Saddest Queen / Freddie Mercury Songs

I know Queen have produced every thing thats going, but what song makes you cry (or really sad). I'm not saying anything bad about Queen because thats weird since they are the best band EVER!!!!! Oh and RIP Freddie Mercury...

The Top Ten

1 The Show Must Go On

Thing is, it's ridiculous how music such as this has such a legacy and yet most young people of this era have barely even heard of Queen. This song is so emotional and heartfelt and actually has a relevant meaning, but now modern songs are all about meaningless break ups and blast ballads with no true feeling. I am 13 years old and it amazes me how such honest, haunting music can be neglected by my friends. Freddie Mercury was truly a genius. Even though he was fatally ill he still sang a song as vocally challenging and melodious as this. It just shows how much raw endurance and dedication Freddie had. May he Rest In Peace.

I am 15 and me and my friends actually really love Queen, so the band actually does have a legacy unlike bands today which will be forgotten in a few years - Iliketrainsguy100

This is undisputedely the saddest song ever. Every time I hear this, I hear Freddie just screaming out of pain, but yet trying to claw his way and grasp onto his life... I remember I cried when I first heard this song. It continues to amaze me how much persistence Farrokh had... What a character...

Extremely sad... Listen to the lyrics, really pay attention, describes Freddie's life perfectly (it was written about him)... He sung this while he was sick and dying... Still a masterpiece

Masterpiece. I still cry when I hear this.

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2 These are the Days of Our Lives

This song has real feeling, he was ill at the time it was recorded and it shows through, it brings a tear to me eye. Great track.

The best song freddy ever sang so much feeling from the greatest singer on the planet x

I saw the video for this song, how sad everyone looked, how Freddie Mercury looked so near death, and how everyone tried to smile. Whenever I hear this song, I want to cry

The emotion in this song is unreal - he’s dying! One of the saddest songs you’ll hear. - DaringXx

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3 Too Much Love Will Kill You

Just killed me to listen to this song, its lyrics are so amazing in the way that they all just make so much sense. I can see Freddie in my mind singing this amazing piece of art.

One of the best song to remind people that to live in a balanced harmony is our goal, not easy to achieve but we have to keep on trying until we find it

I can't find the words, after this song. It's just punctuate how a great talent was Freddie, and how much heart can he put in all songs. Magnificent! - Philipp

Only discovered this song recently but it really is amazing and so sad, love both versions with Brian May and Freddie Mercury

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4 Who Wants to Live Forever?

I was unfamiliar with this particular song until recently. I was driving back from a gig 6hrs away and the bass player and I were blasting our favorite queen songs for a majority of the drive. This had the effect of reminding me just what a big fan I am. When he played "the show must go on," it reminded me just what a tragedy it was that this great talent was taken from us too soon. By the end of the song, I had a lump in my throat. Imediately after "the show must go on," he played "who wants to live forever." It was far too powerful a moment for me to hold back my tears. I tried not to let him see, though I'm not sure how successful I was. At least I didn't crash the car

So ironic in the situation Freddie was in. I've struggled with self-harm and suicidal thoughts and this type of song may be what kept me alive. Freddie is indisputably the best (and probably one of the only) singers who could have sung a song like this and Brian May was an amazing songwriter. The combination of the two created this- a beautiful melody with meaningful lyrics and honestly my favourite song of all time.

I heard it for the first time (accidentally) on the day my girlfriend broke up with me... It will always tear my heart, every time I listen to it, no matter I'm happily married today!

Two years ago, my beloved sister passed away. I listened to a ton of music to pick out the songs that would be her memories. This...Who Wants To Live Forever was the top pick. I have ugly cried so many times listening to it. I know she wanted to go; ill with cancer and other ailments, her husband passed away six months before that. I knew she wanted to join him. We had talked of living forever and...

This song is hers. Today would have been her 67th birthday.

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5 In My Defence

I'm just a singer with a song...

... How can I try, to right the wrongs?

Just goes to show we are still just all the same.


In my opinion this is the saddest Freddie's song. When I hear the lyrics I see behind them a real human. Not an artist, not a big star, not a poet but a real good man who know how imperfect we all are.

It's the saddest song ever made by Freddie and it's true that he is just a singer in a band, with a song and with a melody. LOVE IS FOR YOU FREDDIE MERCURY

This song is so sad but I love it. Freddie was the BEST EVER

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6 Save Me

It started off so well
They said we made a perfect pair
I clothed myself in your glory and your love
How I loved you,
How I cried...
The years of care and loyalty
Were nothing but a sham it seems
The years belie we lived the lie
I love you 'til I die
Save me, save me, save me
I can't face this life alone
Save me, save me, save me...
I'm naked and I'm far from home

The slate will soon be clean
I'll erase the memories
To start again with somebody new
Was it all wasted,
All that love?
I hang my head and I advertise
A soul for sale or rent
I have no heart I'm cold inside
I have no real intent
Save me, save me, save me
I can't face this life alone
Save me, save me, oh...
I'm naked and I'm far from home

Each night I cry I still believe the lie
I'll love you, 'till I die

Save me, save me, ohh, save me
Don't let me face my life alone
Save me, save me, ooh...
I'm naked and I'm far from home

I am adding a comment to this because I searched the lyrics up, and if you let your guard down, it can very easily make you cry. It is about a man who probably got cheated on, or his wife/girlfriend broke up with him. And she had already said "I love you til I die", making him very well believe that. I'll give you the lyrics sometime else. Very touching, actually.

