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.

V 4 Comments
3 She's 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

It may be sad because 1. It may be about suicide and meeting her unborn brother and how he would've been. 2. It's about 2 parents crying about their daughter leaving/committing suicide. The lyrics was also perfectly described.

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

V 2 Comments
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

too late

5 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...

V 1 Comment
6 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

V 2 Comments
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.

9 Because

You can feel this song right down to your bones

10 Across the Universe

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

Beautiful song

So beautiful and sad

The Newcomers

? I'm So Tired

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

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

V 1 Comment
12 Here, There and Everywhere

Absolute beauty! SO simple and calming!

13 The Fool on the Hill
14 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

15 In My Life

It shows videos about memories.

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

Lovely melody that represents the songs overall feeling.

One of the saddest songs ever. Absolute classic, though.

V 1 Comment
16 Strawberry Fields Forever
17 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
18 Real Love

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

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 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"

24 Hey Jude
25 Free as a Bird
26 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

27 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

28 Ticket to Ride
29 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

30 I'll Be Back
31 I'm a Loser
32 Dear Prudence
33 For You Blue
34 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"

35 When I'm Sixty-Four
36 Her Majesty
37 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
38 This Boy
39 Fixing a Hole
40 If I Fell

The Hard day's night song more beatifull and calm

41 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

42 Nowhere Man
43 Honey Pie
44 Something
BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top Ten Saddest Songs Saddest Rock Songs of All Time Saddest Heavy Metal Songs Saddest Hip Hop Songs Saddest Eminem Songs

List Stats

600 votes
45 listings
4 years, 261 days old

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

View All 5

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.