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100 Best Sad Songs

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We don’t have to worry a great deal when things don’t go our way. Sometimes we may feel sad and a little depressed with the way things shape in our lives. We could be grieving over the death of a loved one, we could be disappointed over the decisions we take in our professional life, we could be shattered after a breakup, or we could be searching for answers for the state we are in.

In difficult times, we tend to feel emptiness and a void that cannot seem to be filled. In such times music plays a pivotal role in helping you emerge stronger emotionally. Contrary to belief about what is said about sad songs, the truth is these songs help you heal emotionally and emerge stronger. The lyrics in these songs connect with listeners in different ways and bring about a sense of hope and belief.

The list below showcases a collection of sad songs from different genres that help cope and deal with varied problems associated with our inner being. If you connect with lyrics and music of sad tunes, you will open up with your feelings. If you have a view, opinion, or song suggestion, let us know in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Sad Songs

  1. “When the Party’s Over”—Billie Eilish
  2. “Tears in Heaven”—Eric Clapton
  3. “Someone Like You”—Adele
  4. “Pictures”—Judah & The Lion featuring Kacey Musgraves
  5. “I’ll Never Love Again”—Bradley Cooper
  6. “Anyone”—Demi Lovato
  7. “Stay”—Rihanna
  8. “Back To Black”—Amy Winehouse
  9. “Say Something”—A Great Big World
  10. “The Blower’s Daughter”—Damien Rice

What Are Sad Songs?

Sad songs refer to a form of expression called lament. Different forms of lament are found in music, poetry, and literature. Grief and sorrow are expressed in a passionate and profound manner through lyrics of sad love songs. Many songs may express a sense of disappointment or regret through a series of factual events or traumatic experiences.

While sad songs may showcase different attributes of unhappiness associated with life, it’s the intensity of feeling something passionately that come forth through lyrics of such songs. Certain songs rekindle dark moments of life through introspective lyrics that are aimed to change perspective.


11. “Wrong Direction”—Hailee Steinfeld

12. “Creep”—Radiohed

13. “Fix You”—Coldplay

14. “Goodbye My Lover”—James Blunt

15. “Wake Me Up When September Ends”—Green Day

16. “Hallelujah”—Jeff Buckley

17. “Sad Songs (Say so Much)”—Elton John

18. “Love Hurts”—Nazareth

19. “I Will Follow You into the Dark”—Death Cab For Cutie

20. “Someone You Loved”—Lewis Capladi

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Does Listening to Melancholic Songs Make You Feel Better?

Listening to melancholic songs helps individuals open up with their problems and feel better emotionally. When a person is feeling sad, he/she cannot comprehend things easily. Individuals that are going through a depressive phase tend to feel overburdened with thoughts.

The emotional state of mind is affected when a person is sad. The inner self needs to connect with positive attributes. Lyrics and music in certain songs heal and awaken the soul. Melancholic songs that narrate a journey of personal life experiences often impact listeners who are going through a difficult phase in life.


21. “November Rain”—Guns N’ Roses

22. “Stay With Me”—Sam Smith

23. “Ghostin”—Ariana Grande

24. “Lose You to Love Me—Selena Gomez

25. “Yesterday”—The Beatles

26. “I Can’t Make You Love Me”—Bonnie Raitt

27. “The Scientist”—Coldplay

28. “Nothing Compares 2 U”—Sinead O’ Connor

29. “Before You Go”—Lewis Capaldi

30. “Through Her Eyes”—Dream Theater

31. “Skinny Love”—Bon Iver

32. “Breathe Me”—Sia

33. “All By Myself”—Eric Carmen

34. “Truth Hurts”—Lizzo

35. “Birds”—Imagine Dragons featuring Elisa

36. “Hold You Now”—Vampire Weekend

37. “Everybody’s Changing”—Keane

38. “Whiskey Lullaby”—Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss

39. “Half a Man”—Dean Lewis

40. “Bluffin”—Khalid

Lyrics and Music in Sad Love Songs

The lyrics and music in sad love songs connect realistically as opposed to a world of fantasia associated with lyrics in majority of other types of songs. Opening up and talking to people who love and care about you is important when you feel sad, or get depressed. However, opening up emotionally is never easy for individuals when they feel down and out.

Research reveals individuals that feel depressed or sad tend to keep it all within. Our emotional being needs an outlet to let it all out. An individual needs inner healing to open and discuss their problems. Lyrics associated with reality pertaining to our lives are known to instill hope and positivity.


