What is the saddest song that you know?

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  1. kallini2010 profile image78
    kallini2010posted 6 years ago

    What is the saddest song that you know?

    We are not so good at identifying our own emotions.  It is said that 36% of the people cannot recognize their emotions when they happen.  Of course, the higher the intensity of the emotion, the higher is the recognition rate.  Can you select three sad songs that range sad, sadder, the saddest? In your own opinion, of course.


  2. writinglover profile image83
    writingloverposted 6 years ago

    From sad to saddest: "To Where You Are" by Josh Groban (inspirational, yet sad), "Broken Vow" by Josh Groban, and "What Hurts The Most" by Rascal Flatts.

    1. kallini2010 profile image78
      kallini2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, it really helps to see the different perspective.  I really liked "Broken Vow".  In my own search, I have not come across (yet!) a sadder song than "Caruso" sang by Lara Fabian.

  3. Credence2 profile image81
    Credence2posted 6 years ago

    "Oh Father" Madonna (1989) Great video as well

    1. kallini2010 profile image78
      kallini2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your contribution!

  4. Edward William profile image81
    Edward Williamposted 6 years ago

    It has to be "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Deathcab for Cutie. Gets me in floods every single time.

  5. Lorenzo27 profile image73
    Lorenzo27posted 6 years ago

    "Boston" by Augustana. The saddest song I ever heard.

  6. EsmeSanBona profile image95
    EsmeSanBonaposted 6 years ago


    There was a time when you let me know
    What's really going on below
    But now you never show it to me, do you?
    And remember when I moved in you
    The holy dove was moving too
    And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

    Mothers of the Disappeared

    Running to Stand Still

    and the old Simon and Garfunkel Silent Night/7:00 News

  7. Fullerman5000 profile image68
    Fullerman5000posted 6 years ago

    "Don't Follow" by Alice in Chains. Song gives me chills everytime and takes me to a place of emotions I forget I have sometimes

  8. Lady Guinevere profile image61
    Lady Guinevereposted 6 years ago

    Honey by Bobby Goldsboro   It's old, I know but it is the saddest song I have heard.  Here is the you tube:  http://youtu.be/59BZxgohr9g

    1. kallini2010 profile image78
      kallini2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, I really liked this song. I did not find it very sad, on the scale of 1 to 20 (the number of sub-emotions that sadness includes), I'd put it on the 4th place - Blue. Even the sad "Heartbroken" only stands on 12th place, Depressed on 20.

  9. Gareth Pritchard profile image82
    Gareth Pritchardposted 6 years ago

    Red Army Blues (The Waterboys) sad song based on truth.

    Seasons In The Sun (Terry Jacks, adaptation of Le Moribond by Jack Brel) sadder song.

    I am a poor little beggar boy
    My mother she is dead
    My farther is a drunkard
    And will not buy me bread
    I peep out through the window
    To hear the trumpet sound
    And there's my poor old mother
    Dead and in the ground
    Father, father, dig my grave
    Dig it broad and narrow
    Put some roses round me
    And let me sleep for ever

    I have no idea what it is called or even if it is really a song but my father used to sing it to me when I was a child, why, I don't know but it is the saddest song I have ever heard.

    1. Gareth Pritchard profile image82
      Gareth Pritchardposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Red Army Blues The Waterboys with lyrics, very powerful.

      Seasons In The Sun Terry Jacks with lyrics, not so sad now.

  10. Violet Flame profile image77
    Violet Flameposted 6 years ago

    I agree with you, Lara Fabian's Caruso is pretty amazing, but I love her Adagio a lot  as well, she is so unbelievably talented. I am almost jealous :-D
    Besides that, Les Miserable has a few amazing sad songs: I dreamed a dream; On my own.
    Suzanne Vega's The Queen and The Soldier is pretty sad and haunting, in a different way.....

