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...

You can literally feel the emotion as he's singing. My favorite song of all.

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2 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.

Whoever said garbage is a disrespectful bastard

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3 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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4 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!

Always brings tears in my eyes. It's so beautiful! - Userguy44

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5 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

This is so sad can we get 500 likes?

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6 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

Why can't it be, why can't it be mine

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7 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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8 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

9 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.


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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.

Cooper revealed it is about a young couple struggling with feelings of regret after an abortion.He retold this story and further explained his intent in writing the song in an Air interview posted on Skillet's official website. Skillet - Lucy Story Behind The Song.This is the great Song - payjo73

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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...

I cry every time I listen to this song.

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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.

An Alice in Chains classic! Layne sang it with pain and emotion. - Userguy44

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13 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
14 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

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 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

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

By far the saddest song of all time

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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17 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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18 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

More dark than sad - TheDarkOne_221b

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19 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.

What’s this song about? - Userguy44

20 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

This one is supposed to be in the top 10

The saddest solo

Simply the best power balad of all times!

Best G&R song of all time

21 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Just the BEST voice around here...

22 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
23 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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24 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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25 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

26 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses

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

27 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.

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.

Deserves to be at umber 1

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28 Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold

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

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

Very sad but also beautiful - xkill

In my opinion It’s more beautiful than sad. - MegadethFan07

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29 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.

30 Can't Take It - All-American Rejects

Good song

31 Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls

This song is just plain sad

32 Heartbeat Slowing Down - All-American Rejects

This song doesn't go full-on rock, and even the guitar solo sounds depressing

33 Runaway Train - Soul Asylum

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

Great song. - Userguy44

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

Very sad yet beautiful. Vocal performance was not from this planet! - Userguy44

Both heartbreaking and defiant at the same time. - truckturner

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35 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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36 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

37 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

38 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

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

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.

Very beautiful and sad

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

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39 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Not sad at all lol

40 Scars - Papa Roach

Really feel this song. Definitely in my top 10.

41 The Unforgiven II - Metallica

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

42 Live and Let Die - Guns N' Roses
43 Fade to Black - Metallica

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

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

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

Why isn’t this higher? This song is about suicide and I love this song. - Userguy44

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44 Outside - Staind
45 Patience - Guns N' Roses
46 True Love Waits - Radiohead
47 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

48 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.

I came here expecting this to be to 5.

This should be waay higher on the list

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49 Down Where I Am - Demons & Wizards
50 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 is so emotional!

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1. Snuff - Slipknot
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3. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold
1. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
2. Broken - Seether
3. Hemorrhage (In My Hands) - Fuel
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