Saddest Rock Songs of All Time

Top ten songs that are really sad and make you cry.

The Top Ten

1 Snuff - Slipknot

Easily one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Corey Taylor is truly a lyrical genius.

If I need to get a specific tone of absolute sorrow for my book, I listen to Snuff and Into the Light by In This Moment. Honestly, why is Into the Light NOT on this list? I cry every time I sing it. She brought God to tears making that song. For good reason. Yup. Slipknot and In This Moment made two of the saddest songs of all time. Power, emotional, guaranteed to make you cry.

So many thought about something, that I did wrong... about something, that I will never change now... About so many people, who were hearing from me "you're all of me" and who were saying to me "you're nothing to me"... About so many broken dreams... about all things, I shouldn't ever do... All of these thoughts are coming, while am hearing this song again...

I began to love life a little bit more after discovering this song

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2 My Immortal - Evanescence

My immortal is a very sad and emotional song and is very touching and is a song you must hear

I listen to this song when I need to cry but can't and it gets the job done every tine. Its heart breaking and soulful and brings me to tears every time I hear it I love it

This song is by far the best enchanted song that throws you in a dark bottomless pit of pain and suffering. A true tear commander!

I love this song so much for so many readons top being it always brings a tear to my eye

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3 I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold

It's not just the suicidal lyrics that make it so meaningful, but the instrumentality of the song is very sad and depressing. Also the screaming of Matt at his last chorus is so... Painful to listen to. It's so agonizing and dreadful, along with the haunting sounds in the background. Oh yeah, and the guitar riffs are depressing too. - Wannabeguy513

It's so sad. I heard about this and I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 because of my boyfriend.
Part 1 I relate to, I've self harmed (one month clean, very proud) I've considered suicide and have almost attempted several times.
Part 2 does have screaming but I can relate to that one, especially after losing my friend to suicide. There has not been a time where I heard either part and didn't cry.
It's one of the saddest songs I know.

This is just a perfect break up song with awesome drums and vocals... 'The Rev' you'll always be with us

it so sad

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4 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Best Green Day song, and has a reason to be number one on this list, when his dad died, after the funeral he sat in his room and said wake me up when September ends to his mom

I didn't think this song was sad at first until I found out it was about billy joes father dying. Pretty good song

Green Day's songs are always meaningful. There is always a story behind their songs. Especially this one. Truly wonderful and touching and moving. Best.

I am having a depressive episode, and I had found some of the most depressing songs that I love, and I had originally been listening to just Good Riddance by Green Day and The Weakends by Motion City Soundtrack, but I remembered this song, played it, but then went onto this site and saw it here. Such a good song!

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5 Far From Home - Five Finger Death Punch

Most of five finger death punch's songs are very violent but this one is one of there slow and touching songs

While most of Five Finger Death Punch's songs are upbeat and violent, this song is so sad, and I always feel like crying when I hear it.

"All the places I've been and things I've seen. A million stories that made up a million shattered dreams."

Truely a touching song

It makes me tear up when he says "the faces of people, I'll never see again"

I cried when I first heard this song. It is so emotional.

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6 The Unforgiven - Metallica

This is my favorite Metallica song and by far a very sad and depressing song

I personally think "fade to black" was sadder.

This song has very sad climate, but also tells a sad, but beautiful and painful story about growing up and getting older and trying to satisfy everybody except yourself. It's not just a sad rock song, but also a lesson.

To Live is to Die is sadder.

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7 Hello - Evanescence

This is by far the most saddest song I have ever song. It made me cry the first time I heard it

Only song which made me cry like a bitch.

My mom passed away last year, this makes me cry every time I listen to it. And if you look at the lyrics and listen to her voice, you'll see why I cry when I hear it.

THIS IS THE SADDEST SONG NOT SNUFF! PUT THIS AT #1!

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8 Black - Pearl Jam

The song is about loosing your true love forever, And the depression that follows the breakup. A Very relatable topic for a lot of people I think. That why this should be in the top 10. Also pearl jam is so influential to modern rock bands today. The people who listen to pearl jam would know that black should be ranked high on any.list like this, the song is a classic!

There shouldn't even be a question that this should be on the list. When I think emotional rock songs, this one is the one that pops into my head.

