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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Harry Chapin

2
18 7
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Pink Floyd

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15 6
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Fleetwood Mac

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14 6
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The Beatles

5
9 2
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Time in a Bottle Jim Croce

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10 3
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9 3
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100 Years Five for Fighting

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8 3
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Joni Mitchell

9
6 2
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Bruce Springsteen

10
5 2
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Kenny Chesney

11
5 2
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Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

12
3 0
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Mike + The Mechanics

13
5 3
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Hello in There John Prine

14
3 1
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Brad Paisley

16
5 4
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Time The Alan Parsons Project

17
4 3
Stop This Train is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Songs About the Passage of Time
SotirisBebe added John Mayer

18
3 2
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Funny How Time Slips Away Willie Nelson

19
3 2
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We'll Meet Again

20
2 1
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Time Has Come Today The Chambers Brothers

21
2 1
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Who Knows Where the Time Goes Judy Collins

22
1 0
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Minutes to Memories John Mellencamp

23
1 0
Being Boring is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Songs About the Passage of Time
mung added Pet Shop Boys

24
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Frank Sinatra

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1 0
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Only Time Enya

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Wasted on the Way Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

27
2 2
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Time David Bowie

28
2 2
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Time Passages Al Stewart

29
0 0
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September Song Bryan Ferry

30
0 0
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The Byrds

31
2 3
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Sunrise, Sunset Lee Morgan

32
0 1
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The Rolling Stones

33
0 1
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Slip Slidin' Away Paul Simon

34
0 1
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Jay-Z