Most Hauntingly Beautiful and Sad Songs

Title is quite self explanatory. Just a list of songs that make you look at everything a little differently after listening to them. Very sad, but in the best of ways.

The Top Ten

1 My Immortal - Evanescence My Immortal - Evanescence Cover Art

Amy Lee's voice is beautifully haunted as she sings about a loved one who won't leave her alone after their death. Her voice mixes with the piano to dreary a euphony of sadness.

This is The Best song, This is a Beautiful

One of the saddest songs ever written.

Such a beautifully sad, heart-wrenching song. Amy Lee is an amazing vocalist, and her songs reflect on the true tragedy of life. While many consider it to be lazily written, I understand the true meaning of the words, and the emotions evoked in this song. A haunting melody accompanied with an almost overwhelming sense of loss and grief, along with the piano, and you have the perfect expressive song that still lingers in your heart afterwards. For lovers of this song,moisten to Lost In Paradise by Evanescence, and Imaginary, also by Evanescence.

2 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton Cover Art

Such a beautiful song.

A song which expresses pain literally

About as powerful as music can be.

A beautiful, timeless and absolutely amazing song

3 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Cover Art

This song is so melodic and flows perfectly. His voice is breathtaking for this kind of song.

The fact that he died, shortly after recording this, makes even more haunting

To me it doesn't get more haunting than this!

This song is like a prayer and raises me to a higher plane each time I hear it. I It literally has an effect on one's soul.

4 Nella Fantasia - Jackie Evancho Nella Fantasia - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

Jackie's songs have a haunting quality about them because of her exquisite tone, pitch and interpretation of each one. She leaves her listeners spellbound and in awe.

The beauty of Jackie's voice will haunt you for weeks after hearing her in concert! This I know!

I would have chosen Dark Waltz sung by Jackie, but anything she sings is beautiful

Not really a sad song, but hauntingly beautiful, definitely.

5 How to Save A Life - The Fray How to Save A Life - The Fray Cover Art

I love this song, makes me cry almost every time. It's just so emotional and so pure.

This song is amazing all in its own. If you really miss someone and you just sorta want to cry this is the perfect song to listen to

Beautiful song, it haunts me because of the words, music, and the raw pain and truth deep in the song.

Yes I like this one

6 Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash Cover Art

The original is good but the Cash version just resonates deeper with me. It unfortunately reminds me of my son who came to a place in his life where he became a drug addict and would hurt (cut) himself. For me this song gives me a (probably false) sense of why. But I break down every time I hear it and can't turn it off.

Honestly I always hate when Cash's version makes lists over the original. My biggest problem has always been a simple change of a lyric he made. I wear this crown of thorns does not fit the song. The song is sung from the perspective of someone who is in a very low place emotionally. Yet changing the lyric to crown of thorns invokes a completely different image. Also I always liked how in the original the background music gets louder right at the last line and drowns it out. The last line " I would find a way" represents hope. It is about the only hopeful line in the song. The background music adds depth. After everything he still has hope. It is faint and drowned out by the noise around it but it is still there underneath it all. Johnny Cash's version is still a great song but in my opinion is not above the original.

This song is a real tearjerker for me. Whenever I hear it, it just gets to me for some reason. He's got such a sad voice and the tune is so haunting.

Non of these compare to this song, I know it was a NIN version original but Cash makes it his own with his haunting acoustics, subtle guitar and mellowing piano, I can't here this song I can feel my self welling no matter the mood, this rendition of hurt is truly amazing

7 Creep - Radiohead Creep - Radiohead Cover Art

Feels like how I feel. It feels like a demonstration of what I am in a way, of how I think people think of me.

Simply the most beautiful sound in the world

We all feel like this... This song is haunting.. We don't know enough about what happens to others..


8 Concrete Angel - Martina McBride Concrete Angel - Martina McBride Cover Art

I remember being a little girl and watching the music video on the T.V. while I ate breakfast and bawling

I literally spent a whole weekend singing this song and crying; for absolutely no reason. It's so beautiful that I would totally do it again.

This song made me cry when I first listened to it, and I almost never cry.

One of my favorite songs of all time. X3

9 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

Easily, Top 3. This awesome ballad in based on real life events: the singer & lyricist saw two car accidents in one week (same place! ) and a boy and a girl were killed.
The singer /lyricist turned this tragedy into a sad but beautiful story:

Death took the life of the boy by mistake and to make up for it, the reaper comes back to take the life of the girl, who his soulmate would have been in life. The reaper asks the girl: "Would you mind if take you? "

The singer uses several voice intonations to communicate the emotions - angelic, melancholy, innocent, ghostly, funeral, dramatic and harsh.
Also, the long scream at the end is insane - I think this scream represents the pain of the body when the soul leaves it. Then pain goes away.

Amazing vocals start to finish, hands down. This guy will leave you in awe.

My favorite song.

The vocalist is Hansi Kursch, lead singer of Blind Guardian and my pillow waifu.
The guitarist is Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth.

