Top Ten Songs With Sad Meanings


The Top Ten

1 Lovers - Jackie Evancho

From the movie "House of Flying Daggers", and the song's words are the lead character's dying thoughts, as she lays dying in the snow. when she sings "Oh, where are you? ; I need to tell you I still love you", its for her lifelong love, who is lying dead in the snow next to her. The haunting final acapella line "Your voice still echoes... in my heart" is her last thought as she dies.

Her voice still echoes in my heart.

Absolutely incredible. Jackie's the best.

She touches your heart, she is like my angel by my side!

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2 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

This is actually a story about the lead singer, his Dad died when he was like 8 and at his funeral on the first of September and in the middle he ran home and his mother found him in his closet and he said wake me up when September ends, this song was also played on my cousins funeral, she died when she was 13

Saddest song ever. It makes me cry every time. - Jetticus12

This is a sad beautiful song - jmepa1234

About a guy's dad dying. - MoldySock

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3 The I Love You Song - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

A song about a girl who is abused by her father - MoldySock

4 99 Luftballons - Nena

A sad song about a city destroyed by bombs that were mistaken for red balloons.

Song about Nuclear war - MoldySock

5 Mad World - Gary Jules

It's a song about depression and being disheartened with the monotony of daily life.

A song about a guy who is depressed and stuck in his own world... Kind of hard to describe, really. - MoldySock

6 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

It's about a school shooting.

It's a sad song about a high school shooting, were the targets are the "cool" kids with the pumped up kicks.

About a school shooter. - MoldySock


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7 Danny Boy - Jackie Evancho, Feat. Chris Botti

Better than I've ever heard it before. A great collaboration.

Check out the extended YouTube video with a military funeral. Don't bother trying not to weep. - BobG

8 Monster - Meg & Dia

I'm in love with this song. :):

A woman who is raped and abused by a boy who wants to feel something, it's about the son of the woman who was raped. - MoldySock

9 Angel - Jackie Evancho

A song originally about drug overdose and death, transformed into a song about hope by one of the most gifted singers of our age. At the age of 10.

Hearing Jackie Evancho sing this song is the most amazing thing I have ever heard.

Amazing how Jackie was able to capture the mood of resignation in this song, while still a pre-teen! - BobG

10 It Took Me by Surprise - Maria Mena

A girl is concerned about her Boyfriend, becoming too invasive, and he breaks up and avoids her like she is insane. - MoldySock

The Contenders

11 Little Things - One Direction

Its very sad

12 Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer

This song is so beautiful, when I listen to it, the tears just run down my face

13 More Than This - One Direction
14 Toxic - Robbie Williams
15 The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

Hear it on Yahoo Music or YouTube. Purchase the download on iTunes or June 10. From her upcoming album "Awakening".

From "Game of Thrones", music of "The Red Wedding". If you watched the show, you know why its sad.

16 My Immortal - Evanescence

Such a beautifully sad, heart-wrenching song. The meaning is as beautiful and eloquent. For lovers of this song I also recommend Lost In Paradise, also by Evanescence, and Imaginary, by Evanescence. Amy Lee is an amazing singer and her songs always reflect on her voice, and the true tragedy of life. While many consider this song to be lazily written, I understand the true meaning and emotions that are evoked in this song.

17 Lucy - Skillet

When you hear it for the first time you'll think its really sad and about someone that this man cares about dearly had died. Once you look up the real meaning though it kind of ruins it.

Once you find out what this song is really about it will touch your heart and you'll love this song more.

18 Numb - Linkin Park

The song is about the felling of being a disappointment to your parents and finding yourself, but you've become "numb"

19 How to Save a Life - The Fray

This is by far the saddest song of all time

20 Sally's Song - Catherine O'Hara
21 Civil War - Guns N' Roses
22 Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park
23 One - Metallica

This song is about a soldier fighting in a war and a mortar blows off in his face. He can't hear, see, smell, taste and he doesn't have arms or legs. He comes out of a coma in a hospital. During the time he is in the hospital he reflects on his life and things his father told him. Eventually the doctors get worried because he's having spasms all the time, but he doesn't seem to be dying. They call in the general and he can't figure it out either but the soldier with the general recognizes it. "It's Morse code," he says. The general asks what he is saying and the soldier looks for a minute and then says, "He is saying K-I-L-L- M-E over and over again."

