Top Ten Saddest Songsbiscuits
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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 - guyritchiV 136 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.
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.
I love Green Day as much I love this song! One of most touching song ever made by a rock band... Truly amazing!V 114 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
I love this song! My dad abuses me. - CreeperFanSWag1212
It really touches me deep, especially with the music video.
This version of the song was used in the Logan trailer. Just to set how sad the movie would be.V 112 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
The very first song that made me bawl like a small child. I was on a bus. Next to my girlfriend. She had several questions.V 248 Comments
An absolutely gorgeous song, could bring Castro to tears it's so beautifuly sad.
Nothing sadder than nostalgia..
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it should be on number 1
Let it be written in stone that the Beatles are one of the rock bands that shaped the minds and hearts of today with there lyrics and tune. "Yesterday" could ring in my ears forever.V 63 Comments
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.
An amazing, yet very sad song. In my opinion it is the greatest rap song of all time.V 156 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
The song is about Syd Barret. He was a founding member of Pink Floyd,in 1968 he left due to depression. He turned to LSD and completely changed. In 1975 he showed up in the studio obese,and with a shaved head and eyebrows. Roger Waters broke down in tears.
I listening to it right now. - XxembermasterxX
David Gilmour's voice and the intro riff is pretty depressing.V 48 Comments
It's just depressing. - Userguy44
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.
Great song for wallowing in self pity
Here comes my vote... it's one of the most depressive songs I've ever heard.V 48 Comments
This song gets me every time
To everyone who abandons people who need them. Listen and cry!
I listen to it on repeat
I almost cried.V 57 Comments
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.V 11 Comments
This song isn't only beautiful but it matches me so well that I listen to it every day
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.
So iconic as well.V 61 Comments
The song and the story is so touching. After reading the lyrics I cried for a few moments. One of the best songs ever.
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. - JillianCecilV 20 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!
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
Not sad at all... - AlphaQ
I never took this as a sad song at all. - UltraSaiyan419V 30 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 - 2stormV 2 Comments
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!
The saddest one, definitely! :'(V 17 Comments
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
Never was a fan of Coldplay, but this song along with the entire album "A Rush of Blood to the Head", helped heal my wounds several times during my teenage years.
Just the nostalgia factor, otherwise, what the band has become after their 3rd album really annoys me till this date. - Vip3r
A song that absolutely broke me.V 22 Comments
Chester sings so beautifully in this song. We will always remember you Chester. - RadioHead03
It's sad. It's beautiful. Gotta remember this song right before I die.
This song brought me to tears the day Chester died. I will always remember you - Jonerman
Only song that made me cry. We will always remember you Chester. - WastedBeers666V 3 Comments
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 - TheThomasThomasV 9 Comments
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...
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.
First time I heard the song I felt cringed and a bit strange. The song is so sad but so good at the same time
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.
I don't know but it deserves to be number 1
This song is incredibly moving, especially at the end when the vocals get more anguished sounding.
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.V 24 Comments
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 - Cush77
Sad just sad
"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.
so sadV 20 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
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.V 2 Comments
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.
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
This song has to be #1, I am not a country fan but this song is unbelievable. If you click and listen to this song it will definitely move up the charts where it belongs.V 9 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.V 6 Comments
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
This song deserves to be in top ten.
Vote for it guys
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 - blackflower
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.V 30 Comments
This is the best cover of this song I've ever heard - CygnusX99
My all time fave - Jocelyndapineapple
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.
This song plays in Shrek. - AngusMacdonaldMiiV 9 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.V 8 Comments
My brother passed away in war so this song makes me cry so much :'( x
No it's happy.-TotallyNotTrolling
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 thisV 3 Comments
Tons of great songs on this list
Great song like many these original group of kids from California did. - Cush77
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
Can’t listen to the whole song. I stop just before I cryV 23 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
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 producedV 1 Comment
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.V 11 Comments
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
It breaks my heart listening to this I can hardly explain... - kaitlynrad11V 6 Comments
Is stairway to heaven really sadder than this?
I don't know bring it to first
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!
Are you kidding me number 131 this should be number one how is numb ahead of thisV 14 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?V 1 Comment
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
If you know the context of this song, it suddenly becomes depressing. Rip Chester - NinjaSquirt
This song was sad to begin with. Chester's death made it so much more powerful. I cry every time and that says something because I don't cry very often. - connorp04
Come on guys I know the other Songs are classics, but let us Focus on real sadness. you can hear the pain, sadness and Depression in chesters voice. you just want to hug him and say him that evertything is fine. so sad! Rip Chester!V 5 Comments
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...V 4 Comments
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.
Why is it sad? Idgi, ik it's good but it barely has lyrics so why is it sad? Is it just like the music or?V 1 Comment
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". - nirvanafan1998
Thom Yorke cried himself when playing this song, nuff said -V 4 Comments
This Song NEEDS to be IN THE TOP 5! - deandinosaur5
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
Pearl JamV 8 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.
The vocals are incredible and you really can hear the pain in Freddie's voice, especially at the end. - Userguy44
This is one of my favorite songs in the whole world. We'll never had another singer like Freddie Mercury.
Second to last song with freddie :( - queeniifanV 24 Comments
This song is about Joe Bonham, a young soldier serving in World War I, awakens in a hospital bed after being caught in the blast of an exploding artillery shell. He gradually realizes that he has lost his arms, legs, and all of his face (including his eyes, ears, teeth, and tongue), but that his mind functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body.
Joe attempts suicide by suffocation, but finds that he had been given a tracheotomy which he can neither remove nor control. At first Joe wishes to die, but later decides that he desires to be placed in a glass box and toured around the country in order to show others the true horrors of war. Joe successfully communicates these desires with military officials by banging his head on his pillow in Morse code. However, he realizes that neither desire will be granted, and it is implied that he will live the rest of his natural life in his condition.
As Joe drifts between reality and fantasy, he remembers his old life ...more
More dark than sad, but brilliant song with a very tragic story. - Userguy44
I wouldn't call this sad. Tragic or dark sounds more fitting. - TheDarkOne_221b
This is perfect. Only really talented musicians can make a song like this. - Userguy44V 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...V 4 Comments
OH my god this song...means so much to me! I still remember the time when I went to school depressed and wanting to die, with this song floating through my mind. That's why I don't listen to it anymore because it reminds me of so much. But I'll watch it again.
Such a beautiful and heart-breaking song
The music video on this made me cry so hard ;-;
The saddest in my opinion... - Tuana123V 2 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. - BndspitwV 11 Comments
Really nice and sad song. Highly recommended...
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