Top 10 Songs with Sad Meanings

The Top Ten
1 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Green Day is a punk rock band with amazing music and Billie Joe Armstrong's wonderful voice. This song is about Billie's father, who died on September 1st from cancer when Billie was 8. He ran home in the middle of the funeral and locked himself in his closet, telling his mother "wake me up when September ends." It makes me feel like it was my own father! Rest in peace.

This is actually a story about the lead singer. His dad died when he was about 8. At his funeral on the first of September, he ran home and his mother found him in his closet. He said, Wake me up when September ends. This song was also played at my cousin's funeral; she died when she was 13.

2 Lovers - Jackie Evancho

From the movie "House of Flying Daggers", the song's words are the lead character's dying thoughts as she lays dying in the snow. When she sings, "Oh, where are you? I need to tell you I still love you," it's for her lifelong love who is lying dead in the snow next to her. The haunting final acapella line, "Your voice still echoes... in my heart," is her last thought as she dies.

Epic performance with instrumentation that takes it to another level.

Absolutely incredible. Jackie's the best.

3 The I Love You Song - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
4 99 Luftballons - Nena

A sad song about a city destroyed by bombs that were mistaken for red balloons.

5 Mad World - Gary Jules

A song about a guy who is depressed and stuck in his own world. It's kind of hard to describe, really.

It's a song about depression and being disheartened with the monotony of daily life.

6 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Beautiful and sad song. I always thought the lyrics were sad and hinted at something deeper and darker, but I was shocked when I found out it was about a school shooting. I still love the song, though. It's incredible and conveys such deep and important messages.

It's a sad song about a high school shooting where the targets are the "cool" kids with the pumped up kicks.

7 Danny Boy - Jackie Evancho

Check out the extended YouTube video with a military funeral. Don't bother trying not to weep.

Better than I've ever heard it before. A great collaboration.

8 Monster - Meg & Dia
9 Angel - Jackie Evancho

A song originally about drug overdose and death, transformed into a song about hope by one of the most gifted singers of our age, at the age of 10.

It's amazing how Jackie was able to capture the mood of resignation in this song while still a pre-teen.

Hearing Jackie Evancho sing this song is the most amazing thing I have ever heard.

10 It Took Me by Surprise - Maria Mena

A girl is concerned about her boyfriend, becoming too invasive, and he breaks up and avoids her as if she is insane.

The Contenders
11 Little Things - One Direction
12 Numb - Linkin Park

The song is about the feeling of being a disappointment to your parents and finding yourself, but you've become "numb."

13 The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

From "Game of Thrones", this is the music from "The Red Wedding". If you watched the show, you know why it's sad.

Hear it on Yahoo Music or YouTube. Purchase the download on iTunes or Amazon.com June 10. From her upcoming album "Awakening."

14 Toxic - Robbie Williams
15 One - Metallica
16 My Immortal - Evanescence

Such a beautifully sad, heart-wrenching song. The meaning is as beautiful and eloquent. For lovers of this song, I also recommend Lost In Paradise and Imaginary, both by Evanescence. Amy Lee is an amazing singer, and her songs always reflect on her voice and the true tragedy of life. While many consider this song to be lazily written, I understand the true meaning and emotions that are evoked in it.

17 Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer

This song is so beautiful. When I listen to it, the tears just run down my face.

18 More Than This - One Direction
19 Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park
20 How to Save a Life - The Fray
21 Sally's Song - Catherine O'Hara
22 Rolling in the Deep - Adele
23 Goner - Twenty One Pilots
24 Stan - Eminem

Stan is about a guy who's trying to write to a famous person who keeps ignoring him. He eventually gets angry, drives his wife off a cliff while drinking, ends up in a car crash, and Stan writes back.

25 Liability - Lorde

Very beautiful and sad. Lorde really put a lot of effort into this song.

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