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The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain 

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List Rules Upvote the biggest bummer songs about being in pain that are good for a depressing playlist.

Across all musical genres, there are plenty of sad songs about being in pain. From broken hearts to devastating personal circumstances, the playlist below compiles the most depressing songs out there that sing of suffering. Whether it's pain from being sick, losing a loved one, or anything else, it's all covered. If you're hurting, these haunting lyrics can be a cathartic reflection of your inner turmoil. 

The saddest songs about pain vary greatly, as pain can come from a wide range of sources. Those nursing a broken heart may revel in "Love Hurts." If you're terrified about how quickly time goes by, perhaps you'd prefer "Landslide." Experiencing pain due to unfortunate circumstances? Bruce Springsteen's "The River" may suffice. Whatever you're looking for, scan the list below and feel free to add anything you think is missing. 

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Tears in Heaven
Eric Clapton
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Nine Inch Nails
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Fleetwood Mac
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Bill Withers
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Knockin' on Heaven Door ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
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Guns N' Roses
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Amy Lee, Seether
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Amy Winehouse
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Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss
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Roy Orbison
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Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O'Connor
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Love Hurts
Nazareth
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Slipknot
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I Fall to Pieces
Patsy Cline
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Nutshell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
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Alice in Chains

Album - Jar of Flies

Composer - Jerry Cantrell / Layne Stayley

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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Hank Williams Sr.
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Bruce Springsteen
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Don’t Follow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
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Alice in Chains

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBB2OS4IoTs

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The Police
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Her Diamonds
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Gloomy Sunday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
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Sarah Vaughan
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Joni Mitchell
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
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Untouchable Face
Tori Amos