Top Ten Saddest Songs

The Top Ten

1 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. ...more - guyritchi

2 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.

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.

3 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!

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.

4 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

This song has always made me cry. It's a great song but WILL make you cry when you understand the meaning behind it.

5 Yesterday - The Beatles

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

6 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.

Stan is incredibly emotional throughout the entirety of 3 letters, the tale could bring you to tears.

7 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.

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

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

8 Creep - Radiohead

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

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

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.

9 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!

Sad that the most over rated song, from the most over rated, under talented band ever even made the list. - Dr_Explodey

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

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

10 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

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

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.

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.

The Newcomers

? 1-800-273-8255 - Logic
? Just the Way I’m Feeling - Feeder

The Contenders

11 Hello - Evanescence

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.

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

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.

You can hear her soul... You can hear her soul shattering on last verses.

12 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.

This song isn't only beautiful but it matches me so well that I listen to it every day

13 Hurt - Christina Aguillera

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

14 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, 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. - 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!

15 American Pie - Don McLean

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 - 2storm

16 Fix You - Coldplay

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.

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

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)

17 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

How is this not at least in the top 10? If this isn't the saddest song ever written, I don;t know what is. First time I heard this song, a friend showed it to me and by the end I was speechless. When people hear this song, it gets to them. It tears at your heart and you feel for the guy. No song even comes close to this one.

18 The Show Must Go On - Queen

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.

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

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

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.

19 How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead

Honestly this is the only song that has ever and probably will ever make me cry as a grown man... listen to it and you'll see.

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 produced

20 Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

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. - lavillaof2112

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

21 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

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 is incredibly moving, especially at the end when the vocals get more anguished sounding.

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.

22 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.

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 - TheThomasThomas

23 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

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.

RIP syd barret

24 Street Spirit (Fade Out) - Radiohead

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". - nirvanafan1998

Thom Yorke cried himself when playing this song, nuff said -

Dude! Even Thom York couldn't handle this one! How is Creep above it? - Slipperyjack40

25 Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho

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

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.

26 He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones

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

27 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.

This song is the saddest among all the songs in this list.. The lyrics give you shivers and make you cry

28 Hymn for the Missing - Red

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. - Thewhip73

I wish this played in a dog's way home. It's so powerful

THIS SONG WILL MAKE YOU CRY LIKE A WATERFALL

29 You Never Know - Immortal Technique

Saddest in my opinion. Left me in tears because it was a simply unique story.

The saddest story ever told in a song. Technique does it perfectly

30 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

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.

This song plays in Shrek. - AngusMacdonaldMii

31 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.

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.

32 Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan

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.

33 21 Guns - Green Day

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 this

This song is so sad

34 Fade to Black - Metallica

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.

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!

Is stairway to heaven really sadder than this?

Are you kidding me number 131 this should be number one how is numb ahead of this

35 Whisky Lullaby - Brad Paisley

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 is just not safe for depressed people - Dania0671

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.

how can this not be the saddest song of all time, a man kills himself because he's not with the love of his life, and then she feels so guilty she then kills herself... so sad

36 Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park

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?

Belong to be most mellow song of this rock group. This song can make you feel emotional

37 Ashes of Eden - Breaking Benjamin

The best part comes at the final lyrics where you can feel the sadness

Want to cry every time I hear this song. - Thewhip73

38 Danny Boy - Jackie Evancho

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.

I don't understand how such a young singer can convey so much deep sorrow.

The most moving version of "Danny Boy" I have ever heard. Even though Jackie was only 10 she brought emotional understanding to the song far beyond her years. Now at 14 she is set to be one of the greatest if not the greatest singers of the 21th century.

39 Mother - John Lennon

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. - Mumbizz01

40 Angel - Jackie Evancho

Here Jackie has taken Sarah McLachlan's carefully crafted lyrics, and leant a new meaning of hope and redemption. - Trancas

I don't mean to hate on her but all her music sounds the same.

Why is this 38th when the original is in the two hundreds?

I really love this version of the song.

41 Adam's Song - Blink-182

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.

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

This song is such a contrast from blinks usual work but this song is so touching and hearing Hoppus speaking about in interviews is heart wrenching. Song is so beautiful for its simplicity and how it's able to speak to the audience.

42 At Least We Tried - Moby

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

43 Say Goodbye - Skillet

This song song sounds like someone is dying and another person is trying to keep him/her
alive.

This Song NEEDS to be IN THE TOP 5! - deandinosaur5

44 Somewhere - Jackie Evancho

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 love jackie. please made somewhere 2. I want ti

45 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...

Though I'm not a big fan of love songs, I was shocked not to see this one here! - sumit

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 :(

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.

46 This Used to Be My Playground - Madonna

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...

47 Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks

I interpret this song a man is about to die for his crimes, but deep inside he still cares for family that will left behind.

I've cried every time I've heard this song since I was 9 yrs old...I'm 52 now!

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

"We had joy, We had fun, We had Seasons in the Sun."
This is a truly heartfelt song about growing up.

48 1916 - Motorhead

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...

God damn...

49 Sleep Alone - Moby

It's really a sad song.

50 All Things Must Pass - George Harrison

This song is more uplifting and comforting than sad.

"Daylight is good at arriving at the right time; It's not always gonna be this grey"

One of my favorite songs

I downright cried when I first heard this. I have terrible anxiety, and this is one of the first songs I always put on afterwards, since it’s about all things passing

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