41. “Keep Me in Your Heart”—Warren Zevon

42. “Arcade”—Duncan Laurence

43. “Everybody”—Mac Miller

44. “Got it in You”—Banners

45. “Leaving My Love Behind”—Lewis Capaldi

46. “Walls”—Louis Tomlinson

47. “This Love”—Camila Cabello

48. “If the World Was Ending”—JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels

49. “Be Alright”—Dean Lewis

50. “People You Know”—Selena Gomez

51. “Liability”—Lorde

52. “When I Was Your Man”—Bruno Mars

53. “Put a Little Love On Me”—Niall Horan

54. “Wish You Were Here”—Pink Floyd

55. “Everything I Wanted”—Billie Eilish

56. “Good in Goodbye”—Madison Beer

57. “Demons”—Alec Benjamin

58. “Last Request”—Paolo Nutini

59. “Past Life”—Maggie Rogers

60. “In My Life”—The Beatles

Is It Good to Cry When You Listen to Sad Music?

When you listen to sad music you are likely to examine your thoughts, feelings and actions in a constructive manner. Individuals going through a difficult phase in life may cry as they listen to lyrics in songs. When eyes well up with tears you realize the spoken word through lyrics in a song have struck a chord with your inner being.

By connecting with lyrics in sad songs individuals begin to introspect and visualize the state they are in with a brand new perspective. When individuals feeling sad start moving ahead they open pathways to happiness. Lyrics in songs helps individuals cope up with their set of problems realistically.


61. “Everybody Hurts”—R.E.M.

62. “Falling”—Harry Styles

63. “Only the Young (Featured in Miss Americana)”—Taylor Swift

64. “I Fell in Love With the Devil”—Avril Lavigne

65. “Modern Loneliness”—Lauv

66. “Grow As We Grow”—Ben Platt

67. “Daddy”—Coldplay

68. “Mad World”—Gary Jules

69. “Summertime Sadness”—Lana Del Ray

70. “Let Her Go”—Passenger

71. “Dreaming With a Broken Heart”—John Mayer

72. “Break My Heart Again”—FINNEAS

73. “Not About Angels”—Birdy

74. “Jealous”—Labrinth

75. “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”—Aerosmith

76. “Marvins Room”—Drake

77. “Face to Face”—Ruel

78. “Selfish’—Madison Beer

79. “Come Home”—Anderson .Paak featuring Andere 3000

80. “Poison & Wine—The Civil Wars


Finding Answers to Questions With Songs

The lyrics and music in sad songs helps individuals connect with a reflective and meditative state thereby providing answers to questions through soul searching. Individuals that feel sad or depressed find it difficult to move on and often dwell in the past. People that are not able to forgive from the heart carry a burden of sadness within.

When narratives or lyrics in songs feel similar to phases or instances in our life, it helps us grieve and forgive others. Some individuals may break down and cry bitterly connecting with lyrics in certain songs. Emotional healing and inner healing with tears makes a person brand new in thought, mind and deed.


