Top 10 Saddest Songs from Cartoons

The most heart-breaking songs fron animated TV shows, excluding anime, animated movies (Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks etc.) theme songs and background tracks I could think of. Suggestions are always welcome.
The Top Ten
1 "Leaves from the Vine" - Avatar: The Last Airbender

Why It's Sad:

In the episode "Tales of Ba Sing Se" Iroh spends his whole day helping everyone around him, for example, singing this song to calm down a crying boy at the market place. At the end of his day he sings this song in remembrance of his son Lu Ten, who died during the siege of Ba Sing Se, while Iroh was still a Fire Nation general. Before he starts singing the war ballad he says: "Happy birthday my son. If only I could have helped you." And softly begins to cry, which makes the whole scene even more heart-breaking, by stressing that Iroh has been helpful to every person in the episode, but was not able to save his son. It shows that the loss of his son was what caused his change of heart in regards to the war abd made him the lovable character as we got to know him.


Leaves from the vine
Falling so slow
Like fragile, tiny shells
Drifting in the foam
Little soldier boy
Come marching home
Brave soldier boy
Comes marching home

Iroh is such a kind and generous person who cares for everyone, especially his nephew, and seeing Iroh like this is heartbreaking.

This is the saddest. Seeing Iroh this way. I could not stop crying.

This song has so much power.

2 "Gary Come Home" - SpongeBob SquarePants

I think there are lots of sad songs in spongebob, but I think this song really make some people sad from the emotions spongebob shares and some people sharing a connection about a loss of their dog/lost dog which makes the song even more touching.

God, this was tearjerking. Seeing how crushed SpongeBob was. It makes me cry.

This is even sadder

I think the song from Dumped is sadder I don't know why but this is still really sad

3 "It's Over, Isn't" - Steven Universe
4 "Remember You" - Adventure Time

Why It's Sad:

Marceline sings this song together with the Ice King in the episode "I Remember You". It is revealed that before Simon became the mad Ice King, he took care of a crying Marceline after the Mushroom War. Marceline reads an old note from him to him, desperately trying to get her old friend to remember. But his memory remains lost.


Marceline: Marceline, is it just you and me in the wreckage of the world?
That must be so confusing for a little girl.
And I know you're going to need me here with you.
But I'm losing myself, and I'm afraid you're gonna lose me too. This magic keeps me alive, but it's making me crazy,
And I need to save you, but who's going to save me?
Please forgive me for whatever I do,
When I don't remember you.

Ice King: Marceline, I can feel myself slipping away.
I can't remember what it made me say.
But I remember that I saw you frown.
I swear it wasn't me, it was the crown. This magic keeps ...more

5 "What Might Have Been" - Phineas & Ferb

Why It's Sad:

Isabella is about to leave for college in the episode "Act Your Age" and remembers her friendship with Phineas, who never appeared to return her romantic feelings.
Phineas, however, has just realized what Isabella felt for him. He does feel the same and tries to find her before she leaves for college. They sing this as a duet about their missed shot at romance.


Isabella : I wanted you to see me,
But for so long, you were blind
Now it's time to face tomorrow,
And leave all that stuff behind
Of what would our lives have been like,
If you'd just given me a sign
'Cause I like you more than every other
Thing I like combined...
I spent so many summers,
Hoping something would begin
I thought that I was over you,
But here I am again...
What might have been

Vivian : Phineas, honey, how are you?

Phineas : Hi Mrs. Garcia-Shapiro. Uh, is Isabella here?

Vivian : Oh no, sweetie, she's ...more

This is sad Isabella and Phineas not being together and felling like it's to late

6 "Remember" - Danny Phantom

Why It's Sad:

While this song is not presented as sad in the episode it appeared in, the lyrics have been stated to be about Ember McLain's tragic back story by the creators.
"According to one of the creators for the show, before she died, Ember was an unpopular high school-aged girl who had large dreams of becoming a rock star. One day a boy asked her out to the movies. She waited all night for him to show up, saying, "He's just running late." When morning came and he didn't show up, Ember went home. She was so exhausted that she fell asleep and didn't wake up when her house mysteriously caught on fire. She died in the flames, which possibly gave her the name "Ember." Her song " Remember " is most likely based on the above events prior to her death." (Danny Phantom Wiki)


Yeah! Oh!
It was, it was September
Winds blow, the dead leaves fall
To you, I did surrender
Two weeks, you didn't call
Your life goes on without me
My life, a losing ...more

It's not that sad.

7 "Karla's Lullaby" - We Bare Bears
8 "What's Use of Feeling, Blue" - Steven Universe

Steven universe has the saddest songs.

9 When I Was His Alien - American Dad!

In the Episode of "A.T. The Abusive Terrestrial" Where Steve doesn't want to spend more time with his best friend Roger. But Roger wanted to make out his friendship with him. So he decided to meet Henry who lived in his house and Roger wanted to stay with him for a while.

10 When She Loved Me - Toy Story 2 When She Loved Me - Toy Story 2 Cover Art
The Contenders
11 The Time Has Come - Pokémon The Time Has Come - Pokémon Cover Art

In the episode of "Pikachu's Goodbye" where Ash says goodbye to his pokemon Pikachu. But Pikachu wanted to cheer him up. However fate is cool Ash runs away upset thinking about his friendship with Pikachu.

12 When a Fan is the Man - Teen Titans Go!
13 To Tell You the Truth - Littlest Pet Shop
14 "Hero Song" - The Amazing World of Gumball

I've never cried from anything fictional but this got me really close

15 "Everything Stays" - Adventure Time

One of the best moments in the series, pure love between mother and daughter

16 Oh My Izzy - Total Drama

Ohh Izzy
Ohh Izzy
Why'd you leave me so?
Oh my Izzy
My little Izzy
Why'd I ever let you go?

VERY UNDErrated SAD SONG. yes I know a breakup is not as sad as the other songs but come on! this'd be a good number 8. its mostly the music that boosts it.

Even though the lyrics of the verses are kinda funny, the chorus is what hits you hard

17 Drift Away - Steven Universe Drift Away - Steven Universe Cover Art

When Spinel got left at the garden. It broke my heart.

18 "A Grill is Not a Home" - SpongeBob SquarePants
19 I Have Time - We Bare Bears
20 This Big World - Winx Club This Big World - Winx Club Cover Art

It's the song Musa sings to her dead mother.

21 "Potatoes and Molasses (Reprise)" - Over the Garden Wall
22 Young Lemonhope - Adventure Time Young Lemonhope - Adventure Time Cover Art

This is way sadder than Remember You.

23 I Will Wait for You - Futurama

The song was sad that Seymour had to wait for Fry all day long.

This episode is from Jurassic Bark.

24 My Bro - Teen Titans Go!

This song was in the episode "Career Day". Like Someday or Somewhere Out There, Beast Boy and Cyborg had to spend their nights separated.

25 "Full Disclosure" - Steven Universe
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