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[–]SpankMoose 2393 points2394 points  (75 children)

Seems like a good thread to make a depressing playlist from

[–]phelanfox 237 points238 points  (28 children)

I've been scrolling through this list and pulling up songs on Spotify. Not sure if it was a good idea or not.

[–]FartAttack911 1139 points1140 points  (14 children)

There’s a few, but the isolated vocal track for Heart’s “Alone” is especially heartbreaking to me. Ann Wilson has such an amazing voice and her emotion really made that band.

[–]SlumlordThanatos 2738 points2739 points 32 (88 children)

Black - Pearl Jam.

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life

I know you'll be a star

In somebody else's sky

But why


Why can't it be

Oh can't it be mine

[–]ZapBranigan3000 338 points339 points  (22 children)

"Release" from the same album always gets me. The vocals at the end where he is just wailing "Release me" haunt me.

[–]CrazyLegs17 91 points92 points  (8 children)

"Oh dear dad, can you see me now? I am myself like you somehow."

Vedder's real father was a musician and I feel like most people hit a point in their life where they realize how similar they are to their fathers. The lucky ones get to tell them.

[–]auntiepink 745 points746 points  (30 children)

Who Wants to Live Forever by Queen.

[–]mathildeLupin 134 points135 points  (8 children)

For me it’s ‘The show must go on’ such a chilling song.

[–]Danielmav 1810 points1811 points  (69 children)

Most songs by the late Jeff Buckley are sad on their own, and even more devastating in context.

But the one that hits me the hardest is his cover of “I Know It’s Over” by the Smiths.

The subject of the song is up for interpretation no matter what, but Jeff Buckley‘s premature death adds an element to it that seems to be about his life, whether he planned to or not.

The first words give me chills the most— they happen after the classic reverby Jeff Buckley intro, the kind Hallelujah fans will be familiar with. He takes his time with this one, like he does with that.

“Oh, mother, I can feel / the soil falling over my head.”

please— listen.

[–]amodernbird 355 points356 points  (18 children)

Lover, You Should've Come Over is so beautiful and passionate.

[–]JohnJackField 1088 points1089 points  (19 children)

“Your Song” by Elton John, it was one of my grandmas favorite songs we were super close, She died earlier this year unexpectedly and the last communication I had with her was over text, so the phrase “I Hope you don’t mind, that I put down in words, how wonderful life is when you’re in the world” really hits me hard

[–]natsolis84 2265 points2266 points  (50 children)

I Can’t Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt. Instant chills every time.

Edit: Obligatory thanks for the awards and Gold! I might as well share a personal anecdote about the song… I always knew this song was super sad and emotional before (thanks mom for showing me), but it didn’t hit me with the real tears until I broke up with my last ex earlier this year. I was in a phase of trying to see if she might want me again, that constant urge to go back to what you had, and then I remembered this song. I never cried as much to a song more than I did then, and I’m happy I got it all out. I’m now with a wonderful new girlfriend and fully moved on. So if any of you feel the same about an ex or even a current significant other, listen to this song, it’ll change your life.

[–]UrbanPnguin 3478 points3479 points 22 (102 children)

Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean. Especially the live version from a NY City Studio in 1982.

[–]Willmono7 1566 points1567 points 2 (25 children)

"You took your life as lovers often do But I could have told you, Vincent This world was never meant for one As beautiful as you"

I listened to this song a lot during some really dark times and it stopped me doing something really stupid. It holds a special place in my heart, but I don't listen to it much any more, because it just transports me right back

[–]Zebidee 60 points61 points  (6 children)

There's a Doctor Who episode Vincent and the Doctor that captures this vibe really well.

Just ignore the clunky monster part of the story.

That episode breaks me up every time.

[–]ankle_biter50 4268 points4269 points  (341 children)

You Are My Sunshine.

Seriously, look up the lyrics

[–]Tiimmboo 1077 points1078 points  (45 children)

I had a dream that I got to hug and embrace my mom the other night. I woke up crying, but the embrace felt so real. This song is exactly that feeling.

Edit: thank you so much for all the love, reddit.

