Top Ten Saddest Songsbiscuits
The Top Ten
Eric clapton wrote about his son, its real, there is nothing more devastating than losing your child, relationships mean nothing compared to looking at yourself in a tiny form,
and having to watch it die
I have also lost a child. I have tears and happiness in heaven, can't wait to see my son again!
I think the reason for writing this song is heart rendering.
I can't imagine what it would be like to lose one of my kids.
Many guitarists these days with a few years of experience can pick up a guitar and play famous riffs of so many great guitarists and perfect them but no one will ever be able to replicate how Clapton plays because they lack one simple thing - emotion. I don't mean emotion in general. His "Unplugged" album was so perfect precisely because it was so real. He had the courage to share what he was going through with the world. The loss of one's child is the most painful thing a person could ever go through, and he persevered. He turned his pain into something so beautiful which will stay with me forever. The acoustics on this album are just sheer perfection. This is so much more than a "sad" song, it's the deepest and most personal song on this list. He wrote it. He performed it. He went through it. We know his story and it means something to us - something we can't even begin to describe with our vocabulary and he captured the essence of it so perfectly with this song. ...more - guyritchi143 Comments
This version of the song is simply genius. Though he didn't write this song on his own, Johnny Cash performed it so deeply that you can feel the emotions in every little sound of this song. With his broken voice he appears as fragile as the meaning of this song is. Beautiful song. - darksky
His life story it was so sad..
Sorry I'm loss at words now!
It just hits so hard.119 Comments
At first, I didn't know what this song is about. After knowing at the meaning and the reason of Armstrong writing this song. I feel very sorry, the lyrics are so touching. It makes me feel sad every time I listen to it
Although it might not be the saddest song of all time, I touched my heart and made me cry, I felt strongly compelled to vote for it. It doesn't hurt that I love Green Day, either. The meaning bwhined the song made me even sadder. Billie Joe wrote it about his father who passed away in September when he was ten.
I love Green Day as much I love this song! One of most touching song ever made by a rock band... Truly amazing!
About the death of Billie Joe's father, who died in September. Its music video features a man going to war in presumably Iraq due to American Idiot's critique of the Bush administration. Plus the song was used in a viral video showing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.116 Comments
This song isn't just sad because of the lyrics but it means an awful lot to me. Every time I here it I cry and think about the memories.
I'd never heard this song until I saw this list. It's truly beautiful. Like a lament to the world. Evanescence made a very strong connection with all those who listen.
Really awesome... With the voice of amy lee, and melodic music is expressing it - the pain... Great song
This song has always made me cry. It's a great song but WILL make you cry when you understand the meaning behind it.252 Comments
This song brings me to tears because of certain memories that while sad, made my life seem just a little better and brighter. Four years ago, my great grandfather had passed away due to terminal illness. Before he was sent to the hospital, he got up at the middle of the night and played this song on the guitar while singing it to my great grandmother (who he woke up. She sleeps in the rocking chair for whatever reason) I remember waking up at the middle of the night to hear the sound of the guitar for one minute, then recording the whole scene on my phone while sobbing and choking on my tears the next. They saw me and told me to come in and we proceeded to finish the song and then sing blackbirds and let it be. When I went home (my family lives in another part of the country), I learned how to play te songs that we sang that night, and now I'm pretty good at those songs and I can proudly say that I'm really skilled with a guitar. Last year, my great grandmother died because of cancer. ...more
An absolutely gorgeous song, could bring Castro to tears it's so beautifuly sad.
Nothing sadder than nostalgia..
VOTE FOR IT!
it should be on number 1
You shouldn't do this, with the emotion, emergeness, EMINEM sings the song... REALLY makes me feel like he's Stan... VOTE IT...
What can be sadder than somebody commiting suicide with his pregnant wife in the car- awesome lyrics.
As much as I am not a big fan of Eminem/rap in general, this was a really great song. Unlike the songs above which can lead to sadness, this song has sadness and anger directed from Eminem. You can really hear the depth of emotion in his rapping, and the video shows it a lot.
