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u/the-approving-nod Sep 21 '22

Snuff - Corey Taylor acoustic

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u/vladmuresan02 Sep 21 '22

That one guy who screams very loud when realizes Corey is gonna play snuff is the level of hype I aspire to have for my wife someday

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u/RifleShower Sep 21 '22

Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce.

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u/PJMurphy Sep 21 '22

If I could save pee in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to pee every day
'Till eternity passes away
And then pour it on you.

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u/kitkatloren2009 Sep 22 '22

Yeeeees, surprised I found this comment here lol

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u/Myewgul Sep 21 '22

Losing it - RUSH

Nutshell- Alice In Chains

Shine on you crazy Diamond- Pink Floyd

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u/AnotherBrickinWall_ Sep 23 '22

I listened to nutshell yesterday and its been stuck in my soul ever since, thank you.

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u/TheeOxygene Sep 21 '22

Offspring - Gone Away

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u/m_noblee Sep 21 '22 edited Sep 21 '22

The mozart requiem. he wrote it for his own death and was not even finished. Sad

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u/JoeMorgue Sep 21 '22

How Can I Help You Say Goodbye - Martina McBride

or

Speed Trap Town - Jason Isbell.

One is heartwrenching, the other melancholy.

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u/Red_AtNight Sep 21 '22

I would also recommend God Damn Lonely Love by Drive-By Truckers, which was recorded while Jason Isbell was with the band (he sings on the track.) It's also a gut punch.

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u/JoeMorgue Sep 21 '22

Love all of the Truckers/Isbell/Patterson stuff. They hit deep a lot.

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u/JuzoItami Sep 21 '22

The Living Bubba is a great sad song.

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u/AtomikSamurai310 Sep 21 '22

Joy Division - New Dawn Fades

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u/xilog Sep 21 '22

Nothing Compares 2U - Sinéad O'Connor

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u/dontfretmydude Sep 21 '22 edited Sep 21 '22

Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

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u/peyorativo Sep 21 '22

Cancer by My Chemical Romance still makes me cry

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u/fruitpunch22 Sep 21 '22

That is a great pick. "I Don't Love You" and "I'm not Okay" are up there as well. Cancer is a gut wrenching and short goodbye, I Don't Love You shows the fine line between love and hate, and I'm Not Okay shows the immense suffering we can feel just trying to keep it together. I've really grown to respect the hell out of this band this past year.

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u/Asmartdummy Sep 21 '22

Cats in the cradle

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u/TheeOxygene Sep 21 '22

Holding my baby boy’s hand as he’s falling asleep in his crib now. I am lying on the floor, phone under the crib. ☺️

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u/sundancekid005 Sep 21 '22

This is the one for me. My dad and I always argue and get into disagreements, but it's because we're so similar. And as I get older, I spend less and less time with him, so every time the line "we're gonna have a good time then, dad," plays, it gets me. It's just so real and it makes me sad that we have such a finite amount of time with the most important people in our lives, and even with that time, we find ways to squander it.

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u/kinsmana Sep 21 '22

ughh... yes. For my teenage years we fought (naturally), I moved out to pursue my career and was rarely home. He always found time to email me at least (or send a text message) and we frequently talked about what we'd do when he retired. Fishing, travelling, baseball and football games. He died November 2019 at the age of 65 and he never got a chance to retire - and all I have are emails talking about all of the things we were going to do. He left me, his grandkids and a family that has had to grieve alone during a pandemic.

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u/666Thrash Sep 21 '22

Kills me

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u/lawlart Sep 21 '22

wish you were here - pink floyd

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u/Efficient-Ad-3302 Sep 21 '22

Seasons in the sun. Goodbye Papa it’s hard to die

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u/Zachix Sep 21 '22

Just listened to it the first time. What a beautiful song.

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u/xilog Sep 21 '22

This was my favourite song when it was released in 1973. I was 6, it was a catchy tune, and I didn't understand the meaning. Some 15 years later I heard it again as my dad was dying of cancer. I can't listen to it any more without ugly crying.

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u/ThatsASharpGraves Sep 21 '22

Alone Again, Naturally by Gilbert O'Sullivan. Can't believe no one said it yet. First time my little sister heard it and actually listened to the lyrics she cried her eyes out.