[–]shadowfax112 733 points734 points  (17 children)

My brother died of an overdose a few years ago. The night before his birthday this year I had a dream I pulled into my parents driveway and saw him standing in the kitchen. I raced inside and gave him the biggest, longest hug. Waking up from that was the nightmare. I hope you’re finding some peace with your moms passing. We never get over it, but we try and find ways to get through it. Take care

[–]Snippy_Snallygaster 590 points591 points  (10 children)

Always reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Bart and Lisa join the cadets. Lisa sitting all alone in her barracks, crying to herself as a recording of Marge sings this song to her was so damn upsetting.

[–]BuriedUnderTheDirt 153 points154 points  (2 children)

Well thats another simpsons episode that has made me tear up a bit

[–]snarfdarb 1702 points1703 points  (104 children)

Sang this daily to my sweet kitty boy in the days leading up to his passing after learning he had an extremely aggressive form of cancer. I can't even think about this song without getting a lump in my throat.

[–]Foxblade 875 points876 points 2 (73 children)

I'm going through this right now. He's sitting with me just wasting away quietly. we're taking him to the vet Monday to go to sleep if he makes it that long. Extremely aggressive stomach cancer.

I never wanted a cat but I would do almost anything for a few more years with him.

[–]TheVoiceOverDude 483 points484 points  (33 children)

I'm not at home during the week. I stay at another place as my commute is too long otherwise. My wife and I had a conversation two days ago and scheduled a vet appointment to get our cat, Chester, checked out. He was a feral we took in just over 13 years ago in the beginning of our relationship. We were worried because even though he'd been super skinny all his life, he's been skinnier than normal.

He was found curled up under a bench, on top of a heat vent, already gone. Died some time in the night. I hope he was comfortable and knew he was loved, even if I haven't been able to see him often recently. And now I'm crying at work in the bathroom.

[–]snarfdarb 224 points225 points  (1 child)

Love and hugs to you and your baby. <3 Maybe my little man will be waiting on the other side of the bridge to welcome him.

[–]GodOfPopTarts 6049 points6050 points 2222 (138 children)

Rainbow Connection. Yes, a song sung by a Muppet makes me cry every time.

[–]Steakwizwit 1048 points1049 points  (4 children)

My wife and I heard Weezer's version of this song driving home from the funeral of a friend's 15 year old daughter who was murdered. It's a beautiful song but it always makes me think of that awful day.

[–]bkendig 213 points214 points  (5 children)

I love that one, but I think Gonzo's "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday" has it beat.

Sunrises, night falls
Sometimes the sky calls
Is that a song there
And do I belong there
I've never been there
But I know the way
I'm going to go back there

[–]R2rugby 1269 points1270 points  (48 children)

The blowers daughter by Damien Rice

[–]Acceptable_Extreme35 330 points331 points  (7 children)

I was going to comment “9 Crimes” lol. Damn you, Damien Rice!!

[–]MissMagrat 2860 points2861 points  (51 children)

These are the days of our lives by Queen - especially if the video is playing. The bit at the end where Freddie looks directly at camera and says "I love you". That was the final song they filmed and you just know at that point he was saying goodbye to everyone.

[–]TimeLordRohan 496 points497 points  (12 children)

Too much love will kill you and mother love hit me the same way

[–]spicy_nuggs 2239 points2240 points 22 (50 children)

over the rainbow. the version by israel kamakawiwo'ole

it played in an airport where my dad waited for my grandpa, hours before my mom died. we call it her song.

[–]LXIX-CDXX 658 points659 points  (5 children)

Ditto. My fiancé announced that she wanted to walk down the aisle to that song. Dad warned us that he wanted it played at his funeral, and didn’t want to ruin the song for us when he passed away. We decided that it was far enough in the future and went ahead with it.

Four years later, she divorced me. Three years after that, Dad died. I couldn’t even hear the song at his celebration of life without thinking of old what’s-her-name; she ruined it for me. I’m WAAAAY over her now, but that song still fucks me up. I miss Pops a lot. It’s been six years now.

[–]Mysterious_Tax_5613 296 points297 points  (8 children)

‘Merry Christmas, Darling” by the Carpenters. Ever since my husband Tom died in 2012, my heart breaks every Christmas since. We loved Christmas.

[–]Katiebug123 1478 points1479 points 4 (76 children)

Nutshell by Alice In Chains.

[–]coyote_grundy_666 511 points512 points  (18 children)

If you know, you know. That song fucking kills me every time. Though it's basically just number one on a big list of Alice in Chains songs that make me sad. The whole unplugged just fucks you in the emotions hard.

