Top Ten Saddest Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

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. His live albums in ...more - guyritchi

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2 Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash

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

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.

It is truly beautiful, and shows that hurt is only relieved by passing on our legacy to others, and forgiving ourselves, as well as helping others forgive us, and atoning for our sins. We wish to rewind time, but we cannot. Our empires of hurt revolve around us hurting others for our own benefit. But, as this song describes, at the end of our lives, we find peace and attempt to make it.

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3 My Immortal - Evanescence My Immortal - Evanescence

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

It relates to my life

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4 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

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!

When I was younger I never really understood the songs meaning. Now I do...

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5 Yesterday - The Beatles Yesterday - The Beatles

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

Little known fact, this song is not about his girlfriend or wife leaving him. This song was written by none other than Paul McCartney, and if you think this song is sad and you don¬'t understand the symbolism, it gets even sadder when you learn the meaning of it. This song is about Paul¬'s mother, Mary McCartney, and how she got breast cancer. When she died, Paul says, ¬®Why she had to go, she wouldn¬'t say.¬® Then he begins to say he wishes he was living in yesterday when his mother was alive. Then, the biggest tear jerker is probably when he says ¬®I said something wrong.¬® claiming that he didn¬'t do anything to help his sick mother. Way more sad now that you thought about it, right?

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6 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem

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.

nice

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7 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

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... - kingmadmushroom

Great.

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8 How to Save a Life - The Fray How to Save a Life - The Fray

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. ^^;; - darkvineyard

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! - emraldYE

This is a song I first heard of in Grey's Anatomy.I found it so sad and realistic.

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9 Creep - Radiohead Creep - Radiohead

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.

Definitely. One of the most depressing songs I've ever heard, too. And come on, everyone's heard it at some point. A great song to write (or drink) to.

The best of Radiohead's.But for me,their saddest song is How To Disappear Completely

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10 Mad World - Michael Andrews Mad World - Michael Andrews

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.

wow

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The Newcomers

? May It Be - Enya May It Be - Enya
? I Wouldn't Mind - He is We

This song just hits me in the feels every time I listen to it. It hurts hearing about love lost, and now rejoining them in eternity. - BlazenSpirit

The Contenders

11 Mother - John Lennon Mother - John Lennon

So sad. The outro sounds like an emotional collapse put to music.

Insanely sad song sang and written by an insanely talented songwriter

It breaks my heart listening to this I can hardly explain... - kaitlynrad11

Happy. This is the equivalent of ecstasy I guess...

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12 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique

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

During the last verse when that line comes (I don't want to spoil), better hear it yourself, you will be stunned! It's not at the top because people doesn't know about about this song and Immortal Technique. Another sad song by him is 'You never know'

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13 Hero of War - Rise Against Hero of War - Rise Against

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 song, with the video is one of the saddest things I have ever seen. It gets me every time. Extremely powerful song and video. - JillianCecil

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!

This song :(

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14 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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. - MontyPython

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

This song is not sad, however, if you've been through something tragic and sad, this song can be sad from the lyrics and guitar riff. - Plonderss

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15 Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

"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. - lavillaof2112

I love that episode of the Big Bang Theory where Amy Farrah Fowler is playing this song on her harp. HAHA! - cedarpointluvr1

This is pain in a a small 3 minute package. how they (REM) can convey a whole generations feeling is astounding.

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16 Concrete Angel - Martina McBride Concrete Angel - Martina McBride

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.

I heard this song for the first time when I was young (less than 10) and I was legitimately afraid of this song until a year or two ago when I forced myself to listen to it again, all because of how much it affected me the first time I listened to it. There isn't another song that I know of that makes me cry every time I hear it.

Saddest song ever, it is sad just to listen to it, but watching the video makes my eyes water ever time I watch it. Needs to be in the top 5 for sure, if not 1st.

By far one of the saddest songs I've ever heard, I am near tears every time I hear it I am currently listening to it.

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17 Adam's Song - Blink-182 Adam's Song - Blink-182

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 list

What sets this one apart from the rest of this list is the tragedy of a life with so much before it taken too soon by their own hands (that last bit is what separates it from Tears in Heaven)

Coming from a depressed teenager myself, this song got so much right. Every lyric is the truth. It speaks to me. One of the greatest songs of all time

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18 Last Kiss - Pearl Jam Last Kiss - Pearl Jam

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

A really sad song about a boyfriend and a girlfriend getting in a crash and the girl is dying so he has one last kiss before she dies.

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19 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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.

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

I can't fathom why this beautiful song is so low on the list.

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20 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

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.

I remember the song Blow Me Away was my first song of Breaking Benjamin, which I heard from a radio.I looked for more songs of him and I heard them, but when I heard this one I had no idea that Breaking Benjamin could be that sad.

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