31Without 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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32Street Spirit (Fade Out) - Radiohead

It's a beautiful song about complete hopelessness and sadness.. But with hope at the end "cracked eggs, dead birds, scream as they fight for life". - nirvanafan1998

Thom Yorke cried himself when playing this song, nuff said -

As Thom put it, it's a song about fighting the Devil and losing every single time

It reminds me of things I can't achieve and it makes me feeling so hopeless

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33Danny Boy - Jackie Evancho

Most beautiful version of this classic, sung by a girl of 10 (at the time of the recording). How can someone so young infuse this song with so much sadness? That's Jackie's great gift.

This classic has been covered by hundreds of top performers.
But Jackie Evancho gives it a whole new poignancy.

I don't understand how such a young singer can convey so much deep sorrow.

The most moving version of "Danny Boy" I have ever heard. Even though Jackie was only 10 she brought emotional understanding to the song far beyond her years. Now at 14 she is set to be one of the greatest if not the greatest singers of the 21th century.

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34Angel - Jackie Evancho

Here Jackie has taken Sarah McLachlan's carefully crafted lyrics, and leant a new meaning of hope and redemption. - Trancas

Why is this 38th when the original is in the two hundreds?

35The 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

Lame slow song

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36The Winner Takes It All - ABBA

The emotion that Agnetha sings this song with, and the ability to cry with her voice is something special. Having just gone through a divorce and singing the words to this song have to make it one of the saddest songs ever. - MGBSG1

This is the only song that makes me cry everytime I listen to it. The raw passion and power behind the most beautiful song ever written.

This is truly such a painful song to listen and the saddest. Agnetha has the sweetest voice and uses grief and sadness. I know Agnetha was devastated and I wished she and Bjorn never separated. I saw lots of photos of them in love and joy. This song tells a story and pictures everything. I love how amazing this is!

I love this song! It's one of the best breakup and saddest songs ever! Agnetha truly has a special gift. Her voice is so sweet and strong! The lyrics can tell the story and the emotion. It's so painful but beautiful!

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37Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park

Belong to be most mellow song of this rock group. This song can make you feel emotional

38How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead

If you heard this song, it would screw up your day. Of all the songs on this list, this is definitely the saddest/depressing dong of all time.

One of the most emotive tracks ever produced

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39Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin

Anytime you see this song featured on a television show or a movie there is always a person who either has a tear running down his face in the show (or in real life) it really hits home for many people and should be more respected as one of the saddest of all time.

my dad used to sing this song to me every night to make me fall asleep... and as I got older I realized that he has missed a lot of my life because of his job!

How is this not higher. Whenever I'm alone and listen to this song I bawl. I get super depressed when I think about growing up. I try going to my happy place, (pretending I'm in Star Wars) but it doesn't help. By far, saddest song ever.

It's so sad. I cry every time I hear this.

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40One - Metallica

This song is about Joe Bonham, a young soldier serving in World War I, awakens in a hospital bed after being caught in the blast of an exploding artillery shell. He gradually realizes that he has lost his arms, legs, and all of his face (including his eyes, ears, teeth, and tongue), but that his mind functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body.

Joe attempts suicide by suffocation, but finds that he had been given a tracheotomy which he can neither remove nor control. At first Joe wishes to die, but later decides that he desires to be placed in a glass box and toured around the country in order to show others the true horrors of war. Joe successfully communicates these desires with military officials by banging his head on his pillow in Morse code. However, he realizes that neither desire will be granted, and it is implied that he will live the rest of his natural life in his condition.

As Joe drifts between reality and fantasy, he remembers his old life ...more

Best, Song. Ever. Just watch the videoclip, it's the saddest thing you'll ever watch with the best song ever on it. I cried when I watched them playing it live in 2007.

Why is this not higher on the list? Number 45? Come on! This is an excellent song, yet very sad. It's a great song overall, even though it's sad.

I'm not a huge Metallica fan, but this song is great. One of the only songs I can cry to to be honest

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1. Hymn for the Missing - Red
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