33 Beautiful, Emotional Songs to Be Sad, Reflective, Depressed, and Melancholy To

Updated on September 8, 2018
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Why Would I Want to Listen to Sad Music?

Music is one of the many things that causes us to experience complex emotions and, while happiness is a worthwhile endeavor, there is validity, purpose, and meaning in our sadness. Sure, I like to tap my toes to a happy tune as much as the next person, but tapping into the deep stuff can also be an extremely worthwhile and cathartic endeavor.

There is much meaning that can be derived from melancholy. In fact, sad music does not merely evoke sadness. Researchers have discovered that, sometimes, listening to sad music actually makes us feel happier, more romantic, less doomed, and supports our emotional well-being. Another study found that listeners felt less gloomy and miserable and more cheery, animated, and inclined to dance when they listened to sad music. So, in order to help with this uplifting/melancholic process, I have collected songs (listed here in no particular order) that have "sad" written all over them. Whenever I hear these songs, I'm reminded about certain large and important aspects of the human condition. While they are not always happy, they ring true.

Most Beautiful, Sad Songs

Song
Artist
1. "Hometown Glory"
Adele
2. "Young and Beautiful"
Lana Del Ray
3. "The Call"
Regina Spektor
4. "I Will Always Love You"
Whitney Houston
5. "Sweet Disposition"
The Temper Trap
6. "Back to Black"
Amy Winehouse
7. "With or Without You"
Scala and Kolacny Brothers
8. "Fix You"
Coldplay
9. "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Gotye
10. "Remember When it Rained"
Josh Groban
11. "You Found Me"
The Fray
12. "My Immortal"
Evanescence
13. "Eet"
Regina Spektor
14. "Apologize"
OneRepublic
15. "How to Save a Life"
The Fray
16. "Let Go"
Frou Frou
17. "May it Be"
Enya
18. "Say Something"
A Great Big World
19. "Let Her Go"
Passenger
20. "Battle Scars"
Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian
21. "Stay With Me"
Sam Smith
22. "Forever & Always"
Parachute
23. "I Can't See Nobody"
Nina Simone
24. "Eleanor Rigby"
The Beatles
25. "I Will Remember You"
Sarah McLachlan
26. "A Candle in the Wind: A Princess Diana Tribute"
Elton John
27. "Time to Say Goodbye"
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
28. "Hallelujah"
Leonard Cohen
29. "Almost Lover"
A Fine Frenzy
30. "Everybody Hurts"
R.E.M.
31. "Watercolor Lake"
Beth Sass
32. "Chasing Cars"
Snow Patrol
33. "In My Veins"
Andrew Belle featuring Erin McCarley

Although we humans possess an amazing ability to rise up from the ground and overcome what hurts us, there are times when we just have to take the time to be sad. (And rise up from the ground and overcome what hurts us after that.) Below are detailed descriptions and videos for each of the songs mentioned above.

#1. "Hometown Glory" Adele

Album: 19

Released: 22 October 2007

Label: Pacemaker, XL

Ah, Adele. Adele has done quite well for herself by tapping into the power of melancholy. Her voice is dripping with it. So, for anyone who thinks that there is no power in sadness, look (listen) no further than Adele. Most of her music is powerful and sad. But, for me, "Hometown Glory" is her most melancholic.

Interesting Facts About Adele

  • Adele has a close relationship with her mother, who raised her as a single parent.
  • She has three entries in the Guinness Book of Records.
  • She wrote her debut song, “Hometown Glory” at age 16.

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#2. "Young and Beautiful" Lana Del Rey

Album: The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film

Released: April 23, 2013

Label: Interscope

This song came into popularity with the 2013 movie remake of The Great Gatsby. It is hauntingly beautiful, and it pulls at a question that is worth asking, whether the person who loves you now will still be there in old age. This song has melancholy written all over it, and hearing it will help you attain a thoroughly satisfying sad mood.

Interesting Facts About Lana Del Rey

  • The name Lana Del Rey is an amalgam of the actress Lana Turner and the somewhat obscure ’80s automobile the Ford Del Rey.
  • Two of her biggest musical influences are the wildly disparate Kurt Cobain and Britney Spears.
  • She smokes Camel cigarettes consistently, but good luck finding many pictures of her puffing.

Lana Del Rey
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#3. "The Call" Regina Spektor

Album: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Released: 2008

Label: Sire, Warner Bros.

A song that taps into the heavy, questionable hope behind a word like "goodbye."