Can't listen 2 this without repeating for hours. Makes me cry every time... Awesome

I cried when I first listened to this song.

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7 No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)

I strongly agree. It was written after Freddie passed away. It was dedicated to the greatest man ever, Freddie Mercury.
Freddie, we all love you forever. We all miss you. God, please give him back!

It is a song that reminds us all of those we loved and lost throughout our lifetime.

This was written after Freddie died and it is true only the good die young. WE LOVE YOU FREDDIE!

Farrokh Bulsara: the greatest voice of all time.
R.I.P our friend and idol Freddie Mercury, we love you.
You are the greatest musician to walk the planet 😢😢😥😥

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8 Love of My Life

Sad song, really sad. The live at wembley version is the best one. Personally this and too much love will kill you are the saddest. But all queen songs are great, obviously because queen are THE BEST BAND OF ALL TIME!

Absolutely stunning song, takes your breath away, hard not to cry listening or singing along. The live at rio version is truly amazing, hearing that many people sing a song dedicated to Freddie's love of his life is heart wrenching.

This is heartbreaking, Freddie's love for this woman was there to the very end, and hers continues to this day. Ohh to have such a love. Freddie is most definitely loved and very sorely missed

"I still love you.." in Love of my life, continued by "I still love you" in These Are The Days Of My Life..

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9 Bohemian Rhapsody

In general, whenever I hear this song, I always feel like crying just because I can't believe Freddy Mercury is really dead.

The ending and the beginning are sad, mostly the ending. The middle opera rock part was awesome!

Anyway the wind blows... - MontyPython

Doesn't really matter to me... To me.

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10 Mother Love

It is a kind of swan song of Freddie. So sad... His voice is heartbreaking, lyrics too. I can not listen to this song without crying. He knew that the end is very near, he just wanted caress... This song is a cry of despair.

Freddie's last song that he didn't complete so Brian had to finish it. It is so heartbreaking and makes me cry as you can hear him struggling to get power but he got through it. RIP Freddie Mercury 1946-1991

In a musical context, G minor melody, with the guitar playing a reverberated idea at the beginning give this song a very melancholy and chilling sound. The spinechilling B flat from Freddie conveys feelings of harshness, desperation and loneliness. The lyric "I long for peace before I die" is pretty heartbreaking, especially under the situation this song was written in.

What really makes Mother Love a standout for me is Brian singing the last verse, as Freddie had by then deceased.

Finally, the coda, featuring "Going Back", and also a sample of every single Queen song at the end creates a heartbreaking sense of nostalgia, and a frankly spiritual ending.

Technically my saddest is TMLWKY, but this one should be so much higher. The chilling minor key and Freddie's mostly reserved performance gives the piece a heartbreaking feeling of resignation and pain. One part that particularly gets me is when Freddie says "Mama please let me back inside", you hear the sound of a door slamming, meaning he has been refused. GUT WRENCHING. Then when Brian comes in, he sounds so sad, and that's when you know...its all over. Freddie sang his last note. 😭😭😭

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The Newcomers

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I love this song so much but it made me cry th first time. I absolutely love queen and have for 5 years

The Contenders

11 I Was Born to Love You

Is this sad?

Freddie having fun! What a great singer and show man. Nobody can ever sing and write songs like him. Truly missed..but glad we did have him..even if it was for a short time. He will live forever...miss you!

12 You Take My Breath Away

The harmonization in this song is enough to make me want to cry.

"I would surely die if you dismiss me from your love. "

Whoever Mercury wrote of in this song, he loved very much.

The only Queen songs that could make me cry (and I don't cry easy! ) are White Queen (as it began), and this pure jewel of a song.
Queen takes my breath away.
Queen is love, Queen is life!

"Don't leave me here all by myself."

Definitely made me shiver and nearly cry. I never cry.

Another beautiful song by freddie. Truly under rated. Miss you.

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13 Nevermore

This song is amazing in everyway. It made me so sadwhen I first heard it. The piano is gorgeous and Freddie's vocals are amazing (as always) his voice manages to convey so much emotion. This ballad is a testement to Queen, Freddie, and all love songs

14 Heaven for Everyone
15 One Year of Love

This one the best songs, in my opinion, by Queen

16 White Queen
17 The Great Pretender

Sadness hidden behind the mask of an "entertaining" piece of music. That is what makes this song so ominous sounding if you listen to the words and realize the sadness hidden behind the happy sounding music... Eerie

L wish l could @ 72 and looking back to the sixties this was of us.
we miss u Freddie x

Yeah. I would vote for All Dead, All Dead..But this upsets me more, just thinking I’ll never see this guy. And how he never saw all the love he got sometimes. the great pretender..even the title makes me sad. - DaringXx

Freddie you were so brave and wonderful singer entertainer😊your music and voice will live on forever

18 Teo Torriatte

At first I really didn't like this song. But after listening to it several times. I love's simple but really lovely..