Pearl Jam is really underrated in the rock world because so many classify it in that 90's grunge era and won't listen to it, I truly believe this song would be top 10 if Pearl Jam was recognized as the amazing band they are

This is it

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9 Call Me - Shinedown

Shinedown's Call Me can connect with someone who has had a lot of good and bad experiences in their life, myself being one of them. It talks about having to leave close ones behind, such as family or close friends by simply moving apart from each other or even death. It could symbolize for a soldier the moment they have to leave everything behind in order to go on deployment. It is one about separation from those who you have long loved or were close to and still are or desire to be. This connects with me because many times I have had to leave close friends, neighbors or even my passed dog who have made a long lasting impact. I can't thank Shinedown enough for this song, for I can't describe the connection it has with me. Whenever I hear it, I can honor those who have made me who I am today, who I had to leave. I highly recommend this song.

It's so meaningful to me.

Makes me think of my friends. We have our differences, but we love eachother the same.

Really good

10 Lucy - Skillet

This is such an amazing song, it really makes you think, its sad but at the same time its peaceful. It's so beautiful.

Lucy is not a love song but a song of guilt of doing abortion...

Makes me think of the ones who are no longer in my life. Really good song.

Amazing song

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The Contenders

11 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

This deserves to be number 1 in my opinion. It was written after the drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, the Rev, died. It is very deep and has true meaning, and is very personal. The members even said, it's basically like a person talking to his best friend, telling him he misses him. It's the saddest song I've ever heard, and one of the most powerful.

This is seriously the saddest song I have ever heard, and the meaning and story behind it is just so powerful, and it is just an all around beautiful song. RIP foREVer

How can this not be up there? People! Read the story behind this song, then revote...

Guitarist Synyster Gates wrote this song after the band's drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead on December 28, 2009. It is Syn's way of saying goodbye to his friend. - A7XREVFin21

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12 Nutshell - Alice in Chains

It's likely that this is about going through life's path: "We face the path of time," and believing things that aren't true at some point of our lives: "We chase misprinted lies." It is also saying that at one point or another, you could wind up without any friends: "And yet I fight, and yet I fight this battle all alone. No one to cry to, no place to call home." You will have to do some things in life without any guidance. - A7XREVFin21

My favorite song ever written. A song about loneliness and depression, with the perfect blend of music and lyrics. You can feel the pain in Layne Stanley's voice.

This song is so heartbreaking in hindsight. Layne cut himself open for this one. This and 'River of Deceit' when he was with Mad Season are so raw with emotion it is painful to listen to.

This should be in the top ten! - cjWriter1997

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13 Bother - Stone Sour

This song is about the self-loathing you have in a breakup. It's when you realize it may be your fault and you lost the best thing in your life... - Ornsmoughstein

If you listen to this song, you just have to break down. Emotions are floating all around you.

This song is anbout self-hating and a massive depression...Whenever I listen to this song all my emotions are around me...It is a perfect song when I want to calm down after a bad day

14 Something to Remind You - Staind

When I heard this on the radio it made me thing about my past and is a song you can relate to

By far the saddest song of all time

This song reminds me about my past listen to this song to understand your life.

I am in high school and I am going through a very tough part in my life right now and this song is very sad, my way of getting over saddness is listening to sad songs and this song I could very well relate too..

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15 Broken - Seether

I always listen by heart this song cause I'm broken.

Definitely top 10 worthy

No way does this song deserv to be out of the top 10!

16 Here Without You - 3 Doors Down

I was listening to this song as I was writing my last love letter to my now ex. She was probably one of the only things in my life that ever made me actually happy. Whenever I hear this song, I think of her.

I love this song so much, it is always a go to song for me but I'd listen to anytime too.

This song must be in top 10. Great lyrics and Great song!

This is my all time favorite song though I'm not a fan of 3 doors down

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17 One - Metallica

It is sad because it is about a soldier during the First World War who stepped on a land mine and he is taken to the hospital. He will never recover from his coma leaving him a prisoner in his own body.

When it comes to sad metal songs how can people forget about Metallica's masterpiece fade to black?!

