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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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Eleanor Rigby The Beatles

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Folk Melody added Hinni Dave Giummo

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To Be Free is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
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Hurt Johnny Cash

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Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

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Tom Islava added While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles

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edward1111100 added Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Elton John

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Fix You Coldplay

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Hallelujah Leonard Cohen

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Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

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Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey

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Austin Monroe Carlton added And So It Goes Billy Joel

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Hurt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
lucyheartfilia25 added Hurt Christina Aguilera

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kalen-rees added Hurt Nine Inch Nails

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Little Do You Know is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
Austin Monroe Carlton added Little Do You Know Alex and Sierra

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Still I'm Sad The Yardbirds

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Sad but True Metallica

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The Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson

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Stay with Me Sam Smith

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Hello is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
kalen-rees added Hello Evanescence

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Maps Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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the last day on earth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness
Luke Albright added the last day on earth Kate Miller Heidke

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So Sad About Us The Who

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Austin Monroe Carlton added Remembering Sunday All Time Low

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Sad Sad Sad The Rolling Stones

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So Sad Marianne Faithfull

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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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Sad Statue System of a Down

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Gloomy Sunday Billie Holiday

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Stay With Me Sam Smith

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So Sad George Harrison

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The Tracks of My Tears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness

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

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Sad Songs and Waltzes Willie Nelson

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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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Maps Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Sorrow The National

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Sad Movies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Sadness

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Heart Like a Sad Song Trisha Yearwood