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This list is based on a compilation of multiple published and unpublished 'saddest song' lists.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; which in this particular case, happens to be a valid source, at least in seeking a degree of consensus.

Beyond the 'Top 100' or so, these songs are ranked in a somewhat arbitrary order.  But to whatever degree these songs are 'ranked,' they should be considered 'ranked' primarily on their level of perceived sadness, and secondarily on their (perceived) 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 this list.

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

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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. "Roads" Portished (1995)
  2. "Angel" Sarah McLachlan (1997)
  3. "Hello" Evanescence (2003)
  4. "All By Myself" Eric Carmen (1976) | Celine Dion (1996)
  5. "I'll Be Seeing You" Billie Holiday (1939) | Frank Sinatra (1940) | Michael Bublé (1996)
  6. "End of the Road" Boyz II Men (1992)
  7. "The Freshmen" The Verve Pipe (1996)
  8. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Garth Brooks (1989)
  9. "Can't Help Falling in Love with You" Elvis Presley (1961)
  10. "Mandy" Barry Manilow (1974)
  11. "Twilight" Elliot Smith (2004)
  12. "I Go To Sleep" The Pretenders (1981)
  13. "Rainy Days and Mondays" The Carpenters (1971)
  14. "To Where You Are" Josh Groban (2001)
  15. "Separate Lives" Phil Collins (1985)
  16. "I'm Already There" Lonestar (2001)
  17. "Tell Laura I Love Her" Ray Peterson (1960)
  18. "Daniel" Elton John (1973)
  19. "Fire and Rain" James Taylor (1970)
  20. "Lost Without Your Love" Bread (1977)
  21. "The Scientist" Coldplay (2003)
  22. "Mr. Bojangles" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1971)
  23. "The Long and Winding Road" The Beatles (1970)
  24. "Goodbye My Lover" James Blunt (2005)
  25. "You Don't Know Me" Eddy Arnold & Cindy Walker (1955) | Ray Charles (1962)
  26. "Same Old Lang Syne" Dan Fogelberg (1981)
  27. "I'll Wait For You" Joe Nichols (2006)
  28. "Mama" Connie Francis (1960)
  29. "Lover, You Should Have Come Over" Jeff Buckley (1994)
  30. "Behind Blue Eyes" Limp Bizkit (2003)
  31. "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" The Everly Brothers (1960)
  32. "It Makes No Difference" The Band (1975)
  33. "One Day I'll Fly Away" Randy Crawford (1980)
  34. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" The Platters (1959)
  35. "Black" Pearl Jam (1991)
  36. "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" Billie Holiday (1959)
  37. "Alone Again Or" Love (1967)
  38. "Black Eyed Dog" Nick Drake (1994)
  39. "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" Dusty Springfield (1964)
  40. "Long Distance Love" Little Feat (1975)
  41. "Stay With Me" Lorraine Ellison (1966)
  42. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" Otis Redding (1965)
  43. "Heart Like A Wheel" Kate and Anna McGarrigle (1975)
  44. "The Dance" Garth Brooks (1989)
  45. "I am a Rock" Simon and Garfunkel (1966)
  46. "Hurt" Christina Aguilera (2006)
  47. "Midnight Train to Georgia" Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)
  48. "Brick" Ben Folds Five (1997)
  49. "Smile" Nat King Cole (1954)
  50. "Rocky Mountain High" John Denver (1972)
  51. "Mama Liked the Roses" Elvis Presley (1969)
  52. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Elton John (1973)
  53. "All Out of Love" Air Supply (1980)
  54. "Reflections of My Life" The Marmalade (1969)
  55. "Love Me Tender" Elvis Presley (1956)
  56. "Bye Bye Love" The Everly Brothers (1957)
  57. "Without You" Harry Nillson (1970) / Air Supply (1991)
  58. "You're Beautiful" James Blunt (2005)
  59. "The Last Words You Said" Sarah Brightman (1999)
  60. "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me" Exposé (1992)
  61. "Without You" Air Supply (1991)
  62. "Stairway to Heaven" Led Zeppelin (1971)
  63. "Careless Whisper" (aka "Never Gonna Dance Again") George Michael
  64. "Hurt So Bad" Linda Ronstadt (1980)
  65. "Stan" Eminem (2000)
  66. "Amazing Grace" Judy Collins (1970)
  67. "In My Life" The Beatles (1965)
  68. "Oh Donna" Richie Valens (1956)
  69. "Dear Mr. Jesus" PowerSource (1987)
  70. "Don't Worry Baby" The Beach Boys (1964)
  71. "Where Are You Now" Britney Spears (2000)
  72. "Cry Me a River" Julie London (1956)
  73. "Love, Me" Collin Raye (1991)
  74. "Make the World Go Away" Eddy Arnold (1965)
  75. "Amazing Grace" Elvis Presley (1971)
  76. "A Change Is Gonna Come" Sam Cooke (1964)
  77. "Blue Moon" Frank Sinatra (1960)
  78. "Stay" Sugarland (2007)
  79. "My Heart Will Go On" Celine Dion (1997)
  80. "Killing Me Softly" Roberta Flack (1974)
  81. "What She's Doing Now" Garth Brooks (1991)
  82. "Time to Say Goodbye" Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman (1997)
  83. "Lies" Once soundtrack (2007)
  84. "Unchained Melody" Righteous Brothers (1965)
  85. "Wicked Game" Chris Isaak (1989)
  86. "If I Ever See You Again" Anne Murray
  87. "He Touched Me" Elvis Presley
  88. "Love Child" Diana Ross & the Supremes (1968)
  89. "Hey Jude" The Beatles (1968)
  90. "Your Cheatin' Heart" Hank Williams (1952)
  91. "Star Spangled Banner"
  92. "I Will Remember You" Sarah McLachlan (1999)
  93. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" The Hollies (1969)
  94. "I Don't Love You" My Chemical Romance (2006)
  95. "Wind Beneath My Wings" Bette Midler (1991)
  96. "Nowhere Man" The Beatles (1965)
  97. "Lean on Me" Kirk Franklin, Bono, C. Lewis, M.J. Blige (1998)
  98. "Love of My Life" Queen (1975)
  99. "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" Meat Loaf (1993)
  100. "Endless Love" Lionel Ritchie & Diana Ross (1981)

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Also, if you're good with research and detail, we need someone to find all the 'release' years for the songs in the bottom half of the list.

We also need music experts to help re-rank these songs, since they are ranked somewhat arbitrarily, especially further down in the list.

There are most likely other songs we are unaware of that need to be added to the list (and some in this list that should probably be deleted).  So whatever feedback you can offer — especially those of you in the music industry, who are familiar with most of the songs — your help would be greatly appreciated.  Feel free to send a text file with your changes or suggestions.  Thanks!

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