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The Greatest Depressing Love Songs 

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Updated January 6, 2020 2.3k votes 252 voters 3.8k views 36 items

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Love is universal. We’ve all experienced it and, while most love songs exalt the joys of romance, those of us feelings its unfortunate effects may crave depressing love songs for commiseration. The songs below are sure to speak to what ails you, whether it be unrequited love, long distance love, or a devastating breakup. While these songs may be depressing, they can also be cathartic. This playlist will help you realize you’re not alone in your feelings.

The tunes below are gut wrenching, unflinchingly honest takes on what it feels like when love hurts. Good depressing love songs show the darker side of romance. The science of love shows it's an addicting emotion that humans naturally crave, which is what makes it so satisfying when it begins. However, this is also why it can be so devastating when love ends. Browse this list for some sad song recommendations and feel free to add anything you think is missing. 

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Whitney Houston
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Sam Smith
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Dune, The London Session Orchestra, Airliner SRS
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Mercy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Depressing Love Songs
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Love In The Dark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Depressing Love Songs
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Roberta Flack
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Ed Sheeran
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The Righteous Brothers
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Toni Braxton
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Willie Nelson
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Garth Brooks
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Death Cab for Cutie
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Barbra Streisand
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The Winner Takes It All ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Depressing Love Songs
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The Lumineers
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Jimmie Davis
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The Cure