Songs 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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Landslide Fleetwood Mac

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Back To Black Amy Winehouse

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Hurt Nine Inch Nails

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Tears in Heaven Eric Clapton

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Love Hurts Nazareth

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Whiskey Lullaby Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss

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King of Pain The Police

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Keep Me in Your Heart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Keep Me in Your Heart Warren Zevon

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Knockin' on Heaven Door is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Knockin' on Heaven Door Guns N' Roses

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River Joni Mitchell

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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams Sr.

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Crying Roy Orbison

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The River Bruce Springsteen

The Best Songs About Pain

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Broken Amy Lee, Seether

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Lost Cause Beck Hansen

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Gloomy Sunday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Gloomy Sunday Sarah Vaughan

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Hana Stanfield added Voiceless Screaming X Japan

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Hello in There John Prine

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Speed of the Sound of Loneline... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Speed of the sound of loneliness Nanci Griffith - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nXY4mxuKmg by John Prine

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I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline

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Ain't No Way Aretha Franklin

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Nothing Compares 2 U Sinead O'Connor

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Snuff Slipknot

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Waiting Around to Die Townes Van Zandt

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Ain't No Sunshine Bill Withers

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Untouchable Face Tori Amos

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Take the Pain Away Ramones

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Her Diamonds

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Let It Hurt

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Even the Losers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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I'm Not Gonna Miss You Glen Campbell

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Pain in My Heart The Rolling Stones