Songs The Best Songs About Regret  

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

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Have you gone and done something you really shouldn't have? Why not write some music about it? This is a ranked list of all songs about regret, as voted on by music fans like you. Some of the songs included below may have the words "regret" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about regret as a subject or theme. Listening to songs about feeling guilty and having regrets is a good way to face your own regrets in life. Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid tracks that are thematically similar. Sometimes regret is about the one that got away, while other times it's about a missed opportunity at work or life in general.

Vote for the regret songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more. This poll contains songs like “Title and Registration” by Death Cab for Cute.
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56 30
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Harry Chapin

3
100 70
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Linkin Park

4
31 12
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Tom Islava added Elton John

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72 53
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60 42
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60 44
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38 23
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The Moody Blues

9
37 25
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mutant-baby added Metallica

10
32 21
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Tom Islava added Adele

11
30 19
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52 45
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32 29
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Snow Patrol

14
8 3
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FastCleaning added George Michael, WHAM!

15
24 22
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12 9
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Michael Gruner added Gary Allan

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18 16
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Soundgarden

18
25 25
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Social Distortion

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13 11
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4 1
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FastCleaning added R. Kelly

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18 18
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New Order

22
15 15
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Iron Maiden

23
4 2
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FastCleaning added George Michael

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16 17
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Lady Antebellum

25
32 37
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Nickelback