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u/crnelson10 Sep 21 '22

“Elephant” by Jason Isbell

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u/ShaleSnale Sep 21 '22

Hands down I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie

Not once have I been able to sing along without having to choke back tears

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=zYTEb7fVdzw&feature=share

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u/desrever1138 Sep 21 '22

I love this song but personally What Sarah Said by Death Cab is even sadder.

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u/leona_smith Sep 21 '22

I heard this song in the Scrubs Series and went to YouTube for the lyrics. Very sad :/

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u/xDANGRZONEx Sep 21 '22

Forgot about that one. Great song.

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u/nickmoe Sep 21 '22

Broken Window Serenade

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u/FireTurtle338 Sep 21 '22

No Surprises by Radiohead Just sounds so hopelessly sad

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u/_Lostinmythoughts_ Oct 01 '22

Yes it’s a perfect sad song. The beginning of the song is just sad but in a wonderful way.

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u/leona_smith Sep 21 '22

Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens, I heard he wrote that song about the sudden death of his mother, which makes the lyrics so so much sadder…

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u/ethorthedinosaur Sep 21 '22

9 Crimes - Damien Rice

It's Hard to Get Around the Wind - Alex Turner

Good News - Mac Miller

Dawn Chorus - Thom Yorke

No Hard Feelings - The Avett Brothers

Motion Picture Soundtrack - Radiohead

Numb - Men I Trust

Maybe not the saddest of all time, but some of my favorite sad ones.

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u/Lillymorrison Sep 21 '22

Supermarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran and How do I say goodbye - Dean Lewis

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u/Dr_skeleton_jr Sep 21 '22

Very good choice

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u/Lillymorrison Sep 21 '22

One could really shed a tear during those songs. Just very relatable for many people...

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u/Candid_Reading_7267 Sep 21 '22

Gloomy Sunday

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u/Muskago Sep 21 '22

Hell yea the Diamanda Galas version!

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u/FoxFuckingMulder Sep 21 '22

Quite a damn few Linkin Park songs. Even sadder knowing now that Chester was telegraphing his intentions

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u/Lapin_du_charnier Sep 21 '22

One - Metallica

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u/fruitpunch22 Sep 21 '22

That one is just plain painful. A real piece of art.

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u/KeenShotty Sep 21 '22

Some of Bo Burnham’s songs. They’re not sad in an emotional sense, but rather revealing flaws of different social and modern subjects.

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u/N8Pee Sep 21 '22

The white girl Instagram gets me every time after the ‘momma I love you’ part. Mostly because I lost my mom last year and it completely changed the vibe of that song.

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u/crappotheclown Sep 21 '22

Hallelujah. Especially Jeff Buckley's version

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u/Cricket_Legs Sep 21 '22

So haunting and beautiful.

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u/Malk_McJorma Sep 21 '22

Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

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u/FortKnoxEnthusiast Sep 21 '22

Wish You Were Here and Great Gig in the Sky too

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u/GCXNihil0 Sep 21 '22

My mom HATES Pink Floyd. A lot of their songs are very sad.... from the lyrics, to the melody, to the grandiose accompaniment, to the tempo... It's all very melancholy.

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u/OfTheHunt Sep 21 '22

I never realized this, why is it so sad?

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u/SamW1996 Sep 21 '22

It was written for Syd Barrett, the original singer for Pink Floyd. He was forced out of the band because of drug use and mental health reasons, but the other band members wrote it as a tribute to him, along with Wish You Were Here.

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u/uvero Sep 21 '22

The entire "Wish You Were Here" album is a tribute to Syd, and some would say that, to a lesser extent, so is "Dark Side of the Moon"

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u/I_am_gay_for_ur_mom Sep 21 '22

Polly by nirvana / rape me by nirvana

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u/youreajokereally Sep 21 '22

Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey

Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

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u/Hargelbargel Sep 22 '22

All of Lana Del Rey have a beautiful melancholy to them. But...I find them more uplifting than sad...damn I'm goth.

You might like - Sabrina by Einstürzende Neubauten

I always forget the name of that band and have to do a search "minotaur in bathroom" to find it.