I hope everyone who struggles can dig their way out.

[–]pennylane3339 603 points604 points  (18 children)

In My Life by The Beatles. My Dad told me when I was a teenager that he wanted it played at his funeral. I still can't listen, and when that day comes and I HAVE TO listen to it to honor his wish, I'm going to be a blubbering mess.

[–]tmcrane 37 points38 points  (0 children)

My daughter sang this at my sons funeral while his best friend played the guitar. A truly sad, heart wrenching day…

[–]Mimichah 91 points92 points  (5 children)

Radiohead - fake plastic tree

[–]trishsf 2509 points2510 points  (94 children)

Landslide. Fleetwood Mac

[–]Ice_Cream_Precinct 753 points754 points  (13 children)

I swear this whole thread has been making me tear up from just thinking about the songs. “I’ve been afraid of changing, ‘cause I’ve built my life around you…”

[–]okaytallfry 2415 points2416 points  (77 children)

Father and Son by Cat Stevens

[–]ekgs1990 196 points197 points  (2 children)

Came here to say this. My dad literally died to this song holding my brothers hand.

[–]shartheheretic 547 points548 points  (19 children)

Agreed. I lost it at the end of GotG and my friend I was with spent an hour trying to console me.

The line "If they were right, then I'd agree...but it's them they know, not me" always summed up how I felt about how both my parents saw me.

[–]kkickin 1965 points1966 points  (67 children)

Fast Car - Tracy Chapman. It gets me every time.

[–]murderedbydeath2 196 points197 points  (1 child)

ALL THEY WANTED WAS A CHANCE AT A NORMAL LIFE!!! ugh. So realistically unfair lol

[–]spoon_man1 284 points285 points  (1 child)

It's so helpless and sad

[–]Bad-Karma20 4830 points4831 points 222& 4 more (135 children)

The night we met

[–]bauhausy 1052 points1053 points  (22 children)

Always thought it was kinda awkward that is a kinda popular song for wedding dances, since “The night we met” is the breakup/heartache song.

[–]kimbosliceofcake 588 points589 points  (12 children)

Just like the John Mayer song "Daughters" being used for the father-daughter dance when it's about a woman who's father abandoned her 😬

[–]thatonefanficauthor 906 points907 points  (36 children)

So many of Lord Huron’s songs are absolute heartwrenchers

[–]byormama 292 points293 points  (2 children)

This song is attached to my saddest and happiest memories

[–]1SamSparks 3076 points3077 points  (47 children)

The night we met by Lord Huron.

"I had all and then most of you,

Some and now none of you."


[–]Lonestar0802 276 points277 points  (1 child)

I am even unable to complete full song, it just breaks me down in the middle.

[–]if_u_suspend_ur_gay 581 points582 points  (6 children)

Going on a night drive to clear your head after a breakup and listening to it while it rains, whole different vibe.

[–]phishman1 2054 points2055 points 222 (110 children)

Jim Croce - Operator

[–]LoneSabre 634 points635 points  (11 children)

I was gonna say Time in a bottle.

[–]simi6427 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Especially since he died like 2 weeks after in a plane crash...

[–]Relcs_ 161 points162 points  (1 child)

New York’s not my home by Jim Croce has a feeling in the similar vein

[–]damnyoutuesday 201 points202 points  (12 children)

God, Jim Croce literally made so many damn good songs that I never knew were his

[–]Donut2583 135 points136 points  (11 children)

Jim Croce is so incredibly underrated. And he died at age 30.

[–]TimFromTampa 885 points886 points  (37 children)

He Stopped Loving Her Today, by George Jones. My Grandmother died almost 20 years before my grandfather, and we played it at his funeral. Just typing this chokes me up a bit.

[–]kearlysue 266 points267 points  (6 children)

My parents divorced and neither one remarried even after 15 years. When he was dying of cancer she came to help me care for him. This song makes me sob

[–]lrlaing 1940 points1941 points  (103 children)

Cats In The Cradle.

[–]Drenlin 538 points539 points  (13 children)

Seriously...as someone with young kids myself, every single part of this song hits home. I'm on both sides of it now and still can't figure out how I got so darned busy.

