Songs The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain  

Ranker Music
405 votes 86 voters 1.6k views 35 items

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. 

list ordered by

1
26 7
Ranker Video
Nine Inch Nails

2
20 6
Ranker Video
Tears in Heaven Eric Clapton

3
17 5
Ranker Video
Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss

4
17 6
Ranker Video
Slipknot

5
23 12
Ranker Video

6
16 6
Ranker Video
Fleetwood Mac

7
16 7
Ranker Video
Amy Winehouse

8
14 6
Ranker Video
Amy Lee, Seether

9
9 4
Ranker Video
Nothing Compares 2 U Sinead O'Connor

10
9 4
Ranker Video
Her Diamonds

11
7 3
Knockin' on Heaven Door is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Guns N' Roses

12
6 2
Ranker Video
Bill Withers

13
8 5
Ranker Video
Nazareth

14
7 4
Gloomy Sunday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Gloomy Sunday Sarah Vaughan

15
6 3
Ranker Video
Roy Orbison

16
6 4
Ranker Video
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams Sr.

17
4 2
Ranker Video
Patsy Cline

18
5 5
Ranker Video
Bruce Springsteen

19
2 2
Ranker Video
Beck Hansen

20
5 6
Ranker Video
The Police

21
4 5
Ranker Video
Ain't No Way Aretha Franklin

22
2 3
Ranker Video
Take the Pain Away Ramones

23
1 2
Ranker Video
Hello in There John Prine

24
1 2
Speed of the Sound of Loneline... is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
1 2
Ranker Video

26
1 2
Ranker Video
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

27
5 7
Ranker Video

28
3 5
Keep Me in Your Heart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain
BillGallinger added Keep Me in Your Heart Warren Zevon

29
3 5
Ranker Video
Joni Mitchell

30
2 4
Ranker Video
Waiting Around to Die Townes Van Zandt

31
2 4
Ranker Video
Untouchable Face Tori Amos

32
1 3
Ranker Video
Hana Stanfield added Voiceless Screaming X Japan

33
1 4
Ranker Video
I'm Not Gonna Miss You Glen Campbell

34
0 4
Ranker Video
The Rolling Stones

35
0 4
Ranker Video
Let It Hurt