Top 10 Saddest Beatles Songs

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1 Yesterday

There are other sad songs, but this is the sad song.

When I listen to this song, it makes me feel as if I mourn my memories.

I figured Eleanor rigby would be 1!

Beautiful but simple melody lyrics that can make you tear up

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2 The Long and Winding Road

I get emotional every time I listen to it... I know its not about that but I always think about how much Paul misses John and longs to see him in heaven "don't keep me waiting here, lead me to your door"

Why did their last number one hit have to be this song?

I will not watch the Beatles documentary Let It Be because I am afraid I will cry.

I cry every single time! I sob my dang eyes out!

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3 She's Leaving Home

This song is beautiful. A sad stroy about a girl who runs away from home because she is depressed and feels ignored and not loved. It Shows the thoughts of the child, "She's leaving home after home after living alone for so many years", and the parents thoughts, " we never thought of ourselves, never a thought for ourselves, we struggled hard all our lives to get by". Paul and Johns voclas are beautifully done. Amazingly sad song.

One of my favorite sad Beatles songs. Reading the other comments, I can see how suicide was implied but where’s the part about the unborn brother? To me it’s just a sad story about a daughter leaving home.

When I first heard this it made me sad... very sad... and so I listened to it over and over and it made me more sad when I look into the lyrics... so this should be on 1. BEATLES forever

How Did this one get so low on the list? - Beatlesboy9

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4 Eleanor Rigby

One of the saddest, yet best Beatles songs to date!

Two old people are lonely. One of them dies. Only one person shows up at her funeral.

About two old people who are lonely and cross each others paths everyday but are too shy to meet each other. Then, one of them dies and the other feels sad. - marmalade_skies

All the lonely people, where do they all come from? - MontyPython

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5 For No One

Easily the saddest song

I miss you

The song is so beautifully portrayed even though having a sad message.

Just wow

I fuvking love this song

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6 While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I wasn't putting the white album version on here, I intended for the anthology version because it's so hauntingly sad but beautiful. - Beatlesboy9

I may have the mind of a 50 year old, but still I weep to this song in Anthology

In my top 3 Beatles songs but it is not really sad.

4?! Wow...

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7 Julia

The fact that this is lamenting about how John lost his mother when he was just 17. It brings me to tears. Losing someone so dear to you is heartbreaking to think of. The other meaning sings of Johns ever-deepening love for Yoko Ono. I don't care what you say about her, John was allowed to love her, and he did.

John never really new his mother and the fact he dedicated a song in honor of his mother (the person that caused so much pain and sadness in johns life) is powerful.

I always liked this song - beatles5

Definitely the saddest John song

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8 Let It Be

The song is sad sir Paul McCartney mother died because of breast cancer
And Linda McCartney (sir Paul McCartney wife) died of breast cancer

The song is sadder when you think of the backstory. It's about Paul seeing a vision of his mom who died of breast cancer when he was 14. What makes it worse is she never told him.

How is this not number 1? this is so sad, even if the lyrics aren't!

The backstory to this song just makes it even more sad;(

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9 Because

I love this song so much- - magnolai-ia

You can feel this song right down to your bones

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10 Across the Universe

I don't know why, but this is such a sad song. It really feels like John found the place in the heart that would get hit the hardest.

For some reason, I Always feels like this song is a closure to the band, even if it isn't,

I love this song it’s my third favorite behind in my life and hey Jude

Nothing's gonna change my world... - ethangrossman5

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The Contenders

11 A Day in the Life

Nothing touches this in terms of pure emotional force.

Best song ever

This is the greatest Beatles song in HISTORY!

Beautiful song

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12 Golden Slumbers

A definite Top 5 contender...along with "She's Leaving" "Fool on the Hill" "Eleanor Rigby" and "The Long and Winding Road"

Listen when facing difficulties, it help me to carry that way

The third last Beatles song

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14 In My Life

Beauty. Pure Beauty

Not the best beatles song but definitely the saddest...Amazing song, one of John's greatest, and the greatest soft song of all time

If you listen Johnny Cash cover of this song you'll understand.