This song was used during the last scene of the movie Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia series. As the Pevensie children left Narnia and said their farewells, this song played in the background, making the children's goodbyes that much sadder (especially since two of them would not be coming back to Narnia ever again). Sniff. If you're not into Narnia, that's ok. This song can still be used to make you sad. But I digress.

Interesting Facts About Regina Spektor

  • She’s a Russian Jewish refugee.
  • She once worked at a butterfly farm.
  • She’s a classically trained pianist.

Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor | Source

#4. "I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston

Album: The Bodyguard Soundtrack

Released: 1992

Label: Arista

This song was written by Dolly Parton, and recorded in 1973, but it was Whitney Houston's cover in The Bodyguard in 1992 that made it such a powerful and poignant song. It moves in a way that is hard to describe (and it became the best-selling single of all time by a female artist). Hearing her sing this song gives me chills, and it is definitely moving and melancholy.

Interesting Facts About Whitney Houston

  • Her father, John Houston, gave her the nickname "Nippy" when she was a baby. Her nickname led to the management company, Nippy Inc.
  • Her favorite subject at school was History.
  • At the age of 15, she sang background vocals on Chaka Khan's hit single "I'm Every Woman."

Whitney Houston
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#5. "Sweet Disposition" The Temper Trap

Album: Conditions and Until Now

Released: 16 September 2008

Label: Liberation (AUS) Infectious (UK) Glassnote (US)

This song was used in the movie 500 Days of Summer and for a car commercial. I think it's been used for other things as well—what's neat about it is the way it evokes nostalgia for a person, a place, and a thing, while, at the same time, projecting a hopefulness for the future.

It is melancholy mixed with hope, which is a thrilling combination.

Interesting Facts About Temper Trap

  • Some wanted the band to be called Hearts, but they lost out.
  • The Temper Trap first met one another during a brief stint working at Melbourne Central’s General Pants.
  • Their first album sold nearly a million copies worldwide.

The Temper Trap
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#6. "Back to Black" Amy Winehouse

Album: Back to Black

Released: 27 October 2006

Label: Island

This song is all about losing love, losing yourself, losing control, losing everything and having nothing but darkness left. This is the perfect song to put you in a black mood, too.

Interesting Facts About Amy Winehouse

  • When she was 10 years old Amy Winehouse started a short-lived band called Sweet n' Sour.
  • The album Frank went double platinum.
  • In 2009 Amy Winehouse was added to the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Grammy Awards Won by a British Female Act.

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse | Source

#7. "With or Without You" Scala and Kolacny Brothers

Album: Circle

Released: 2011

Label: Wall of Sound

While this song (from U2's 1987 album, The Joshua Tree) is not necessarily new or original, Scala and Kolacny Brothers, a Belgian women's choir, sing it in a way that really hits a chord. There's nothing like a choir to make an emotion resonate.

Interesting Facts About Scala and Kolacny Brothers

  • Scala held their first rehearsal in April 1996, when the group's membership topped out at 18 singers.
  • The Kolacnys grew tired of classical music and began turning to other genres for inspiration, resulting in a unique repertoire that focused on choral reinventions of rock songs.
  • Their lineup now includes over 200 members.

Scala and Kolacny Brothers
Scala and Kolacny Brothers | Source

#8. "Fix You" Coldplay

Album: X&Y

Released: 5 September 2005

Label: Parlophone

We all need fixing, but until then, there is this song.

Interesting Facts About Coldplay

  • The band was originally called Starfish, but aren't we all glad that that changed?
  • The band once briefly paused a show because a fan was playing the tambourine in the audience. I would hate to be that guy.
  • In 2003 while in Australia, Chris Martin was arrested for attacking paparazzi.

Coldplay
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#9. "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye

Album: Making Mirrors

Released: 5 July 2011

Label: Eleven

This song taps into the heartbroken parts of ourselves as we deal with the inevitable loss and failure of a relationship.

Interesting Facts About Gotye

  • Both actor Ashton Kutcher and singer Lily Allen tweeted about Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" to their millions of followers, helping boost the single's sales to over half a million copies.
  • "State of Art," a track on Gotye's platinum Making Mirrors album, was created using a primitive 1970's organ that the singer bought used for $100.
  • Besides being a singer-songwriter, Gotye is also the leader of a rock and roll band called The Basics.

Gotye
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#10. "Remember When it Rained" Josh Groban

Album: Closer

Released: November 11, 2003

Label: Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records, 143 Records

Perfect for a melancholy, gloomy, contemplative mood, this song is full of heavy yearning.

