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
66 30
Jealous Guy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs About Forgiveness
John Lennon

4
95 52
Hurt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Forgiveness
lucyheartfilia25 added Christina Aguilera

5
80 48
Sorry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About Forgiveness
Luca Torrini added Buckcherry

6
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mwlittletreasures added Elton John

7
79 50
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Taylor Swift

8
56 34
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Willie Nelson

9
56 35
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Timbaland f/OneRepublic

10
42 25
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43 26
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12
55 37
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50 34
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69 52
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Nirvana

15
33 25
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Thompson Twins

16
26 19
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17
15 9
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Tom Islava added Mumford & Sons

18
18 12
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William Skok added Avenged Sevenfold

19
24 18
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punksnotdead added John Denver

20
42 36
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Sarah McLachlan

21
27 22
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Blue October

22
19 14
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Incubus

23
17 12
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Skillet

24
20 17
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Sanctus Real

25
18 15
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16 13
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Metallica

27
15 12
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Tenth Avenue North

28
13 11
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Mumford & Sons

29
11 11
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Weezer

30
11 12
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The Temptations

31
19 21
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The Rolling Stones

32
17 19
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Hawthorne Heights

33
16 18
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34
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The Decemberists

35
2 3
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Ariana Grande

36
7 10
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Amos Lee

37
7 10
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7 10
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Boy George

39
7 10
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Fatboy Slim

40
0 2
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Dean Ferguson added Diana Ross

41
6 9
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Bo Bice

42
11 15
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John Mellencamp

43
8 12
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Peaches & Herb

44
7 11
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45
6 10
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5 9
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Wonderland added The xx

47
4 8
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Sevendust

48
8 13
94 Hours is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Forgiveness
As I Lay Dying

49
5 10
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Feist

50
8 14
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Point of Grace