Top 10 Best Sad Songs of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Sad Songs of All Time till 2017. The best sad songs that have made people shed a few tears all across the globe are listed right here. All of these songs can be heard on the internet if you are interested in hearing them and shedding a tear or two. Sad songs are just as great as the happy songs. They are created from real life happenings or views. Some tell about life, some tell about death, some tell about the sadness on the world. Sad songs will never fade away. They remain a part of music history just as all other music in the world. Sad songs can be found and downloaded online, streamed, or purchased on CD.

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List of Top 10 Best Sad Songs of All Time until 2017

10. Tears in Heaven By Eric Clapton

This song was first released over twenty years ago and people still love it today. This song was based on a true experience by clapton when Clapton’s four-year-old son Conor fell out of a 53rd-floor window and died in 1991. This songwriter expressed his grief in his song. The song also speculates whether his young child would even recognize or remember him in heaven when he makes it there. The song can still be heard playing on today’s radio stations.

9. Whiskey Lullaby By Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss

This song displays quite a melancholy tone. The details of the song tell about the sorrow of a man drinking away memories until they kill him after his lover chose another man while he was away in the military. Before he left, they vowed to love each other and start a family upon his return. The video of the song is even more saddening. The imagery alone is gripping and when combined with the music it is truly tear jerking.

8. The Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

This song has captured the attention of listeners across the world with its sad song words and tunes. The song was written by Paul Simon over a period of several months in 1963 and 1964 The song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City. This song hit music charts in Australia, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, United States, Zimbabwe, Italy and more. You can also download these songs or purchase them on CD.

7. Poison & Wine by The The Civil Wars

This sad song was first released on November 15, 2009. The song is still being featured on hit television shows of today. You can listen to it right now online.

6. Something in The Way

This sad song was created by Nirvana and is classified as alternative rock. This was an American rock band. “Something in the Way” was written during a time in which its author, singer Kurt Cobain, was homeless and slept underneath a bridge in his native town. The song was first released September 24, 1991. Kurt Cobain died April 5, 1994. This is one of the Top 10 Best Sad Songs of All Time until 2017.

5. Everybody Hurts by REM

The sad song was first released in 1992. This sad song hit the charts making people cry in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and France. Bill Berry wrote most of the song. The song has a music genre that consists of Alternative rock, soft rock, and gospel.

4. Breathe Me by Sia

She is an Australian singer and the sad song was first released in 2004. The single has sold over 1.2 million copies alone in the United States alone. This song has been called delicate and haunting by Rolling Stone. This song has also been featured on many television shows and soundtracks.

3. Stay With Me by Sam Smith

was first released in 2014 and has won a few awards like Grammy Award for Song of the Year, NAA This sad song won a couple of awards like the CP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group. Sam Smith is an English singer and songwriter. The song is about the moment in the morning after a one night stand. On 25 March 2014, the song was played for the first time.

2. Someone Like You by Adele

She is a British singer. Adele’s voice is loved in the United States. The video for the song was filmed in Paris, France. Adele was struggling emotionally when she composed it. This song came to being in the wake of the break-up of her 18-month relationship with the 30-year-old man she thought she would marry. Lyrically, the song talks about the end of Adele’s first “real relationship” with her long-time friend and lover and it shows her confronting his marriage.

1. Mad World by Michael Andrews

This sad song was first released in 2002. This song was released on Everloving Records independent label in 2002. This was a soundtrack of Danny Darko , the film enjoyed more popularity in Europe especially in the UK where its total box office was greater than for the whole of the U.S. An expanded two-disc edition of the album was released in the United Kingdom in 2004. Sam Shelton – backing vocals, Richard Kelly – liner notes, Shannon Erbe – music editor. You can hear the song play on YouTube. The song fits the description of the world we live in today.

The above are the Top 10 Best Sad Songs of All Time till 2017. A really good sad song can make you cry. It offers grief a place to breathe. Sad songs can provide listeners with comfort too. Song artists create these sad songs from what they really feel in their heart or from true experiences. Some people prefer not to listen to sad songs, but sad songs have captured he attention of music listeners all across the world. Artists who create sad songs come from all across the globe. There are all kids of music made to bring out emotions of the listeners. Sad songs are great for listening anywhere and anytime you choose, at home or in a car. Take caution because you might cry at some of the things you hear. You should share what you have learned here about sad songs with your friends.


