10. Angel- Sarah Mclachlan
“n the arms of the angel”
fly away from here
from this dark cold hotel room
and the endlessness that you fear
You know this one. Every time there’s a commercial about poor animals needing to be adopted, on comes Angel. It’s just so hard to say no to those poor puppies and kittens once the chorus hits.
9. Candle In The Wind- Elton John
“And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in”
Though it wasn’t made for Princess Diana but Elton John’s rendition of this song and tribute to her was incredibly emotional. The moment you hear it you’re right back to the day Diana died. Whether you cared for the royal family or not, it’s hard not to be touched by this song knowing millions around the world were mourning as it played.
8. Brick- Ben Folds Five
“She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
Off the coast and I’m headed nowhere
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly”
This is a sad song for sure, but what really makes it hurt is what the song’s about= his girlfriend having abortion. Yeah, that’s quite sad enough, thanks.
7. I Can’t Make You Love Me- Bonnie Raitt
‘Cuz I can’t make you love me
If you don’t.
You can’t make your heart feel
Something it won’t.
Sometimes, love hurts. Bonnie Raitt really twists the knife in this song. Have you ever loved someone that just didn’t love you back and you felt utterly helpless? Give this a listen and prepare to cry.
6. Daddy- Korn
“Mother please forgive me
I just had to get out all my pain and suffering
Now that I am done, remember I will always love you
I’m your son”
Korn has made plenty of dark songs filled with sadness and anger over the years. What gets “Daddy” on this list is the subject matter.
“Daddy” is a song about rape and sexual abuse that singer Jonathan Davis suffered as a child. If you can manage to listen to it to the end, Davis breaks down and cries during the recording as the bad keeps playing. It’s dark as hell.
5. Hurt- Johnny Cash
“I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything”
Johnny Cash’s cover of this hit by Nine Inch Nails sounds all the more miserable when sung by Cash. Cash sounds truly tired and hopeless as he sings about hurting himself in what would be the last song he ever recorded.
4. World So Cold- Mudvayne
“Hold the hand of your best friend, look into their eyes
Then watch them drift away
Some might say, we’ve done the wrong things,
For way too long, for way too long”
“World So Cold” by Mudvayne is arguably the metal band’s best song. The lyrics and the way Chad Gray sings makes his sadness at an unjust world truly come alive. It starts out quite soft before the guitars and drums really kick in and hit you right in the feels. Personal and universal all in one.
3. My Immortal- Evanescence
“I’m so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
‘Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won’t leave me alone”
The moment you hear the first key of the piano, you know you’re about to hear something very sad. The grief in Amy Lee’s voice over the loss of a loved one who just won’t leave your thoughts breaks your heart. We’ve all been there before but this song really cuts deep. Grab a tissue. Or two.
2. Mourning Star- Gemini Syndrome
“Death would be an ample compensation
Even if it’s my demise
But heaven doesn’t want me
Head to toe in blood and perspiration
I would wipe the tears and lies
But heaven disowned me
Now heaven won’t know me”
Gemini Syndrome is a metal band that isn’t quite as popular as the other artists on this list, but that doesn’t change the fact that “Mourning Star” is emotionally heavy as hell. Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, give this song a listen if you need a good cry. It’s beautifully sung.
1. Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton
“Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven”
What could be sadder than the death of your own child? Eric Clapton’s song about the accidental death of his 4-year-old son and whether his own child would recognize him in heaven is a tearjerker like no other. Just reading the lyrics alone is enough to make the eyes water.