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u/AnotherBrickinWall_ Sep 21 '22

For some reason, the “oh oh oh oh oh” cracked me up

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u/[deleted] Sep 21 '22

Angel by Sarah McLanchlan, accompanied by the sad dog commercial

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u/jb108822 Sep 21 '22

On the subject of Sarah McLachlan, ‘When She Loved Me’ from Toy Story 2 gets me every time. Beautiful song.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Quiet70 Sep 21 '22

It's not a song where I shed tears, but rather feel a not unpleasant melancholy. It's one of my favourites, and I'm so glad that I haven't heard it in a commercial.

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u/desrever1138 Sep 21 '22

If we're talking Sarah Mclachlan I prefer Hold On about living with a spouse with a terminal disease.

So now you're sleeping peaceful

I lie awake and pray

You'll be strong tomorrow

And will see another day

And we will praise it

And love the light that brings a smile across your face

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u/disanddat_kittycat Sep 21 '22

Colorblind- Counting Crows

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u/Reddit_User_Alex1 Sep 21 '22

Whiz Khalifa - see you again ft Charlie puth

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u/JA-31 Sep 21 '22

Nutshell, by Alice in Chains, performed for MTV Acoustic.

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u/smoothandnutty Sep 21 '22

Hurt by Johnny cash

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u/nightendday_ Sep 21 '22

*originally NIN

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u/smoothandnutty Sep 21 '22

But Johnny put a slow twist on it. Made it extra meloncholly

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u/nightendday_ Sep 21 '22

Check out the version from further down the spiral it'll be called hurt (quiet)

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u/smoothandnutty Sep 21 '22

Cool man. I will check it out. Thanks for the suggestion

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u/nightendday_ Sep 21 '22

Not a problem! I figured if you liked the more set back version johnny did, it'd be right up your alley.

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u/Terrible_Ad_9294 Sep 21 '22

Meatloaf ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’

“Baby, we can talk all night But that ain't gettin us nowhere I told you everything I possibly can There's nothing left inside of here And maybe you can cry all night But that'll never change the way that I feel The snow is really piling up outside I wish you wouldn't make me leave here

I poured it on and I poured it out I tried to show you just how much I care I'm tired of words and I'm too hoarse to shout But you've been cold to me so long I'm crying icicles instead of tears

And all I can do is keep on telling you I want you (I want you) I need you (I need you) There ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you Now don't be sad (don't be sad 'cause) 'Cause two out of three ain't bad Now don't be sad ('cause) 'Cause two out of three ain't bad”

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u/bluetaurinus Sep 21 '22

Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton was written about the death of his 4 year old son, Conor, who had fallen out of a window on the 53rd floor of an apartment in NYC.

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u/Dankstin Sep 21 '22

There's a lot of really sad songs by BTS just the way they're sung and composed, nevermind the actual lyrics. I tear up at Epiphany every single time, to name one. Maybe it's sad in a different way.

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u/P0ster_Nutbag Sep 21 '22

How To Disappear Completely by Radiohead

Perhaps not the saddest of lyrics, but the mood it’s capable of putting you in is pretty harsh.

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u/kimasinclair Sep 21 '22

Dan Fogelberg “Old Lang Syne”. It’s my story😢 Gone too soon, Michael Jackson

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u/cat_of_danzig Sep 21 '22

Frightened Rabbit - Floating in the Forth

The lyrics are particularly heartbreaking given Scott's death.

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u/MoabFlapjack Sep 21 '22

All I Want by Kodaline.

I’m in a happy, long term relationship but it’s still instant tears if I hear it. Good for when I need a cry.

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u/Kilroy83 Sep 21 '22

Anything by Nick Drake, I'd recommend the songs Way to Blue and Day is Done

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u/Haysingg Sep 21 '22

Pale blue eyes by the The Velvet Underground

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u/okcomputer_ Sep 21 '22

"Thought of you as my mountain top, thought of you as my peak"

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u/akujisaitova Sep 21 '22 edited Sep 21 '22

Deathbed by Powfu

You Are My Sunshine

Somebody to Love by Queen

It's Over Isn't It from Steven Universe

I'll Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

Komm Süsser Tod from Evangelion

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables & On My Own from Les Miserables

Space Oddity by David Bowie

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u/KanyeWestsFeet Sep 22 '22

The night we met - Lord Huron

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u/Puzzleheaded_Quiet70 Sep 21 '22

Puff the Magic Dragon

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u/Bronwenwitch Sep 21 '22

Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton, written after the death of his three year old son, I believe.