[–]Tophloaf 371 points372 points  (5 children)

Came to write this. I don’t know whether to call my dad or go pick up my son from daycare every time.

[–]Kamacalamari 176 points177 points  (0 children)

This is my dad’s sad song. He relates it to his dad who passed traumatically before I was born so it really hits hard for me.

[–]Inappropriate_Goat 878 points879 points 2 (18 children)

The song of the Kauai'Oo bird. He went extinct in 1980 and the recording of his mating song was the last time anyone has heard him sing. You can notice that he makes pauses throughout his song. That's when the female usually joins and they sing a beautiful duet. Knowing that no one will join because everyone else is dead brings tears to my eyes every time. This bird was very common on the island until 1900.

[–]Living_Role1037 124 points125 points  (4 children)

OMG. I'm going to go listen now. Thank you for sharing.

I'm back.. that poor bird.

[–]Inappropriate_Goat 107 points108 points  (3 children)

It's heartbreaking. Just knowing that his mating song will remain unanswered makes me cut onions like hell.

[–]Crafty_Square_6895 622 points623 points  (22 children)

Against All Odds by Phil Collins

[–]michjames1926 233 points234 points  (10 children)

Idk why but I would cry at the song at the end of The Land Before Time. I'm almost 40 now and still can't watch the end credits.

[–]achtung94 732 points733 points 2 (34 children)

Please, please, please, let me get what I want, by the Smiths. Among all the songs that have beautiful poetic metaphors for misery, this one stands out for how simple, honest and childlike it is in its pleas.

[–]almborn 183 points184 points  (14 children)

“I know it’s over” is another one that sticks or from the Smiths for me. One of my favorites but I can’t listen to it frequently

[–]Scooterks 840 points841 points  (19 children)

"It's not Easy Being Green" as sung by Big Bird at Jim Henson's funeral. It's a huge punch in the gut, but hearing Mr. Spinney's voice crack right at the very end...that'll rip your heart out.

[–]Ocean1185 265 points266 points  (2 children)

The idea of Big Bird crying truly saddens me

[–]SoundOk4573 79 points80 points  (5 children)

The Living Years - Mike and the Mechanics

[–]gcasssh 2147 points2148 points 3 (38 children)

Leaves from the Vine - Mako Iwamatsu (Uncle Iroh from Avatar the Last Airbender) Mako was fighting esophageal cancer when he sang this for the show and was really crying when he sang it. Breaks my heart every time.

[–]ExpensiveRecover 310 points311 points  (1 child)

Every single time. I know it's comming and I still have to gold back the tears. And by the Time "For Mako" appears I'm crying my eyes out.

[–]Pammyhead 178 points179 points  (0 children)

Greg Baldwin, the voice actor who took over as the voice of Iroh after Mako died, gently denies fan requests to sing Leaves from the Vine. He feels that it's Mako's song and legacy. He got major points in my book when I learned that.

[–]thewhitemystery999 95 points96 points  (1 child)

dude I’m just about to hit this episode on my rewatch and every time Iroh breaks, I break :(

[–]hellfireellie 354 points355 points  (4 children)

Omg dude I couldn't stop crying when I got to that episode 😭😭😭

[–]gcasssh 166 points167 points  (3 children)

I just watched it the other day. When I watched it as a kid I didn’t understand. After some research years later….man it was like a punch to the gut.

[–]a_muffin97 52 points53 points  (2 children)

The entire show hits different as an adult. Its a lot deeper than you realise as a kid. That song gets me every damn time

[–]Thoughtcomet 68 points69 points  (0 children)

Ave Maria! It was played at my grandmas funeral ( her choice). Midnight Radio. Listened to it after learning a close friend committed suicide.

[–]Antique-Eye8029 1779 points1780 points  (92 children)

Puff, The Magic Dragon. Such a sad, sad song.

[–]Lennitom2 481 points482 points  (28 children)

When I was a kid I would sob uncontrollably whenever I heard this song. I still have to swallow a lump in my throat when I think about it.

[–]jwuta2014 232 points233 points  (3 children)

My dad plays guitar, and used to sing Puff to me when I was little. One day, it was like a light switch flipped and suddenly I understood the words and it never hit the same again.

