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

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...

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

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

The really best in the world!

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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

Lovely song, but Freddie’s last appearance to the public eye, he looked so poorly, but still put all that he had into it. (RIP) freddie :)

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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

Music to my ear.. I love you Freddy the Great Rock Legend...

"I still love you" R.I.P 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

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!

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.

Greatest monumental effort by a singer in such poor health

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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

HE.WAS PERFECT - Roher1977

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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!

I think it is one of the saddest queen/ three quarters of queen songs ever.
hell you made a sensation Freddie, we all miss you

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8 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

Really sad to know he's gone and never lived in my generation :( true legend R.I.P - Nairnserboyser

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9 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!

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

Sung this as a duet with Freddie... Along with 29999 other fans at Maine road Manchester. Great day thanks Freddie Brian Rodger and John

I think he really loved this woman with every breath he took.

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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.

Should be number 1, with "Show must go on" as a very very second

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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 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.

"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.

? How could be this song on 10th?

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

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 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.

20 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

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1. Too Much Love Will Kill You
2. The Show Must Go On
3. These are the Days of Our Lives
1. These are the Days of Our Lives
2. Who Wants to Live Forever?
3. Love of My Life
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. The Show Must Go On
3. These are the Days of Our Lives

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