Saddest Song


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Should be number one on the list, this one.
Man my jr. high school crush...snif,snif.

It's really lovely, that song.

Ok, since that list is heavy on the modern pop tat (I'm usually defensive of lists with a lot of modern pop in them but I'm not having sodding Robbie Williams in the thirty saddest ever songs) let's throw some actual quality pop onto the pile: this song slays me every time, so many great lines in it.

And some vintage pop - does it get sadder than this?

If you wanted a track that simply sounds like sadness, this must surely be it:

I have really vivid memories of this closing Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet and my friend and I reeling out of the cinema with 'I'm not crying, you're crying' expressions on our faces, and shedding a tear or two at Glasto '97 when they played it:

And lastly this one, my personal saddest song. I don't know what it is, but I can barely listen to it, I just clicked on it finding the video to post and immediately thought no, not listening to this right now. Nina does sad music incredibly well generally, but this one sticks a knife in my heart.


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Nina has a sweet voice///touch of ricky lee in it...another poster reminded me of another great tune.And yet another!and another

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Mojo Shinn

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Should be number one on the list, this one.
I agree!
Jayyj was referring to Johnny Cash covering Hurt. That whole album is so incredibly sad that it took me a few tries to get through listening to the whole thing. The choice of songs combined with the sound of his voice told the story of a man who was worn down to the bone, ill, missing his dead wife, regretting some of the ****** things he'd done in his life, and basically coming to terms with his own demise... it's all there in it's rawest form.
According to this article, these are the saddest songs of all time.
  1. REM – Everybody Hurts
  2. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
  3. Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
  4. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
  5. The Beatles – Yesterday
  6. Adele – Someone Like You
  7. Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
  8. Roy Orbison – Crying
  9. Eric Carmen – All by Myself
  10. Robbie Williams – Angels
  11. Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
  12. James Blunt – Goodbye My Lover
  13. Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart
  14. Eva Cassidy – Songbird
  15. Coldplay – Fix You
  16. U2 – With or Without You
  17. The Beatles – The Long and Winding Road
  18. Al Green – How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?
  19. Sam Smith – Stay with Me
  20. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
  21. Carole King – It’s Too Late
  22. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
  23. John Lennon – Jealous Guy
  24. Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer
  25. Gary Jules – Mad World
  26. Adele – Easy on Me
  27. Boyz II Men – End of The Road
  28. Neil Young – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  29. Passenger – Let Her Go
  30. The Fray – How to Save a Life

I submit these two:

And this one:

More like saddest "super known" songs of all time. I'd give my vote to this masterpiece:


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