Songs The Best Songs About Sadness  

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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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Folk Melody added Hinni Dave Giummo

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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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Fix You Coldplay

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To Be Free is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
*DSO* added To Be Free The Arcana

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Tom Islava added While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles

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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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Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey

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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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Austin Monroe Carlton added And So It Goes Billy Joel

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Hello is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
kalen-rees added Hello Evanescence

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Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

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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) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
nixons_back_baby added forever young alphaville

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kalen-rees added Hurt Nine Inch Nails

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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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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) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
Luke Albright added the last day on earth Kate Miller Heidke

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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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Sad but True Metallica

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Sad Sad Sad The Rolling Stones

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Stay With Me Sam Smith

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96 Tears is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
96 Tears ? & the Mysterians

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Gloomy Sunday Billie Holiday

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

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So Sad George Harrison

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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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If It Makes You Happy Sheryl Crow

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

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The Tracks of My Tears is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness

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Sad Songs and Waltzes Willie Nelson

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