sad love songs

Below is a list of sad love songs to play after a breakup that will let you “cry it out”. If you are looking for a list of the best songs with sad in the song title, click the link as you are in the wrong place.

We typically feature happy love songs as that is what is played at weddings. Well, the American divorce rate in 2019 hit a fifty-year low with only 14.9 marriages out of 1000 marriages ending in divorce [Rotharmel Shanks, LLC] which is great that it is falling. But there are still many divorces. Hence, we created the below lists.

sad love songs

What is the saddest song of all-time?

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When you hear the saddest love song, the song brings tears to your eyes and can take your breath away Here is a list of the top 10 saddest love songs ever:

“Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.
1992, Automatic for the People

When you think you’ve had too much
Of this life to hang on
Well, everybody hurts sometimes


“Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
2019, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

I let my guard down
And then you pulled the rug
I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved


“Someone Like You” by Adele
2011, 21

“Don’t forget me, ” I begged
I remember you said
“Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead”


“Hurt” by Johnny Cash
2002, American IV: The Man Comes Around

My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end


“Jar Of Hearts” by Christina Perri
2010, Lovestrong

And who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts


“Fix You” by Coldplay
2005, X&Y

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you


“Here Without You” by Three Doors Down
2002, Away From The Sun

I’m here without you, baby
But you’re still with me in my dreams
And tonight, it’s only you and me


“Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx
1989, Repeat Offender

Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you


“I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan
1993, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories


“Nothing Compares 2 U” by Chris Cornell
2020, No One Sings Like You Anymore

But nothing
Nothing can take away these blues
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you


What is the saddest love song ever written?

Are you experiencing the end of a love relationship? Pull out a box of Kleenex and a good cry will only help!

“Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga
2018, A Star Is Born Soundtrack

But all I really know
You’re where I wanna go
The part of me that’s you will never die


“Lose You To Love Me” by Selena Gomez
2019, Lose You To Love Me

I needed to lose you to find me
This dancing was killing me softly
I needed to hate you to love me


“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars
2012, Unorthodox Jukebox

My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways
Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out of my life


“I Hate U, I Love U” by Gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien
2016, us

I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I’ll never be her


“Let It Go” by James Bay
2014, Chaos And The Calm

Everything that’s broke
Leave it to the breeze
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me


“Be Alright” by Dean Lewis
2018, Be Alright

I know you love her, but it’s over, mate
It doesn’t matter, put the phone away
It’s never easy to walk away, let her go


“Dancing On My Own” by Calum Scott
2016, Only Human

And I’m giving it my all
I’m not the guy you’re taking home
I keep dancing on my own


“you were good to me” by Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler
2020, brent

I know it’s easier to run
After everything I’ve done
You were good to me


“This Town” by Niall Horan
2017, Flicker

I saw that you moved on with someone new
In the pub that we met, he’s got his arms around you
It’s so hard


“If the World Was Ending” by JP Saxe, Julia Michaels
2020, Hold It Together

You weren’t down for forever and it’s fine
I know, you know, we know
We weren’t meant for each other and it’s fine


What sad love songs will make me cry?

Every love song tells a story. If you find a sad love song that tells the same love story that you just went through could cause an episode of non-stop crying. These songs could hit the mark if that’s what you wish to do to try and get over your lover.

Check out this song to get you started! Grab a box of Kleenex.

“I Can’t Fall in Love Without You” by Zara Larsson
2017, So Good

I can’t fall in love without you
Please, don’t fall in love without me


“Let Her Go” by Passenger
2012, All the Little Lights

Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go


“Out Of Love” by Alessia Cara
2018, The Pains Of Growing

Oh, when did you fall out of love?
Out of love?
Oh, when did you fall out of love with me?


“Skinny Love” by Birdy
2011, Birdy

And now, all your love is wasted
Then who the hell was I?
‘Cause now I’m breaking at the bridges


“The Night We Met” by Lord Huron
2015, Strange Trails

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
Haunted by the ghost of you
Oh, take me back to the night we met


“Stay” by Sugarland
2006, Enjoy The Ride

What do I have to do to make you see
She can’t love you like me


“Say Something” by A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera
2013, Is There Anybody Out There?

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere, I would’ve followed you


“Because Of You” by Kelly Clarkson
2004, Breakaway

I find it hard to trust not only me but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid


“Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo
2021, drivers license

She’s everything I’m insecure about
Yeah, today I drove through the suburbs
‘Cause how could I ever love someone else?


“Lonely” by Justin Bieber & benny blanco
2020, Lonely

Maybe then you’d know me
‘Cause I’ve had everything
But no one’s listening
And that’s just lonely


What is a good song to remember a loved one?

Losing a loved one or a close friend is a very sad time in your life. See our complete list of songs for remembering loved ones.

“Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran
2017, Divide
Remembering your Mother

You were an angel in the shape of my mum
When I fell down you’d be there holding me up
Spread your wings as you go


“My Old Man” by Zac Brown Band
2017, Welcome Home
Remembering your Father

He knew how to lift me up
And when to let me fall
Looking back, he always had a plan
My old man


“Drink A Beer” by Luke Bryan
2013, Crash My Party
Remembering Your Sibling

This is where the walking lead
Can’t believe you’re really gone
Don’t feel like going home


“See You Again Wiz” by Khalifa, Charlie Puth
2015, Furious 7 Soundtrack
Remembering Your Friend

We’ve come a long way
From where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again


What is a good song to listen to when you are sad?

When you are sad, sometimes the best formula is to play songs that will make you happy. Yes, you could play songs that are party songs. But here are a few to feel better about yourself and raise your spirit. Time to dry your eyes.

“Rise Up” by Andra Day
2015, Cheers to the Fall

And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache


“Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” by Andy Grammer
2014, Magazines Or Novels

Hallelujah, let that bass line move ya, say hey
And it’s good to be alive right about now


“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
1978, Love Tracks

I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live


“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
1978, Out of the Blue

A celebration, Mr. Blue Sky’s up there waitin’
And today is the day we’ve waited for


“Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves
2018, Golden Hour

You hold tight to your umbrella
Well, darlin’, I’m just tryin’ to tell ya
That there’s always been a rainbow hangin’ over your head


Does a broken heart ever heal?

A broken heart never completely heals, it is mended. You must learn from each part of your life as it will only make you stronger. Plus, the best way to heal a broken heart is to find a new lover!

What are the saddest words to hear?

Here are a few of the saddest words:

  • Cancer
  • Loneliness
  • Sorrow
  • Unhappy
  • Depression
  • Unsuccessful
  • Regret
  • Melancholy
  • Heartbroken
  • Goodbye

Who is the best sad song singer?

The songs above are some of the greatest sad songs of all-time.  Here are a few artists that seem to capture the bountiful emotion of sadness:

  • Adele
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Celine Dion
  • Sam Smith
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lewis Capaldi

Is it good to listen to sad music when you are sad?

A 2015 study showed that depressed people preferred listening to sad music.  Plus, from the same study participants with depression indicated they would rather listen to sad music than happy music. As a result, it is not a bad idea to listen to sad music when you are sad.  However, you must know yourself well in order to decipher if the sad music is putting you in a deeper state of depression.

Does listening to sad music help depression?

Only you can answer this for yourself.  If you need help…

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – available 24 hours in English and Spanish
800-273-8255

Have a favorite sad song that should be on our list? Please share your song below and why it is special to you.


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