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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96 66
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Linkin Park

3
51 28
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Harry Chapin

4
29 12
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Tom Islava added Elton John

5
70 52
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57 40
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7
38 22
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The Moody Blues

8
58 42
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28 18
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33 24
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mutant-baby added Metallica

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29 20
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Tom Islava added Adele

12
51 44
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32 29
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Snow Patrol

14
24 21
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7 3
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FastCleaning added George Michael, WHAM!

16
12 9
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Michael Gruner added Gary Allan

17
16 15
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Soundgarden

18
4 1
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FastCleaning added George Michael

19
4 1
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FastCleaning added R. Kelly

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24 25
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Social Distortion

21
18 18
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New Order

22
12 11
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16 17
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Lady Antebellum

24
14 15
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Iron Maiden

25
4 3
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FastCleaning added R. Kelly

26
30 36
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Nickelback

27
13 15
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mutant-baby added Linkin Park

28
13 15
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Seether

29
11 13
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Bob Dylan

30
20 25
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Van Halen

31
8 11
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Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys

32
14 19
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10 14
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Gary Allan

34
9 14
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14 21
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12 19
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Carrie Underwood

37
10 17
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James Blunt

38
7 13
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Fiona Apple

39
10 18
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Kings of Leon

40
7 14
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St. Vincent

41
7 14
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9 17
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Death Cab for Cutie

43
11 20
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En Vogue

44
11 20
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New Found Glory

45
7 15
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Dixie Chicks

46
9 18
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Finger Eleven

47
5 14
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Gin Blossoms

48
7 17
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Trey Songz

49
6 16
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Barenaked Ladies

50
7 18
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Carrie Underwood