Saddest Rock Songs of All Time

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

The Top Ten

1 Snuff - Slipknot Snuff - Slipknot Cover Art

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

This song, along with, Daddy by Korn, was the only song that had made me feel as sad as I had ever. Such a personally written piece in which people or substances have wronged someone.

Lyrics just hit me when I heard it. Can't describe it in words. Just hit me real hard, the moments when it sends a shiver down your spine, that's a great moment. I wish I could listen to it again for the first time

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.

2 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day Cover Art

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

Whoever said garbage is a disrespectful bastard

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.

3 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

Simply one of the the best/saddest love songs ever written lyrically and musically, sung by Eddie Vedder

4 I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

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.

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

This song is really amazing and meaningful. A masterpiece...

5 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica Cover Art

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.

Fade to Black has much sadder lyrics but the tempo speeds so I understand that it's not up.

6 Call Me - Shinedown Call Me - Shinedown Cover Art

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

7 Lucy - Skillet Lucy - Skillet Cover Art

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.

I think this is really sad, it made me cry the first time I heard it. Please, being this to #1

8 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

Not only is it a super sad song it's a great song in remembrance of one of the most talented musicians of all time. Nobody can replace him as the backup singer, drummer, and most importantly song writer for avenged sevenfold.

I miss the rev. He added so much to the band and now he is gone. He soul will live on in our hearts. Rest in piece the rev.

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

9 My Immortal - Evanescence My Immortal - Evanescence Cover Art

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!

Someone died? This song is relatable. Recent breakup? Relatable. Missing your best friend? Relatable. It's a beautiful song with Amy's beautifully haunting voice, go listen to it.

10 Far from Home - Five Finger Death Punch Far from Home - Five Finger Death Punch Cover Art

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"

This song is the saddest sure

The Newcomers

? The Kill - Thirty Seconds to Mars The Kill - Thirty Seconds to Mars Cover Art
? 45 - Shinedown 45 - Shinedown Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Nutshell - Alice in Chains Nutshell - Alice in Chains Cover Art

Masterfully written. Just the tone of the guitar and vocals can bring emotion out but the lyrics bring it over the top. Layne brought his heart right to the surface here.

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.

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.

12 Hello - Evanescence Hello - Evanescence Cover Art

This song expresses loss of self while resignation of hope from others onto self.

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.

13 Blackbird - Alter Bridge Blackbird - Alter Bridge Cover Art

This song says it all. True emotion, power, and message. The guitar solo shared between Kennedy and Tremonti is just absolutely the best composed and ever played. True Songwriting at its best.

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

14 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Cover Art

This song is not only a meaningful song through the lyrics but it also takes me back to a happier time and makes me think about what I lost but by standing by and trusting in who I am I have come through it

This song is just so soft and meaningful. its just so easy to relate to it

15 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Cover Art

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

This song is a perfect sonic representation for the hurt Trent was feeling and the hurt of the millions who have heard it.

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

This song is such a clear representation of the singer's self-hatred that it gives me chills every time I hear it. Johnny Cash's version is also beautiful. Should definitely be number one.

16 Bother - Stone Sour Bother - Stone Sour Cover Art

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...

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

17 Broken - Seether

This song is of a tragic, love loss. He uses the song to send her a message of sorrow and sadness to apologize for what he did.

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!

18 Here Without You - 3 Doors Down Here Without You - 3 Doors Down Cover Art

This song is a classic I enjoy that tries to cope with spending time apart from ones you love.

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!

19 November Rain - Guns N' Roses November Rain - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

This song has always touched my heart and conveys how hard it is to move on even when you know how wrong it is to stay.

This one is supposed to be in the top 10

The saddest solo

Simply the best power balad of all times!

20 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Cover Art

Should be much higher in my opinion but maybe it's just cause Cornell is my favourite musician of all time, RIP brother gone too soon

Beautiful song with deep lyrics. I recommend it

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.

21 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

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

I guess johnny got his gun after all

22 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

When you've lost all faith and your empty. "Powermetal at its best". An absolute classic

Just the BEST voice around here...

23 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest Cover Art
24 Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

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

Sad and Beautiful song

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.

25 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

I prefer the G N R version but through respect ITS BY BOB DYLAN JESUS

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