The Best Sad Songs

The Best Sad Songs

Sad songs are, well, sad. They are often the result of great tragedies or incomprehensibly shitty situations. That said, they are often necessary. They can be a great comfort in times of one’s own sadness, and they often act as the ultimate catalyst for good ol’ catharsis.

In honour of the encroaching winter I have put together a list of these amazing, melancholy-ridden tracks. So grab some tissues and lose yourself in these amazing testaments to the fact that it’s very human to feel beat sometimes. We’re not robots, and it’s ok to shed a tear every once in a while.

*I’ve added links and snippets of what I believe are the hardest hitting lyrics. There is no particular order here. And yes, I know I’ve missed some: comment away!


Hurt – Trent Reznor (he Johnny Cash cover in particular) (‘And you can have it all, my empire of dirt’)


I Will Follow You into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie (‘Love of mine, someday you will die…’)


Here Comes a Regular – The Replacements (‘Everyone wants to be special here’)


Something in the Way – Nirvana (‘Hmmmmm’)


Opium – Marcy Playground (‘I’m all right, I’m just gagging on all the all right’)


If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly (‘If I ever leave this world alive, I’ll come back down and sit beside your feet tonight’)


Wolves in the Garden – The Deadly Syndrome (‘I know I could have saved us, but we’d have never known this day. If this is where we had to go, well then I’m glad we went this way’)


Talk Tonight – Oasis (‘I’ll never say that I won’t ever make you cry, and this I’ll say I don’t know why: I know I’m leavin’, but I’ll be back another day’)


High and Dry – Radiohead (‘It’s the best thing that you ever had, the best thing you ever had has gone away’)


Gold Day – Sparklehorse (‘Keep all your crows away, hold skinny wolves at bay’)


Lazarus – Porcupine Tree (‘Follow me down to the valley below…’)


40 Mark Strasse – The Shins (‘You play, in the street at night. You blow, like a broken kite…’)


For Real – Okkervil River (‘I really miss what really did exist, when I held your throat so tight’)


Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (‘We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year’)


Skinny Love – Bon Iver (The whole damn song)



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