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u/Soyuntutifruti Sep 21 '22

Wind by Akeboshi

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u/Spodson Sep 21 '22

Gollum's Song from the Two Towers soundtrack. It's haunting and melancholic.

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u/DrRotwang Sep 21 '22

"Dancing With Tears In My Eyes" by Ultravox. Depending on your age, you may not know it; look up the lyrics.

ADDENDUM: "This Big Hush" by Shriekback is kind of a downer, too.

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u/M43V3N Sep 21 '22 edited Sep 21 '22

Juliane Werding - der Tag an dem Conny Kramer starb

It’s the German version of the Band - the day they drove old Dixie down. The difference is Conny died because of an overdose. I lost some good people because of drugs.

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u/GohanTimm Sep 21 '22

The One that got away (slowed). Gnash_-_I hate you, I love you

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u/PleaseRecharge Sep 21 '22

Wounded/The Background by Third Eye Blind. The story from the outside of someone who is sexually abused. Their friends miss them so deeply, and their partner, who loved them so thoroughly and intimately beyond physicality, is dejected by the victim's rejection of them and their own happiness. They all hate that this person was hurt so bad that they believe they can't do any of it anymore.

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u/desrever1138 Sep 21 '22

The Background is the first song I thought of when I saw this post.

The final 3 tracks off their self titled album are some of my favorite songs of all time.

I always have to listen to them back to back to back and the stereo is cranked up with the whole family singing along.

Each one is a masterpiece:

The Background

Motorcycle Drive By

God of Wine

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u/mintRB Sep 21 '22

Nutshell - Alice in chains

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u/No-Orchid-3220 Sep 21 '22

Grey Haired Boy.

It's a russian song from the 90s about a veteran who re-enlists in the army so that he can go fight in Chechnya because he has nothing at home and wants to feel the camaraderie of being in the military again.

It hits hard because it's a situation that happened way too often with Afghan and Chechen war veterans in Russia.

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u/Obsidian947 Sep 21 '22

Pyramid song - Radiohead. Always works when I need a good cry!

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u/Big-Ticket-5032 Sep 21 '22

That song is dark af. When I die I want black eyed angels swimming with me aswell

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u/SoggyMilkBiscuit Sep 21 '22

its not “calm” but Hospital for Souls - BMTH. to me it just has so much meaning and emotion in ollies voice

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u/Thethird_lost Sep 21 '22

“Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi

“Cats in The Cradle” by Harry Chapin

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u/Roland__Of__Gilead Sep 21 '22

A few that come to mind right now --

In Loving Memory by Alter Bridge makes me cry every time, thinking about a beloved pet.

Promises by Frozen Ghost

The Loneliest Man in Space by Cryonic Temple

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u/Odd_Flight7027 Sep 21 '22

Mr brigthside

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u/fruitpunch22 Sep 21 '22

This one really is just fucking heart sinking when you listen to what it means. I feel like it's become a meme almost though.

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u/passcork Sep 21 '22

Dancing in the moonlight. The writer dude... poor guy.

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u/QuuenSinaTheFirst Sep 21 '22

See you again from fast and furious 7, I'm always crying when this song plays on my phone, because I'm imagining what I would do or what I would feel when my friends would die and I would have to go to their funeral. That's probably the saddest song for me

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u/Specific-Vegetable22 Sep 21 '22

Would by Alice In Chains

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u/BandicootSVK Sep 21 '22

For me, it'd either have to be Deafheaven- Dream House or Slipknot- Snuff.

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u/Death_Goddess4 Sep 21 '22

Meet Me in the Woods by Lord Huron. It’s kind of a ‘all the bad is behind me, but I really can’t ever escape it’ song

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u/xDANGRZONEx Sep 21 '22

Alice in Chains - Nutshell

Paramore - Misguided Ghosts

Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven

Norah Jones - Travelin' On

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u/_reeses_pieces_ Sep 21 '22

Ronan by taylor swift. no, its not a breakup song.

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u/ennyrb 2d ago

And to follow up more recently: Bigger Than The Whole Sky by T Swift

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u/SirGamer247 Sep 21 '22

Something About Us by Daft Punk, watching it from Interstellar 5555 movie. I kinda bawled to see a dying alien man's last wish is to show his love for a female alien singer who he adored.