    1. kallini2010 profile image78
      kallini2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Adagio is an amazing song and the gift of Fabian is not only her voice but the emotion she can put in her singing, but I think Caruso is sadder because it conveys grief over irreplaceable loss, Adagio has hope, certainty that s/he exists in the world

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    detroitmareposted 6 years ago

    I get sad and cry every time I hear a Rod Stewart song and realize that some people actually enjoy him.

    1. profile image0
      detroitmareposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      On a more serious note...The Beatles had a few: Long and Winding Road, Eleanor Rigby, and Yesterdays.  I'm sure there were more.

  12. Music-and-Art-45 profile image91
    Music-and-Art-45posted 6 years ago

    That's hard to narrow down the list can go on and on.  Here are some off the top of my head.

    Sad Rock Songs
    Ny Batteri by Sigur Ros
    Nude by Radiohead
    Yesterday by The Beatles
    Imagine by John Lennon

    Sad Jazz
    Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday

    Sad Classical
    Tchaikovsky -  Symphony 6
    Mahler  - Symphony 5 (movement 4)
    Barber - Adagio For Strings

  13. Twilight Lawns profile image82
    Twilight Lawnsposted 6 years ago

    Definitely the saddest song ever and there is no doubt about this...

    1. kallini2010 profile image78
      kallini2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I appreciate every contribution.  "Gloomy Sunday" is sad, but still aesthetically sad.

    2. Twilight Lawns profile image82
      Twilight Lawnsposted 23 months agoin reply to this

      'Strange Fruit'... Sad, and in this climate of man's intolerance to man, frighteningly prophetic.
      Also Roberto Alagna singing 'Source délicieuse' from Polyeucte by Gounod.      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3dTJLr8tgE

  14. James A Watkins profile image90
    James A Watkinsposted 6 years ago

    "He Stopped Lovin' Her Today"
    "Rubee, Don't Take Your Love to Town"
    "Tears in Heaven"

    1. profile image0
      CJ Sledgehammerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      James Watkins rules!!!! :0)

  15. rclinton5280 profile image78
    rclinton5280posted 6 years ago

    Whiskey Lullaby is an incredibly sad song by Allison Krauss and Brad Paisley. I also think "He stopped loving her Today" ranks up there as well.

    1. Electro-Denizen profile image80
      Electro-Denizenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I always thought Ghost in this House covered by Alison Krauss was the saddest song ever (written by Hugh Prestwood)

  16. Shanti Perez profile image76
    Shanti Perezposted 6 years ago

    Sad: "En el muelle de Dan Blas" by Mana
    Sadder: "Goodbye" by Tracy Chapman
    Saddest: "Colby's Song" by Joshua James

  17. watergeek profile image97
    watergeekposted 6 years ago

    "Jesse" by Roberta Flack. A real heartwrencher.


  18. cerefo profile image60
    cerefoposted 6 years ago

    If you know hindi language then I would recommend you the song " tujhe bhula diya" from the movie "anjaana anjaani" This is the most sad songs I have ever heard. Do hear it!

    1. kallini2010 profile image78
      kallini2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your suggestion.  It's a beautiful song, but without understanding lyrics, I can't hear more than a light sadness.  I am not an expert in Hindu songs, there is one that is clearly sad without words - "Roshni Se" from "Asoka".

    2. cerefo profile image60
      cerefoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah That songs Roshni se is also quite sad

    3. Twilight Lawns profile image82
      Twilight Lawnsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Talking about Bollywood films and Hindi songs, I have two more really sad songs.
      E Ajnabi from ‘Dil se...’
      Tanhayee from ‘Dil Chahta Hai’
      A challenge. Listen to them without having a frisson of sadness, whether you understand Hindi or not.

  19. reymund profile image63
    reymundposted 6 years ago

    Mad World, To Where You Are, Time To Say Goodbye

  20. msLarayne profile image68
    msLarayneposted 6 years ago

    There really are so many but in no particular order there is: Tony Rich - Nobody Knows It But Me, Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song and Sugarland - Stay.

