Top Ten Saddest Songs

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21 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.

22 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.

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.

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23 Fix You - Coldplay

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.

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.

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)

Come on already. Tears in heaven is still a sad song, but not many people can relate to it. Fix you has lots of different verses that can relate to lots of different people. Plus the organ and piano help to make it sound even more depressing, instead of just Chris' voice. The guitar part helps make it even more emotional and motivating, like you've got up to the thing that's making you sad. This should be in the top 10, and maybe even 1st, but that's a bit too much to be honest. - mathyfox441

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24 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

This song deserves to be in top ten.
Vote for it guys

25 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 is the saddest song on the list - 2storm

I really ❤ this song but I just can't take this song seriously. Why? I'll give you 3 hints.
1." Saying soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"
2." Did you know that this junkyard slave isn't even old enough to shave? "
3." Look do you see him hitting on the Queen? Yeah he's 9 and she's 14 yeah he's probably'ly gonna marry her SOMEDAY."
Thanks Weird Al

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26 Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park

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

27 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.

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.

Can't get any sadder than this

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28 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

It makes me think of the time I almost died of assmha it makes me sad

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29 Whiskey Lullaby - Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss

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!

No idea why this fell so far. This is, in the form of song, the saddest love story ever.

This is by far, without a doubt, one of the saddest songs I've ever heard. It makes me cry every time I hear it.

It's so sad

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30 Ashes of Eden - Breaking Benjamin

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

31 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 -

It reminds me of things I can't achieve and it makes me feeling so hopeless

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32 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.

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33 Angel - Jackie Evancho

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

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

I really love this version of the song.

34 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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35 Say Goodbye - Skillet

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

36 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.

What, why? is the at number 41, this song is so sad, that cry every time I listen too it. and my both Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen rest in peace

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37 How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead

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

I just got back into Radiohead and completely forgot about this song...it will make you cry.

"I'm not here. This isn't happening."

38 Cat's In the Cradle - Harry Chapin

Anytime you see this song featured on a television show or a movie there is always a person who either has a tear running down his face in the show (or in real life) it really hits home for many people and should be more respected as one of the saddest of all time.

my dad used to sing this song to me every night to make me fall asleep... and as I got older I realized that he has missed a lot of my life because of his job!

How is this not higher. Whenever I'm alone and listen to this song I bawl. I get super depressed when I think about growing up. I try going to my happy place, (pretending I'm in Star Wars) but it doesn't help. By far, saddest song ever.

It's so sad. I cry every time I hear this.

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39 One - Metallica

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

Best, Song. Ever. Just watch the videoclip, it's the saddest thing you'll ever watch with the best song ever on it. I cried when I watched them playing it live in 2007.

Why is this not higher on the list? Number 45? Come on! This is an excellent song, yet very sad. It's a great song overall, even though it's sad.

This song is epic radical and amazing.

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40 To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho

One of Jackie original efforts, performed for David Foster's Hitman Talent Search Contest in 2009, and included on her "Prelude To A Dream" self-released CD and iTunes album. Still performed on occasion in concert, it brings tears - especially if you've recently experienced a loss of someone dear. I know. - Trancas

Will bring on a foutain of tears. Will however bring you at peace with whatever you're experiencing in this life.

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