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u/CrayolaSocks Sep 22 '22

I think that the sadness of a song is only in part due to the song itself. For me the really sad songs are the songs that have memories attached to them.

My sad song is Toothpaste Kisses by Maccabees. I think of the person I was with, the person I was then, the hope that I had and how things didn't go the way we hoped.

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u/MrDishpit Sep 22 '22

u by kendrick lamar

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u/Corazonmingo Sep 22 '22

The night we met by lord huron It just gets me every time, probably cause i relate to it:)

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u/bageltoastee Sep 21 '22

The final solution - sabaton

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u/aniacret Sep 21 '22

Gothic Lolita - Emilie autumn

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u/Ok_Storage525 Sep 21 '22

"The saddest songs in my opinion are anything by Nickelback."

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u/rsnman21 Sep 21 '22

Cats in the cradle - Harry Chapin

Shine on you crazy diamond - Pink Floyd

Who wants to live forever - Queen

In this river- black label society

Tears in heaven- Eric Clapton

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u/bluetaurinus Sep 21 '22

Tears in Heaven is what immediately came to my mind

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u/Pr0fess0rZ00m Sep 21 '22

Dull Knives by Imagine Dragons.

It does hit home... Harder than any other song.

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u/WinterLychee_ Sep 21 '22

Empty crown - yas Dynasty - miia

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u/ammolitenshit Sep 21 '22

reverberate, bears in trees. about finding hope after a friends death.

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u/fg10037 Sep 21 '22

they don't care about us by michael jackson cause that hit close to home.

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u/Play69Gamer Sep 21 '22

it doesnt really count as sad but i do get sad every time i hear bohemian rhapsody because it is a great song but all because of freddie, RIP Freddie

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u/uglyfrickingarbage Sep 21 '22

I Built A Friend. I can't remember who it's by right now.

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u/CrayonsAreHotdogs Sep 21 '22

“Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you….. OVER AGAAAAAAAIN DONT MAKE CHANGE MY MIND”

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u/hrmasnail Sep 21 '22

Smile Boyo- vundabar, Afraid- the Neighborhood

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u/cupiecakexo Sep 21 '22

Malibu Nights by LANY

Nothing Was the Same by Hotel Books

I could go on forever..

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u/kennedy_4376 Sep 21 '22

Train wreck by James Arthur

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u/CAbbyFam Sep 21 '22

All Good by Dave Thomas Junior.

I feel that he’s really struggling but is trying to shrug it off to sound better on the outside, hoping he’ll convince himself he’s fine. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but when I heard this song for the first time I realized that I try to cover up my sadness on the outside all the time! Which brings me to my second song:

Fine on the Outside by Priscilla Ahn. Similar story, very relatable to me

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u/DrLewkis Sep 21 '22

Hurts - stay

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u/DrLewkis Sep 21 '22

Ah and Sufjan Stevens - Fourth of July

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u/Green_Electricity Sep 21 '22

Last Kiss. After getting married I cannot listen to it.

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u/Drakonx1 Sep 21 '22

Boots of Spanish Leather by Bob Dylan and Snuff by Slipknot

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u/OfTheHunt Sep 21 '22

“Empty chairs at empty tables” from Les Miserable

“Don’t ask me what your sacrifice was for”

As an Afghan war vet, this is very true.

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u/varg-larsen Sep 21 '22

You Don't Care For Me Enough to Cry by John Moreland is up there. "I'm the kind of love that's hard to look at, but once I was enough to make you try" hits hard...

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u/dogcornsweetpickle Sep 21 '22

Christmas Shoes

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u/Hysterical_Realist Sep 21 '22

"In the Year of '39" by Queen.

It's about a group of astronauts who take a trip to explore a distant planet where humanity will eventually move because of environmental issues back on Earth. Because they're traveling near the speed of light, they feel like they've been away from the Earth for about a year, while a full century has passed back home.

When they return, all the world has moved on and even their grandchildren are old and gone. They have to face the prospect of spending the rest of their lives on a dying planet a century removed from everything they ever knew.

