Top Ten Saddest Japanese Songs

The Top Ten

1 Kojo No Tsuki - Jackie Evancho

A traditional Japanese sad song earthly life rising and falling while the moon and stars remain unchanged. Sung in Japanese, and included on the Japan release of "Songs From The Silver Screen" album. - Trancas

Jackie simply has the most beautiful singing voice in the world.

What movie is "Kojo No Tsuki" from?

I loved this song before and I love the version she made. The only problem for me is her accent lol but her voice is haunting and I think that feat the song perfectly

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2 Please Stay with Me - Yui

When I hear this song for the first time, I'm crying. A beautiful song I ever heard from the women singer in this world. Not only she have amazing vocal but she also have a beautiful lovely face. Such a sweet girl. She also the first ever singer that make me attracted in either Japan or world, music and songs. I always love and pray for her too always do her best in her life as wife, mother and singer. Wish her happiness. From Me to You.

At first, I hate this song but after long days I realized how beautiful this song

This Song make me song

Yui is so awesome.She has the best voice ever!

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3 Ichiban No Takaramono - Lisa

This song.. really does make me cry

This song honestly makes me sob, you can honestly feel the emotions conveyed.

I truly love this song as well as singer love you Risa-chan

This is definitely the most emotional and sad song that I've ever heard.
Whenever I listen to it I just close my eyes and you'll see tears when I open them

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4 Tears - X Japan

It's about living on after the suicide of someone close to you. It is also written from experience. Yoshiki's father committed suicide when Yoshiki was ten. Yoshiki wrote the foundations of what would become Tears.

This is such a good song, I was on the brink of tears! I think the part that really got me was the back story...

5 Kuroi Namida - Anna Tsuchiya

This song is really sad but beautiful.

Great power, deep meaning, powerful music, everything about this song is perfect

I already knew this song before looking at this list and I got so excited when I saw it!

My first experience of a meaningful japanese song

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6 Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro - Utada Hikaru

Like this song...this temember me of an anime song

7 One More Time, One More Chance - Masayoshi Yamazaki

This song always fills me with feels. It perfectly portrays the yearning to be with someone again.

Here's an excerpt of its English translation:
"I am always searching somewhere for you
Opposite of the house, the other side of the alley's window
Even though I know you won't be here"

Probably one of the most genuine-sounding songs I've ever heard - raw with no affectations.

Make me wanna cry with that lyric while watching Movie 5 Centimeters Per Second

Saddest song ever

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8 Story - AI
9 Alone In My Room - Hanah

Her voice is so soulful and this song is very deep and heartfelt...the music video to this song is very sad too...

10 Final Distance - Utada Hikaru

It's a really pretty song, and should be ranked higher

It sounds like a disney song

The best song ever

The Contenders

11 Only Human - K

Best song ever for me...

This is what a emotional song is...
Just love this song... With a positive lyrics
One litre of tear best J series ever

"1 liter of tears" dorama ost. So sad song.

12 Beautiful - Ayaka

Just like it's title. It's simply beautiful.

13 Heartache - One Ok Rock

The first time I heard it, I broke down into tears. It's absolutely beautiful, and I'm even listening to it now. Everyone should hear it, as well as the Studio Jam Session.

Taka's voice is the most beautiful thing I've ever heard. The song has amazing meaning and definitely should be ranked higher.

I like this song not because of the movie it's associated to but because of its lyrics.

"So this is heartache? So this is heartache?
Your smile that day, changes into memories for me, I miss you"

This song is perfect for people who misses someone and it perfectly describes how a person can make a big impact on your life that makes it even more harder to move on. Lyrics, melody. emotions, Taka's voice, uhh PERFECT!

14 For You - Mariko Takahashi
15 Stand by U - Tohoshinki

I'm sure whoever listen to their last song performance as 5 members singing this one will definitely cry even if they're not a fan of tohoshinki.

At first you would'nt think that this is a sad song, but once you HEAR the song while READing the lyrics I am pretty sure a waterfall gonna came

16 Oboeteiru Kara - Saori Hayami

I think of my bestfriend that died whenever I hear this song... Always makes me cry when I hear it...

17 Stand by Me - Anna Tsuchiya

This Song is just too beautiful it makes me want to cry...

Anna is a great performer. Very nice singer. Makes you want to cry.

This song reminds me of the close bond between me and my friends

18 Love Song Ga Kikoeru - Anri

Sad love song... Its about remembering someone that you loved and loving that person to the point of wanting to cry

This is the ending theme to Tenchi Forver the movie...this song makes me cry because remembering someone that I once loved...should be in the top 10

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19 Utsukushiki Zankoku Na Sekai - Yoko Hikasa

Such a good sad song with a great anime...

20 Sukiyaki (Ue O Muite) - Kyu Sakamoto

Best selling Japanese song ever

Should be number 1

Should be n°1, every japaneses know this song, even americans. This song speak about the loneliness after the war, it's the best selling japanese song ever.

21 You're the Only - Ono Masatoshi

My ever favorite japanese song

22 Sign - Flow

Slower English version is also amazing. I had to find it because I don't understand the Japanese lyrics.

23 Surely Someday - Miho Fukuhara
24 Cassis - The Gazette

A love story song that made me cry

25 Sakura - Ikimono Gakari

Makes me cry every times

Its go through my heart

I love this song so much :')

26 Kona Yuki - Remioromen
27 Myco - Eternal Snow
28 Elisa - Hikari


29 Rain - SID

At the first time I listen this song, directly I love this song... ,

Song by Sid from the anime Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

One of the best japanese song there is

Close your eyes while thinking about the lyrics of this song...
It's described the feeling of sadness perfectly

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30 White Silence - TK from Ling Tosite Sigure & Shione Yukawa

Always cries when hear this song

31 Vampire's Love - Vamps

Really sad. A love story about a vampire (yeah, I know it sounds absurd but just keep reading) who once was married but his wife died of an illness. Then, one day after long years of loneliness he found a girl identical to his dead wife. The song is about how he watched that girl for the rest of her life, and how he loved her but she didn't knew him, so she married another man. You have to watch the PV to understand.

32 Love Story - Namie Amuro

I love rhythm of the song, when I hear this song I can't stop crying...

33 Bokura No Mirai He - Aya Ueto
34 Aitakute Ima - Misia
35 A Song for XX - Ayumi Hamasaki
36 Uninstall - Bokurano
37 Aozora - Air

It's by Lia. It's so touching yet it's not in the top 10. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

38 Why Me - Yui

I don't know why, but, every time I listen it, I feel like there's something just gone from me~

39 Chiisana Tenohira - Riya

Long has it been since I first heard this song, but the feelings it gave me back then will never fade away. My hard breaks every time I hear it, and my mind fills itself with images of Nagisa and Dango's.

Clannad is life.

40 Kimi Ga Tame - Suara
41 M - Ayumi Hamasaki
42 Gravity - Maaya Sakamoto
43 Be My Last - Utada Hikaru
44 Aojiroi Tsuki - Fra-Foa
45 Afureru - My Little Lover
46 Arigatou - Kokia
47 Sadness and Sorrow - Toshiro Masuda

It's from Naruto and reminds you of all the characters who died! #bitter

48 Love In the Ice - Tohoshinki

Greta song with powerful vocal that it will makes your tears fall within seconds

49 Filament - Yousei Teikoku

From the anime Mirai Nikki. The song is so much more meaningful when you watch the anime.

50 Tori No Uta - Air
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