Top Ten Saddest Songs

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61 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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62 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!

63 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

64 Don't Leave Me Now - Pink Floyd
65 Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton

I voted this song because it shouldn't be on 60.

Great.. Now is on 59. That's progress.

Should be way up, the starting of the song is like nothing else in the whole list.

This song is super awesome

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66 The Show Must Go On - Queen

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.

RIP this song doesn't need lyrics in itself freddie's vocals show his pain and grief while sending a good message stick at it the show must go on rip freddie

Oh my God. I just listened to this song, and I have a tear in my eye. He's saying that he would never give up and wants to keep going even under the circumstances he is going through. He loves the world. The world needs to show more love for Freddie. I love you Freddie.
Long Live Queen. Long Live Freddie Mercury.

This song must be in the top 20 at least - malamJONES

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67 Here Without You - 3 Doors Down

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...

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68 Untitled - Simple Plan

This song explains what I am going through at school right now

Yes I am also edgy teen and this song speaks to me personal

This song is actually very sad when you listen to it/watch the video, but it's been ruined by the popular meme made of it. Still, it's a very beautiful song at it's core.

This is one of my favorite songs.It explains some things in my life.

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69 Crash - Sum 41

I feel that this song is sadder than 98% of the songs on the list.

It is about the lead singer (Deryck Whibley) experiencing a brutal car crash. He said: "I got out of my car, and just felt lifelessness in the air. One of the people died instantly. When I got home, I wrote the song in minutes. I have a big empty room with a grand piano, and that helped me write the song."

I never cry during songs, but this one knowing what it was about, and the detail in this song made me teary-eyed.

I love this song so muche, and love Sum 41 just as much. I think crash has to be currently my favorite song by them.

The first time I heard this song I cried.

The song reminds me of me and a boy who couldn't get together

70 Something in the Way - Nirvana

The fact that Kurt wrote this song from his actual life experiences makes it ever more saddening. He saw himself, As I often do, As his family's "Something In The Way" That ruined everything for them. God Bless You Kurt Cobain :'(

The rhythm is very depressing, especially the bass line and "It's ok to eat fish, cause they don't have any feelings"...

Sigh... I just listed to it right now saddest song yet by nirvana and I would have to also say 2nd is jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam

I should write something other then the others
but that´┐Ż's such a wonderful song
you get goosebumps or start crying if you hear it

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71 Like You - Evanescence

I've listened to a lot of sad songs but there is no songs that made me burst in tears for hours like this one. That songs has sad music. The singer's voice is heartbreaking and the meaning of the song is so sad. Up at number 1 - BlueDiamondFromNowhere

Evanescence's Amy Lee has a versatile voice just like Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. One thing more, I haven't seen a LP song on this list yet.

72 The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles
73 My Immortal - Jackie Evancho

I didn't know she covered Evanescence?

74 Things Left Unsaid - Disciple
75 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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76 Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

I love this song with every piece of my soul.
The violin rhythm lulls you into the deep of the song; and its story.
People forget to look further into the meaning of lyrics, and how songs are mostly written from the heart.
This song is probably one of the most devastating songs I've heard; lovers who would have been perfect, but don't cross paths until it's too late - simply poetic.
Although I agree with the top ten listed, I think this masterpiece should definitely be higher up. It is a real tear jerker I have to say

Number 47? This song's story is so depressing but morbidly true. I'm surprised it isn't up there in the top 10

Such a sad song, though amazing just because its not about love or a boyfriend its about not living the life you want and being lonely. Amazing song.

The lyrics are so depressing and raw.

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77 To Live is to Die - Metallica

This song was inspired by the death of Metallica's bass player, Cliff Burton, and is made up of riffs that he wrote. Therefore it is an incredibly sad song, despite being mostly instrumental. - cheesytaco

If you know the meaning behind this song then it is extremely sad, especially when it goes from heavy to clean it is just touching

It's just an instrumental song but the melodies in the middle part are delivering emotions like lyrics never could

I can't believe this wasn't on the list this is a tribute song to Cliff Burton - christangrant

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78 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

Listened to it when I was depressed, made me break down and cry. this is a very good emotional song and you can hear the pain in trent reznor's voice, which makes it even sadder.

NIN have the saddest songs of all time. Trent Reznor is a genius and he is very emotional with his songs and lyrics. got me through some hard times. Although "The Great Below" and "And All That Could Have Been" are more sad than 'Hurt'. Glad to finally see a good song on this list.

You can have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt!

Doesn't get any better (or sadder), does it?

Better than the Jonny Cash cover for sure.

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79 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

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.

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80 I'm Gonna Crawl - Led Zeppelin
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