Interesting Facts About Josh Groban

  • He flies planes.
  • He gets mistaken for Josh Brolin.
  • He's a sports enthusiast.

Josh Groban
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#11. "You Found Me" The Fray

Album: The Fray

Released: November 21, 2008

Label: Epic

Here's a song for when you're in the mood to remember a time when things were just "too little, too late."

Interesting Facts About The Fray

  • Lead vocalist and piano player, Isaac Slade once tried out for Star Search.
  • The song, "Never Say Never," was written by guitarist Joe King
  • Their song "Over My Head (Cable Car)" is about the estrangement of Isaac Slade and his brother, Caleb.

The Fray
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#12. "My Immortal" Evanescence

Album: Fallen

Released: December 8, 2003

Label: Wind-up

This one is super sad and very depressing. Listen in moderation.

Interesting Facts About Evanescence

  • Amy Lee dedicated the songs "Hello" and "Like You" to her younger sister, who died at the age of three years from illness.
  • Amy Lee's vocals can be heard in Seether's song "Broken" and Korn’s "Freak on a Leash."
  • The band was founded in 1995 by 13-year-old vocalist Amy Lee and 14-year-old guitarist Ben Moody.

Tim McCord of Evanescence
Tim McCord of Evanescence | Source

#13. "Eet" Regina Spektor

Album: Far

Released: November 27, 2009

Label: Sire Records

Apathy. Numbness. A song about what depression feels like. (The second song by Regina Spektor on this list.)

More Interesting Facts About Regina Spektor

  • Regina Spektor's middle name is Ilyinichna.
  • Regina Spektor date of birth: February 18, 1980.
  • Regina Spektor's shoe size is 9.

Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor | Source

#14. "Apologize" OneRepublic

Album: Dreaming Out Loud

Released: April 30, 2006

Label: Mosley, Interscope

When forgiveness never comes. Listen to this in moderation.

Interesting Facts About OneRepublic

  • The band claim they don’t fit into any genre, instead mixing their songs between rock, pop, indie and hip hop.
  • The band were originally called Republic.
  • Zach can speak fluent Spanish.

One Republic
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#15. "How to Save a Life" The Fray

Album: How to Save a Life

Released: March 26, 2006

Label: Epic

Yes, this is the second song by The Fray, but they have so many excellent melancholy songs I had to add another to the list.

Interesting Facts About The Fray

  • The song, "Never Say Never," was written by guitarist Joe King.
  • Vocalist/piano player Isaac Slade and guitarist, Joe King both attended Faith Christian Academy in the Denver area. They were a few years ahead of drummer, Ben Wysocki.
  • Drummer Ben Wysocki began learning to play the drums when he was in the sixth grade.

#16."Let Go" Frou Frou

Album: Details

Released: 2002

Label: Island Records (UK) MCA (USA)

A song about the beauty in the breakdown.

Interesting Facts About Frou Frou

  • Repeat their name and it sounds like a dog barking: "Rouf Rouf!"
  • The name Frou Frou was decided upon when Francophile Sigsworth noticed the phrase in a Baudelaire poem.
  • Manufactured an impressive brand of vocal-driven, electronic pop in the exclusive territory of Björk.

Frou Frou "Details" album cover
Frou Frou "Details" album cover | Source

#17. "May It Be" Enya

Album: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (soundtrack)

Released: 2002

Label: WEA

Enya's voice is the epitome of wistfulness. A lot of Enya's work would make it on this list. In fact, Enya could have her own list. But in lieu of that, I have added this song to the list.

Interesting Facts About Enya

  • Enya has sold 75 million albums worldwide.
  • In 1997 Enya purchased a castle in Killiney, Ireland.
  • Throughout her career Enya has performed songs in 10 different languages.

Enya
Enya | Source

#18. "Say Something" A Great Big World

Album: Is There Anybody Out There?

Released: September 3, 2013

Label: Epic

A song that taps into human struggles, when we fight for ourselves, when others help us fight, and when others give up on us in that fight. You will feel it.

Interesting Facts About A Great Big World

  • The day after they performed on ‘THE VOICE,’ the song hit number one.
  • People assume they're a couple.
  • Christina Aguilera heard their song ‘Say Something’ and emailed them.

