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Top 55 Sad Songs That Will Make You Cry Playlist

Top 55 Sad Songs That Will Make You Cry Playlist

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25Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door

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The song describes the feelings and impressions of a dying deputy, who can no longer continue his role as a law enforcer.

Moment you'll tear up:

Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can't shoot them anymore.
That long black cloud is comin' down
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

 

 

24Pearl Jam - Black

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Black is a soliloquy by a broken-hearted man who is remembering his absent lover.

Moment you'll tear up:

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky, but why
Why, why can't it be, can't it be mine

 

23The Beach Boys - God Only Knows

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God Only Knows was originally going to be credited to Carl Wilson. Brian Wilson eventually decided to release it as a The Beach Boys track instead as their next hit, Good Vibrations, was not ready yet. God Only Knows was banned by certain radio stations at the time for blasphemy.

Moment you'll tear up:
I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it

22Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven

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Tears in Heaven was written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the death of Conor, his four-year-old son, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment on March 20, 1991. Clapton, who arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, was visibly distraught for months afterwards. This was a very turbulent time for him. In August 1990, his manager; two of his roadies; and fellow musician Stevie Ray Vaughan were killed in a helicopter accident, and only seven months later came the death of his young son.

Moment you'll tear up:

Would you know my name 
If I saw you in heaven 
Will 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 

21Green Day - Good Riddance (time of your life)

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While this song is often used at weddings and graduation ceremonies because of its sentimental quality, the song is actually about a break up. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained.

At the time I wrote Good Riddance, I was breaking up with a girl that was moving to Ecuador, and I was trying to be as understanding about it as I could. I wrote the song as kind of a bon voyage. I was trying not to be bitter, but I think it came out a little bit bitter anyway... I thought that calling the song "Time of Your Life" was just a little too level-headed for me, so I had to come up with something different.

Moment you'll tear up:

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while

 

20Elton John - Candle In The Wind 1997

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Candle in the Wind 1997 is a rewritten and rerecorded version of Elton John's 1973 hit Candle in the Wind (originally a tribute to Marilyn Monroe) that was released as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. When Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997, John sank into a deep depression, and to cope with grief quickly, decided he wanted to pay a tribute to her.

John publicly performed Candle in the Wind 1997 only once, at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997. While he continues to sing the original 1973 version of the song at his concerts, John has repeatedly turned down requests to perform the 1997 version. He refused even when asked to do so for the memorial concert for Diana in July 2007, having vowed never to perform it again unless asked by Diana's sons.

Moment you'll tear up:

Goodbye England's rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart

 

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