The lyrics are based on the novel Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, which is about World War I. A specific passage that inspired the song is: "How could a man lose as much of himself as I have and still live? When a man buys a lottery ticket you never expect him to win because it's a million to one shot. But if he does win, ...more - A7XREVFin21

24 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

I'm crying, this is about Eric's son conor who fell from the 53rd floor of their building. Gets me every time,

Gorgeous list MoldySock!
This song makes me cry. Simple as. - Britgirl

25 When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne

I cry everitime I see this

26 Stan - Eminem

Stan is about a guy who’s trying to write to a famous person who keeps ignoring him and eventually gets angry and drives his wife of a cliff while he’s drinking, he ends up in a car crash and Stan writes back.

27 Goodbye May Seem Forever - Jeanette Nolan
28 Julia - The Beatles

Writen for John Lennon's mother, Julia, who was hit by a car and killed before The Beatles became famous. - PetSounds

29 Jugband Blues - Pink Floyd
30 In Loving Memory - Alter Bridge

A song Mark Tremonti wrote after his Mother died. A song that reflects on the pain of loss and how hard it can be to adjust to once someone's gone.

31 Helena - My Chemical Romance

This song is partially about the death of lead singer Gerard Way's grandmother, Elena Lee Rush. She taught Gerard how to draw, paint and sing, and she gave him his first car - the white van that appears in the original "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" video. The song is dedicated to her, as is the CD. She is mainly who the part "Can you hear me? Are you near me? " is for. But this song also starts the concept of the CD. A man and a woman (Helena) die in a car crash ("When both our cars collide"), except the woman doesn't really die, the man only thinks she has. The man is sent to Hell. This song is a mourning for Helena's "death" by the man. He is wishing he could see her again and is giving his last goodbyes ("So long and goodnight"). - A7XREVFin21

This song is about Gerard and Mikey's grandma who passed away. Her name was Elena. This song always makes me cry...

32 The Scientist - Coldplay

This is one of the best song ever

33 Burslem Normals - Robbie Williams

About going back to the place of your childhood and sad memories

34 Snuff - Slipknot

Lead singer Corey Taylor (from Kerrang! July 19, 2008): "This is the slow one. It's another personal one. Again, not naming names, it's about someone who helped me through a lot and I thought she felt the same way that I did and then she really let me down. At the same time, it was good that she did, because it was that final push to me figuring out myself. The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory."
This song is about how the protagonist's soul is too dark to let love in, telling somebody to get away from them. It's dark and brooding, representing the pits of depression or at least the bottom of the cycle in a manic-depressive. Slipknot being a particularly dark Nu-Metal band, it's pretty typical.
In the short-film video, the white-haired desk clerk with the dapper bow-tie behind that sheet of glass is none other than actor Malcolm McDowell - best known as the lead droog in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. O my brothers, this has been a most exquisitely horrorshow moment of ...more - A7XREVFin21

35 Clocks - Coldplay
36 Uninstall - Bokurano
37 Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
38 I'm Not In Love - 10cc

I think that this song is about a man in denial that he is in love with a girl, because the voice saying "be quiet, big boys don't cry." is her talking to him from heaven. Because, why would he keep her picture on his wall if he didn't love her? I think that by the end of the song, he finally realizes how much he loved her. And, the lyric "you wait a long time for me" might either mean she waited a long time for him to tell her that he loves her, or it may mean that she is up in heaven, and it
's basicly him saying that it'll be a long time before he joins her.

39 Apocalypse - Jackie Evancho

Teen Jackie scores big on this original song about a heart-rending breakup. Released as a single and also available on video. - BobG

40 Hate Me - Blue October
41 Sleep Alone - Moby

A very sad song this. The second meaning is about 9/11; the lyrics were initially "at least we died together" referring to those who jumped from the tower as they were "holding hands, flying through the sky". You really feel it, knowing that. - PositronWildhawk

42 Give Up Your Guns - The Buoys
43 At Least We Tried - Moby
44 Darkness, Darkness - The Youngbloods
45 Misunderstood - Robbie Williams
46 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

It's about a kid who commits suicide in front of his high school English class and it's my favorite song of all time - Songsta41

47 Bad Apple - Nightcore
48 Tears of a Clown - Iron Maiden

A song to tribute the late Robin Williams.

49 Luka - Suzanne Vega

A boy named Luka details his persistent abuse by an unknown person, who happens to be neighbours with the narrator.

50 Don't Go - Bring Me the Horizon
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Top Remixes

1. Angel - Jackie Evancho
2. Danny Boy - Jackie Evancho, Feat. Chris Botti
3. Lovers - Jackie Evancho
1. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
2. The I Love You Song - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
3. 99 Luftballons - Nena
1. Little Things - One Direction
2. Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
3. More Than This - One Direction


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