Songs The Saddest Songs About the Passage of Time  

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Sad songs about the passage of time are very common given we all live with the knowledge all things come with an expiration date. Songwriters tend to craft lyrics about their mental state, and most people suffer the occasional existential crisis about life going by too fast. Sad songs about time show the painful side of nostalgia. Reflecting on your memories can remind you of the moments, eras, and loved ones you can never have back. The below playlist of depressing songs about time can help you gain comfort via solidarity. 

The saddest songs about time are often narratives. Billy Joel sings of a young couple whose marriage deteriorates as they age in "Scenes From An Italian Resturuant." "Cats in the Cradle" is told from the perspective of a father who missed his son's youth. Other songs simply lament time gone by in a general sense, such as "Dust in the Wind" or "Landslide." These and other songs are listed below if you're in need of a good cry! And feel free to add any sad songs about the passing of time that are missing. 

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Cats in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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Landslide Fleetwood Mac

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Time Pink Floyd

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Yesterday The Beatles

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The Circle Game Joni Mitchell

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Hello in There John Prine

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Time The Alan Parsons Project

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Stop This Train is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Songs About the Passage of Time
SotirisBebe added Stop This Train John Mayer

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Glory Days Bruce Springsteen

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Time in a Bottle Jim Croce

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Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

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Time Has Come Today The Chambers Brothers

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Funny How Time Slips Away Willie Nelson

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Time Passages Al Stewart

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Minutes to Memories John Mellencamp

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Don't Blink Kenny Chesney

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Letter to Me Brad Paisley

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Living Years Mike + The Mechanics

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Only Time Enya

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The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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Time David Bowie

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100 Years Five for Fighting

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We'll Meet Again

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Who Knows Where the Time Goes Judy Collins

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Being Boring is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Songs About the Passage of Time
mung added Being Boring Pet Shop Boys

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My Back Pages The Byrds

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Time Waits for No One The Rolling Stones

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Slip Slidin' Away Paul Simon

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Wasted on the Way Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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September Song Bryan Ferry

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It Was a Very Good Year Frank Sinatra

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Sunrise, Sunset Lee Morgan

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30 Something Jay-Z