Top 10 Saddest Beatles Songs


The Top Ten

1 Yesterday

Believe it or not, this has just finished playing on the radio and I was in that relaxed state where you really listen to the lyrics and let them take you on a journey with them. Forgive me, but I'm not ready to come back yet.
Beautiful list by the way! - Britgirl

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

Beautiful but simple melody lyrics that can make you tear up

I figured Eleanor rigby would be 1!

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"

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

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

This song is really sad.

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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.

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

I feel like I'm about to cry when I hear this. So sad.

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4 Eleanor Rigby

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

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

too late

5 For No One

I've recently revived my appreciation for this song while listening again to the entire phenomenal Revolver CD. anyway, For No One is so well done and personally felt. - Billyv

It's so sad and beautiful about a relationship that "should have lasted years" but fell short

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

I always liked this song - beatles5

Definitely the saddest John song

8 Let It Be

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

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.

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

9 Because

You can feel this song right down to your bones

10 Across the Universe

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

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

Beautiful song

So beautiful and sad

The Contenders

11 A Day in the Life

This is the greatest Beatles song in HISTORY!

Beautiful song

Best song ever

It's so happy

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12 The Fool on the Hill
13 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

14 In My Life

It shows videos about memories.

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

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

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

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15 Here, There and Everywhere

Absolute beauty! SO simple and calming!

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.

17 Real Love

This is my favorite Beatles song. I watched the video and I sobbed my eye balls out. It was their last 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

18 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
19 Help!

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

20 Revolution 9

Avant garde make me feel crazy

21 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.

22 Girl

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

Totally love this one

23 Hey Jude

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

24 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"

25 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

26 Free as a Bird
27 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

28 Ticket to Ride
29 I'm So Tired

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

30 Dear Prudence
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

32 I'll Be Back
33 I'm a Loser
34 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
35 For You Blue
36 If I Fell

The Hard day's night song more beatifull and calm

37 Nowhere Man
38 I'll Follow the Sun

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"

39 When I'm Sixty-Four
40 Her Majesty
41 Like Dreamers Do
42 Yes It Is
43 This Boy
44 Fixing a Hole
45 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

46 Honey Pie
47 Something
48 I'll Cry Instead

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

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Top Remixes (5)

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

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