Top Ten Saddest Songs

The Top Ten

Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton Cover Art

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

Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash Cover Art

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.

At the bottom of everything, extreme emotion is surprisingly void. Instead, a numb calmness takes over. The only way to know if emotion even exists is to hurt, metaphorically or literally, as Johnny sees all fake people living fake lives, lies called Society. He produces artificial happiness to fit in with society, taking drugs to feel happy. At least he used to use heroin. His old vices and cruelty give him long flashbacks. He can not erase what has happened In the past. He once had problems with these drugs. He wants to give everything he can to his wife, making up for his ruined heart. His fame is not important, because of these bad decisions. He wants to warn them, he will! Hurt them! He thinks he is entirely worthless. If he could have a second chance, he would do it all over again being pure and whole as a man.

The one by NIN is good but this one just makes bawl every time.

This song is so emotionally and beautifully sung by Johnny Cash. It has truthful lyrics and a sad, broken voice singing them. This song deserves everyone's vote because everyone hurts once in a while.

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

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!

Green Day is my all time favorite rock band. I remember the first time I heard this song was in the morning before going to school. I was probably in first grade and my mom changed the channel on the T.V. to MTV Hits and that's when I heard this song for the first time. I really liked this song even though I was small and didn't really understand the meaning of it. After that I would always turn on MTV and hope that they would show the video. Today I love this song even more because I understand the true meaning of it and it's so touching. Whenever I listen to this song in September I think about 9/11... One of the best rock songs out there. Love it! Amazing!

My Immortal - Evanescence My Immortal - Evanescence Cover Art

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 course of this song makes me sad because its basically saying that she has been with this one person for a long time and now she just lost him and can't get him back. Which makes me feel really sad because well whenever someone passes away you can never see them again and if you had something really important to say to them you can't anymore, because what if you wanted to say sorry for something you accidentally did or if you wanted to tell them something ex-termly special or what if it was a family member or your own child. You wouldn't be able to apologize for what ever you did by accident, you couldn't say that special thing that you wanted to tell them, You probably might not have been able to say goodbye to that family member of yours, and if it was your own child you would be heart broken because there supposed to live longer than you are and they probably weren't able to try new things or even completely grow up. Now I know this because of to many T.V shows and because I ...more

Yesterday - The Beatles Yesterday - The Beatles Cover Art

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

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd  Cover Art

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

David Gilmour's voice and the intro riff is pretty depressing.

Beautiful and moving. I have cried to this one before...

Absolutely a tear jerker. Reminds me of those that are gone and I'll never see again

Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art

Well this song is sad hell yeah it is but the way Eminem described the feeling of a fan feels he is singing for me or us... All don't we feel like this for our favorite. band or artist you wanna live with them, smoke up with them... The lyrics written are so intense in this no body wrote something like this in last 28 years... He is god of rap yes but songwriting is above all... No one can have even thought to write a masterpiece because he is that sick... Though I listen to metal Eminem may be a rap god but he is metal as hell... This song takes all the emotion and wanna rap like hell... The masterpiece of emotions

A song with a story.

Basically a fan of the artist Eminem named Stan writes letters to Eminem. He really can relate to Eminem in the first verse. As the song goes on, he begins to get more distraught, naming his daughter after one of Eminem's songs, (Bonnie) talking about his Uncle Ronnie, who he hasn't sung about at all, and other things. On verse 2, he gets a bit more crazy, saying that he thought it was messed up he didn't answer fans, though Eminem gets ton of fan mail every week. Stan gets angry when Eminem does not give his little brother, also a fan of Eminem, an autograph they stood in the cold to get. At the end of verse 2, Stan makes the threat that he will no longer be a fan of Eminem if he doesn’t get a response. This is clearly an empty threat, as he has shown deep levels of obsession so far. However, it does demonstrate that Stan is ready to take action if he doesn’t get a call, which foreshadows the ending. As it turns out Em does lose Stan.

On verse ...more

Would it be as sad if you knew Stan was a narcissistic sicko who had no compassion for anything,including his own wife and child?

I hate this song, because every time I hear it it brings me to tears. in my opinion the greatest song he ever wrote. The raw emotion put into every single word, the way he visualises the fall of stan from an ordinary fan into a horrible horrible person makes this a pure masterpiece. I don't care about your opinion of Eminem and his controversial ways. You cannot deny he is a genius.

How to Save a Life - The Fray How to Save a Life - The Fray Cover Art

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. ^^;;

The lyrics touch me, as many of my friends have considered or attempted suicide (none have succeeded -- thank god! ). I can relate to it and it touches me in a way few other songs do.

I almost abandoned one of my friends, but then I heard this song and cried all night. She was a person almost nobody liked, so I am now her friend once again because of this song :) It's so sad!

This song is absolutely incredible. The lyrics are very meaningful. The singer Isaac Slade has a very very unique voice that's not like any other. We can feel his emotions through the time that he sings this song in.. This song is definitely the saddest song of all time and it is absolute genius. How to save a life is my favorite song ever.

Hello - Evanescence Hello - Evanescence Cover Art

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.

I think that this song is much more depressing than "my immortal" because a its about a young child at first in denial about a loved ones death, then they see the body for themselves, and my tears start forming.

