Top Ten Saddest Songs

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41 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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42 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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43 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.

I'm not a huge Metallica fan, but this song is great. One of the only songs I can cry to to be honest

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44 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.

45 Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks

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

My dad played this to me when I was like 4 or 5 its one of the first songs I remember learning all the words to. A decade and a half later and this song is still one of my all time favourite sad songs.

this was on my uncles album that are family made when he died. R.I.P uncle rick 15 - Eaganbaseball29

I like this song & it's not sad

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46 1916 - Motorhead

Really nice and sad song. Highly recommended...

47 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...

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48 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.

One of the most emotive tracks ever produced

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49 November Rain - Guns N Roses

I never really enjoyed November rains ever after. This is a class apart. The guitars by Slash rule the whole plot. I just don't want to hear any other song when I am sad apart from this piece of beauty. God bless.

OK, this is being hijacked by Sarah Brightman fans... This so is sad yet so class

the song is so romantic make I cry the video clip is so cool
"dont you think that you need some one"

The video is too much

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50 I Don't Love You - My Chemical Romance

I cried to this song after I knew that my ex was cheating on me all this while. Sometimes, I felt worthless when I needed to plead, asked for his attention. When after all this time, he has another girl in his mind.

I don't love is a very good song but I would still put Cancer way up there

It's just sad okay

This song for me is sad becuas I hadn't seen my friend in literal years. Last time I saw her we were both happy kids who hadn't even hit a double digit age. We say each other for the first time in years and one of my first questions for her was was music she liked. She said My Chemical Romance, P! ATD, BVB, you know, stuff I loved. The week I was with her, I could hear her playing this song on her guitar and singing. This was one of the songs I listened to as we left and wouldn't see her for a long while. - AnonymousChick

51 So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

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.

This song is about the passing of the rev, originally written by syn for his dead grandpa, when the rev died, the band and syn decided to write this as a tribute to the rev. this was a tossup between warmness on the soul and so far away, but so far away is more depressing. foREVer

I hurt every time I hear this song. To hear this song is to lose a friend repeatedly.

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52 You Never Know - Immortal Technique

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

53 Say Goodbye - Skillet
54 Baltimore's Fireflies - Woodkid
55 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

56 Never Had No One Ever - The Smiths
57 You Know You're Right - Nirvana V 1 Comment
58 Fade to Black - Metallica

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 this

This song is one of my favourite pieces of music. It's intro changes your mood, to that of sadness and when the lyrics start you start to lose your sense of hope, and if you are feeling suicidal, this song really fits with you, but it also deteriorates your hope (in my opinion). I love this song sooo much! - Deathisbeyondcontrol

LoL WHY THIS AT 52 THIS IS FADE TO BLACK MAN. METALLICA GOT 3 EPIC SAD SONG
1 FADE TO BLACK
2 UNFORGIVEN
3 NOTHING ELSE MATTERS

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59 Black - Pearl Jam

Can't believe this song isn't rated higher. If you've ever had a broken heart you can relate to this song. The mournful vocals, the haunting melodies, the gut-wrenching lyrics. And now my bitter hands, cradle broken glass. What was everything? All the love gone bad. Turns my world to black. Tattoos all I see. All that I am. All I'll be. Who the heck is sarah brightman?

In my opinion, it' s impossible to come up with a definitive ranking of the saddest songs ever, since what usually makes them so sad to us is how we relate to them. For me, Black is the saddest song ever, both because its lyrics are really meaningful to me and because it was the soundtrack of the saddest days in my life.

And all the pictures have, all been painted black. Of tattooed everything. The most emotionally pulling song there is. Vedder's vocals make the song a masterpiece

This song has really sad meaning behind it.

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60 Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold

The best song ever makes me cry every time I hear this the guitar solo of synester is just killer never heard a song like this before this song is just immortal this would never be forgotten by anyone
just a piece of art
avenged sevenfold rocks

This is one of the saddest and yet most epic songs I've ever heard. I am also very surprised that I Won't See You Tonight (part 1) isn't on here (same artist). Its very long but equally powerful. The lyrics in this song are sad but inspiring at the same time, and the amazing solo just uplifts you after from the sadness. Wonderful song. - xSpartanXx

I used to love a girl but never said it to her being afraid of getting rejected as I was in 6th grade at that time
After 3 years, I shifted from that town and I came to know from a friend of hers that she loved me too and was rather crazy about me... By then she had already left that school and none of her friends know where she is anymore... I listen to this and it seems like its just meant for me
"Seize the day or die regretting the time you've lost"
True words of wisdom A7X m/

His drum beat is insane... but now he gone foREVer

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