Stan is incredibly emotional throughout the entirety of 3 letters, the tale could bring you to tears.161 Comments
Definitely the best. This song is about the iconic ex-guitarist for Pink Floyd Syd Barret. It is about how though Syd was alive at the time it was as if he was dead. His brain was dead from all the psychedelic drugs he took and he was clinically insane. He lived out the rest of his life in his mothers basement by law. So sad
Absolutely a tear jerker. Reminds me of those that are gone and I'll never see again
David Gilmour's voice and the intro riff is pretty depressing.
Beautiful and moving. I have cried to this one before... - kingmadmushroom50 Comments
I love this song. Everyone at one point has probably felt like a loser, someone who doesn't fit in. Creep is also beautiful in the sense that it captures how you feel like everyone around you has perfect lives and are literal angels compared to your rotten, stinking self. - orangesphinx81
There are plenty of Radiohead songs sadder than this one. Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit, Let Down, and No Surprises are much more depressing.
love it. - RW700
Expresses the feelings that everyone gets at some point in their lives. If you haven't heard it yet, listen to it and you'll understand.51 Comments
I love it. Suicidal awareness. This song is amazing
This song literally makes me cry every time.
It's a really sad song
How To Save A Life is one of the saddest songs that I've ever heard. I just heard it today, and I totally fell in love with it. Especially when your watching a really sad episode of a comedy-drama T.V. show. Not just drama alone -- comedy has to be there with it, because it makes it all the more sad. In my opinion, that is. ^^;; - darkvineyard61 Comments
I don't know why this is even ON this list. How on earth can you take this for a sad song? And if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last: To be a Rock, and Not to Roll?
Stairway is, quite possibly, the most powerful rock and roll song of all time. It's all there, the whole package- I remember it being voted the #1 song by radio station listeners in San Diego (on KGB's yearly poll back in the day) several years in a row. With good reason. DEFINITELY not SAD or DEPRESSING WHATSOEVER!
Wait, this is number 10? god, this list changed
Seriously? This song is not even bad, what kind of moron would dislike?! Screw "Wake Me Up When September Ends" this song should be high in the list, not that stupid September Ends song that only people with terrible music tastes love...still better than that Modern Garbage. - Gehenna
This song makes me sad but also very excited. I just love it! It's easily one of the best Rock songs. And the lyrics feel so passionate! If you watch the live version, Robert (the lead singer) says, "You know, I feel like this song's about hope." Then the famous guitar riff hums it's way in and the crowd is bawling and screaming their lungs out. And the live version is amazing as well. But this song overall is just so beautiful that it's sad. I think that's why I vote for it. It's about the natures of life and how precious life itself is! Stairway to Heaven in my opinion is easily one of Led Zeppelin's best works, and one of the best songs of all time. - MontyPython32 Comments
One of the saddest songs and videos I have EVER seen, first time I saw this it blew my mind
Where is "like you" by Evanescence?
Another touching song Amy wrote for her dead sister. So sad.
You can hear her soul... You can hear her soul shattering on last verses.
Thius is epic
I think this song is really sad, but I loved it so much I had to listen to it over and over, it made me cry 5 out 7 times I would watch it in one day.11 Comments
Truly one of the saddest songs
Story of a unhappy childhood and too much depression
This song is truly the #1 saddest song
Such a sad song, most will know this from gears and Dom's death, gears incorporated this song greatly. Its just such a sad but good song, and at the same time it gives me a good feeling that's unexplainable.64 Comments
Saddest. No question.
It's 2013 and I still cry during this song, remembering my father. I cry, cry and cry even if I've listened it around 100000 times and half. I cry. And it's Christina who made me cry because she's so amazing, so perfect and so stunning even after all these years of living. My father would have loved the song and I wished there was a way I could show it to him.
Me and my best friend performed this at our talent show at school and everyone loved it. It is amazing and strong inside out and now every time I hear this song, I remember all those beautiful memories and I just can't help myself but crying.