Played at the funeral for someone close to me, so it kinda has to be this song. - truckturner

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15 Here, There and Everywhere

Absolute beauty! SO simple and calming!

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16 Strawberry Fields Forever

That haunting instrument before the Beatles start singing "Let me take you down.." makes me think of a sad, lonely, tragedy house in the middle of nowhere.

This song is my favorite Beatles song, but to me it has more of a surreal dreamy sound to it, kinda like Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. - Stalin

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17 Real Love

I don't understand why this isn't on the list, but Because is. This song was the last Beatles song ever, and the way it all came together was beautifully sad.

This is my favorite Beatles song. I watched the video and I sobbed my eye balls out. It was their last song...so it was really hard to be happy while listening. - galaxyfox

It's so hauntingly beautiful, plus the fact that this was a demo from the deceased John Lennon, it just feels so sad. - DERPDERP

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19 Help!

Listen to John Lennon's original performance on the acoustic guitar, much slower, and it conveys his message much more clearly.

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20 Blackbird

It's a tale of unsolicited failure and a strive for a better life. Such a sad little tune

Definitely in my top 3 saddest Beatles songs.

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21 Revolution 9

Avant garde make me feel crazy

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22 Girl

The best hit by the Beatles at all- the top of their creative peak!

Totally love this one

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23 Hey Jude

Well it even says "sad song" in the lyrics.

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24 The End

The last song recorded by the Beatles. This is where the legend ends. that's why I find it to be the saddest song

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25 Yer Blues

A look into John Lennon's depression. "Yes I'm lonely wanna die" "In the morning wanna die" "In the evening wanna die" "I feel so suicidal"

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28 Long Long Long

This is really hard to listen to, sometimes j can't bear it, and it's so underrated. I'm surprised it isn't in the top 5!

The way I hear it, it’s about someone who spent lots of time and tears searching for someone or something that they love. The they are finally reunited and he wonders how he could have ever lost them. Then he finally tells them how much he needs them and how much he really loves them. It’s also extremely calming for anxiety attacks. Is it the saddest? Probably not? Tear inducing? Yes

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30 I'm So Tired

Life has no meaning left. It's just drudgery and inevitable death.

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31 You Won't See Me

I'm surprised that no one added this one! It's my favorite song by them, and it's very sad yet beautiful.

"Though the days are few. They're filled with tears. And since I lost you. It feels like years"

In all sad Beatles songs, this one is the most beautiful.

I’m Gaye

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33 I'll Follow the Sun

Makes me think of my Mum. She passed away unexpected on April 10th, 2017. Although I miss her dearly I see her in my daughter everyday.

This song is sad in my opinion. It always cheers me up, because I can relate to it
"But tomorrow may rain so I'll follow the sun"

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36 If I Fell

The Hard day's night song more beatifull and calm

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37 Nowhere Man

This song is about Lennon feeling left out itsa third persong song about Himself

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39 For You Blue UListen to Sample
40 When I'm Sixty-Four UListen to Sample
41 Something

Great tone and amazing song

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43 Like Dreamers Do UListen to Sample
44 This Boy UListen to Sample
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46 Happiness is a Warm Gun

Many have different theories to what this song means, personally I always play this song when I'm feeling suicidal

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48 I'll Cry Instead

I love this sing and I think it's one of the beatles saddest songs

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49 Blue Jay Way

I feel like this should just automatically be here because of how haunting it is but whatever, if you haven't taken a listen to it yet i’d highly recommend

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50 Two of Us

This song essentialy is Paul telling John, that despite the serious struggles and quarrels that the two of them had shared, they still would always try to remain somewhat in touch.

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Top Remixes (5)

1. The Long and Winding Road
2. For No One
3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
PetSounds
1. Eleanor Rigby
2. Let It Be
3. Because
MontyPython
1. Yesterday
2. Julia
3. Eleanor Rigby
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