Best Slow But Powerful Songs of Music History

The Top Ten

Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash Cover Art

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.


American Pie - Don McLean American Pie - Don McLean Cover Art

Come on, the story is sad.

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

Best lay off the java.

The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

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

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!

Imagine - John Lennon

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

Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Cover Art

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

Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba O'Riley - The Who Cover Art

This song isn't slow... - MontyPython

Forever Young - Alphaville Forever Young - Alphaville Cover Art

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

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

Lovers - Jackie Evancho Lovers - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

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.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival Cover Art

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

I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack Cover Art
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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

Feel - Robbie Williams

Everybody loves this song

Not everyone.

How To Save A Life - The Fray How To Save A Life - The Fray Cover Art

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

Pretty good - Cheeseant910

Skyscraper - Demi Lovato Skyscraper - Demi Lovato Cover Art
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

It's about the power of love. - Metal_Treasure

Amazing song. - PhoenixAura81

The End - The Doors The End - The Doors Cover Art

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.

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

One of the best songs ever

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.

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


16th Avenue - Lacy J. Dalton 16th Avenue - Lacy J. Dalton Cover Art
Lean On Me - Bill Withers
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