Top 10 Saddest Rock Songs of All Time

Top ten songs that are really sad and make you cry.
The Top Ten
1 Snuff - Slipknot Snuff - Slipknot Cover Art

If I need to get a specific tone of absolute sorrow for my book, I listen to Snuff and Into the Light by In This Moment. Honestly, why is Into the Light NOT on this list? I cry every time I sing it. She brought God to tears making that song. For good reason. Yup. Slipknot and In This Moment made two of the saddest songs of all time. Power, emotional, guaranteed to make you cry.

There is so much pain, so much sorrow, confusion, hatred, love, longing, betrayal, and so much truth in this song, it's so beautiful because it describes us as humans, it describes a depressed mindset, so many of the lyrics are painful, so many move us that this song is the most impactful you will ever find, but it's not a mournful song, it still has the sound of Slipknot but just, beautiful...

So many thought about something, that I did wrong... about something, that I will never change now... About so many people, who were hearing from me "you're all of me" and who were saying to me "you're nothing to me"... About so many broken dreams... about all things, I shouldn't ever do... All of these thoughts are coming, while am hearing this song again...

I can't even. This song is just so beautiful. I used to think Slipknot was just another emo band because I saw fans go crazy over them just like other bands like pierce the veil and BVB, so I never really listened until I heard this song by accident and from that point on, I. Was. In. Love.

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

I am having a depressive episode, and I had found some of the most depressing songs that I love, and I had originally been listening to just Good Riddance by Green Day and The Weakends by Motion City Soundtrack, but I remembered this song, played it, but then went onto this site and saw it here. Such a good song!

Grew up listening to Green Day because of my sister, and this song, after all these years, has stuck with me the most.
"Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars. Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are."

Green Day's songs are always meaningful. There is always a story behind their songs. Especially this one. Truly wonderful and touching and moving. Best.

Very touching and sad, with a blend of vigerous punk rock, this song clearly shows Billie Joe Armstrong's depression at the time he lost his father.

3 Black - Pearl Jam Black - Pearl Jam Cover Art

The song is about loosing your true love forever, And the depression that follows the breakup. A Very relatable topic for a lot of people I think. That why this should be in the top 10. Also pearl jam is so influential to modern rock bands today. The people who listen to pearl jam would know that black should be ranked high on any.list like this, the song is a classic!

This song is so beautiful!
It's about Unrequited Love which so many people face. It's like smiling with tears in your eyes due to the pain you get when you know you can't be with your lover forever, when she doesn't care at all but you still love her. Beautiful lyrics
"I know one day you'll have a beautiful life, I know one day you'll be a star in somebody else's sky but why?... Why?... Why?... Can't it be..., can't it be mine ":(

Pure emotion travels through Eddie's voice, and Stone & Mike's guitars. This song makes me tear up every time. Not to mention, it's also beautifully composed. Live, it sometimes goes up to about 10 minutes because of the solos getting extended. Work of art... doesn't get old... doesn't get less sad

There shouldn't even be a question that this should be on the list. When I think emotional rock songs, this one is the one that pops into my head.

4 I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

It's so sad. I heard about this and I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 because of my boyfriend.
Part 1 I relate to, I've self harmed (one month clean, very proud) I've considered suicide and have almost attempted several times.
Part 2 does have screaming but I can relate to that one, especially after losing my friend to suicide. There has not been a time where I heard either part and didn't cry.
It's one of the saddest songs I know.

It's not just the suicidal lyrics that make it so meaningful, but the instrumentality of the song is very sad and depressing. Also the screaming of Matt at his last chorus is so... Painful to listen to. It's so agonizing and dreadful, along with the haunting sounds in the background. Oh yeah, and the guitar riffs are depressing too.

One of the best and most meaningful songs of the awesome band Avenged Sevenfold..This nine minute track made me burst into tears and think a lot of things about life.It is a masterpiece.Excellent vocals by M. Shadows,incredible guitar solo by Synyster and rhythm guitar by Zacky and of course great drum work by the Rev...And don't forget the piano part of the song...It is the best song of their second album in my opinion.

My sons all time favorite band. He left us 7/31/19 he was 20.
"Now I know how the world can overcame a man".
He lives on through the music he loved so much but A7X was his therapy literally.
Last song he had on was Save Me...
I'm crushed beyond words.. but A7X will always hold a huge place in my heart as they did my sons. #forkyle

5 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica Cover Art

This song has very sad climate, but also tells a sad, but beautiful and painful story about growing up and getting older and trying to satisfy everybody except yourself. It's not just a sad rock song, but also a lesson.

