The Saddest Songs the Broken-Hearted Should Listen To

If you need to let it all out, what better way to do it than to listen to the saddest songs ever composed? Cry out to your heart’s content to these beautiful but haunting pieces.

1. “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails and Johnny Cash
This song was originally performed by Nine Inch Nails and was used a cover by Johnny Cash before the latter’s death. Listen to the lyrics and you’ll know why a lot of people consider this the saddest song ever.

2. “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton
This song about the loss of a loved one was written when Eric Clapton’s son Conor fell from their apartment.

3. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones
The song is about a friend who has never given up hope that the love of his life would come back one day, but she showed up only when he died. How can that not bring tears to your eyes?

4. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams
Hank Williams wrote this during the time he and his wife were going through difficult times.

5. “My Immortal” by Evanescence
A lot people who have lost a loved one can relate to the message of this song about memories that you want to go away because the person is no longer around.

6. “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.
It’s a song that will remind you that everyone will go through difficult times and that you need to hold on.

7. “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam
The songs tells about lovers who went out on a date and crashed their car. The girl drew her last breath and asked for one last kiss.

8. “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber
Based on Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, the song doesn’t have any lyrics, but the melody will leave you teary-eyed.

9. “All My Love” by Led Zeppelin
The song was written by the lead singer Robert Plant for his son who died while the band was on tour.

10. “Keep Me in Your Heart” by Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon knew he was dying when he wrote this song for his family and friends. He was reminding them not to forget him when he’s gone.

11. “Pale Blue Eyes” by The Velvet Underground
The song is about a man who loves a married woman. What could be more tragic?

12. “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt
A woman knows the man can’t love him in return. It’s the perfect song for those who are almost ready to give up their love.

13. “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel and Disturbed
The lines “people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening” is so timely today in a world that relies on technology to connect with people.

14. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor
What could be more appropriate after a break-up than this song about a lover who still hasn’t recovered from the pain.