Easily my favorite song on my favorite album.

I hope they make another album soon, they haven't toured in 16 years.

The Bard Song by Blind Guardian is a close second hauntingly beautiful song.

10 Angel - Sarah McLachlan Angel - Sarah McLachlan Cover Art

No wonder they used it in those commercials

Absolutely heartbreaking

My favorite song

I finally found a good sad song that is not rock :O MAGIC!

The Newcomers

? Another Love - Tom Odell Another Love - Tom Odell Cover Art
? Diamond Heart - Alan Walker Diamond Heart - Alan Walker Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Hurt - Christina Aguilera Hurt - Christina Aguilera Cover Art

Beautifully sung w/ so much heart. The video reminds me of my sister & my father. If you can, look up a live Emotional.

12 Breathe Me - Sia

Deep lyrics paired with a great tune topped with the unique, amazing, and out-of-this-world vocals of Sia. Highly recommend you to listen!

You may recognize this song from the final episode of six feet under. This is my favorite sad song ( other than my immortal)

This song just hits somehwere in my heart every time, her beautiful, breathtaking voice, the haunting piano in the background, and the words that just seem to understand. Such an amazing piece of music!

Such a deep and emotional song with haunting lyrics and music

13 How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead Cover Art

Filled with pain and emotion Radiohead delivers a song that may not be catchy the first time you hear it, but gradually you will find it pulling you in. Perfectly captures the feeling of being invisible.

Aw man this hits the heart so, so hard - it's like you're feeling Thom Yorke's absolute pain, not only through his lyrics, but through that achingly awesome voice of his.

The vocals, the music, the lyrics, the music video everything about this is so haunting that it might make you extensively depressed if you listen this quite a few times alone.

No other singer matches Thom's pain like this, especially the falsetto at the end. Absolutely gut wrenching but so beautiful at the same time.

14 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day Cover Art

Billie Joe has the innate ability to write songs that are relatable and almost haunting in their true nature. Wake Me Up When September Ends is a perfect example of what he can do as a songwriter, not just as the punk rock frontman of a world famous rock band to which many people dismiss him as mediocre. But he's not. He is a talent Just by opening up about a part of his life that he had not displayed prior, he really came through and proved just how valuable his is as an artist. RIP Andrew Armstrong.

This song is about the death of Billie Joe's father. Is such an emotional song, with such beautiful lyrics.

I cry every time I listen this song. Beautiful.

This is a very great song. It always motivates me to write a song. Love you Green Day

15 Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri Cover Art

I can't believe how much I love this song. The emotion she puts into it is AMAZING

It is amazing, beautiful and emotional

16 Til It Happens to You - Lady Gaga Til It Happens to You - Lady Gaga Cover Art

So beautiful and every word holds so much meaning and emotion. An absolutely gorgeous song with a very powerful meaning.

This song is reality

17 Once Upon a Time in New York City - Huey Lewis
18 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art

It's about suicide. The vox, lyrics, melody, chorus and the first guitar solo are of haunting beauty!

Just superb

19 Empty Garden - Elton John Empty Garden - Elton John Cover Art

Great song about the murder of John Lennon (the gardener in the song). This song is rarely performed live because Elton said that he still gets emotional about it.

Maybe I'm biased because Elton John is my favorite artist, but I just marvel at how beautiful this and so many of his other songs are.

20 Nightswimming - R.E.M.

My favorite song of all time. A masterpiece on a the masterpiece that is "Automatic for the People". Those lyrics, the somber and soaring strings...just amazing.

I finally watched the video and like the movie Cinema Paradiso, it transported me to a time when I was innocent and the world was unrolling under my feet.

21 Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards Cover Art

A father rejects his newborn child diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This ballad describes the struggle of the father and the emotions going in and out of his mind.

"I don't wanna hold you
(Please tell me why)
I don't wanna see you
'Cause even your smile hurts
Oh, it hurts like hell
Life goes on it surely will
Without me it will wither
My tear of joy turned into grief
(I don't wanna stand it anymore)".

Whoever is adding these Demons and Wizards songs on here is awesome. I prefer Fiddler on the Green, but this was over all a pretty good album.

However if you're doing metal that is hauntingly beautiful, it should definitely include Rundtgåing Av Den Transcendentale Egenhetens Støtte by Burzum.

22 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Cover Art

It's sadder than the Johnny Cash cover. How he whispers most of the song. You can feel the pain.

The lyrics and the emotion in his voice are just so raw they make me cry when I listen to it.

I found this song through Rick and Morty and I love it

23 Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy Cover Art

Ever's voice is truly angelic. The way she covered this song is phenomenal! Such a beautiful and calming version of fields of gold. Love love love...

Such an amazing voice! Haunting.

24 Space Between - Sia Space Between - Sia Cover Art
25 Skyscraper - Demi Lovato Skyscraper - Demi Lovato Cover Art

Its inspirational. Its beautiful and sad but in a good way.

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