Truly beautiful lyrics,With time the child draws in.
This whipping boy done wrong.
Deprived of all his thoughts
The young man struggles on and on he's known
A vow unto his own,
That never from this day
His will they'll take away.

Fade to Black has much sadder lyrics but the tempo speeds so I understand that it's not up.

Amazing song. Love it

6 Call Me - Shinedown Call Me - Shinedown Cover Art

Shinedown's Call Me can connect with someone who has had a lot of good and bad experiences in their life, myself being one of them. It talks about having to leave close ones behind, such as family or close friends by simply moving apart from each other or even death. It could symbolize for a soldier the moment they have to leave everything behind in order to go on deployment. It is one about separation from those who you have long loved or were close to and still are or desire to be. This connects with me because many times I have had to leave close friends, neighbors or even my passed dog who have made a long lasting impact. I can't thank Shinedown enough for this song, for I can't describe the connection it has with me. Whenever I hear it, I can honor those who have made me who I am today, who I had to leave. I highly recommend this song.

Makes me think of my friends. We have our differences, but we love eachother the same.

It's so meaningful to me.

7 Lucy - Skillet Lucy - Skillet Cover Art

Didn't expect this to be on the list, even though it's probably the saddest song I have ever heard. Not particulary because of lyrics (they are horrifyingly sad), but because the whole composition, the whole song sends such a hard emotion, and the way it is sung is beautyfull, this is most certanly the best skillet song in my opinion, and I wanna see it higher on the list.
I don't deny that more quality songs are here, like Unforgiven, I'm kinda sad there isn't Mama Said by Metallica or Cats in the cradle by Ugly kid Joe, but who knows, it's a good list overall.

Cooper revealed it is about a young couple struggling with feelings of regret after an abortion.He retold this story and further explained his intent in writing the song in an Air interview posted on Skillet's official website. Skillet - Lucy Story Behind The Song.This is the great Song

This is such an amazing song, it really makes you think, its sad but at the same time its peaceful. It's so beautiful.

I can't help but to think of my friends that have come and gone through my life.

8 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

This deserves to be number 1 in my opinion. It was written after the drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, the Rev, died. It is very deep and has true meaning, and is very personal. The members even said, it's basically like a person talking to his best friend, telling him he misses him. It's the saddest song I've ever heard, and one of the most powerful.

"Not only is this the most emotional songs in Avenged Sevenfold, but this is also one of the greatest rock songs of all time. It's because this clearly showed how A7X members felt after The REV's death. It also showed the struggles when making this music video. REV, You'll be forever in our hearts and rest in peace."

Not only is it a super sad song it's a great song in remembrance of one of the most talented musicians of all time. Nobody can replace him as the backup singer, drummer, and most importantly song writer for avenged sevenfold.

This song speaks about The Rev who was such a HUGE part of A7X! It feels really personal like the members calling out to The Rev to tell him how much they missed him. Makes me teary all the time

9 My Immortal - Evanescence My Immortal - Evanescence Cover Art

Someone died? This song is relatable. Recent breakup? Relatable. Missing your best friend? Relatable. It's a beautiful song with Amy's beautifully haunting voice, go listen to it.

I listen to this song when I need to cry but can't and it gets the job done every tine. Its heart breaking and soulful and brings me to tears every time I hear it I love it

This song is by far the best enchanted song that throws you in a dark bottomless pit of pain and suffering. A true tear commander!

This song is so beautiful and sad. Perfectly conveys the feeling of being lost and alone... So heart wrenching...

10 Far from Home - Five Finger Death Punch Far from Home - Five Finger Death Punch Cover Art

While most of Five Finger Death Punch's songs are upbeat and violent, this song is so sad, and I always feel like crying when I hear it.

"All the places I've been and things I've seen. A million stories that made up a million shattered dreams."

Truely a touching song

This is an amazing song, but honestly I would go with M.I.N. E, Coming Down, Cold, or Wrong Side of Heaven

I cried when I first heard this song. It is so emotional.

I love this song and it remind me about my past.

