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The Saddest Songs From The '80s 

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Updated May 13, 2020 8.9k votes 902 voters 15.6k views 37 items

It can be cathartic to get in touch with your emotions by listening to sad songs. There are a lot of great ‘80s sad songs if you’re looking to make an emotional playlist. 

So, what are some of the best sad ‘80s songs? "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want This Time," by The Smiths is definitely one of the most memorable depressing ‘80s songs. It’s featured during one of the saddest moments of the John Hughes ‘80s classic, Pretty in Pink. "With or Without You" by U2 is another example of sad ‘80s music. There are a good number of sad ‘80s love songs as well.

Be sure to vote up the sad songs from the ‘80s that you love most. If you don’t see your favorite sad songs of the ‘80s, then feel free to add it below. 

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Cyndi Lauper
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Journey
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George Michael, WHAM!
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Nothing Compares 2 U Prince
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The Cars
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Scorpions
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The Cure
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Cyndi Lauper
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White Snake
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When the Children Cry White Lion
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Mother Pink Floyd
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I'm Not in Love 10cc
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Spandau Ballet
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Live to Tell Madonna
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Duran Duran
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No One Is to Blame Howard Jones
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Elton John
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Changes Tesla
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TheTorontoGamer added Hold On to the Nights Richard Marx
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Private Dancer Tina Turner