Songs The Best Songs About Regret  

Reference
2.4k votes 664 voters 70.5k views 58 items

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.
list ordered by

1
113 52
Ranker Video

2
56 30
Ranker Video
Harry Chapin

3
98 70
Ranker Video
Linkin Park

4
31 12
Ranker Video
Tom Islava added Elton John

5
72 52
Ranker Video

6
59 41
Ranker Video

7
38 22
Ranker Video
The Moody Blues

8
59 44
Ranker Video

9
37 24
Ranker Video
mutant-baby added Metallica

10
30 18
Ranker Video

11
32 21
Ranker Video
Tom Islava added Adele

12
52 45
Ranker Video

13
32 29
Ranker Video
Snow Patrol

14
24 21
Ranker Video

15
8 3
Ranker Video
FastCleaning added George Michael, WHAM!

16
12 9
Ranker Video
Michael Gruner added Gary Allan

17
18 16
Ranker Video
Soundgarden

18
25 25
Ranker Video
Social Distortion

19
13 11
Ranker Video

20
4 1
Ranker Video
FastCleaning added R. Kelly

21
18 18
Ranker Video
New Order

22
15 15
Ranker Video
Iron Maiden

23
23 25
Ranker Video
Van Halen

24
4 2
Ranker Video
FastCleaning added George Michael

25
16 17
Ranker Video
Lady Antebellum

26
31 37
Ranker Video
Nickelback

27
14 16
Ranker Video
Seether

28
13 15
Ranker Video
mutant-baby added Linkin Park

29
4 4
Ranker Video
FastCleaning added R. Kelly

30
11 13
Ranker Video
Bob Dylan

31
8 11
Ranker Video
Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys

32
14 19
Ranker Video

33
10 14
Ranker Video
Gary Allan

34
10 14
Ranker Video

35
13 19
Ranker Video
Carrie Underwood

36
14 21
Ranker Video

37
8 14
Ranker Video

38
10 17
Ranker Video
James Blunt

39
10 18
Ranker Video
Kings of Leon

40
7 14
Ranker Video
Fiona Apple

41
7 14
Ranker Video
St. Vincent

42
9 17
Ranker Video
Death Cab for Cutie

43
11 20
Ranker Video
En Vogue

44
11 20
Ranker Video
New Found Glory

45
7 15
Ranker Video
Dixie Chicks

46
9 18
Ranker Video
Finger Eleven

47
5 14
Ranker Video
Gin Blossoms

48
7 17
Ranker Video
Trey Songz

49
6 16
Ranker Video
Barenaked Ladies

50
7 18
Ranker Video
Carrie Underwood