A deep song. At first, I thought it was about a love relationship. Later I did know that this song telling us to appreciate the ones who always behind our back; keep supporting and guiding us. Thank you christine for making Hurt beautifully with your undoubtful voice!18 Comments
The first time I heard that song, I found it pretty boring because of the lack of speed and guitar an drums in it. Then the second time, I listene to the lyrics and aat the end I burst out crying in my pillow, cause I didn't want my parents to see me. It's the first time I cried in years! The lyrics are so powerful!
This, Wake Me Up When September Ends and I miss you. I picked this song because it is the untold story of a soldier and the horrors that you face if you were or currently are a soldier. I think the most emotional part of this song is the first line and then the refrain at the end "He said son, have you seen the world? And what would you say if I said that you could? Just carry this gun. You'll even get payed I said that sounds pretty good" just a masterpiece and one of RA's best songs. Wake me up when September Ends deserves its top 5 spot because it has a double meaning, it is a tribute to the loved ones of the victims of 9/11 but it is also a tribute to Billie's dad that died when he was seven "like my father's come to pass seven years has gone so fast. Wake me up when September ends." Both really great and emotional songs
The song and the story is so touching. After reading the lyrics I cried for a few moments. One of the best songs ever.
This song, with the video is one of the saddest things I have ever seen. It gets me every time. Extremely powerful song and video. - JillianCecil20 Comments
I listened to this with my grandfather (it was one of his favorites) when I was little... All the time. He died 3 years ago and I miss him so much. I can't listen to the song anymore, because I couldn't stand the pain.
That's why I listen to the saga begins. But even that is still sad in the end. Weird Al can't make me laugh with this song, no matter how much I love the melody or Star Wars.
This song and Vincent get me every time
This is the saddest song on the list - 2storm2 Comments
It's an okay one... but there are WAY more beautiful and depressing songs by Coldplay than this one (Spies, We Never Change, Trouble)... it's honestly kinda infuriating that people always seems to skim Coldplay's surface and then call it the cream of their crop. It's no wonder people consider them to be so overrated...
Parachutes>A Rush Of Blood To The Head> Everything Afterwards
Sadness and Hope mixed together.
Are you kidding me, people who vote for this please go listen to the other songs in the top 25 because this is trash - danimey
One of the most beautiful and moving songs about being lost or an outcast or losing someone close. Almost anyone can relate to this on the planet. The remix from DatsiK (look it up) made me outright bawl. You can feel the pain and sadness in his voice. He is hurt.25 Comments
Whining about relationships is not sad. Telling a story about a man whos dreams and inspirations led him to destroy and take his own life is sad.
OMG when I heard this song I was fronzen to death, someone else Im pretty sure would cry, but I don't know how could I stay cool.
And one of the most underrated artists ever.
When I first heard the last verse I was ' traumatized... The thing that makes this song even more sad is the fact that the story is based on a true story...
you think the beginning is messed up? by the time you get to the end you like... dang I would do it to if I was him. its one of the most heart burning songs for me23 Comments
Freddie Mercury recorded this song when he was terminally ill. Other mediocre men would just give up and enjoy the last of their days But not Freddie Mercury, with barely the strength to even walk took the stand and did any ways. Listen closely to his vocal runs at the end of the song, it's almost painful to hear. It's the sound of the great Freddie Mercury ignoring the pain to deliver one last masterpiece for the world. It's not the song that is saddening, it's the fact that it's the last song Freddie Mercury sang that made it so saddening. Every time you listen to this song, be reminded that this is his last gift to the world, his last message to the world.
I love this song and I love Queen. And I will always love Queen.
RIP this song doesn't need lyrics in itself freddie's vocals show his pain and grief while sending a good message stick at it the show must go on rip freddie
This is one of my favorite songs in the whole world. We'll never had another singer like Freddie Mercury.24 Comments
The song title says it all I think. - Userguy44
If you heard this song, it would screw up your day. Of all the songs on this list, this is definitely the saddest/depressing dong of all time.
The only reason this song is so low is because not a lot of people have heard it and you're doing yourself a disservice if you haven't heard this.
