Best Slow But Powerful Songs of Music History


The Top Ten

1 Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash

It was originally by Nine Inch Nails. The Nine Inch Nails version is much better. - PhoenixAura81


This song is so powerful and the video always brings me to tears.

2 American Pie - Don McLean American Pie - Don McLean

Come on, the story is sad.

I love this song! This is my jam! 😁 - DynastiNoble

Best lay off the java.

3 The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

When you need it sung slowly and powerfully, call on Jackie. - BobG

Music used at the conclusion of the "Red Wedding" scene in "Game Of Thrones".
Dark, ominous, and extremely powerful.

The more I listen to this song, the more it astonishes me. Very ethereal. - BobG

From "Game Of Thrones".

4 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

There is nothing more epic than this song. It starts out slow, and builds up the mood so perfectly that when it's over it doesn't feel long at all.

It seems to build up for ages and rock out so shortly. This is how you create a masterpiece, people! - Donut

Thanks Led Zeppelin for making our lives better with such an awesome masterpiece!

5 Imagine - John Lennon

Great song touching.
Why right now.
I can't even find song like this?

6 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Love this song every school dance at my old school we would play this song

My daughter song to me xx

This song is so good and powerful

Motivation song

7 Baba O'Riley - The Who

This song isn't slow... - MontyPython

8 Forever Young - Alphaville

If only Vice City had this, shame that it wasn't in both Vice City games. :( - Gehenna

Why is this not number one... (O O)

9 Lovers - Jackie Evancho

Lovely, and just a song that Jackie Loves to sing, and we Love to hear... Nobody does it better..

Theme from the movie "House of Flying Daggers"; the final acapella line will make your heart explode.

See "Dream With Me - In Concert", her first PBS special with David Foster.

Last 25 seconds of this song is the best sound ever recorded.

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10 Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Not slow, but still an amazing song. - Stalin

I have never listened to it before. - DynastiNoble

I think "Effigy" is a much better, slower song by CCR. - BobG

Just what do you think "fast" is?

The Contenders

11 I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
12 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Really, really exquisite. Like "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". Pink Floyd are the best rock band ever. End of. - PositronWildhawk

13 Feel - Robbie Williams

Everybody loves this song

Not everyone.

14 How To Save A Life - The Fray

Pretty good - Cheeseant910

And I would have stayed up
With you all night
Had I known
How to save a life!

15 Skyscraper - Demi Lovato
16 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Amazing song. - PhoenixAura81

It's about the power of love. - Metal_Treasure

17 The End - The Doors

I love this song. It's perfect for this list. Slow but the words sink in and truly have an effect on you. All 12 minutes of this song could be classified into 1 phrase "Simply Perfect". I seriously think this is the best song ever made. - dudesterravensfan

"This is the end, beautiful friend. " These words always give me chills. The End is the definitive slow but powerful song. Seriously go listen to all 12 minutes. Especially the last 2 minutes.

18 No One But You (Only the Good Die the Young) - Queen
19 Hurt - Christina Aguilera
20 Piano Man - Billy Joel

One of the best songs ever

21 Ride On - AC/DC

Tells the story from inside an emotional rock and roller's head, one of the biggest ones at that. Shows you, we're all human. The final chorus which the backing vocals and rhythm guitars (via Malcolm on BV, Angus and Mal on RG) get bolder brings out an emotional closure to the song.

22 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
23 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed


24 16th Avenue - Lacy J. Dalton
25 Lean On Me - Bill Withers
26 Call Me - Shinedown
27 Come as You Are - Nirvana
28 Something In the Way - Nirvana
29 Nutshell - Alice in Chains

This is a song that embodies the struggle Layne felt about his addiction. The lyrics are so personal and deep and I feel no could ever sing them like he did.

30 Love Reign O'er Me - The Who

Love this song. - Donut

31 New York State of Mind - Billy Joel
32 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
33 Creep - Stone Temple Pilots
34 Black - Pearl Jam
35 Say Something - A Great Big World

Oh Christina. I don't know why her voice makes me wanna cry. maybe that's because she sings with her heart.

It has made people cry - cowz001

36 Can't You See - The Marshall Tucker Band
37 Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
38 One of These Nights - Eagles
39 Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
40 Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
41 If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore
42 Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
43 This Ain't Nothin' - Craig Morgan
44 Real - James Wesley
45 Everytime - Britney Spears
46 Glycerine - Bush
47 Outside - Staind
48 We Are the Champions - Queen
49 This Used to Be My Playground - Madonna
50 What About Love - Heart
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Top Remixes

1. American Pie - Don McLean
2. Hurt - Johnny Cash
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin


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