This song is a song that only a few people know... But it is amazingly beautiful... I would say that it's my favourite Evanescence song... You will just love this song if you don't know this song.

Where is "like you" by Evanescence?
Another touching song Amy wrote for her dead sister. So sad.

Creep - Radiohead Creep - Radiohead Cover Art

There are plenty of Radiohead songs sadder than this one. Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit, Let Down, and No Surprises are much more depressing.

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.

Here comes my vote... it's one of the most depressive songs I've ever heard.

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.

The Newcomers

? Just a Dream - Carrie Underwood Just a Dream - Carrie Underwood Cover Art
? Call Out My Name - The Weeknd Call Out My Name - The Weeknd Cover Art

The Contenders

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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!

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.

This should be in the top 10. It's so heartfelt. If you don't agree, listen to the lyrics! It's just beautiful.

Wow! This song like has adrenaline in th solo! Robert plant's best work! No need to mention Jimi Page's guitar solo which symbolizes rock guitar! Great song with great lyrics and guitar!

Hurt - Christina Aguillera Hurt - Christina Aguillera Cover Art

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!

This song touches me in many ways, as I am young and recently lost my mother to heart. when I hear this song it reminds me of the times I had friends

Mad World - Michael Andrews Mad World - Michael Andrews Cover Art

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.

i always struggle not to cry when listening to this song. its just so slow and lilty, and Gary Jules soft, slow, smooth voice just brings the lyrics to life...which sounds kind of ironic really.

What!? Half of these songs aren't even sad (more like dramatic. ) this song is far the saddest I've heard.

Every time I hear this song it makes me want to curl up in a ball. The words are so thought provoking and really makes you think. It is a mad world, definitely. Just take a moment to reflect...

Hero of War - Rise Against Hero of War - Rise Against Cover Art

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

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.

This is the most powerful song of all time! I showed it to my friend aand his older brother on the way to school, and we all started crying!

The Show Must Go On - Queen The Show Must Go On - Queen Cover Art

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.

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

Absolutely just a beautiful song, from the vocals to the lyrics

Oh my God. I just listened to this song, and I have a tear in my eye. He's saying that he would never give up and wants to keep going even under the circumstances he is going through. He loves the world. The world needs to show more love for Freddie. I love you Freddie.
Long Live Queen. Long Live Freddie Mercury.

American Pie - Don McLean American Pie - Don McLean Cover Art

I'm not sure how sad this song is but it carries a lot of emotional memories for me. In school, we would sing a song at the end of each year and this is the one we sang the year that my friends all moved away.

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

Fix You - Coldplay Fix You - Coldplay Cover Art

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

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.

It's so sad- shows the desperation at the start (when you try your best/ but you don't succeed/ when you get what you want/ but not what you need). This gives way to hope for the future that makes this song at once heartbreaking and uplifting, in classic Coldplay style (lights will guide you home... / and I will try/ to fix you)

Yes this song is sad in the beginning, but it soon becomes inspiring at the end. I think that Amsterdam should replace this song. That song is filled with suicidal thoughts and depression. Don't get me wrong though, Fix You makes me cry every time, but it comes when the guitar comes into play, just because that sudden change in mood is so powerful.

Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan Cover Art

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.

Really sad-I listened to it over and over after my mom died-she told me many years prior that she used to listen to it after her dad died!

Melody isn't particularly sad, but the lyrics are unbelievably sad. Definitely one of the saddest ever.

Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Cover Art

This song makes me want to cry every time I hear it- it reminds me of sad childhood memories.

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.

Jeff Buckley amazing voice just get you right in the heart.

Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. Cover Art

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.

"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.

This is the saddest song ever. I've listened to most of the songs on this list, and this is the only one which has me steadily crying throughout the whole song. Maybe it's just me, but this is by far the saddest song I've ever heard.

I love that episode of the Big Bang Theory where Amy Farrah Fowler is playing this song on her harp. HAHA!

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

This song should be higher on the list. I don't think it deserves the no. 21

You simply feel it there, that painful loss of The Rev. This song is actually full of life for me, because it is about someone, who really lived. It has soul. And that's the reason why I vote for So Far Away.

This song still make me cry. Remembering me with someone I love who died years ago. So deep just like from the heart, my girl may rest in peace when I sing this song.

This song is about the passing of the rev, originally written by syn for his dead grandpa, when the rev died, the band and syn decided to write this as a tribute to the rev. this was a tossup between warmness on the soul and so far away, but so far away is more depressing. foREVer

Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

defo the most beautifully written lyrics ever

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.

I like this song but it is not that sad yet it is sad but in a different way from most songs

Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique Cover Art

Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven isn't much compared with this song's meaning.

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.
Great song.
And one of the most underrated artists ever.
Immortal Technique.

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 me

Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

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.

Jackie is the Princess of Beautiful Sad Songs.

Actually I would have picked 'Teaching Angels How To Fly' but it is not listed. Written by James Breedwell and given to a then 9 year old Jackie Evancho to sing about a girl named Kimberly who died very young. The parents wanted a song dedicated to their daughter. There are several youtube clips of it.

Written for Jacqueline by: Lisa Venkatrathnam and Paul Sumares.

He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones Cover Art

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 position

This song always makes me cry. My grandma always plays it because wit hits home for her. Her husband died and this was her th song of sadness

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