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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Nine Inch Nails

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Slipknot

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Tears in Heaven Eric Clapton

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Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss

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Amy Winehouse

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Amy Lee, Seether

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Fleetwood Mac

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Bill Withers

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9 3
Knockin' on Heaven Door is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Guns N' Roses

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Roy Orbison

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Nothing Compares 2 U Sinead O'Connor

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10 5
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Nazareth

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9 5
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Her Diamonds

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

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7 5
Gloomy Sunday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Gloomy Sunday Sarah Vaughan

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Patsy Cline

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1 0
Nutshell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
sjayd88 added Nutshell Alice in Chains -

Album - Jar of Flies

Composer - Jerry Cantrell / Layne Stayley

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Don’t Follow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBB2OS4IoTs

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Bruce Springsteen

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4st 7lb is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Beck Hansen

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The Police

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Ain't No Way Aretha Franklin

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Take the Pain Away Ramones

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1 3
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Speed of the Sound of Loneline... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nXY4mxuKmg

by John Prine

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Hello in There John Prine

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4 7
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Joni Mitchell

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3 6
Keep Me in Your Heart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Keep Me in Your Heart Warren Zevon

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Waiting Around to Die Townes Van Zandt

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Untouchable Face Tori Amos

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I'm Not Gonna Miss You Glen Campbell

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1 4
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Hana Stanfield added Voiceless Screaming X Japan

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Let It Hurt

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The Rolling Stones