Top Ten Saddest Songs

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41Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

The reason this song is sad is that they're talking about a former band member by the name of Syd Barrett who left the band because of increasingly worse mental issues. He had schizophrenia, and lived as a recluse in his mother's basement for forty years. Ironically, he wandered into the studio that Pink Floyd was recording in, while they were playing this song. this was also his last encounter with the band. - ikedrums

It is so sad. You guys probably haven't ever really thought about the lyrics.

Best song ever. This should easily be in the top 10.

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42How 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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43Cat'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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44One - 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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45This Used to Be My Playground - Madonna

I adore this song. We must say a big "Thank You" to Madonna for this pure masterpiece. Emotional, sad but very beautiful lyrics. This track will never be outdated because we all start as kids, then teens, then mature and then... We recollect the days of our childhood listening to this song - Irina2932

This song always makes me sad. Beautiful lyrics and vocals by Madonna. It will remind you of childhood days, will definetely make you nostalgic. Beautiful song.

Excellent... I am so sad at this time and this song is awesome this song fill my eyes with tears

This song always makes me want to live as a child. I miss my childhood..and I can't go back to it when it had so much memories...

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46To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho

One of Jackie original efforts, performed for David Foster's Hitman Talent Search Contest in 2009, and included on her "Prelude To A Dream" self-released CD and iTunes album. Still performed on occasion in concert, it brings tears - especially if you've recently experienced a loss of someone dear. I know. - Trancas

Will bring on a foutain of tears. Will however bring you at peace with whatever you're experiencing in this life.

47Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks

Goodbye Michelle my little one
You gave me love and helped me find the sun
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground.Goodbye Michelle it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there

My dad played this to me when I was like 4 or 5 its one of the first songs I remember learning all the words to. A decade and a half later and this song is still one of my all time favourite sad songs.

this was on my uncles album that are family made when he died. R.I.P uncle rick 15 - Eaganbaseball29

I like this song & it's not sad

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481916 - Motorhead

Really nice and sad song. Highly recommended...

49Sleep Alone - MobyV1 Comment
50Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan

This is one of the saddest songs I've ever listened to. If you listen to the version with lyrics, you will know what I'm talking about: the singer is talking about how he was abandoned at the altar, and he's remembering how his father died and how his mother became distant and detached after that. A truly sad song that makes me cry every time I hear it!

Brings tears to my eyes yet I can't stop playing it over and over. We all have feelings deep inside that emerge when we hear certain songs and this song stirs those sad, melancholy feelings like no other for me.

Really sad-I listened to it over and over after my mom died-she told me many years prior that she used to listen to it after her dad died!

So bad made my nan cry for 2 months straight

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51Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

I want to cry every time I hear this, and there isn't even a reason. Later my best friend played this on the guitar and sang it too and I was filled with such a deep hurting longing feeling.

Saddest song. A lot of people can relate to it, and you can hear the hurt in the singer's voice.

Jeff Buckley amazing voice just get you right in the heart.

I love this song, singing it for my gospel choir auditions

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52All Things Must Pass - George Harrison

This song is more uplifting and comforting than sad.

"Daylight is good at arriving at the right time; It's not always gonna be this grey"

One of my favorite songs

53November Rain - Guns N Roses

I never really enjoyed November rains ever after. This is a class apart. The guitars by Slash rule the whole plot. I just don't want to hear any other song when I am sad apart from this piece of beauty. God bless.

OK, this is being hijacked by Sarah Brightman fans... This so is sad yet so class

the song is so romantic make I cry the video clip is so cool
"dont you think that you need some one"

The video is too much

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54Mockingbird - Eminem

Love the song my dad was so so mean to me and he used to play the song for me all the time I would yell at him for playing it but now I play it all the time it reminds me of him I cry when ever I hear it

I almost cried all day when I first heard this song... this song is about the story of eminem.. everybody plz plz hear this song - shuvro

I literally cried the first time I heard this. The first song I had ever heard by him was Real slim shady. And the song was great but it left an impression on me that he was into fun songs. It was the only song I had ever heard until my friend came over for a sleep over and played the song. It was so good that the girls slept in another room because I was just playing the song over and over again. - dipperpinesfangirl618

Hailie should be lucky to have a great father like Eminem. 8/10

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55So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

You simply feel it there, that painful loss of The Rev. This song is actually full of life for me, because it is about someone, who really lived. It has soul. And that's the reason why I vote for So Far Away.

This song still make me cry. Remembering me with someone I love who died years ago. So deep just like from the heart, my girl may rest in peace when I sing this song.

This song is about the passing of the rev, originally written by syn for his dead grandpa, when the rev died, the band and syn decided to write this as a tribute to the rev. this was a tossup between warmness on the soul and so far away, but so far away is more depressing. foREVer

Song written at first for a band member's dead father and then played and recorded at the death of band member The Rev. If you've heard his music you'd understand just how sad this is.

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56Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold

The best song ever makes me cry every time I hear this the guitar solo of synester is just killer never heard a song like this before this song is just immortal this would never be forgotten by anyone
just a piece of art
avenged sevenfold rocks

This is one of the saddest and yet most epic songs I've ever heard. I am also very surprised that I Won't See You Tonight (part 1) isn't on here (same artist). Its very long but equally powerful. The lyrics in this song are sad but inspiring at the same time, and the amazing solo just uplifts you after from the sadness. Wonderful song. - xSpartanXx

I used to love a girl but never said it to her being afraid of getting rejected as I was in 6th grade at that time
After 3 years, I shifted from that town and I came to know from a friend of hers that she loved me too and was rather crazy about me... By then she had already left that school and none of her friends know where she is anymore... I listen to this and it seems like its just meant for me
"Seize the day or die regretting the time you've lost"
True words of wisdom A7X m/

This is one of the best ballads I've heard by avenged sevenfold and possibly any other band. Has a good deep meaning and is very beautiful.

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57Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

I love this song with every piece of my soul.
The violin rhythm lulls you into the deep of the song; and its story.
People forget to look further into the meaning of lyrics, and how songs are mostly written from the heart.
This song is probably one of the most devastating songs I've heard; lovers who would have been perfect, but don't cross paths until it's too late - simply poetic.
Although I agree with the top ten listed, I think this masterpiece should definitely be higher up. It is a real tear jerker I have to say

Number 47? This song's story is so depressing but morbidly true. I'm surprised it isn't up there in the top 10

Such a sad song, though amazing just because its not about love or a boyfriend its about not living the life you want and being lonely. Amazing song.

The lyrics are so depressing and raw.

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58As Tears Go By - The Rolling Stones

Just watch the final scene in house season 5 where this song is played and you will know what I am talking about

59You Never Know - Immortal Technique

Saddest in my opinion. Left me in tears because it was a simply unique story.

60Baltimore's Fireflies - Woodkid
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