19 All Dead, All Dead

Though it may have been inspired by the death of Brian's cat, the emotions of loss are clear and vivid. The thing is, when you feel the emotions and think the thoughts associated with the loss of a pet, like his cat, you can feel the direct connection between that and the song. But also, you can connect the song and its emotions with loss in general and the vague lonely feeling accompanying you throughout your life.

Literally just cried listening to this a minute ago. What's wrong with me?

I was actually about to cry when I heard this song. not sure why.

It’s about Brian’s cat, pixie. This is also my favorite queen’s really sad. - DaringXx

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20 A Winter's Tale

The last song Mercury ever recorded. He didn't have a chance to finish it, so the last verses were sung by Brian May. Extremely Gloomy song, and his voice seems stronger than ever.

Totally beautiful and heartbreaking. We used this song for the loss of my younger brother it breaks my heart but its also a comfort!

This is such a beautiful sings to your soul.

21 Innuendo

This song is amazing and really tugs at my emotional side.

The lyrics mix hopefulness with sadness in the best way.

This song really makes you doubt your whole existence

22 Made in Heaven
23 In the Lap of the Gods
24 Friends Will Be Friends

Co-written by John and Freddie, two friends. A song about friendship. When the one friend died, the other friend was heartbroken. This song makes me think of John and Freddie and their friendship.

We love you John!

25 I'm Going Slightly Mad

I know, its supposed to be funny and bright, but it feels like Freddie was talking about him having aids/hiv him not feeling right

26 It's a Hard Life

So much power and emotion in this song. I love it

27 My Melancholy Blues

Its just sad ya know

When I first heard this song I loved it, I wish this song was #4 on this list (behind the show must go on,no one but you,and all dead all dead)

28 Spread Your Wings

This song is beautiful yet sad. I'm yet to meet someone queen fan or not who does not like this song.

29 Is This the World We Created...?
30 Dear Friends

So dear friends your love has gone
Only tears to dwell upon
I dare not say as the wind must blow
So a love is lost, a love is won

Go to sleep and dream again
Soon your hopes will rise and then
From all this gloom life can start anew
And there'll be no crying soon

The saddest queen song ever only true fans would know that

31 Dont Stop Me Now

Its weird. The lyrics of the song are upbeat and happy, but the piano part and the way the notes sound all ways makes me feel emotional. Like something great is coming to an end. I don't know why this song just make me feel sad on the inside.

You have some deep rooted issues if this makes you feel sad

Is this a joke?

Don't stop me now is sad? what's next, misfire? seaside rondevous?

32 Say It's Not True
33 Sail Away Sweet Sister

The chorus is breathtakingly beautiful and sad... I love this song.

34 The Miracle
35 Another One Bites the Dust
36 Life is Real (Song for Lennon)
37 We Are the Champions

Not nessicarily sad but very emotional when done right.

Okay, you might be saying, ¨WHAT IS THIS SONG DOING ON THIS LIST? ¨ Well, if you listen to the lyrics, he is saying how the world has treated him like crap many times such as, ¨I've had my share of sad kicks in my face¨ and ¨I've done my sentence but committed no crime.¨ As if he got in trouble for something he didn't do. And then this is where it gets darker. He starts talking like he is sick, dying, or something else. He is saying goodbye to his friends, and fans. ¨I've taken my bows. And my curtain calls. You've brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes. I thank you all.¨ Than, we go back to him having a crappy life. ¨But it's been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise, I consider it a challenge before the whole human race.¨

38 Was It All Worth It
39 How Can I Go On

I am sure this was referring to Freddie when he knew his life was doomed now that he knew he had aides. He makes reference to the judgement many will make about him, when he talks about a 'finger pointing so savagely... '. This makes this such a tragic song, R.I.P. freddie.

40 Don't Try So Hard

A sad song, by a man with the unbelievable talent. It is quite melancholic (except for the end). My second guess would be Bijou

41 I Want to Break Free


42 You're My Best Friend
43 Let Me in Your Heart Again
44 Jealousy

This song is amazing. It is just punctuate how a great talent was Freddie. Every time I hear this song I concentrate on the lyrics because it is really important in this song also.

45 Barcelona - Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé
46 These Are the Days of Our Lives

I read that Freddie made a video for this song last because of the ending “I still love you” for his fans to know that he still loves them...R.I.P Freddie Mercury

47 Cool Cat

I love all the comments on all of these from twelve year olds who heard Bohemian Rhapsody once and proclaim their love for Freddie, and their devastation over his death, but then are at something of a loss when you present them with literally any other member of Queen or a song like Cool Cat.

48 Father to Son

Every time I listen to this song I think of my father who is no longer with us. The words you won't understand a word that's in it but you'll write it all again before you die classic.

49 Living on My Own
50 A Kind of Magic
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