Songs The Best Songs About Forgiveness   

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List Rules Songs with "forgiveness" or "sorry" in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about forgiving as a subject.

You may have never thought about it, but there has been a lot of music in the last ten years that deals with the problems of apologizing and saying sorry. When you've wronged someone or they've done something to hurt you, what better way to cope than to write a song about it? This is a ranked list of all songs about forgiveness, as voted on by music fans like you. Some of the songs included below may have the words "forgiveness," "I'm sorry" or "apology" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about being forgiven as a subject or theme. For example, "Saying Sorry" by Hawthorne Heights has one of the words in the title, but Taylor Swift's "Back to December" does not. 

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid I'm sorry songs that are thematically similar. Vote for the forgiveness tracks that you enjoy the most, and vote down ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. Don't forget, even Jesus talked about turning the other cheek and forgetting about the past. If one of your top forgiveness songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. There are many genres of music featured below including pop, rock, metal, and more. 

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Tom Islava added The Fray

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Tom Islava added Adele

3
97 54
Hurt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs About Forgiveness
lucyheartfilia25 added Christina Aguilera

4
67 32
Jealous Guy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Forgiveness
John Lennon

5
84 52
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Taylor Swift

6
82 53
Sorry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Forgiveness
Luca Torrini added Buckcherry

7
84 55
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mwlittletreasures added Elton John

8
62 37
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Timbaland f/OneRepublic

9
57 36
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Willie Nelson

10
44 28
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72 54
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Nirvana

12
42 27
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55 39
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50 36
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29 20
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16 10
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Tom Islava added Mumford & Sons

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33 28
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Thompson Twins

18
42 38
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Sarah McLachlan

19
28 24
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Blue October

20
18 14
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William Skok added Avenged Sevenfold

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24 21
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punksnotdead added John Denver

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19 16
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Incubus

23
19 16
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17 14
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Skillet

25
17 14
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Metallica

26
15 13
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Tenth Avenue North

27
13 11
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Mumford & Sons

28
12 11
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Weezer

29
4 3
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Ariana Grande

30
20 21
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Sanctus Real

31
18 19
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Hawthorne Heights

32
17 19
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Christina Aguilera

34
0 0
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Papa Roach

35
0 0
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0 0
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Bryan Adams

37
8 10
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Fatboy Slim

38
19 23
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The Rolling Stones

39
11 14
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The Temptations

40
7 10
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The Decemberists

41
7 11
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Amos Lee

42
7 11
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Boy George

43
6 10
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Bo Bice

44
11 16
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John Mellencamp

45
0 3
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Dean Ferguson added Diana Ross

46
8 13
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Peaches & Herb

47
7 12
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7 12
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6 11
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5 10
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Wonderland added The xx