  21. CMCastro profile image76
    CMCastroposted 6 years ago

    I think the song that Eric Carmen recorded in the 1970's called "All By Myself" is the saddest song I have ever heard in my life. Barbra Streisand's song " The Way We Were" is sadder. The song by the Righteous Brothers called "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" to me is a sad song.

    1. profile image0
      CJ Sledgehammerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes...that is a sad song and probably my third choice.

  22. batman07 profile image59
    batman07posted 6 years ago

    tears in heaven by eric clapton. Song based on truth after his baby died

  23. Everyday Miracles profile image89
    Everyday Miraclesposted 6 years ago

    Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin


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      CJ Sledgehammerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That's what I was going to say!!!! :0)

    2. OutWest profile image60
      OutWestposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That was the one I was going to say.  Moves me to tears every time.

  24. cfjots profile image90
    cfjotsposted 6 years ago

    The saddest songs are usually found  in the Country music side of the music genres. The two that came to mind immediately were:

    The Baby - by Blake Sheldon and The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert if these songs don't bring a tear to your eye you have no feelings.

  25. profile image59
    pgornerposted 6 years ago

    "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead, "She's Leaving Home" by the Beatles, "A Bad Goodbye" by Clint Black and I think Winona Judd, "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" by Don Henley, and "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young.

  26. Sherry Hewins profile image95
    Sherry Hewinsposted 6 years ago

    I just posted this as my current favourite, but it's also very sad. I'm posting a link because it's not that well-known, yet.
    Janiva Magness singing I Won't Cry
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACQyQlaT … n&NR=1

  27. Janellegems profile image69
    Janellegemsposted 6 years ago

    The saddest song I have heard is 'What hurts the most' by Rascal Flatts.

    1. ju vyan profile image36
      ju vyanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      ohhhhhhh it's good right

  28. agusfanani profile image76
    agusfananiposted 6 years ago

    Hi kallini2010 '
    The song that I think a very sad song is Stairway to Heaven by Erick Clapton.

  29. Hunbbel Meer profile image82
    Hunbbel Meerposted 6 years ago

    There are many, but I guess Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On will always be #1 for me.

  30. Samith Jhon profile image62
    Samith Jhonposted 6 years ago

    "Hurt" by Christina Aguilara and "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap both have really sad meanings sad

  31. profile image0
    Moeskyposted 6 years ago

    Only one comes to mind at this moment:
    Alone Again Naturally - by Gilbert O'Sullivan...
    (last verse especially)

    ...Looking back over the years
    And whatever else that appears
    I remember I cried when my father died
    Never wishing to hide the tears

    And at sixty-five years old
    My mother, God rest her soul
    Couldn't understand why the only man
    She had ever loved had been taken

    Leaving her to start
    With a heart so badly broken
    Despite encouragement from me
    No words were ever spoken

    And when she passed away
    I cried and cried all day
    Alone again, naturally

    1. Gareth Pritchard profile image82
      Gareth Pritchardposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This was a song I heard lots when I was young but never really took in the words, very sad the ones you have posted I will have to listen to this song again but listen this time, not just hear, thanks.

    2. profile image0
      Moeskyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's even sadder when it is sung.

    3. profile image0
      CJ Sledgehammerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yep...this would be my second pick along with "Cat's in the Cradle".

  32. Dr Nancy Kenyon profile image70
    Dr Nancy Kenyonposted 6 years ago

    When I Finally Fall     & ...I'm Not Who I Was                                 (tis situational,I suppose).....mabe ck in hourly... ...no?
                                                                                   He Stopped Loving Her Today  (2 mins. later)                   I Need A Miracle

    1. Dr Nancy Kenyon profile image70
      Dr Nancy Kenyonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      All Things Possible...Mercies In Disguise...The Hurt And The Hero"s Collide...I Can Only Imagine...Be Still There Is A Healer...Jesus Bring The Rain...Somewhere Over The Rainbow...Cause' Your Daddy's Little Girl...Jesus, Friend of Sinners...All Thing

  33. Little two two profile image85
    Little two twoposted 6 years ago

    I remember my parents listening to a song about a little crippled boy and truckers. The song was called Teddy Bear by Red Sovine. It was a gut puncher, kick you while you are down sad song.