81. “Wasn’t Expecting That”—Jamie Lawson

82. “Gold Dust”—Galantis

83. “You Should Be Sad”—Halsey

84. “Lost”—Michael Buble

85. “Good Woman”—Cat Power

86. “Nothing Left To Say/Rocks”—Imagine Dragons

87. “The Archer”—Taylor Swift

88. “Honeybee”—The Head and the Heart

89. “Say Yes”—Elliot Smith

90. “It’s a Heartache”—Bonnie Tyler

91. “Something about You”—Elderbrook & Rudimental

92. “Prom Queen”—Katie Turner

93. “Monsters”—James Blunt

94. “Changes”—Lauv

95. “Heads Gonna Roll”—Jenny Lewis

96. “To Die For”—Sam Smith

97. “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”—Sufijan Stevans

98. “Forever”—Lewis Capaldi

99. “Unfaithful”—Dennis Lloyd

100. “Dancing With Your Ghost”—Sarah Solan

Other Notable Sad Songs

  • “Sheep in Wolves Clothes”—Little Hurricane
  • “I Will Remember You”—Sarah McLachlan
  • “Changes”—Black Sabbath
  • “Memories”—Maroon 5
  • “Trouble”—Cat Stevens
  • “So Far Away”—Avenged Sevenfold
  • “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”—Chris Cornell
  • “What If I Was Nothing”—All That Remains
  • “Space Oddity”—David Bowie
  • “Tears of Gold”—Faouzia
  • “King of all Excuses”—Stained
  • “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”—Tame Impala
  • “Hurricane”—Thrice
  • “Over You”—Daughtry
  • “Landslide”—Fleetwood Mac
  • “GFY”—Dennis Lloyd
  • “Letter to Nipsey”—Meek Mill featuring Roddy Ricch
  • “Cornerstone”—Arctic Monkeys
  • “Pain”—Blackfield
  • “This Year’s Love”—David Gray
  • “How Do You Sleep?”—Sam Smith
  • “Trouble”—Coldplay
  • “I Only Think of You”—The Horrors
  • “Lies”—The Black Keys
  • “Roads”—Portishead
  • “High Hopes”—Pink Floyd
  • “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head”—Electric Light Orchestra
  • “Crown of Love”—Arcade Fire
  • “Russia on Ice”—Porcupine Tree
  • “Sorry”—Buckcherry
  • “Hate it Here”—Wilco
  • “Lost in the Crowd”—Shinedown
  • “Something I Can Never Have”—Nine Inch Nails
  • “God Only Knows”—The Beach Boys
  • “What’s Left for Me”—Days of the New
  • “Buried Alive”—Avenged Sevenfold
  • “The End”—The Doors
  • “Wild Horses”—The Rolling Stones
  • “Angel”—Theory of a Deadman
  • “Twilight”—Elliot Smith
  • “Bell Bottom Blues”—Eric Clapton
  • “Savior”—Skillet
  • “Homecoming Queen?”—Kelsea Ballerini
  • “(Wish I Could) Hideaway”—Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “I Lost a Friend”—FINNEAS
  • “Alone”—Heart
  • “Fine Line”—Harry Styles
  • “Echo”—Black Cycle Motorcycle Club
  • “Second Chance”—Shinedown
  • “Death Whispered a Lullaby”—Opeth
  • “I Can’t Tell You Why”—The Eagles
  • “Hold Me While You Wait”—Lewis Capaldi
  • “All My Love”—Led Zeppelin
  • “Black”—Pearl Jam
  • “Everything”—Bridge to Grace
  • “Sad Song”—We the King
  • “Brick”—Ben Folds Five
  • “Sure Got the Cold after the Rain Fell”—ZZ Top
  • “Fields of Gold”—Sting
  • “You Were Mine”—Dixie Chicks
  • “Pale Blue Eyes”—The Velvet Underground
  • “Snuff”—Slipknot
  • “The River”—Bruce Springsteen
  • “Cure for Optimism”—Porcupine Tree
  • “Decode”—Paramore
  • “Guess I’m Doing Fine”—Beck
  • “Still Learning”—Halsey
  • “Take Away My Pain”—Dream Theater
  • “Me & ur Ghost”—Blackbear
  • “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”—Iron & Wine
  • “In My Time of Need”—Opeth
  • “The Rain Song”—Led Zeppelin
  • “Behind Blue Eyes”—The Who
  • “Sic of Life”—Godsmack
  • “The Flame”—Cheap Trick
  • “Gloomy Sunday”—Billie Holiday
  • “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”—U2
  • “Hello”—Evanescence
  • “Rid of Me”—PJ Harvey
  • “Bag un Blunt”—Ian x Azteca
  • “The Needle and the Damage Done”—Neil Young
  • “My Immortal”—Evanescence
  • “Temporary Home”—Carrie Underwood
  • “How to Disappear Completely”—Radiohead
  • “Mistreated”—Deep Purple
  • “Fix a Heart”—Demi Lovato
  • “Hopeless”—Screaming Females
  • “Before the Dawn”—Judas Priest
  • “The Wind Cries Mary”—Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • “Watch Over You”—Alterbridge
  • “Pull Me Under”—Dream Theater
  • “Out of Love”—Alessia Cara
  • “As Tears Go By”—The Rolling Stones
  • “A Man/Me/Then Jim”—Rilo Kiley
  • “Here Without You”—3 Doors Down
  • “Cherry”—Harry Styles
  • “re: Stacks”—Bon Iver
  • “Here Comes Those Tears Again”—Jackson Browne
  • “Holding Out for You”—Pond
  • “Angel”—Theory of a Deadman

© 2018 Ansel Pereira

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