A Great Big World
A Great Big World | Source

#19."Let Her Go" Passenger

Album: All the Little Lights

Released: 24 July 2012

Label: Embassy of Music, Black Crow, Sony (distribution), Nettwerk

A song that recognizes the human tendency to take things for granted, including, but limited to, periods of life, seasons, and significant others.

Interesting Facts About Passenger

  • Rosenberg opted to band's name for his solo work after the band dissolved in 2009.
  • He was born in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, England .
  • He started writing songs when he was about fourteen years old.

Passenger
Passenger | Source

#20. "Battle Scars" Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian

Album: Armageddon and Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II

Released: 10 August 2012

Label: Sony Music Australia/Atlantic Records, 1st & 15th/WEA International Inc.

Battle scars. Wounds that don't heal. Relationships and complications.

Interesting Facts About Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian

  • Lupe Fiasco was discovered by Kanye West.
  • His mom didn’t like his 'fro.
  • Guy Sebastian is an ambassador for the Australian Red Cross and World Vision Australia.

"Battle Scars" cover
"Battle Scars" cover | Source

#21. "Stay With Me" Sam Smith

Album: In the Lonely Hour

Released: 14 April 2014

Label: Capitol

It's hard to pick just one song from Sam Smith to put on this list, because most of his music would fit here. This song channels ache, loneliness, and the yearning for human connection. And, of course, there's a subtle, but beautiful, choir in the background.

Interesting Facts About Sam Smith

  • Smith was named Brit's Critic Choice Award of 2014.
  • He battles with OCD, which he frequently discusses on Twitter.
  • Before he was who he is today, he worked at a bar.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith | Source

#22. "Forever & Always" Parachute

Album: The Way It Was

Released: 2011

Label: Island Def Jam Music Group

The bittersweet aspects of forever and always in romantic love... when we know it cannot be forever.

Interesting Facts About Parachute

  • On June 15, 2009, Will Anderson and Kit French appeared as Parachute on the twentieth episode of Live From Daryl's House.
  • In the fall of 2010, the band headlined their US tour with singer-songwriter Joe Brooks and pop rock outfit Hot Chelle Rae as support acts.
  • In October and November 2016, Parachute was one of three openers for the American Christian rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE.

Parachute
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#23. "I Can't See Nobody" Nina Simone

Album: To Love Somebody

Released: 1969

Label: RCA Victor

This song is about the consuming and blinding nature of love, and reflecting upon that love once time has passed.

Interesting Facts About Nina Simone

  • Nina was a child prodigy starting at the age of three, playing piano by ear.
  • Her hopes of becoming a classical pianist were stripped away when her dream school, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, denied her admission.
  • Nina's version of "My Baby Just Cares for Me" (1957) was used in a 1980s Chanel commercial in Europe. It quickly became a hit in the U.K.

Nina Simone
Nina Simone | Source

#24. "Eleanor Rigby" The Beatles

Album: Revolver

Released: 5 August 1966

Label: Parlophone, Capitol

There's something catchy, but also haunting, about this song. Maybe it's because of all the lonely people.

Interesting Facts About The Beatles

  • The BBC banned "I Am the Walrus."
  • Ringo's real name is Richard Starkey.
  • John grew up near a place called Strawberry Fields in Liverpool.

The Beatles
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#25. "I Will Remember You" Sarah McLachlan

Album: The Brothers McMullen

Released: 1995

Label: Arista

Remembering loved ones and those who have passed is sad, and this song captures that.

Interesting Facts About Sarah McLachlan

  • Surfacing sold more than 7 million copies.
  • In 1998, McLachlan won two Grammy Awards—for the instrumental "Last Dance" and the other for "Building a Mystery."
  • Besides music, McLachlan is also known for her avid support for the animal welfare organization, the ASPCA.

Sarah McLachlan
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#26. "A Candle in the Wind: A Princess Diana Tribute" Elton John

Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Released: 5 October 1973

Label: MCA (US) DJM (UK)

We remember loved ones, but we also remember those who influenced the world and captured our interest. Unfortunately, too many of them lived such tragic lives.

Interesting Facts About Elton John

  • When he changed his name from Reginald Dwight, the singer chose a stage name that paid tribute to vocalist Long John Baldry and saxophonist Elton Dean.
  • He sang “Crocodile Rock” on the animated “Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember.”
  • John has a number of famous godchildren, including Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Elton John
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#27. "Time to Say Goodbye" Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Album: The Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas

Released: 1995

Label: Polydor Records

There is something so beautiful, powerful, and sad about this song, and about goodbyes. This song captured everything that it was supposed to capture, and one does not need to know Italian to feel the emotional impact of this song.