One of the most emotive tracks ever produced1 Comment
No it is not depressing song. It delivers a message that "Folks do not lose heart because bad times are a part of everybody's lives and everybody hurts no matter who you are." The message is quite clear.
It's such a depressing song
"When the day is long, and the night, the night is yours alone. When you're sure you've had enough of this life." It's a beautiful and touching song from one of the best albums of the 90s and of course one of the most influential bands in the past 30 years.
I hurt when I accidently heard this crap song, it's caused more suicides than carbon monoxide poisoning from folks who wanted a quick out instead of hearing second verse - Cush7720 Comments
This song should be higher on the list. I don't think it deserves the no. 21
Please vote for this song. Let's get this into the top ten.
It deserves to be at least no. 7
I don't know but it deserves to be number 127 Comments
How is this so low?!
defo the most beautifully written lyrics ever - SoloStriker
Really? It's only really sad during the bridge (haha) part of the song, the rest is about the city of Los Angeles. Also, the song itself is really upbeat.
The city references were only there as a metaphor to the loneliness to the world. This is one of the saddest songs when you reflect on the lyrics.10 Comments
RIP syd barret
The reason this song is sad is that they're talking about a former band member by the name of Syd Barrett who left the band because of increasingly worse mental issues. He had schizophrenia, and lived as a recluse in his mother's basement for forty years. Ironically, he wandered into the studio that Pink Floyd was recording in, while they were playing this song. this was also his last encounter with the band. - ikedrums
It is so sad. You guys probably haven't ever really thought about the lyrics.
Best song ever. This should easily be in the top 10.2 Comments
We all have things we have done in life,and we wish and hope when you do die, they will remember the good. RIP CB
Chester sings so beautifully in this song. We will always remember you Chester. - RadioHead03
This song is one of the most touching songs I’ve ever heard and it asks the question that we should all be wondering: what are we leaving when we pass on?
It's sad. It's beautiful. Gotta remember this song right before I die.5 Comments
42. Are you joking?
Dude! Even Thom York couldn't handle this one! How is Creep above it? - Slipperyjack40
How the hell is a Green Day song above Street Spirit. This song can literally lock me into listening. It darkens my mood from completely happy to sad and thoughtful. Also, as someone already pointed, Yorke himself has cried playing the song. He also struggles to play it at a concert in front of screaming fans because it is such a powerful song.
It's a beautiful song about complete hopelessness and sadness.. But with hope at the end "cracked eggs, dead birds, scream as they fight for life". - nirvanafan19985 Comments
From her latest album "Awakening", this piece will bring tears - especially if you're recently lost someone near and dear to you. More so than "To Where You Are". Guaranteed. - Trancas
Jackie is the Princess of Beautiful Sad Songs. - BobG
I cry every time I hear this but it's so good
Country music has always had a major role in expressing sorrow along with Blues. This is the quintessential sad song of the South. Nothing is more Country than this sad song of "love her 'til you die."
This song tears away even the toughest person's fear of crying in public. Upon hearing the lyrics I am reminded of every lost love that will never return to me and how terribly sad I am to have been left behind with nothing but pictures and videos that haunt me. To my son who just passed away I say, Hold the lamp high Matt. I'll be there soon.
I think this one deserves 1st position11 Comments
Oh gosh... this song really hurts...
In my top 3 favorite songs of all time. It's about the feeling of your life just fading away and you're fighting until the end and more. Also, I deeply miss a friend that had this as his favorite song, so now I cry every time I hear it.
I can't believe it...! Guys you gotta listen to BB.. This songs just takes you on pain trip...
By far the saddest song by Breaking Benjamin! I still love it though. If you actually listen to the lyrics, it just makes you feel really down.6 Comments
I wish this played in a dog's way home. It's so powerful
THIS SONG WILL MAKE YOU CRY LIKE A WATERFALL
WHAT! 318?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Trust me...you haven't heard a real sad song till you've heard this one. Every single time, this song will get you straight in the feels. It's so soothing and beautiful to the point where it leaves you in tears afterwards! If you haven't listened to it, you really should! - Vortexeo
Great song from a totally underrated band. - Thewhip731 Comment
Saddest in my opinion. Left me in tears because it was a simply unique story.