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  1. rubbish link shit shit totaly shit ,i am searching for sad song ,google shown me its link top 10 sad song at top 101 new but in actual there nothing like this (sad song)

  2. My heart will go is like a mood killer. If once you hear that song you will be in a mesmerized state for a while…

  3. Broken string made me cry for days. According to me this is the best song ever. Nobody can write a song or sing a song like this. It made me to remember every sad insidents of mine.

  4. You know like sad songs at times give you happiness while listening, but at times when you are low they bring all the tears off you. But, they are better than happy songs.

    • That’s the best thing about sad songs. They can either make you forget everything or remember everything. Sad songs soothe a broken heart too. But, too much sentimental makes a man go insane I guess. I liked this list

  5. Jar of hearts is a truly touching song. It is so well sung and that song made me fall in love with Perri’s again after thousand years. She is mesmerizing with her voice.

  6. such an amazings songs these are.. it is very meaningful too.. i feel so good listening to these songs.. but somwhere get depresed too..

  7. Celine Dion’s My heart will go one :’). What a song. It’s just a fabulous sad song. The feeling of love, heartbreak, sadness is so well expressed in that song.

  8. Quit playing game is one of my liked songs but all these are so old and title says new sad songs. No enough description is given too.

  9. My heart will go on is just one heck of a song. It’s so damn awesome. It’s a kind of romantic, sad song. I feel so good to listen to it even after years. Celine Dion has rendered gem of a song with this track.

  10. The world of music lost Amy wine house very early. She was a great singer and this track back to black is a beautiful sad song and she as usual is an exceptional singer.

  11. These are very good songs but quite older. Few were my favorite and I have heard like some thousand times. Especially jar of hearts, my heart will go. The female votes of both the songs are so touching.

  12. My heart will go on! It is still fresh to my ears! It’s a damn good song by Celine Dion! I love the song for the feel! It is just so melodious and soulful!

  13. The title is new sad songs and not all are new songs in this. But these are the most popular sad songs in the English songs history. Change the title as most popular sad songs.

  14. I love Jar of hearts. And I love all of Cristina Perri’s songs. Especially Thousand years,distance, jar of hearts. Very soulful are these songs.

  15. A good list but the descriptions are not so good. It feels horrible to read the descriptions but the songs here are good and all time favorites are there songs.

  16. Jar of hearts is a lovely track and it is a freaking good sad song after break up. The way Perry tells about the guy who cheated on her is very touching. Especially in the end, her voice in high pitch sounds so good.

  17. That theme song from Titanic is evergreen. James Cameron had pictured it so well and this Celine Dion’s My heart will go on just adds breath to it. Such beautiful track is it. I just love for the feel it carries.

  18. Amy winehouse had got some great, soulful songs and one such is back to black. But unfortunately she passed away. But her songs are still on and they’ll ever be. It’s so good to listen to the song when alone and sad.

  19. Everyone knows the iconic titanic theme song my heart will go. It drives a feel if sorrow into everyone’s heart. And greatly sung by Celine Dion also.

  20. We the Kings featuring Elena Coats- Sad song should have been there in the list. It shows how A lover feels once they have broke up and feel the necessity to get back. It’s so heart touching for me.

    • I know that song and I love it. But seriously this article is not so well written and no much work has been done. Better research would have given better songs. The name reads new sad songs and there are some old classics. The author must look into such things.

  21. Just give me a reason by Pink and Nate is a great sad song of present times. It’s verses are about a breakup and that gets tears in me.

  22. The lines by Christina – ” who do you think you are, running around leaving scars” sh8ows the heartbreak felt by the lover. The song is so beautifully written and Christina has sung it so well. I never miss out listening to that song.

    • Jar of hearts is a splendid sad song. The feel is so touching and her voice impresses so much. The melody with pain just holds the listener with the song.
      I love it.

  23. My al time favourite My Heart will go on by Celine dion quite an old song but still come sin top end of the list beautiful lyrics love the way Celine sung the song I can hear this song forever always in my playlist

  24. Really meaning full and amazing songs full of emotion just going through a break up and these songs just touched my heart I love the Sorry seems to be the Hardest the most omg its just related to my life

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