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There are many websites dedicated to sad song lists. Here are a few that I used to write this article.
- Pop Culture Madness - http://www.popculturemadness.com/Music/Sad.html
- World's Saddest Songs -http://www.worldssaddestsongs.com/
- Toptenz.net - http://www.toptenz.net/10-sad-songs.php
- Lover of Sadness - http://www.loverofsadness.net/show_song.php
- Free Entertainment News - http://freeentertainmentnews.org/best-sad-songs-top-songs-list/
Top Sad Break-Up Songs
Yesterday – Beatles
Yesterday things were good – and then we messed things up. We want to go back to yesterday and make things better again and we can’t. It’s another lesson in life that we all must learn.
Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis
I am left without you – you said you loved me, but you lied. Now, are you lonesome? Feelings of being dumped by someone you thought loved you – maybe someone you thought you would be with forever. And, deep down, you are hoping they really are lonesome tonight.
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
A great song – especially when you are feeling especially lonesome. It’s nice to know that others are as lonesome as you – so lonesome they want to cry. It makes it seem okay to be that lonesome- and makes it okay to wipe your own tears away.
Top Sad Songs For Funerals
George Jones – He Stopped Loving Her Today
This has to be one of the saddest songs I have ever heard. I remember hearing it when I was a kid and crying – and I didn’t really even understand it then. Now that I am an adult, it still makes me cry. I just think of this poor man loving a woman with all of his heart until his death. It’s the kind of love I have always wanted – and think I have finally found!
Holes in the Floor of Heaven – Steve Wariner
This is a good song for a funeral or for a wedding. My family has used it for both. It talks of young girl who has lost her mother. Her father tells her that there are holes in the floor of Heaven and when it rains it means that her mother was watching over her. When it rains on her wedding day, it is proof that mom is watching over her. It was played when my niece got married and again at my mother’s funeral.
Go Rest High – Vince Gill
This song makes me think of those who chose to end their own lives. They had troubled lives here on Earth and thought they could make it better somehow. I have to be in just the right mood to hear this song – otherwise I have to turn the channel.
Fade to Black – Metallica
Another song about suicide in my opinion. A person feels that they are not good enough – even though others think differently, so they choose to end their lives way too early. It’s too sad to think that there are people – young and old – who feel this way.
Adam’s Song – Blink 182
Another song for people who have passed to soon – people who have decided to take their own lives when they think there is no other choice. When all they have to do is to look outside the door – outside the window – and see that everyone around them truly cares – even if they don’t always know how to show it or to tell it.
Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
A horrible accident and a man does what he can to save his girl. She dies and he promises to be good so that he can one day join her in Heaven. What a wonderful sad song. He holds her close and gives her a last kiss and a promise. And then my tears fall!
Amazing Grace – By anyone – especially with bagpipes in the background
I love this song and hope that it will be played at my funeral. It has so much hope – but is sad at the same time, mostly because I have heard it at so many funerals. I love the lines – I once was lost and now I’m found – it gives me hope that maybe someday I will be found.
Candle in the Wind – Elton John
Originally written about Marilyn Monroe and then changed to honor Princess Diana, this song tells the story of an onlooker who admires the real person and not the glamorized vision of two very wonderful women. It is a very sad song when you realize that both of these women died way too young because of their fame – even though they were wonderful private people that no one really knew.
Everything I Own – Bread
This song makes me think of my mom. She gave me everything – and I would give it all away just to have her back. She was taken way too soon and when I hear this song it reminds me of all she did for me and all she gave to me.
Love, Me – Colin Raye
This song brings tears to my husband's eyes. It reminds him of his grandparents. His grandfather passed away about the time this song was popular. It reminds me of my parents. Although they didn’t run away to get married, they would have if they had to. Both couples were the type of people who would have left the type of note in this song. “If you get there before I do, don’t give up on me…” I cried the first time I heard this song – and still cry every time I hear it.
I’m Already There – Lonestar
A father reminding his family that although he is far away, he is home in all the ways that matter. I can see this song being played at a funeral as a reminder to those left behind that their loved one is still there in the hearts of the loved ones.
Johnny Cash Sang Lots Of Sad Songs
Top Sad Songs Involving Children
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton wrote this song for his son who fell to his death from a hotel window. This is another song that brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. I can’t even imagine the pain Mr. Clapton must have been feeling when he wrote this song. Nothing can be worse than to lose a child.
