Best Slow But Powerful Songs of Music History

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The Top Ten

1 Hurt - Johnny Cash

solid

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

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2 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".

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3 American Pie - Don McLean

Come on, the story is sad.

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

Slow?
Seriously?
Best lay off the java.

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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!

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5 Imagine - John Lennon

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

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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

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7 Baba O'Riley - The Who

This song isn't slow... - MontyPython

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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)

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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?

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The Contenders

11 I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack UListen to Sample
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

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13 Feel - Robbie Williams

Everybody loves this song

Not everyone.

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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!

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15 Skyscraper - Demi Lovato UListen to Sample
16 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

It's about the power of love. - Metal_Treasure

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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.

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18 No One But You (Only the Good Die the Young) - Queen UListen to Sample
19 Hurt - Christina Aguilera UListen to Sample
20 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.

21 Piano Man - Billy Joel

One of the best songs ever

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22 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams UListen to Sample
23 16th Avenue - Lacy J. Dalton UListen to Sample
24 Lean On Me - Bill Withers UListen to Sample
25 Come as You Are - Nirvana UListen to Sample
26 Something In the Way - Nirvana UListen to Sample
27 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.

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28 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

Wow

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29 Love Reign O'er Me - The Who

Love this song. - Donut

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30 New York State of Mind - Billy Joel UListen to Sample
31 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
32 Call Me - Shinedown UListen to Sample
33 Creep - Stone Temple Pilots UListen to Sample
34 Black - Pearl Jam UListen to Sample
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 UListen to Sample
37 One of These Nights - Eagles UListen to Sample
38 Behind Blue Eyes - The Who UListen to Sample
39 Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival UListen to Sample
40 If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore UListen to Sample
41 Free Fallin' - Tom Petty UListen to Sample
42 This Ain't Nothin' - Craig Morgan UListen to Sample
43 Everytime - Britney Spears UListen to Sample
44 Glycerine - Bush UListen to Sample
45 Outside - Staind UListen to Sample
46 We Are the Champions - Queen UListen to Sample
47 This Used to Be My Playground - Madonna UListen to Sample
48 What About Love - Heart UListen to Sample
49 Hero of War - Rise Against UListen to Sample
50 Paper Plane - Kagamine Rin UListen to Sample
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2. Hurt - Johnny Cash
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
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