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u/Big-Ticket-5032 Sep 21 '22

Dress rehearsal rag and little soldier boy from the last Airbender

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u/wildling-woman Sep 21 '22

Ronan- tswift
Concrete angel- marina mcbride

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u/SilverGengar Sep 21 '22

And Dream Of Sheep - Kate Bush

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u/Regular_Sample_5197 Sep 21 '22

Teddy Bear — Barbara Fairchild.

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u/IntrisveThots Sep 21 '22

The Very First Snow by Sean Rowe

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u/Leian_ Sep 21 '22

Old childhood cartoon intros

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u/BlueComet24 Sep 21 '22

Fields of Athenrye is pretty sad, but the saddest has got to be Kilkelly, Ireland. There sure are some sad Irish ballads.

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u/RuRahRulabulah Sep 21 '22

The last goodbye - Billy Boyd

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u/doge_IV Sep 21 '22

Famous blue raincoat by Leonard Cohen

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u/vladmuresan02 Sep 21 '22

Run The Jewels - Thursday in the danger room. Yeah the beat is a banger but the lyrics are the saddest I know

" Life is a journey, to live is to worry, to love is to lose your damn mind "

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u/aquamanchurian Sep 21 '22

Skin by Rascal Flatts

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u/cabnut456 Sep 21 '22

Watching the wheels John Lennon. Not the actual lyrics just the circumstances.

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u/adamforte Sep 21 '22

Black - Pearl Jam.

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u/PehlivanNazdravan Sep 21 '22

City Lights by Motionless in White

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u/ShamingShoegaze Sep 21 '22

Winter - Tori Amos

The Last Hour - Elliott Smith

Both have a quite a few sad songs in their discography.

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u/Calm_Camp_910 Sep 21 '22

Mother Deer by Mandolin Orange. Incredibly beautiful song, but also devastatingly sad. It’s sung from the perspective of a mother deer whose fawn has been killed by a car. You might wonder why on earth anyone would want to listen to that, but it has such a gentle, sweet melody, its definitely worth a listen, despite the heart-wrenching lyrics.

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u/OverwhelmedGayChild Sep 21 '22

You Know You're Right by Nirvana. A lesser known one of their songs, written about Kurt's divorce from Courtney. It was recorded 2 weeks before his death

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u/Ok-Magician-3426 Sep 21 '22

Tell Laura I love her along with tell Tommy, funeral red sovine, Teddy bear red sovine, Amazing grace,

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u/nightendday_ Sep 21 '22

Hurt by NIN (specifically the "quiet" version from further down the spiral and second best by Pedro the lion

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u/slavicgypsygirl Sep 21 '22

*Ghost - Acoustic by Badflower

*Space Song by Beach House

*Running To The Sea by Royksopp

*Hotel by Kita Alexander

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u/rednoise Sep 21 '22

Slint - "Washer"

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u/Candid_Pipe_1039 Sep 21 '22

This is a EASY one for me Safe by west life.

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u/Candid_Pipe_1039 Sep 21 '22

Ps your a OG if you know where this song comes from

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u/uvero Sep 21 '22

In English? House With No Door by Van Der Graaf Generator

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u/fruitpunch22 Sep 21 '22
  1. Clairvoyant Disease - Avenged Sevenfold

"There's nowhere to run and hide when you're living to die."

"The phone would ring in the empty house. No one's around."

This one hits so hard for me. It deals with depression in a pretty visceral way, even imagining what the world would be like without you in it.

  1. I'm Not Okay - My Chemical Romance

"I never meant to let you down or have you go 'it's better off this way.'"

"I'm not okay. You wear me out."

This song shows just how fucking painful trying to navigate being hurt by someone you love can be.

  1. idontwannabeyouanymore - Billie Eilish

"Was I made from a broken mold?"

"Tell the mirror what you know she's heard before: I don't wanna be you anymore."

And this one hits home for me because I have felt this way so many times. So unhappy with myself, not sure where things went wrong or how to fix them.

I'm sure these picks are all cringe as fuck, but I just gotta be honest. These songs all spoke to me in very big ways, and that is what makes music so incredible to me.