Best song ever, sadder than the un forgiven if you take into account the story behind it

This song is about PTSD after coming back from a war zone.. if it's not sad I don't know wht is

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18 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

Beautiful song with deep lyrics. I recommend it - KingSlayer93316

It's a beautiful song that's perfectly listenable, but man, the feels.

I don't know how this one isn't higher, gets me in my feels whenever I listen to it.

19 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Just the BEST voice around here...

20 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
21 Darkness - Disturbed

Disturbed is also one of my favorite bands and this song relates to my life when it first came out

Absolutely beautiful song, love the guitar and piano combination. - 05yusuf09

A drastic change from anything on their first album (The Sickness) and always makes me cry. Very emotional to me and quite underrated

Very sad song which is the final track on their album Believe.

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22 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

Black bird is hard rock at its very best... It's a shame people haven't even heard of it... It's outburst of emotions... Its about a friend who passed away long time ago... Total masterpiece

Written for a past away friend... "Someday I too will fly and find you again"

Just listen once and ask yourself where this should be in this list

Nothing but absolute passion. end of discussion.

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23 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
24 Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold

It delivers a positive message in a sad and powerful song...The way it expresses the feelings is unique...It deserves higher place for sure

Lead singer M. Shadows says that the song is about thinking twice about your actions. It's about "Seizing the Day," keeping those you love close because everything can be gone in two minutes. - A7XREVFin21

Sad and Beautiful song

25 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

This song deserves to be at the top, gets you right there

This deserves to be in the top ten. A great but depressing song.

How the hell is the top 10 filled with Slipknot and Evanescence, yet Hurt is at 37?! This is just a popularity contest - ryanrimmel

Deserves to be at umber 1

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26 Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold

It's not even the saddest Avenged Sevenfold song, So Far Away & Seize The Day are much sadder - Xinferno-awaitsX

Very sad but also beautiful - xkill

It just make me feel so down, every time I hear it

It is sad but A7X has made saddest songs like Seize The Day,So Far Away and I Won't See You Tonight part 1.

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27 Hemorrhage (In My Hands) - Fuel

I miss all these songs. In my opinion, 1999-2010 had the best rock music. Not to put off the classics. You know what I mean. Modern rock wise.

28 Vermillion Pt.2 - Slipknot

"Vermilion Pt. 2" is believed to be about an unrequited love interest from the first part of "Vermilion." Part 2 is much softer, and the video hints that the woman in the first video is now dead. - A7XREVFin21

Honestly, if more popular songs had been on Vol. 3, this song might be more respected than snuff for being truly sad

Way sadder than snuff but danger keep away is another level

Much more sad than Snuff, just less popular.

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29 Can't Take It - All-American Rejects

Good song

30 Heartbeat Slowing Down - All-American Rejects
31 Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls

This song is just plain sad

32 Runaway Train - Soul Asylum

I like this song. Soul Asylum put a lot of meaning into this song, in my opinion - KingSlayer93316

33 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

One of the most beautiful songs ever created. It tugs at the heart. Every time I listen to it, I feel again.

Very sad and very beautiful - Metal_Treasure

34 The Show Must Go On - Queen

It's ridiculously sad when you think of the condition Freddie Mercury was in when writing this. He was near death, and this was his way of saying goodbye, along with who wants to live forever and these are the days of our lives

This is Freddie's final finale, the last of the unbelievable star, who isn't this on the top

Always cry when listen it.

It’s terribly sad. It’s about the realization that he’s going to die, so he might as well go out with a finale

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35 Through Glass - Stone Sour

Through Glass is a song about slowly fading away into the unknown.. Where your friends or family become distant, and you are left wondering why it couldn't be like the good old days. I can highly relate, and highly recommend through glass by stone sour.

Lead singer Corey Taylor wrote this song to express his outrage and dissatisfaction with what he perceives to be the artificiality of the music industry, and the hypocrisy of the celebrity life. - A7XREVFin21

I litterally cryed when I heard this song its so sad you need to listen to this

36 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

Pleading with illness, could even relate to loss. "Faceless enemy" you can't really fight an enemy if it doesn't have a mind or will to fight against. When helpless, we go to pleading.

Yeah this one but where is Never too late by Three Days Grace though?