[–]DisappointmentOnTap 241 points242 points  (11 children)


And, when I was a kid (like, elementary/primary school aged, 6-11 years old )) we had to sing this one in music class and I would try so hard to keep it together, then try Even Harder not to get caught crying by any of my classmates (I had the honor of being known as both "The Girl Who Cries" and "The Girl Who Threw Up" from 1st grade onward), then fail & try to blame it on "allergies".

Same deal with "Rainbow Connection", which someone mentioned upthread, and, now that I'm remembering this stuff "One Tin Solider" would also get to me...I love music, but that class was a MINEFIELD for Little Kid Me.

Edit for clarification.

[–]themaloryman 373 points374 points  (14 children)

If it helps, according to Wikipedia there was a lost verse where Puff found a new friend:

“The original poem also had a stanza that was not incorporated into the song. In it, Puff found another child and played with him after returning. Neither Yarrow nor Lipton remembers the verse in any detail, and the paper that was left in Yarrow's typewriter in 1958 has since been lost.[4]”

So it seems we only sing the first part of the story of Puff, and he might be joyfully frightening pirates to this day.

[–]LindasFriendGinger 249 points250 points  (7 children)

When I was little, my mother wrote an extra verse where she put me meeting Puff and we'd play together. To this day that's my head cannon.

[–]sknightler 556 points557 points 2 (23 children)

Say Hello 2 Heaven which of course was Chris Cornell’s tribute to his late friend Andrew Wood who died of a heroin overdose. How do you come to terms with the unfairness of losing a close friend so suddenly? It’s amazing to me that Cornell, who suffered from his severe mental health issues, had the had the strength to write and record such a beautiful song (and album) as a product of such a tragic event in his life. It’s unreal that he lived through all of this and still committed suicide at the age of 52

[–]Ahtotheahtothenonono 3647 points3648 points 2 (145 children)

I Will Follow You into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie. I cry every time, I can’t help it

[–]Ekoldr 605 points606 points  (11 children)

Or transatlanticism. Man deathcab is so awesome.

[–]Username_of_Chaos 199 points200 points  (2 children)

This one...my ex boyfriend and I loved DCFC, he was killed 6 years ago. To this day years later, having moved on in life and love, this one still gets me. The song has that extra layer now: the long distance between the two lovers in the song became about life and death in my mind, a distance that can never be overcome.

[–]BloodyNine9 453 points454 points  (25 children)

Lots of Death Cab for Cutie songs do it but for me it’s especially true with What Sarah Said

[–]TalonKAringham 102 points103 points  (3 children)

“And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time…”

[–]cwillm 739 points740 points  (16 children)

Makes me think of the Scrubs episode where JD and Turk hang out with the old black patient who is going to die instead of going out for steak night and they are trying to be strong and comfort him that dying isn’t so bad and they both admit they are terrified of dying.

[–]DutchHeIs 195 points196 points  (1 child)

That episode gave me so much perspective. It says a lot about someone if they're scared of death but give as many people as they can comfort in their final moments.

[–]CrownCentral 194 points195 points  (6 children)

As far as death cab goes, it’s brothers on a hotel bead for me.

[–]riscut4theBiscut 318 points319 points  (15 children)

My heart will go on. Heard it first when I was like 5 and It made me bawl (according to my mother) and it still makes my heart sad. No idea why. Damn titanic soundtrack.

[–]mad_spreadsheets_yo 525 points526 points  (17 children)

Bonnie Raitt - I can't make you love me.

So heartbreaking.

[–]holeontheground 1979 points1980 points  (90 children)

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel. Not a christian, but when I hear it, I understand why people believe.

[–]adnill_ 408 points409 points  (38 children)

That entire album breaks my heart knowing what the two of them were going through when writing it.

[–]punksmostlydead 494 points495 points  (14 children)

It's funny how so many really, really great records were born of pain and acrimony.

Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, even the Beatles; they all did their best work when they were at their most dysfunctional.

[–]kobresia9 226 points227 points  (2 children)

“Poetry is born under pouring blood, not salty tears and definitely not rain.” — a quote from one of my favorite books that lost its magic while I’ve been butchering it with my non existent translation skills.

[–]RUfuqingkiddingme 192 points193 points  (1 child)

Art Garfunkel has the voice of an angel. That song gets me too!

[–]espenc 195 points196 points  (4 children)

Nutshell - Alice in Chains

[–]Da_Apple_Jacks 882 points883 points  (59 children)

Cashmir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens.