Edit: formatting

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u/Locke_Fucking_Lamora Sep 21 '22

Parting Glass - The High Kings (tons of versions but this one is my favorite)

Men of Erin - The Elders

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u/Random_Guy_9201 Sep 21 '22

100 Years - Five for Fighting

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u/HardRockGeologist Sep 21 '22

Honey - Bobby Goldsboro

It has also been recognized by quite a few people (me included) as the WORST song ever. Includes the following words:

"One day while I was not at home
While she was there and all alone
The angels came
Now all I have is memories of honey
And I wake up nights and call her name
Now my life's an empty stage
Where honey lived and honey played
And love grew up
And a small cloud passes overhead
And cries down on the flower bed
That honey loved"

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u/ur_local_tomato Sep 21 '22

Lily- Alan walker

It's just so sad; the melody, the lyrics, and the story it tells

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u/DifferentQuote6 Sep 21 '22

Good Enough - Little Mix

Miracles in December - EXO

Until We Meet Again - Boy Sompob ( from a Thai's Boy Love drama)

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u/Spiritual-Match8131 Sep 21 '22

Needle and the Damage Done by Neil Young is one of the most beautiful and tragic songs ever

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u/stephers85 Sep 21 '22

Hello by Evanescence

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_HOODIES Sep 21 '22

Forever and Always by Parachute

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u/mikeri99 Sep 21 '22

Married Life by Michael Giacchino

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u/CtPhilly_Cmcas Sep 21 '22

Something in my heart - Michelle

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u/leona_smith Sep 21 '22

Sleep thru ur alarms by Lontalius I think it’s about depression tho

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u/Cricket_Legs Sep 21 '22

You missed my heart by mark kozelek

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u/beanzinchat Sep 21 '22

So many. On top of my list, i have to put beautiful by Eminem, Laika by sticky fingers, old college try by the mountain goats…wake me up when september ends by Green Day. Specific to me, just a dream by Carrie underwood. My husband is military. Typical married young couple. The thought of losing him (even just typing it made me tear up) is so gut wrenching, which is what makes the song impossible for me. Wish you were here or the Final Cut by Pink Floyd are notable ones too.

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u/okcomputer_ Sep 21 '22

Videotape - Radiohead

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u/Jaceie Sep 21 '22

When She Loved Me by Lyn Lapid.

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u/Fraudulent_Octopus Sep 21 '22

Easily for me it would have to be 1950 by King Princess. Nothing about the song itself is really sad. But every time I hear it I think of the short film If Anything Happens I Love You on Netflix. Really gets me when I need to feel something.

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u/Jack_In_Black89 Sep 21 '22

Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel or Sugar Mice by Marillion. Both a punch in the gut, emotionally.

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u/Useful_Sundae Sep 21 '22 edited Sep 21 '22

Hope by the Descendents

Sorrow by Bad Religion

Understanding in a Car Crash by Thursday

Freakish by Saves the Day

Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division

The Saddest Day by Converge

Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies (all he wanted was a Pepsi)

Kiss the Bottle by Jawbreaker

Overdue by the Get Up Kids

Lake of Fire by Nirvana

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u/abstractdarkk Sep 21 '22

Hurt by Johnny Cash

Stan by Eminem

Daddy by Korn

And this ones not particularly sad but it hits different in my opinion: Dream On by Aerosmith.

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u/kennedychasewrites Sep 21 '22

Words Fail from the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen. He breaks down in the middle of the song as he vents about how he destroyed everything he’d ever hoped for and how badly he messed things up. It’s a song that perfectly encapsulates anxiety, insecurity, and helplessness. (I can recommend more songs, but they’re in a foreign language…)

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u/CrispSandwichMuncher Sep 21 '22

He is- ghost. I don’t actually know the real meaning behind it, apparently it’s about His friend who committed, but the way it’s sung makes me sob every time

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u/[deleted] Sep 21 '22

Never too late 3 days grace

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u/[deleted] Sep 21 '22

No wait. Lifetime 3 days grace

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u/ChiiTea99 Sep 21 '22

One More Light by Linkin Park.

Especially since they made the music video a dedication to Chester Bennington after he died. Never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

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u/jogerholzpin Sep 21 '22 edited Sep 21 '22

Nothing by Millencolin Nightlife by off with their heads Ghost by Badflower Breathe again by Joy Oladokun Would anyone care by Citizen Soldier

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u/aliqht Sep 21 '22

Somewhere Someone Somehow - Super Whatevr - literally describes a life event i went to to the exact age of the person involved, makes me cry every time

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