Some songs mean to make you instantly feel good when you play them. Other songs bring up a lot of deep emotions when you hear them. Contributors to an online board describe which songs bring out the saddest of feelings from the very first notes.
1. The Show Must Go On by Queen
Recorded when Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury was dying of complications from AIDS, “the song is Freddie admitting he is sick and about to die even though he publicly denied he was ill,” says one fan. When Mercury sings, “I guess I’m learning, I must be warmer now. I’ll soon be turning, round the corner now. Outside the dawn is breaking, but inside in the dark, I’m aching to be free,” it breaks your heart knowing that he knows he’s dying.
2. Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
Reading the lyrics of this haunting 1939 jazz tune, you realize that Holiday is singing about the scourge of African American lynching in the American South. The “strange fruit” she sings about are lynched Black bodies hanging from trees. Truly a haunting, disturbing, and thought-provoking song.
3. Danny Boy
Played at traditional Irish wakes and funerals, this early twentieth-century Irish farewell ballad touches even the hardest of hearts. Commonly used at the memorials and funerals for fallen law enforcement officers, even the strongest people cry by the end of the first stanza.
4. Limousine by Brand New
Based on the real-life incident of a wedding flower girl riding in a limousine and being hit and killed by a drunk driver, this melancholy track is hard to listen to frequently, with a listener calling it “such a strange, beautiful, and heartbreaking song.”
5. Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
This song has a trace of hope as the woman looks for ways to leave her hard existence behind. But the sheer desperation of her current circumstances, her desire for a better life, and the impossible odds she faces are so relatable and shattering.
6. I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston
Written and sung by Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” was her lyrical farewell to her mentor and business partner when she decided to pursue a solo career. Houston famously covered it in 1992 as the lead song on The Bodyguard soundtrack, winning countless awards for her rendition as a soulful power ballad.
7. Hurt by Johnny Cash
The 2002 cover of a Nine Inch Nails song was one of Cash’s final recordings before his death the following year. It was released to critical praise, as was its video, which references painful topics such as heroin addiction, depression, and self-harm. Hearing the record brings the sadness out in you; watching the video only deepens it.
8. Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
Composed in 1936, this string quartet arrangement was famously used in the movie Platoon and aired at the funeral of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. One user on the thread writes that it “doesn’t even need lyrics to be the saddest piece of music I ever heard.”
9. Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce
First released in 1972 on Croce’s second and final album, “Time In a Bottle,” became a number-one hit the following year after the singer and songwriter’s tragic and untimely death in a plane crash. The opening sounds of the harpsichord in this ballad are enough to tear your heart to shreds.
10. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
By far the saddest, most devastating track on this list, Eric Clapton wrote “Tears in Heaven” after the sudden 1991 death of his four-year-old son, Conor. It was also in the soundtrack for the movie Rush.
The legendary guitarist said he wrote the song in his grief, and it allowed him to heal and continue living. It’s impossible to listen to this song without thinking about Clapton’s profound loss as a father.
MORE FROM BOSS LEVEL GAMER – 15 FILMS WITH THE BEST ENDINGS OF ALL TIME: UNFORGETTABLE SCENES THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING
An online discussion recently took place about the best movie ending we’ve ever seen. Here are fifteen incredible films with even better endings.
10 CELEBRITIES WHO DESTROYED THEIR CAREERS IN TRULY SPECTACULAR WAYS
Discovering that your favorite actors are very disappointing humans in real life can be disheartening. These 10 celebrities managed to ruin their careers in particularly spectacular fashion.
21 OF THE ABSOLUTE BEST COMEDIES EVER MADE
There’s nothing like a good comedy to lift your spirits. Whether a movie puts a non-stop smile on your face or you fall off the couch laughing, a good comedy is incredibly appreciated. A recent online thread asks what the best comedy people have ever seen is. Here are the top answers.
8 CONTROVERSIAL COMEDIES THAT COULD NEVER BE MADE TODAY
There are hours of online conversations about how hit shows like The Office and Friends wouldn’t be created and aired new today, but what about the movies? Recently, somebody asked, “I’m looking for movies that contain humor that wouldn’t be made today due to their offensive jokes but still are hilarious.” People responded with their top offensive, but said, hilarious picks.
15 FILMS THAT MADE PEOPLE LITERALLY WALK OUT OF THE THEATER
You’ve paid a small fortune for tickets, popcorn, and soda. But there are some movies that are worth throwing it all away and getting the heck out of there. Here are 15 of those films.