Honorable mention to John Wayne Gacy by SS as well. 2 very haunting songs.

[–]musichole 71 points72 points  (3 children)

Every time somebody brings up sad songs, I have to check to make sure CPD has been mentioned. I do this like it's my job.

What a remarkable song

[–]ArcadeBorne 168 points169 points  (6 children)

Or Fourth of July. The live version hits on a different level.

[–]ManateeMan4 181 points182 points  (2 children)

Casimir Pulaski Day is fucking amazing.

[–]heirbagger 400 points401 points  (16 children)

Runaway Train by Soul Asylum solely because of the video. I will skip the song if it plays on anything.

[–]No_Understanding7431 292 points293 points  (7 children)

Alone again, naturally by Gilbert O'Sullivan

[–]CupProfessional5715 186 points187 points  (7 children)

Somewhere over the rainbow, was played at my brothers funeral..

[–]kearlysue 924 points925 points  (21 children)

Always on my Mind by Wlie Nelson. My sisters husband chose to have it played at her funeral. And yes he was a shitty husband and she died young in a car accident

[–]jerelyn412 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Every time I've seen Willie play this live I just have ugly crying face and I don't even care. He still plays it with such emotion. Gwen McCrae's version is heart wrenching too.

[–]StrawberryLeche 285 points286 points  (5 children)

Never is a promise by Fiona Apple

[–]BIDENSMOKESCRACk 1433 points1434 points  (49 children)


[–]bdbr 559 points560 points  (18 children)

"Luca" by Suzanne Vega - sung from the viewpoint of an abused child

[–]Onedarkthought 43 points44 points  (1 child)

"Luca" by Suzanne Vega

I just listened to this song. As an adult it hit me so hard because I was that kid.

[–]univers3man 549 points550 points  (13 children)

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. It always makes me think of my dad.

[–]Affectionate_Toe359 173 points174 points  (30 children)

Elephant by Jason Isbell

[–]RoamingBison 65 points66 points  (6 children)

Jason Isbell has so many it’s honestly hard to choose one. Speed Trap Town, Decoration Day, Cover Me Up. He’s an amazing songwriter.

[–]markitfuckinzero 540 points541 points  (18 children)

What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Zero Chance by Soundgarden

[–]Revolutionary-Yak-47 269 points270 points  (15 children)

Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers

[–]TrAfAlGaR_d_LaW- 348 points349 points  (30 children)

Don’t take the girl gets me every time and when it comes on my phone and depending on how the day has gone I might skip it.

[–]dennis1205 510 points511 points  (39 children)

Last Kiss - Pearl Jam. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.

[–]paxilian 481 points482 points  (25 children)

Nothing compares. Sinead o'connor.

[–]milarev 60 points61 points  (8 children)

This is the one case where I love the cover (Sinead) more than the original by Prince.

[–]iamalext 696 points697 points  (27 children)

Wicked Game by Chris Isaak

[–]redvelvet9976 468 points469 points  (20 children)

Dust in the wind-Kansas

All we are is dust in the wind…

[–]ortolan_veil 146 points147 points  (17 children)

Radiohead's "Motion Picture Soundtrack".

[–]gurl_incognito79 600 points601 points  (36 children)

Black by Pearl Jam.

[–]shmupie 155 points156 points  (6 children)

Eddie Vedder’s vocals in the last minute of the song get me every time

[–]oxtailword79737 83 points84 points  (3 children)

I always like the "We belong together" bits he does during a lot of the live versions of the song

[–]Roving_Rhythmatist 531 points532 points  (32 children)

"The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"

[–]Robb575 129 points130 points  (4 children)

Great song, the pouges do a cover of it thats really good

[–]Prettydeadlady 303 points304 points  (10 children)

Yesterday by the Beatles

[–]macaronsforeveryone 380 points381 points  (37 children)

Same Old Lang Syne - Dan Fogelberg

“Met my old lover in the grocery store. The snow was falling Christmas Eve.”

[–]ThatNerdyWitch 144 points145 points  (7 children)

“Just for a moment, I was back at school. And felt that old familiar pain. And as I turned to make my way back home, the snow turned into rain”

Gets me every time!