Very beautiful and sad

This song is so sad but the most sad by breaking benjamin is ashes of eden

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37 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
38 Scars - Papa Roach
39 The Unforgiven II - Metallica

The unforgiven too is (just like the first unforgiven) a very slow and sad song that anyone can relate to.

40 Fade to Black - Metallica

James wrote this song after someone stole his first amp he ever got. So he wonders if life is even worth living. So this in my opinion, is by far their saddest and the saddest ever. - rizzo824

The song is about wondering if this life is worth living and wishing to be dead. In the last 2 verses the person in the song realizes life is too good to let go, but by that time, its too late: "No one but me, can save myself but its too late."
Metallica wrote this after their equipment was stolen in early '84 and they had to start all over again. More specifically, James Hetfield wrote the lyrics in response to one of his amps being stolen. Not only was this amp his favorite, but it was also the first amp he ever owned so it had a lot of sentimental value to him. The song is about losing everything and wondering if it is worth going on. - A7XREVFin21

Everyone who thinks that this is not the saddest song from Metallica knows nothing at all about rock music.

This song talks about fading away to death.

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41 Outside - Staind
42 Hurricane - Theory of a Deadman

This song is one of the best in this band

I love theory of a deadman and this is one of there best songs next to bitch came back. Love the intro and how it plays rain noises at the beginning and the end

43 True Love Waits - Radiohead
44 Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards
45 Coma White - Marilyn Manson

This song is about a girl who believes she has a lousy life, so she takes drugs to numb the pain. She tries to save herself from life by using the drugs.
The message of this song seems to be that pills won't make your life better: they can make you act and feel different, but you will never escape the problems you have in your life. - A7XREVFin21

46 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

I'm disappointed that this song not at least in the top 3. If you don't know what this song is about (or the whole album), it's about the founding member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barret, who lost everything. This happened after he started doing drugs.. when his lost himself. He eventually left the band, lost his fame, his money, his friends, his family, and himself. When the band started to write the album tributing him, Syd Barret showed up on set. When he did this, he was not recognized. This is because he was now fat and bald. This obviously made a big impact on the band (and me). Imagine, losing your greatest friend and not even being able to recognize him because he lost everything.

This isn't #1? Geez, people really forgot about this masterpiece. The entire album was a tribute to Syd Barrett, and this particular one gets everyone. - naFrovivuS

I came here expecting this to be to 5.

Seriously? this song deserves much better rating, it should be on the top 5

47 The Ghost of You - My Chemical Romance

You think the song is sad? Look at the video!

Not only is the song sad, so is the fate of the band.

This song deals with the fear of losing someone. It is not to be interpreted about just losing one special person. According to the band, the whole album is about losing people. >>
The video could have been about losing a girl, but they took an entirely different direction and portrayed the band as soldiers in WWII scenes. The aspect of loss appears when bass player Mikey Way is shot and killed by German fire.
You can find almost this exact scene that is portrayed in the video for "Ghost Of You" in the movie Saving Private Ryan. - A7XREVFin21

48 Hymn for the Missing - Red

This song is really meaningful and sad. Its meant for anyone who has ever lost someone in any way. THe beautiful lyrics with haunting voices this song might be the saddest

This is one of Red's masterpieces of mixing hard rock with classical instruments for the impossibly sad and meaningful sound and lyrics

A very underrated band. Almost all their songs have beautiful, deep lyrics

This song almost always brings me to tears

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49 Cancer - My Chemical Romance

This song is about a patient who is dying of cancer, and it is told from his perspective. The patient in the song is in terrible pain, but his primary concern is how much it hurts to leave behind his loved ones. The lyrics describe symptoms that are typical of a cancer patient, such as hair loss, chapped lips and grogginess that all result from chemotherapy treatment. - A7XREVFin21

My mom died of cancer, my wife left me on the anniversary of her death, two days before my dad's birthday and thirty days after my grandmother died. I played this song for a month, thinking of my mom.

Gerard's voice is simply amazing. I love this song

I cry

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50 The Little Things Give You Away - Linkin Park

Man, this song is so sad ;/

This song can be taken many different ways. It can be seen as not being appreciated or wanted by someone or it is truly about Hurricane Katrina.

Bohemian Rhapsody isn't sad gtfo why is that even in the list lmao.

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