I like quesadillas
The saddest story ever told in a song. Technique does it perfectly
Can not express how powerful this song is I was listening and watching the video one night with my daughter asleep on my lap, not realising she watched and listened to the whole thing. When it finished she burst into tears and told me that she's lucky to have a good mummy and not a bad one like the one she saw. She was 6 at the time. Some children don't realise how lucky they are. My daughter understood every word and listens to it when she feels sad to remind her that there is always someone worse off than her and to spare a thought for the children less fortunate than her.
A girl at my school talent show sang this. I searched the song and felt for the lyrics.
When I was looking for some sad songs I saw this and I went to tears because it was so true of myself.
Since I realized what it was about, I cry when I hear it - blackflower31 Comments
I love this song.
This is the best cover of this song I've ever heard - CygnusX99
I want to cry every time I hear this, and there isn't even a reason. Later my best friend played this on the guitar and sang it too and I was filled with such a deep hurting longing feeling.
Saddest song. A lot of people can relate to it, and you can hear the hurt in the singer's voice.10 Comments
Rosemary beach house
This is one of the saddest songs I've ever listened to. If you listen to the version with lyrics, you will know what I'm talking about: the singer is talking about how he was abandoned at the altar, and he's remembering how his father died and how his mother became distant and detached after that. A truly sad song that makes me cry every time I hear it!
Brings tears to my eyes yet I can't stop playing it over and over. We all have feelings deep inside that emerge when we hear certain songs and this song stirs those sad, melancholy feelings like no other for me.8 Comments
It's happy, not sad
I think it's saying how a soldier deals with war and what the impact is. - Userguy44
My brother passed away in war so this song makes me cry so much :'( x
Yes! Especially the Broadway version.
I wouldn't say the song is that sad but I love green day so much and am very loyal so I'm voting this4 Comments
This song is a masterpiece. With very meaningful lyrics, it is one of Metallica 's more 'easy going' song. But that guitar that plays in between the verse hits you hard. Not to mention that awesome outro at the end. When I first heard this song, I really wanted to learn th e intro and thought it would be really cool to learn it. With a couple days of practice I got it right. It kinda makes my cry and James younger voice makes it sound so much better. I am surprised that it is not within the top ten and it definitely deserves to be.
Listening to this song right now
Is stairway to heaven really sadder than this?
O.. M... G... when I went through this list I was surprised to hell that I couldn't find fade to black and when I found ONE in here I was like "-.-" its not sad at all compared to this song! Omg... cmon guys vote for this this song is the saddest song I've ever heard, I actually went to this list just to see this song - AND IT'S NOT HERE?!?! cmon people!17 Comments
Songs don't usually make me cry, but this one came close.
A song with naturally melancholic opening riff. The Diminished chord quality mixed with the powerful vocals of Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss make this song so powerful. What puts this song so far ahead of most is the story that the song tells, A woman puts a guy down so much that he kills himself thus the woman gets depressed thinking she caused his suicide so she kills herself clutching his picture "for dear life. " First 3 times I listened to it, I cried, and I rarely cry!
This song truly captures what cheating on your spouse can do to a person. I can very much relate to these lyrics. I hope that anyone that listens to this and watches the demise of a man that loved his wife and only to be betrayed will think twice before breaking their heart to the point where they just can't get over it. Shame on all cheaters.
this song is just not safe for depressed people - Dania067123 Comments
The best part comes at the final lyrics where you can feel the sadness
Want to cry every time I hear this song. - Thewhip73
Most beautiful version of this classic, sung by a girl of 10 (at the time of the recording). How can someone so young infuse this song with so much sadness? That's Jackie's great gift.
This classic has been covered by hundreds of top performers.
But Jackie Evancho gives it a whole new poignancy.
The song in general, no matter who sings it, is absouloutly beautifull. - Phossu
I don't understand how such a young singer can convey so much deep sorrow.12 Comments
I can relate to this song so much! I love how you hear John letting out all his pain towards the end of the song. Gutwrenching!