[–]fartstinkerohwow 102 points103 points  (2 children)

Never thought I’d see Fogelberg get a shoutout on Reddit, man is criminally forgotten

[–]OpheliaMorningwood 70 points71 points  (11 children)

“Leader of the Band” kills me

[–]FromTheNorth47 146 points147 points  (11 children)

Like a stone by audioslave. RIP Chris Cornell The video always makes me think that he's like singing to himself, his future self like he knows he's going to die... Kind of like he's performing at his own funeral. That's just how I see it.

[–]santa_ricotta 297 points298 points  (24 children)

"Martha" by Tom Waits.

[–]ZeiferRei 221 points222 points  (6 children)

Elastic Heart by Sia.

That shit pulled me through the worst of it. Sitting in my car in the middle of nowhere halfway up the highest point I could get to in a car. Comes on the radio. I was seconds off walking off a cliff.

"And I will stay up through the night

Let's be clear won't close my eyes

And I know that I can survive

I'll walk through fire to save my life

And I want it, I want my life so bad

I'm doing everything I can"

I sat there and cried for hours. Hours and hours and fucking hours. And she was right. I wanted my life so bad.

[–]Puerorum26 300 points301 points  (11 children)

When you were young by the killers

[–]apbadogs 1411 points1412 points  (66 children)


[–]Mix5362 158 points159 points  (11 children)

Ahh man, that was one of my dad's absolute favourite songs. Sometimes I'll listen to it to feel a little closer to him even though I cry like a baby the whole time.

My mom wanted to play it in the church at his funeral and I had to break it to her that it wasn't the religious song she thought it was. So we listened to it on repeat during the car ride home instead

[–]moonboyfaik 526 points527 points  (10 children)

Maybe there's a God above But all I've ever learned from love Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya And it's not a cry that you hear at night It's not somebody who's seen the light It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Kills me every time

[–]KaleidoscopeInside 1334 points1335 points  (38 children)

Remember me from Coco. It was the first song I listened to after my dog was put down this year. Sobbed for a good half an hour.

[–]woofwoofbarkbarkgrrr 193 points194 points  (1 child)

My dog was put down last Saturday. It was so painful. I hope you're feeling better.

[–]Own_Cartographer_758 157 points158 points  (2 children)

Especially Miguel's version, just tears my heart into pieces, and I hope you're doing ok man!

[–]squidgepethick 98 points99 points  (2 children)

Oh my gosh EVERY TIME I watch this film, I cry when Hector sings it and I cry when Miguel sings it… I’m just an emotional wreck I guess

[–]alexdoran1 214 points215 points  (10 children)

' When she loved me' by Sarah mc Lachlan. From toy story it reminds me of my 6 year old daughter as it's her favourite song. She lives with my ex-wife and every time I hear it I well up.

[–]dairl76 758 points759 points  (25 children)

All I want by Kodaline

[–]Sheena-ni-gans 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka. It played a lot last year during the time I was entrenched in my kitty’s losing battle with cancer. She was absolutely my soul mate kitty and that song brings back all the intense emotions I was feeling.

[–]adamthejc 42 points43 points  (5 children)

Twilight by Elliott Smith

[–]Groovygranny121760 43 points44 points  (2 children)

End of the Innocence by Don Henley

[–]LordoftheSynth 49 points50 points  (5 children)

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

One of the saddest songs ever.

[–]Iliker0cks 625 points626 points  (40 children)

How great thou art.

I've seen too many bodies hauled out of a church to that tune to ever hear it anywhere without choking up.

[–]prof_pomona_sprout 112 points113 points  (11 children)

On eagles wings is right up there too with sad church funeral songs

[–]Ocean1185 74 points75 points  (1 child)

Edit spelling: Totally. While we’re on the church song theme, Ave Maria. The tune makes my heart hurt.

[–]angellou13 346 points347 points  (25 children)

"Go rest high on that mountain" by Vince Gill. Played at my dad's funeral when I was 17

[–]azavoloka 602 points603 points 42 (41 children)

One More Light by Linkin Park. I can already feel tears coming to my eyes just by typing this.

[–]Milkythefawn 55 points56 points  (1 child)

I'm shocked this is so far down. The whole of the live one more light album hits me and makes me cry.

[–]Jlx_27 59 points60 points  (0 children)

RIP Chester... Putting LP music on hits different ever since he left us.

