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

How is this sad? Well it is sad as it was written 1 month before Freddie died - queeniifan

I was born in 2007, and that is when our music started to change. I mean, it's not even music to start with! All my classmates are over here listening to Cardi B and other people Kodak Black, while I'm over here rocking to Somebody to Love. The other day other day one of my classmates was "Who the heck is Queen! " I wasn't surprised. I can't believe that ACTUAL music is being ignored by this! I mean come on people, he literally sang WAY better than the singers that sing right now do, and he was DYING at the time!

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...

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2 These are the Days of Our Lives

This is by far my favorite Queen song. It's amazing how much Freddie's music meant to him. The music video broke my heart because you can see how much his health had deteriorated.

Show Must Go On is a much better (and sadder) song, but the video for this is devastating. - truckturner

What a sad song. He knew that he had just a little time to sing, and he put his soul into this song. Magnificent!

My all time favourite of Freddies songs.

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3 Too Much Love Will Kill You

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

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

It is hard because when you listen to the words of his love songs you know it is Freddie’s life.

This perfectly represents the story of Freddie's life. Too much love and attention from the world finally ended up killing his homosexual self.

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4 Who Wants to Live Forever?

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.

Very sad yet beautiful song. Never failed to make me emotional and cry! - Userguy44

Brilliant voice even to the end a great front man
Gone far too soon sure we would have had many more wonderful songs from this great performer

What can I say? It's a beautiful song. - Userguy44

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5 In My Defence

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

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

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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

Freddie s beautiful voice shows up in this song definitely give it a try

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

I honestly cried the first time I heard this. And I almost never cry.

This amazing tribute brings me to tears anytime I hear or play it on an instrument.

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.

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8 Love of My Life

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 made me cry so hard. I wonder if Mary Austin is out there.. crying about how Freddie died.. and when I grow older.. I'll be there at your side to remind you I still love you.. Broke my heart. I started to tear up.. I (3 Queen so much.

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

I love it

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9 Bohemian Rhapsody

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

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

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10 Mother Love

R.i.P Freddie I love your music Evan today I have it on cd and record and listen to it nearly every day I was 13 when I watched live aid and I thought Queen was fantastic we turned the T.V up loud and sang with Freddie me and my sisters I hope he is still singing in Heaven he is a Legend Kara Kirk

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.

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.

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

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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 Heaven for Everyone
13 One Year of Love

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

14 Nevermore

Makes me cry a lot

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

15 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

16 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

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

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

17 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

18 You Take My Breath Away

He wrote this song to his lover of 6 years Mary Austin, trying to keep her in his life when he came out as bisexual to her. It makes me sad when he says anywhere you go I'll follow, showing he still really loves her, but his sexuality doesn't let her be with him.

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!

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.

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

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

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19 All Dead, All Dead

So beautiful, but so sad.

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.

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20 Made in Heaven
21 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

22 It's a Hard Life

When you think of it, this song is actually heartbreaking.

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

23 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.

24 White Queen
25 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)

26 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!

27 Is This the World We Created...?

This shows how real Queen was with their lyrics

28 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?

29 Sail Away Sweet Sister

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

30 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.

31 In the Lap of the Gods
32 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

33 Barcelona - Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé
34 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

35 Say It's Not True
36 The Miracle

AMAZING! Nothing else to say pulls at the heart strings everyti e I hear it

37 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..

38 Another One Bites the Dust
39 Life is Real (Song for Lennon)

Very underestimated song which has totally sad lyrics and meaning. It's a very beautiful one, if you didn't listen to it yet, you should!

40 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.¨

41 Let Me in Your Heart Again
42 Was It All Worth It
43 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.

44 I Want to Break Free


45 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.

46 You're My Best Friend
47 Living on My Own
48 A Kind of Magic

nice music

49 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.

50 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.

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