So sad. The outro sounds like an emotional collapse put to music.
Insanely sad song sang and written by an insanely talented songwriter
This is one of those songs that made my skin crawl of goosebumps. John's screams at the end is just heart-breaking. - Mumbizz017 Comments
I don't mean to hate on her but all her music sounds the same.
Here Jackie has taken Sarah McLachlan's carefully crafted lyrics, and leant a new meaning of hope and redemption. - Trancas
Why is this 38th when the original is in the two hundreds?
I really love this version of the song.1 Comment
Easily blink's saddest song and one of the saddest I've ever heard. It was based off of a real teenager's suicide note.
Tons of great songs on this list
if you listen to the lyrics of this song you will realise it is about a kid called adam who commited suicide and his mum asked blink 182 to write a song about him, best version of this song is live on mark tom and travis show - bigcowpaddy1
You don't expect song this kind of sad from the punk GREATS as they their songs are usually humorous and banging-type... This song is one amongst theirs best.. Even their song 'not now' is sad, but hasn't made the list24 Comments
This is a very sad song; it exposes the pain you feel from any significant form of loss; breakup, death, anything. It shows that in these situations, one loses all power to keep control, knowing that you'll miss what you had. - PositronWildhawk
Seriously! People please listen to the songs because this is just amazing undoubtedly the saddest song EVER! Nobody can disagree with this listen to it... And if you understand the story you'll see what I am talking about...
Makes me miss my ex whom I still love so much. Brings tears to my eyes it still hurts to be without her and my daughter. She stays in my mind.
Love this song but it's so sad and makes your eyes get teary and since I am still in love with the one who isn't anymore it just makes me sad
This song reminds me of a friend that moved away a long time ago. I cared about her so much, and I never got to say goodbye. When I heard this song for the first time it reminded me of how much it hurt...4 Comments
This song song sounds like someone is dying and another person is trying to keep him/her
This Song NEEDS to be IN THE TOP 5! - deandinosaur5
I love jackie. please made somewhere 2. I want ti
An across the years duet produced by David Foster, with Barbra's active approval. From Jackie's "Dream With Me" album and first PBS Great Performances special "Dream With Me - In Concert", (where Barbra supplied original videos of her performance). - Trancas
I used to hate this song but then my boyfriend passed away last year and ever since then I listen to this song all the time...
I have been trying to find this song for the past week. It makes me cry every time but worth it. This song reminds me of when I lost my baby girl :(
Though I'm not a big fan of love songs, I was shocked not to see this one here! - sumit
This song is the saddest thing I've ever heard. It is the ultimate embodiment of regret and love lost. I cannot believe that it is all the way in the top 40.8 Comments
I adore this song. We must say a big "Thank You" to Madonna for this pure masterpiece. Emotional, sad but very beautiful lyrics. This track will never be outdated because we all start as kids, then teens, then mature and then... We recollect the days of our childhood listening to this song - Irina2932
This song always makes me sad. Beautiful lyrics and vocals by Madonna. It will remind you of childhood days, will definetely make you nostalgic. Beautiful song.
Excellent... I am so sad at this time and this song is awesome this song fill my eyes with tears
This song always makes me want to live as a child. I miss my childhood..and I can't go back to it when it had so much memories...4 Comments
"We had joy, We had fun, We had Seasons in the Sun."
This is a truly heartfelt song about growing up.
Hell This Song Made Me Cry So Much When I 1st Herd This, Its My Saddest Song Ever! - Bndspitw
Goodbye Michelle my little one
You gave me love and helped me find the sun
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground.Goodbye Michelle it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there
Whenever Something Very Sad Happens, This Goes With It. In My Opinion, This 1970s Hit Is The Saddest Song Of All Time. - Bndspitw11 Comments
The only song that has made me cry.
"And I lay in the mud
And the guts and the blood,
And I wept as his body grew colder,
And I called for my mother
And she never came,
Though it wasn't my fault
And I wasn't to blame,"
This is extremely depressing... - JoLeKosovo
Really nice and sad song. Highly recommended...
It's really a sad song.
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