Top Ten Saddest Songs

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21 Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park

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

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)

Every single time. "Tears stream, down you face"

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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 -

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

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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 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

27 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.

GOOD

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28 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!

So bad made my nan cry for 2 months straight

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29 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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30 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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31 Ashes of Eden - Breaking Benjamin

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

32 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

33 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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34 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.

35 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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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 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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38 Say Goodbye - Skillet
39 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."

40 As Tears Go By - The Rolling Stones

Just watch the final scene in house season 5 where this song is played and you will know what I am talking about

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1. Hymn for the Missing - Red
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