  34. Amaryllis profile image83
    Amaryllisposted 6 years ago

    As it's getting near Burns night, I'd mention 'Ae fond kiss' as a sad song -
    'Ae fond kiss and then we sever - ae fond kiss and then forever'

    In Scotland one song in particular is associated with funerals, so much so it has been adopted by the military of other countries, so 'The Flowers of the Forest' would be another suggestion.

    The song that always makes me cry is 'We Have All the Time in the World.'  I don't know if it is meant to be a sad song, but it plays an important  part in the James Bond film 'On Her Majesties Secret Service.'  It always reminds me that life is short, and of all the things I didn't say or do, and now can't.

  35. Faith A Mullen profile image81
    Faith A Mullenposted 6 years ago

    Whiskey Lullaby (Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss) is one of my favorite sad songs.

  36. ShutStarryEyes profile image61
    ShutStarryEyesposted 6 years ago

    "Skinny love" is pretty depressing.
    As well as "Alone" by Heart.
    And probably few more I can' t think of right now.

  37. sasanqua profile image77
    sasanquaposted 6 years ago

    The only song that actually makes me cry when I listen to it is Breathe Me by Sia.

  38. digestingdrew profile image59
    digestingdrewposted 6 years ago

    Saddest - Jeff Buckley "Hallelujah"
    Sadder - Joni Mitchelle "The Last Time I Saw Richard"
    Sad - The Kills "Last Goodbye"

  39. dannybob profile image60
    dannybobposted 6 years ago

    I am writing the first six lines of the songs which I think the saddest song that I know.

    I am a poor little beggar boy
    My mother she is dead
    My farther is a drunkard
    And will not buy me bread
    I peep out through the window
    To hear the trumpet sound

  40. abbyw1989 profile image60
    abbyw1989posted 6 years ago

    Dust In the Wind by Kansas. My goodness you don't want to listen after just losing someone!

  41. kiranferoz profile image60
    kiranferozposted 6 years ago

    The way I loved you by Taylor Swift is the most saddest song I have heard also White Horse is good.

  42. Shaurya Gungun profile image53
    Shaurya Gungunposted 6 years ago

    numb by linkin park
    may be  enrique

    rabba form salame ishk movie

  43. profile image0
    Lybrahposted 6 years ago

    Coldplay's "In My Place" is pretty depressing.  So is "Princess of China" and Linda Ronstadt's "Long Long Time."

  44. profile image52
    poetflyfisherposted 5 years ago

    Sad and somber.
    "Into Dust" by Mazzy Star

  45. Que Scout profile image73
    Que Scoutposted 5 years ago

    Funeral For a Friend - Elton John


  46. James-wolve profile image73
    James-wolveposted 5 years ago

    There are many sad songs but this list below  reflects only what comes to my mind at this moment:
    My Immortal by evanescence
    Frozen,Fire And Ice by within temptation
    Snuff by slipknot
    Shards of Love by Woods of YPrES
    dear agony, breaking benjamin

  47. cjpooja26 profile image63
    cjpooja26posted 5 years ago

    Breathe me by Sia, seriously make me cry lot of times.

  48. Diana Grant profile image92
    Diana Grantposted 5 years ago

    The ones which make me feel unutterably sad are:
    "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town"

    Then Dolly Parton singing Jolene......"Please don't take him just because you can" (but then my b.f. at the time said he thought she was being totally wet and wimpy, and didn't see it as sad at all)

    And finally Dionne Warwick singing "Walk on By" - I was a bit sad and lonely myself when it was popular so it reflected a period in my life

  49. Anne Semel profile image61
    Anne Semelposted 5 years ago

    "Christmas Shoes" by Newsong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS4_b2LbLW4

  50. Jennifer Lynch profile image72
    Jennifer Lynchposted 5 years ago

    I don't like hearing, All by myself or worse than that Solitaire.  ... The only game in town!


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