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 really sad - MayankShridhar

I am so glad to see this at number one. This song will stick with you for a long time.

Can't listen this without crying. - Userguy44

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2 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

Such a beautiful song.

A song which expresses pain literally

About as powerful as music can be.

A beautiful, timeless and absolutely amazing song

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3 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

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

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

The pain and anguish projected by Buckley simply brings me to tears as the memories overwhelm me,

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.

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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

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

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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.

Trent Reznor (NIN) did this better. And is the original singer of this song. This is like a cover band getting all the credit. Ridiculous.

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

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6 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.

Yes I like this one

Should by number 1

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7 Creep - Radiohead

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..

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8 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.

9 Angel - Sarah McLachlan

No wonder they used it in those commercials - blackflower

Absolutely heartbreaking

My favorite song

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

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10 Hurt - Christina Aguilera

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

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The Contenders

11 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)

I lovee this song oml

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!

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12 How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead

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.

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.

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.

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13 Concrete Angel - Martina McBride

One of her best - blackflower

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

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14 Til It Happens to You - Lady Gaga

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

This song is reality

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15 Once Upon a Time in New York City - Huey Lewis
16 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

Just superb

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

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17 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.

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18 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.

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19 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.

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20 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

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

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

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22 Hello - Evanescence

" Suddenly I know I'm not sleeping
Hello, I'm still here All that's left of yesterday "
Amy's voice so beautiful and hunting...should be number 1

Should Be number 1 - mood333

I love it, I love her voice, it's like har voice makes her voice makes me even more sad.


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23 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.

No one does this better than Jackie. - BobG

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24 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

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. - georgielikesgreenday

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

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25 Goodbye May Seem Forever - Jeanette Nolan Goodbye May Seem Forever - Jeanette Nolan
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27 Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy

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.

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28 Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

Jackie Evancho demonstrates time and again there is no one that can compare with the awesome beauty of her voice. Simply outstanding.

Mesmerized for days since this was released.. on replay for hours.. under a spell.. can't stop listening..

Up, Jackie! You're the best!

Now THIS song is much sadder than "Nella Fantasia." Pride goeth before a fall, that's the tragic message of this song from Game of Thrones. Jackie's voice gives the song a haunting, mournful quality. - BobG

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29 Part of Your World - Jodi Benson UListen to Sample
30 For the Love of a Daughter - Demi Lovato UListen to Sample
31 Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor UListen to Sample
32 Born to Die - Lana del Ray

Love her!

This song is not just sad. It is a powerful moment to share with Lana, who's such an underrated artist.

Only 52? Why? This is a great song, & very sad. - Fan_of_Good_Music

Such a great song from a very talented woman.

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34 Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor - Eels

This song is simply amazing. The lyrics are so simple, but leave you thinking about their meaning for hours. Especially when you learn that he wrote the song for his sister Elizabeth, who killed herself after a long battle with depression. Such a hauntingly beautiful song.

Short song with long lasting effects. Its about the singers sister during her last moments before killing herself. The eerie electric guitar is like a creepy lullaby.

It just hits you!

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36 Love the Way You Lie (Piano Version) - Rihanna UListen to Sample
37 Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues

This is so magical and haunting and I don't quite know why but it does make me have goose bumps after all those years (I'm 57 tomorrow! ) But to me if you don't feel joy or sadness or want to leap around listening to a song then it's almost not worth listening too. I suppose if it's a 'relaxing' tune then it's different!
Totally agree about the line where they sing 'Letters I've written, never meaning to send'...After my divorce sixteen years ago I wrote so many letters and never ever sent them but I did notice as time went by, my letters were less and less angry and bitter and they also became more fair and must have been therapeutic for me. I do have to giggle a little because I was quite young then this group were around and unless we saw the actual album we didn't see names of artists or songs spelt out so I thought it was 'Knights' in White Satin,' which is a little bit of a ridiculous image! Sorry one and all if I've ruined the magic! :) But this song will ...more

The beginning of this song almost made me turn it off, but the moment I hit the chorus I was enthralled with the violin, singing and drama of the whole song. "Just what I'm going through they can't understand" Lyrics that would be cliche in any other song, but not in this one. And of course the wonderful flute only adds to the songs appeal.

The most beautiful, haunting, song ever written. There is no comparison by any other group who write their own material.

'Letters I've written, never meaning to send..."-This line does it for me! As if the music was not beautiful enough...

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38 Mad World - Michael Andrews

This is the most hauntingly beautiful song I have ever heard. The first time I ever heard this was when I was like 9. I was watching Smallville and this song came on at the end of the episode. I have never been more entranced by a song in my life.

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39 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
40 A Little Bit of Everything - Dawes UListen to Sample
41 Forgiven - Within Temptation

Wonderful wonderful song. Amazes me not more people know of this wonderful song and its not more popular and well known

Great song, I also think Our Farewell, Memories & Say My Name are excellent sad songs with meaningful lyrics.

Talks of love and loss and the strength to move on.

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43 The Whisperer - David Guetta
44 Everything Means Nothing to Me - Elliott Smith

Definitely was a hard decision to pick between this song and "How To Disappear Completely". In the Radiohead song, the part that always gives me chills is at the end when it almost sounds like he's crying, "I'm not here - this isn't happening. " But in this song... Geez. It's so... Yeah, hauntingly beautiful. Damn eerie. Elliott Smith was the master of hauntingly beautiful songs.

The first time I heard this it conjured such an image that I can still recall it vividly. The back story is also just as striking as the song.

This song is all consuming, making you spiral down into a reality that stops existing the second the song stops. Needle in the hay is worth a mention too

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45 Toxic - Robbie Williams

Sad, beautiful and very emotional song

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46 Stan - Eminem

...but dido's background in it... she has a hauntingly beautiful voice...

Amazing story telling from one of the best rappers, this song is like an emotional rollercoaster. You can feel the anger and hate building up and leading to an intense part that may be shocking if you listen it for the first time. The part that gets me is the last verse, when Eminem says 'Come to think about it, his name was... it was you. Damn'. Should be top 10

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48 The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

If you never heard this song, listen to it then listen to the disturbed cover.

Quite simply, one of the best songs ever written.

Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking

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49 Skyscraper - Demi Lovato

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

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50 9 Crimes - Damien Rice

This is honestly such a beautiful and touching song. I love listening to it

I cry when I hear this song. Unbelievebly beautiful. So much meaning

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