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This list is based on a compilation of multiple published and unpublished 'saddest song' lists. Since the degree of sadness evoked by a song is a personal and individual experience, nearly every list of this nature is vigorously debated - based on personal tastes, experiences, and reactions to songs.

However, the songs listed here - especially in the top 100 - are some of the most unanimously agreed-upon 'saddest songs of all time' according to a number of music critics and according to online comments and forum posts across the Internet.

Beyond the 'Top 100' or so, the songs are ranked in a somewhat arbitrary order.  But to whatever degree these songs are 'ranked,' it is primarily on their level of perceived sadness, and secondarilyon their popularity and quality.

A classic song of immeasurable esteem may be ranked in this list below a newer song of generally-lower esteem - only because of the song's 'level of perceived sadness' (and perhaps its emotion-evoking capability), and not necessarily because it is considered a 'lesser' song. Obviously, a newer song could not be considered 'better' than an enduring and treasured classic. So the original intent of this list should be kept in mind - to avoid any misunderstanding as to what this 'list' represents.

Songs ranked higher in the list may be considered extremely sad. Songs ranked lower in the list may be considered 'sad-to-melancholy', while perhaps also being considered memorable and enjoyable - in the cathartic sense.

In future revisions of this list, some songs will need to be moved up or down; others will need to be added, and some may be removed altogether, if the general perception is that they do not belong in the list. We will soon be adding a voting system to the site so that you can give your opinions and rate the songs.

The release year listed refers to the artist's particular release, since many songs were previously recorded.

The goal of this list is to rank songs closest to the top which are either considered among the 'saddest songs of all time' or among the 'best-loved sad songs' - based on existing 'sad song lists', online comments, and forum postings.

  1. "Tears in Heaven" Eric Clapton (1992)
  2. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" George Jones (1980)
  3. "Hurt" Nine Inch Nails (1994) | Johnny Cash (2002)
  4. "Everybody Hurts" REM (1992)
  5. "Crying" Roy Orbison (1962)
  6. "It's Over" Roy Orbison (1964)
  7. "Alone Again (Naturally)" Gilbert O'Sullivan (1972)
  8. "Yesterday" The Beatles (1965)
  9. "If" Bread (1971)
  10. "Honey" Bobby Goldsboro (1968)
  11. "Cat's in the Cradle" Harry Chapin (1974)
  12. "Dust in the Wind" Kansas (1977)
  13. "Last Kiss" Pearl Jam (2006)
  14. "Nothing Compares 2 You" Sinead O'Conner (1990)
  15. "Hallelujah" Jeff Buckley (1994)
  16. "Everything I Own" Bread (1972)
  17. "Mad World" Gary Jules (2003)
  18. "Eleanor Rigby" The Beatles (1966)
  19. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Hank Williams (1949)
  20. "Superstar" Karen Carpenter (1969)
  21. "Iris" Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
  22. "Memories" Elaine Paige (1983) | Barbra Streisand (1981)
  23. "Love Hurts" Nazareth (1975)
  24. "Drive" The Cars (1984)
  25. "Dance With My Father" Luther Vandross (2003)
  26. "I Can't Make You Love Me" Bonnie Rait (1991)
  27. "Whiskey Lullaby" Braid Paisley & Alison Krausse (2004)
  28. "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning" Frank Sinatra (1955)
  29. "Teen Angel" Mark Dinning (1959)
  30. "Goodbye to Love" The Carpenters (1972)
  31. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Elton John (1976)
  32. "Drugs Don't Work" Verve (1997)
  33. "Let it Be" The Beatles (1969)
  34. "Wild World" Cat Stevens (1970)
  35. "Your Song" Elton John (1970)
  36. "She's Leaving Home" The Beatles (1967)
  37. "Pink Moon" Nick Drake (1972)
  38. "Solitaire" The Carpenters (1975)
  39. "This Woman's Work" Kate Bush (1990)
  40. "Concrete Angel" Martina McBride (2002)
  41. "Against All Odds" (aka "Take a Look at Me Now") Phil Collins (1984)
  42. "I'm a Fool to Want You" Frank Sinatra (1951)
  43. "Goin' Out of My Head" Little Anthony & The Imperials (1964)
  44. "Creep" Radiohead (1992)
  45. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" Elvis Presley (1960)
  46. "Bright Eyes" Art Garfunkel (1979)
  47. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand (1978)
  48. "Candle in the Wind" Elton John (1973 & 1997)
  49. "For the Good Times" Ray Price (1970) | Elvis Presley (1972)
  50. "Annie's Song" John Denver (1974)
  51. "Lime Tree" Bright Eyes (2007)
  52. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" Boyz II Men (1991)
  53. "Crazy" Patsy Cline (1962)
  54. "The End of the World" Skeeter Davis (1963)
  55. "I'll Be Missing You" P. Diddy & Faith Evans (1997)
  56. "Only the Lonely" Roy Orbison (1960)
  57. "Don't Cry Daddy" Elvis Presley (1969)
  58. "Send in the Clowns" Judy Collins (1973)
  59. "I know It's Over" The Smiths (1986)
  60. "In the Ghetto" Elvis Presley (1969)
  61. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" Meat Loaf (1977)
  62. "My Immortal" Evanescence (2003)
  63. "Always on My Mind" Willie Nelson (1982)
  64. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" Peter, Paul and Mary (1969)
  65. "Sounds of Silence" Simon & Garfunkel (1966)
  66. "Kiss and Say Goodbye" The Manhattans (1976)
  67. "Don't Speak" No Doubt (1996)
  68. "Asleep" The Smiths (1987)
  69. "Faithfully" Journey (1983)
  70. "I Dreamed a Dream" Susan Boyle (2009)
  71. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Bonnie Tyler (1984)
  72. "Pictures of You" The Cure (1989)
  73. "Christmas Shoes" Newsong (1996)
  74. "Gloomy Sunday" Billie Holiday (1941)
  75. "Strange Fruit" Billie Holiday (1939)
  76. "Bring Me to Life" Evanescence (2003)
  77. "Leader of the Band" Dan Fogelberg (1981)
  78. "Imagine" John Lennon (1971)
  79. "If I Had Only Known" Reba McEntire (1991)
  80. "Butterfly Kisses" Bob Carlisle (1997)
  81. "The Tracks of My Tears" Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1965)
  82. "I Will Always Love You" Dolly Parton (1974) | Whitney Houston (1992)
  83. "The Rose" Better Midler (1979)
  84. "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" Reba McEntire (1991)
  85. "The Way We Were" Barbra Streisand (1973)
  86. "I Fall to Pieces" Patsy Cline (1961)
  87. "I Believe (For Every Drop of Rain that Falls)" Frankie Lane (1953)
  88. "Back to Black" Amy Winehouse (2006)
  89. "Because of You" Reba McEntire & Kelly Clarkson (2005)
  90. "The Living Years" Mike & The Mechanics (1988)
  91. "No Surprises" Radiohead (1997)
  92. "Vincent" (aka "Starry, Starry Night") Don McLean (1971)
  93. "In the Real World" Roy Orbison (1989)
  94. "Fade to Black" Metallica (1984)
  95. "Alyssa Lies" Jason Micheal Caroll (2006)
  96. "One" Metallica (1990)
  97. "Adam's Song" Blink 182 (2000)
  98. "Danny Boy" Elvis Presley (1976)
  99. "Open Arms" Journey (1982)
  100. "With or Without You" U2 (1987)

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