Top Ten Songs With Sad Meanings


The Top Ten

1 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

Best song ever

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2 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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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.

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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 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

It's about a school shooting.


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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 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

9 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

10 Little Things - One Direction

Its very sad

The Contenders

11 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

12 Toxic - Robbie Williams
13 Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer

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

14 More Than This - One Direction
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 Numb - Linkin Park

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

18 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.

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
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 Goodbye May Seem Forever - Jeanette Nolan
26 Julia - The Beatles

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

27 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.

28 When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne

I cry everitime I see this

29 Jugband Blues - Pink Floyd
30 Burslem Normals - Robbie Williams

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

31 Helena - My Chemical Romance

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
33 Snuff - Slipknot
34 Clocks - Coldplay
35 Uninstall - Bokurano
36 Stan - Eminem
37 Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
38 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

39 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

40 Give Up Your Guns - The Buoys
41 At Least We Tried - Moby
42 Darkness, Darkness - The Youngbloods
43 Misunderstood - Robbie Williams
44 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

45 Tears of a Clown - Iron Maiden

A song to tribute the late Robin Williams.

46 Don't Go - Bring Me the Horizon
47 Lost Boy - Ruth B
48 Bad Day - Daniel Powter
49 Timothy - The Buoys
50 The End - The Doors

The killer awoke before dawn,
He put his boots on...

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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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