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.

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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60 30
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Harry Chapin

3
101 71
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Linkin Park

4
32 15
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Tom Islava added Elton John

5
60 43
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6
72 55
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7
60 45
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8
36 22
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Tom Islava added Adele

9
38 24
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The Moody Blues

10
38 26
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mutant-baby added Metallica

11
30 20
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12 3
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FastCleaning added George Michael, WHAM!

13
53 47
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32 30
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Snow Patrol

15
19 17
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Soundgarden

16
24 23
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12 10
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Michael Gruner added Gary Allan

18
25 26
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Social Distortion

19
13 12
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18 18
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Lady Antebellum

21
18 19
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New Order

22
4 2
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FastCleaning added R. Kelly

23
15 16
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Iron Maiden

24
5 4
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FastCleaning added George Michael

25
32 38
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Nickelback