Top 55 Sad Songs That Will Make You Cry Playlist

Top 55 Sad Songs That Will Make You Cry Playlist

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19Michael Jackson - Ben

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This slow, sentimental song was recorded for a horror film called Ben. A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends a rat, naming it Ben (after he hears about the leader of a flock of killer rats); the rat becomes the boy's best friend and keeps his spirits up in the face of bullying and his terrible illness. The balance of power between Danny and Ben begins to shift, with Ben beginning to control the killer rats, and becoming increasingly irrational and violent. Ben becomes violent when the townfolk use pesticide and kill his partner "Socrates." Eventually, the police destroy many members of the rat colony. However, Ben survives. The film closes with Danny, determined not to lose his friend, tending to a badly injured Ben.

Moment you'll tear up:

Ben, you're always running here and there
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind
And don't like what you find
There's one thing you should know
You've got a place to go


18Fleetwood Mac - Landslide

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Back in 1975, Stevie Nicks was stuck at a crossroads: Does she return to school, or does she instead continue her musical path alongside Lindsey Buckingham? Things were already tense between Nicks and Buckingham, but that didn’t stop her. The duo had recently been dropped by their label and she was pondering the landslide which was her life.

Moment you'll tear up:
Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older too

17Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

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Hallelujah was written by Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. The cover by Jeff Buckley is more sorrowful than the original. Time magazine commented on the cover, describing it as "exquisitely sung," observing,

Cohen murmured the original like a dirge, but [...] Buckley treated the [...] song like a tiny capsule of humanity, using his voice to careen between glory and sadness, beauty and pain [...] It's one of the great songs.

Moment you'll tear up:

And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah


16Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence

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During the editing of the movie The Graduate, the directors timed certain scenes to that of The Sound Of Silence. Their hope was to eventually replace the song with a new original song made specifically for the movie but alas, that didn’t pan out. Instead, they opted to buy the rights to use The Sound Of Silence for their soundtrack, a practice that was not very common in movies of that era.

Moment you'll tear up:
Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again

15David Bowie - Space Oddity

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The song, released in 1969, appears to refer to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." Like the film, Bowie tells the story of an isolated astronaut whose life is threatened when his ship malfunctions and cannot return home. Recently, the song has been illustrated as a children's book.

Moment you'll tear up:

Tell my wife I love her very much
She knows


14Mike & The Mechanics - The Living Years

Did you know?

In an interview with the band, Mike Rutherford--frontman for Mike & The Mechanics and a founding member of Genesis--said:

The lyrics were written by B.A. Robertson and the song is about something he went through. He lost his Dad and it's about the lack of communication between him and his father before he died. There's also the irony of him having a baby just after losing his father.

The song was written after Robertson's father died, 12 weeks before the birth of his own son.

Moment you'll tear up:

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye


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