The Contenders
11 Nutshell - Alice in Chains Nutshell - Alice in Chains Cover Art

Just remember that the singer would be a reclusive, perpetually ill junkie within a couple of years of this EP's release. It makes it even more depressing. In case you didn't know, he died alone and depressed from an overdose.

This song is so heartbreaking in hindsight. Layne cut himself open for this one. This and 'River of Deceit' when he was with Mad Season are so raw with emotion it is painful to listen to.

Masterfully written. Just the tone of the guitar and vocals can bring emotion out but the lyrics bring it over the top. Layne brought his heart right to the surface here.

My favorite song ever written. A song about loneliness and depression, with the perfect blend of music and lyrics. You can feel the pain in Layne Stanley's voice.

12 Hello - Evanescence Hello - Evanescence Cover Art

My mom passed away last year, this makes me cry every time I listen to it. And if you look at the lyrics and listen to her voice, you'll see why I cry when I hear it.

The story behind these lyrics is painful.. You can feel it twisting through your body while listening to this song.

By far saddest song I have heard from rock/metal genre, made me cry so many times and still continues to do so.

This song expresses loss of self while resignation of hope from others onto self.

13 Blackbird - Alter Bridge Blackbird - Alter Bridge Cover Art

This song says it all. True emotion, power, and message. The guitar solo shared between Kennedy and Tremonti is just absolutely the best composed and ever played. True Songwriting at its best.

Black bird is hard rock at its very best... It's a shame people haven't even heard of it... It's outburst of emotions... Its about a friend who passed away long time ago... Total masterpiece

Written for a past away friend... "Someday I too will fly and find you again"

This should be #1 on the list it's amazing.

14 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Cover Art

This song is just so soft and meaningful. its just so easy to relate to it

15 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Cover Art

This song is such a clear representation of the singer's self-hatred that it gives me chills every time I hear it. Johnny Cash's version is also beautiful. Should definitely be number one.

This song is a perfect sonic representation for the hurt Trent was feeling and the hurt of the millions who have heard it.

How the hell is the top 10 filled with Slipknot and Evanescence, yet Hurt is at 37?! This is just a popularity contest

This deserves to be in the top ten. A great but depressing song.

16 Bother - Stone Sour Bother - Stone Sour Cover Art

This song is about the self-loathing you have in a breakup. It's when you realize it may be your fault and you lost the best thing in your life...

This song is anbout self-hating and a massive depression...Whenever I listen to this song all my emotions are around me...It is a perfect song when I want to calm down after a bad day

If you listen to this song, you just have to break down. Emotions are floating all around you.

17 Broken - Seether Broken - Seether Cover Art

This song is of a tragic, love loss. He uses the song to send her a message of sorrow and sadness to apologize for what he did.

I always listen by heart this song cause I'm broken.

Definitely top 10 worthy

18 Here Without You - 3 Doors Down Here Without You - 3 Doors Down Cover Art

I was listening to this song as I was writing my last love letter to my now ex. She was probably one of the only things in my life that ever made me actually happy. Whenever I hear this song, I think of her.

This song is a classic I enjoy that tries to cope with spending time apart from ones you love.

I love this song so much, it is always a go to song for me but I'd listen to anytime too.

This is honeslty one of the saddest songs I've ever heard, and the melody is classic!

19 November Rain - Guns N' Roses November Rain - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

This song has always touched my heart and conveys how hard it is to move on even when you know how wrong it is to stay.

The saddest solo

20 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Cover Art

To me black hole sun is like the light in the tunnel we see when we die. He's miserable and depressed and wants to "go home" per say. To me that's what I get from it. It could be something else entirely. Great things about songs is interpretation.

I don't know how this one isn't higher, gets me in my feels whenever I listen to it.

It's a beautiful song that's perfectly listenable, but man, the feels.

Beautiful song with deep lyrics. I recommend it

21 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

It is sad because it is about a soldier during the First World War who stepped on a land mine and he is taken to the hospital. He will never recover from his coma leaving him a prisoner in his own body.

When it comes to sad metal songs how can people forget about Metallica's masterpiece fade to black?!

Now the world is gone I'm just one...

Sorry, this song is not sad.

22 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

When you've lost all faith and your empty. "Powermetal at its best". An absolute classic

23 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art
24 Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

It delivers a positive message in a sad and powerful song...The way it expresses the feelings is unique...It deserves higher place for sure

Sad and Beautiful song

25 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses Cover Art
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