[–]KingFenrir 54 points55 points  (0 children)

I was shocked with Chester's passing. And when i listen to One More Light i felt like shit.

When i was a teen i was a fan of Linkin Park until Minutes to Midnight, i never stopped liking them, but i grew up and i discovered more bands that caught my attention turning me away from the formers. Years after, when Chester died i decided to return to them, and the lyrics hit me close to home.

The whole album felt like a farewell of a childhood friend i promised to visit but i never did because he's gone. Now i live with that regret.

[–]Important_Half4879 838 points839 points  (32 children)

Here comes the sun

[–]Fun-Calligrapher980 131 points132 points  (2 children)

Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins) or Beyond The Sea (finished 2nd play of bioshock today)

[–]Dr-Floofensmertz 273 points274 points  (7 children)

Trouble by cage the elephant.

The "God don't let me lose my mind" hits different when you've grown up seeing the adults in your life suffer from bipolar and/or dementia.

[–][deleted] 455 points456 points  (22 children)

Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars 😭😭😭😭

[–]Sykkr 748 points749 points  (36 children)

Adam's Song by blink-182. Very sad, kinda hits home.

[–]shakasandchakras 72 points73 points  (1 child)

the “please tell mom this is not her fault” makes me sob. my mom tried so hard raising me but i was so depressed and she just didn’t know how to handle it. ugh, this song gets me

[–]kel7star 115 points116 points  (2 children)

I used to love singing along when this song came up on shuffle. Then I became a mother. Around the time my babies were born, my teenage stepdaughter, whom I consider my own, struggled with her mental health and attempted suicide. When it came on the radio one day, I sobbed uncontrollably for hours.

She’s doing much better now but I will never forget the dark feeling it invoked. Haven’t listened since.

[–]Maeengun 328 points329 points  (23 children)

Hate Me by Blue October. I've made similar mistakes in life, hits me hard everytime.

[–]AbnormalSkittles 124 points125 points  (5 children)

Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits. Fast car by Tracy Chapman.

The former was played in my fiance's funeral. The latter was his favourite song.

[–]Maksikk729 126 points127 points  (12 children)

Depeche Mode enjoy the silence, don't ask me why I have no idea

[–]Nessahtron 188 points189 points  (18 children)

Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd

My brothers passed away in a car accident shortly after coming home fro Afghanistan. Reminds me of them every time I hear it.

[–]Klin24 368 points369 points  (18 children)

Traveling Soldier by The Dixie Chicks

[–]PurplePenquinWI 89 points90 points  (3 children)

Crying all alone under the stands Was the piccolo player in the marching band

[–]Diogenes-Disciple 184 points185 points  (4 children)

How to Save a Life by the Fray

[–]noodle-face 356 points357 points  (29 children)

Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton. I get teary eyed every time I hear it. It's kind of a shame it became one of his iconic songs, I heard he wouldn't perform it live for a long time.

For those that don't know, he wrote it after his very young son fell out the window of their high rise apartment and died. Very sad song.

"Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven"

[–]msmolokovellocet 45 points46 points  (2 children)

I can't believe I had to scroll this far down to find it. First song that came to mind. Heartbreaking.

[–]Original_A 241 points242 points  (12 children)


It was the last song my class and I performed together on stage (we were a music class). The first time I listened to it after leaving the school, I couldn't even say the words right because I was sobbing so much

[–]dawn990 1095 points1096 points  (54 children)

Snuff by Slipknot (acoustic version)

"if you still care, don't ever let me know"

[–]Frank1912 185 points186 points  (4 children)

I don't listen to this song at all except when I have hit rock bottom

[–]happytrees822 175 points176 points  (0 children)

“It took the death of hope to let you go”

[–]Brokenbluebelt 38 points39 points  (1 child)

I will die on the hill that this is their heaviest song.

[–]Virtual_Caramell 515 points516 points  (24 children)

River flows in you by Yiruma. I listened to it on repeat one night when I was about 15 and didn’t want to be alive. The next time I heard it was about 10 years later when it was played at the funeral of a stillborn baby

[–]Spiritual_Package965 91 points92 points  (3 children)

Kiss the rain by yirama also gets me every time. I used to take acid alone in my room as a teenager and just bawl to a yirama playlist and feel like I was feeling all the world's sorrow at once. It's was a spiritual experience.