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

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.

Love how her haunting voice mixes right in with the music

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2 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

Such a beautiful song.

A song which expresses pain literally

A beautiful, timeless and absolutely amazing song

About as powerful as music can be.

3 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

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.

I could die to this song and be completely at peace.

I have listened to this one a lot.

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4 Nella Fantasia - Jackie Evancho

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

My son's favorite song. He is 6 months old

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5 Hurt - Johnny Cash

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

Easily the best song in this list, although Radiohead is awesome too. But Johnny Cash... Man, you can hear what dying feels like.

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6 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. - Metal_Treasure

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.

7 Creep - Radiohead

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..

Haunting!

But I'm a crepe
I'm a weird dough

8 Angel - Sarah McLachlan

Absolutely heartbreaking

My favorite song

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

9 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!

A very beautiful song. Enough said.

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10 How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead

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.

Street Spirit (Fade Out) should be 2

Sometimes I feel like that... We are both the same...

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The Newcomers

? Epitaph - King Crimson
? I Talk to the Wind - King Crimson

The Contenders

11 Concrete Angel - Martina McBride

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 - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

I love this song it made me cry the first time I ever heard it.

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12 How to Save A Life - The Fray

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.

Something about this song... it can be related to so many things... depression, suicide, abuse, etc.

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13 Bittersweet - Within Temptation

The sweet flute gives you the chills. It's so beautiful, I cry every time I listen to it. Such a shame it's underrated. I recommend people listen to it. - MillieTrina_Prower

14 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

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

15 Empty Garden - Elton John

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.

16 Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) - Deftones

Best band best song

17 Fear and Loathing - Marina and the Diamonds
18 Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards

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)". - Metal_Treasure

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.

19 Lovers - Jackie Evancho

I bought the movie. in my humble opinion Jackie does a better job, plus watching her sing it gives the listener a powerful emotional connection.

From the movie "House of Flying Daggers", which is a very sad movie.

Tough to pick between this, Nella Fantasia, and Mi Mancherai, with her performance on her PBS Great Performances "Dream With Me In Concert", I have to go with it.

Absolutely

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20 Nightswimming - R.E.M.
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