Top 55 Sad Songs That Will Make You Cry Playlist

Top 55 Sad Songs That Will Make You Cry Playlist

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37U2 - With or Without You

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Bono wrote the lyrics while struggling to reconcile his responsibilities as both a married man and a musician. Being part of a band was often at odds with his domestic life. While writing the lyrics, he came to the realization that neither of these facets defined him; rather, the tension between the two did. He explains that the final lyric is about "torment" and how repressing desires only makes them stronger.

Moment you'll tear up:

My hands are tied
My body bruised, she's got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away


36Kelly Rowland - Stole

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The lyrics of the track chronicle three different scenarios with teenagers whose lives are drastically changed by the aftermaths of a school shooting and a suicide.

Moment you'll tear up:

Mary's got the same size hands
As Marilyn Monroe
She put her fingers in the imprints
At Mann's Chinese Theater show

She coulda been a movie star
Never got the chance to go that far
Her life was stole, oh
Now we'll never know


35Regina Spektor - Samson

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The song is about the biblical Samson and Delilah. Samson, the fierce warrior, was betrayed by his love Delilah. The song is written from her perspective.

Moment you'll tear up:
You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first

34Sarah McLachlan - I Will Remember You

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This song has been--and will be--used as the soundtrack to melancholy moments:

- Sarah McLachlan performed this song during an "in memoriam" slideshow at the 61st   Primetime Emmy Awards, held on September 20, 2009

- She has also signed up to honor the victims of 9/11 with a special concert to mark the opening of the Flight 93 National Memorial, one day before the 10-year anniversary of 9/11

Moment you'll tear up:

I'm so tired but I can't sleep
Standin' on the edge of something much too deep
It's funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word
We are screaming inside, but we can't be heard

33The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work

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Lead singer Richard Ashcroft wrote the song in early 1995; in an interview at the time, he related it to his drug usage:

There's a new track I've just written [...] It goes 'the drugs don't work, they just make me worse, and I know I'll see your face again.' That's how I'm feeling at the moment. They make me worse, man. But I still take 'em. Out of boredom and frustration you turn to something else to escape.

While the exact meaning of the song remains unclear, it is widely believed that Ashcroft wrote the song in response to the death of his father.

Moment you'll tear up:

Now the drugs don't work
They just make you worse
But I know I'll see your face again

'Cause baby, ooh, if heaven calls, I'm coming, too
Just like you said, you leave my life, I'm better off dead

32Boomtown Rats - I don't like Mondays

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According to Bob Geldof, he wrote the song after reading a telex report at Georgia State University's campus radio station, WRAS, about the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer. Spencer shot at children playing in a playground at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California on January 29, 1979. She killed two adults, and injured eight children and a police officer. She showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was, "I don't like Mondays; this livens up the day."

Moment you'll tear up:

And all the playing has stopped in the playground now
She wants to play with the toys of war
And school's out early and soon we'll be learning
That the lesson today is how to die


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