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.

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

One of the best songs I've ever hear

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.

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2 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Whoever said garbage is a disrespectful bastard



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

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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.

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

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4 My Immortal - Evanescence

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

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!

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

This is so sad can we get 500 likes?

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.

it so sad

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6 Black - Pearl Jam

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

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!

Black is the best especially the unplugged version with the 'we belong together'! Genius vedder..

This is it

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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

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

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

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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

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9 Lucy - Skillet

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

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

Amazing song

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

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10 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.

By far saddest song I have heard from rock/metal genre, made me cry so many times and still continues to do so.

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The Contenders

11 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

I cry every time I listen to this song.

Little sadder than I won't see you tonight part 1

It's so emotional. One of the best songs ever

So powerful it hurts

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12 Nutshell - Alice in Chains

so deep

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

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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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

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!

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18 One - Metallica

More dark than sad - TheDarkOne_221b

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

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19 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

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 - KingSlayer93316

What’s this song about? - Userguy44

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

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20 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

The saddest solo

This one is supposed to be in the top 10

Simply the best power balad of all times!

Best G&R song of all time

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21 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Just the BEST voice around here...

22 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

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.

Most underrated song I've ever seen

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"

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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

I cried when I listened to this song.

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25 Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold

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

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

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

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

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27 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

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


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.

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

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28 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.

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29 Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold

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

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

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30 Can't Take It - All-American Rejects

Good song

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31 Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls

This song is just plain sad

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32 Runaway Train - Soul Asylum

Great song. - Userguy44

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

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33 Heartbeat Slowing Down - All-American Rejects

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

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34 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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35 The Show Must Go On - Queen

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

Both heartbreaking and defiant at the same time. - truckturner

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

Always cry when listen it.

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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

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

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.

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

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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

Always felt like this song described me from 14-17. Still love this song.

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39 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

The part when Freddie says "i don't want to die, sometimes wish I've never been born at all" is a really strong and sad message in the song, and when he says "mamma oooh" it sounds like he is crying.

Pretty abstract

Not sad at all lol

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40 Scars - Papa Roach

Really feel this song. Definitely in my top 10.

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42 The Unforgiven II - Metallica

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

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43 Fade to Black - Metallica

A song about suicide. Depicts a person who has lost everything and cannot find a reason to live anymore. Their personality has changed for the worse and they have become completely nihilistic.

James wrote this when the theft of Metallica's equipment, especially his beloved amp which was given to him by his late mother, caused him to become depressed.

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

This song talks about fading away to death.

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

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44 Outside - Staind

This song cuts to the core of someone who's been hurt and is just done being stepped on to the point of turning hurtful. I get it

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47 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

There are other very sad songs from Pink Floyd but this one is a true masterpiece and should be at least in the top 5. Rest In Peace Syd.

This should be waay higher on the list

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.

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

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48 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

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50 Hymn for the Missing - Red

This song is so emotional!

This song almost always brings me to tears

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

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1. Snuff - Slipknot
2. Lucy - Skillet
3. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 - Avenged Sevenfold
1. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
2. Broken - Seether
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