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Sadness comes in many forms, but there is a song to capture every aspect of sorrow. For this list we're ranking the all time best sad songs, and we're letting you vote for the songs you love the most. Some of the best songs about being sad are about the sadness that comes from missing someone, while other songs about sadness are about feeling depressed with life in general. Beautiful songs about sadness have been written by rock stars, rappers and country musicians.

“Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (Sad Song)” by Otis Redding is a song about sadness that still manages to put a smile on your face. Redding released this sad track back in 1966. Smokey Robinson's “Tears of a Clown” is also a sad song with an upbeat tempo as is “Sad Sad City” by Ghostland Observatory.“With or Without You,” “Wish You Were Here” and “If It Makes You Happy” are all songs about being sad over losing someone.

Damon Albarn is a master at writing songs about sadness. Several Blur songs, including “Caramel” and “This Is a Low” appear on this list of the best songs about being sad.

What song do you pop on when you want to listen to a song about sadness? Vote your favorite to the top of this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Hurt Johnny Cash

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Eleanor Rigby The Beatles

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Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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To Be Free is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
*DSO* added To Be Free The Arcana

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Folk Melody added Hinni Dave Giummo

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Tom Islava added While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles

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Fix You Coldplay

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Hallelujah Leonard Cohen

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Stay with Me Sam Smith

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edward1111100 added Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Elton John

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Austin Monroe Carlton added And So It Goes Billy Joel

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Hurt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
lucyheartfilia25 added Hurt Christina Aguilera

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Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey

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Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

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Hello is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
kalen-rees added Hello Evanescence

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Little Do You Know is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
Austin Monroe Carlton added Little Do You Know Alex and Sierra

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forever young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
nixons_back_baby added forever young alphaville

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Austin Monroe Carlton added Remembering Sunday All Time Low

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Still I'm Sad The Yardbirds

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So Sad About Us The Who

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kalen-rees added Hurt Nine Inch Nails

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So Sad Marianne Faithfull

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Maps Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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the last day on earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
Luke Albright added the last day on earth Kate Miller Heidke

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Sad but True Metallica

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Sad Sad Sad The Rolling Stones

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96 Tears is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
96 Tears ? & the Mysterians

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Stay With Me Sam Smith

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The sad river Frédéric Chopin

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Sad Statue System of a Down

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The Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson

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If It Makes You Happy Sheryl Crow

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lucyheartfilia25 added Where'd You Go Fort Minor, Skylar Grey, Jonah Matranga

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Gloomy Sunday Billie Holiday

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So Sad George Harrison

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The Tracks of My Tears is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness

Creepy Legends And True-Life Stories From Yellowstone National Park

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Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad Derek and the Dominos

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me Linda Ronstadt

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Austin Monroe Carlton added Who I Am Hates Who I've Been Relient K

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Sad Songs and Waltzes Willie Nelson

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