Top Ten Saddest Songs

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41 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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42 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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43 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.

44 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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45 1916 - Motorhead

Really nice and sad song. Highly recommended...

46 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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47 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

48 Mockingbird - Eminem

Love the song my dad was so so mean to me and he used to play the song for me all the time I would yell at him for playing it but now I play it all the time it reminds me of him I cry when ever I hear it

I almost cried all day when I first heard this song... this song is about the story of eminem.. everybody plz plz hear this song - shuvro

I literally cried the first time I heard this. The first song I had ever heard by him was Real slim shady. And the song was great but it left an impression on me that he was into fun songs. It was the only song I had ever heard until my friend came over for a sleep over and played the song. It was so good that the girls slept in another room because I was just playing the song over and over again. - dipperpinesfangirl618

My friend really loves this song. Of all of the people I know, She has the saddest.

She was born to two alcoholics/drug addicts. They lived In a trailer. When she was four years old, Jeanne, my friend, was taken from her parents and started living with her grandparents who then moved to mexico. Every year in the summer she would go back and visit her parents and it broke her heart whenever she'd leave. Then her father introduced her to this song and she'd cry all the time. Her parents are both still alive but sadly, Jeanne has turned into a bad kid with bad grades, some bad friends, and she even tried smoking and drugs. She also drinks quite a bit. - AnonymousChick

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49 Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day

Brings back memories for people who graduated to this song.

This isn't a sad song. It is a really bitter song. Please learn song meanings before putting them on a list. Sorry if I came off rude. I love this song though.

I want this to be played at my graduation.

This song makes me so happy and sad

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50 You Never Know - Immortal Technique

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

51 You Know You're Right - Nirvana V 1 Comment
52 Baltimore's Fireflies - Woodkid
53 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

54 Never Had No One Ever - The Smiths
55 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

This song makes me cry my eyes out.

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56 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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57 When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne

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 ;-;

Why is this no. 146?!

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58 You're Missing - Bruce Springsteen

This song is easily one of the most emotional songs I've ever listened to.
It has haunting lyrics, a beautiful melody and a fantastic tone.

Yeah agree but I think "Nothing Man " is one of his best...

I am a huge BBruce fan and this is a sad song but "Empty Sky" on the same cd is really sad or Into The Fire! Just the line...

Love and duty call you someplace higher, up the stairs into the fire! (Wow)

Also Gypsy biker is a great son
BETTERDAYS... It's a sad man my friend whos liv'n in his own skin and can't stand the company!
I think you get my point! Bruce can write a song!

59 Concrete Angel - Jackie Evancho

From her first (self-released) album "Prelude To A Dream". Her grasp of the subject matter at age nine makes this even more poignant. Her delivery is haunting. - Trancas

See it on YouTube

60 Don't Leave Me Now - Pink Floyd

Once you listen to this song, you will agree this needs to be number one

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