Concrete Angel – Martina McBride
The first time I heard this song, I had a little girl named Dru in my classroom. A beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed, little angel that always had a smile on her face. I could tell that she dressed herself every morning and got herself ready for school, as well. And that included packing her own lunch every day. Sometimes her lunch would be nothing but candy – other times it would just a sandwich. After talking with her for awhile, I found that she and her family were living in a car. Luckily, unlike the girl in the song, Dru’s parents loved her and did their best for her. After leading them to some resources, they found a house, and Dru never became a concrete angel. Still, this song reminds me of her every time I hear it.
Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross writes about dancing with his father when he was young and how safe it made him feel. This song brings memories of my own father, who passed away when I was just a little girl. When I hear this song, I think of dancing with my father – and of cooking together and listening to the radio.
In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley
A baby is born in the ghetto. Instead of bringing joy, he brings sadness and despair. As he grows up, trouble follows him and his life ends much as it began – on a cold, lonely street in Chicago. And Elvis sings it to its ultimate sadness.
Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
Almost everyone knows this song. A song about a father too busy to enjoy his son while he is young. Then the son turns the table and is too busy for his father. This song makes me stop and think about life and what is important in life. No one ever says “I wish I would have spent more time working,” at the end of their lives.
Alyssa Lies – Jason Michael Carrol
A young girl tells her father about a classmate named Alyssa. She lies – to cover up the real reasons for her bruises – until the day she no longer must lie about her bruises because now she lies with Jesus. As a teacher, this song always tears at my heartstrings. There are students I think of every time I hear this song – twin blonde girls who lived through so much horror – horror I never suspected until later. A little boy who came to school with bruises nearly every day – and couldn’t tell me where they came from. Another little girl with bruises – that went to a new school when we began to question where the bruises came from. All students who hopefully have a better end than this song does…
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
A dad talks about his little girl as she grows up. All happy memories, really - just sad that she is all grown up and the butterfly kisses are just a thing of the past.
Creep – Radiohead
This song is for all those people out there who are different and because of that can’t have the person of their dreams. It’s a good reminder that just because someone is different it doesn’t mean you can’t give them a chance.
Dear Mr. Jesus – Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
This is another song that reminds me of some of my little friends. This one is even more tearful because two little girls sing it – and then reveal that they are being abused as well. It always makes me wonder how many kids go through this each and every day.
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Favorite Sad Song
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Top Sad Songs About Broken Dreams or Relationships
Hurt – Johnny Cash
This song – originally done by Nine Inch Nails – has so much feeling in it as sung by Johnny Cash. At the time Cash sang it, he was going through all of the things in the song. It made the song so real, and so raw. It was, and still is, hard to listen to. It makes me cry just think of it.
This song also was a huge part of my husband’s rehab for his drug abuse. Again – it fit in so many ways – the lyrics could have been telling his story.
Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
This is another song that could be used at a funeral. Or just for a sad day after losing a girlfriend, boyfriend – or really just a best friend. It talks of waiting for a loved one to return – and not giving up no matter what.
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day
We all have broken dreams – dreams that we were sure that would come true, yet didn’t. On those days that you can’t do anything else but think of those dreams, this is a great song to listen to. And maybe think about some new dreams while you are at it.
Whiskey Lullaby – Allison Kraus/Brad Paisley
A broken love – an alcohol addiction to forget – a guilty conscience. Any one of these would make a great sad song, but put them all together and wow! Sad song jackpot. If you watch the video – make sure you have a big box of tissues with you to wipe away the tears!
The Dance – Garth Brooks
This songs just says it like it is - things don’t always end up like we want them too. But by getting to the end, we will have some great times to go through. And if we want to miss that bad end – we will miss all of those good times, as well. It’s a choice we have to make.
If Tomorrow Never Comes – Garth Brooks
Garth watches his wife as she sleeps – wondering if he has told her enough how much he cares, just in case tomorrow never comes. This is a reminder to all of us to tell – and show – those around us how much we care about them.
Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
A sad song because this man hears your laughter and songs through the lines as he works – but he is not a part of the laughter and the songs. This song brings back memories of my dad – the first time I heard this song was when we lived in California. He won an 8-track tape that had this song on it. I loved it because it mentioned our hometown of Wichita – and that made me sad because the rest of our family was still there.
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
The lesson from this song – nothing lasts forever - everything is just like dust in the wind. When you want to feel like all of your accomplishments are for nothing – listen to this song! If you want a real pity party, this is a great song to start with!
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Award Winning Sad Songs
Grammy Award Winning Sad Songs
Academy of Country Music Award Winning Sad Songs
Oscar Winning Sad Songs
Another Sad Love Song - Toni Braxton
The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert
The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand
Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon and Garfunkel
Holes in the Floor of Heaven - Steve Wariner
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
Send in the Clowns - Judy Collins
He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
Things Have Changed - Bob Dylan