Interesting Facts About Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

  • Andrea Bocelli was born in Tuscany.
  • Andrea Bocelli lost his sight at the age of 12.
  • Sarah Brightman is the first artist to have been invited twice to perform at the Olympic Games.

Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli | Source

#28. "Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen

Album: Various Positions

Released: December 1984

Label: Columbia

This song sparks so many intense feelings: pain, heartbreak, heartache, loss, illusion and disillusion—it’s an effective raincloud. It also poetically brings together the highs and lows of love and sex with Biblical ties and parallels.The songs on this list have videos using the original singer of the song, but even though Leonard Cohen wrote the song, I do not find his version to be the most melancholy or emotional. There are many excellent versions of this song, and many that will bring on the feels, but I included a video that has John Cale's version of the song, Kate Voegele's version, and Jeff Buckley's version, because I liked those versions the most.

Interesting Facts About Leonard Cohen

  • After college, he considered becoming a lawyer.
  • He named his daughter Lorca for Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
  • Phil Spector once showed up at his door at 4 a.m. with a bottle of wine and a .45, which he cocked and shoved into Cohen’s neck.

Leonard Cohen
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#29. "Almost Lover" A Fine Frenzy

Album: One Cell in the Sea

Released: 2007

Label: Virgin

Love that almost was, but wasn't, is always sad. Dreams that almost were, but weren't, pull at our hearts. Listen and feel.

Interesting Facts About A Fine Frenzy

  • Alison Sudol spent most of her life in Los Angeles, having moved there with her mother when she was five years old.
  • The name A Fine Frenzy was taken from a line in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Sudol appeared in the series Transparent, the mini-series Dig, and the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Alison Sudol A.K.A A Fine Frenzy
Alison Sudol A.K.A A Fine Frenzy | Source

#30. "Everybody Hurts" R.E.M.

Album: Automatic for the People

Released: April 15, 1993

Label: Warner Bros.

A song highlighting the universality of suffering, and the importance of hanging on.

Interesting Facts About R.E.M.

  • They were the last Saturday Night Live musical guest of the 20th century.
  • Their debut album, Murmur, was named album of the year by Rolling Stone.
  • When Berry left, they made three albums without a drummer.

R.E.M
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#31. "Watercolor Lake" Beth Sass

Album: Knowing Me

Released: August 1, 2012

Label: Beth Sass

Parting is always difficult, especially when it is not only a parting, but a dissolution of a union. The sadness and difficulty in this dissolution is expressed through this song, which is about helping a friend through a melancholy divorce.

Interesting Facts About Beth Sass

  • By 12, Beth was inspired by her poet mother and artists such as the Beatles, Laura Nyro, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Paul Williams, Judy Collins. and Leonard Cohen.
  • By 8th grade, she was part of a duo with a friend, Nancy Walt, that lasted throughout high school and resulted in a vinyl record.
  • Beth went to Smith College for a year before splitting with Walt and headed to Berklee College Of Music where she became a composition major.

#32. "Chasing Cars" Snow Patrol

Album: Eyes Open

Released: 6 June 2006

Label: Interscope

This song will make you want to read the lyrics.

Interesting Facts About Snow Patrol

  • Lead singer Lightbody still lives in Co Down, near his parents, but has bases in London and Glasgow.
  • Snow Patrol's debut album Songs For Polarbears was a critical success but a commercial flop.
  • Final Straw won a prestigious Ivor Novello award in 2007.

Snow Patrol
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#33. "In My Veins" Andrew Belle feat. Erin McCarley

Album: The Ladder

Released: February 2010

Label: Universal Motown, Universal Republic, Republic

There's something both sad and beautiful about this song, and listening to it brings out the melancholy. In order to leave people on a sad note, both the television shows Grey's Anatomy and Castle have used it in their season finales (season six finale of Grey's Anatomy and in the 2012 season finale of Castle). This is one of my favorites from this list.

Interesting Facts About Andrew Belle and Erin McCarley

  • Andrew Belle's single "Sky's Still Blue" was used in a commercial for Microsoft Windows.
  • Born Drew Fortson, Andrew Belle he was raised in Wheaton, Illinois.
  • Erin has been compared to Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, and Sheryl Crow.

Andrew Belle
Andrew Belle | Source

More Great Sad Songs by These Artists

Artist
Song
Coldplay
"The Scientist"
Leonard Cohen
"Going Home"
Elton John
"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
Snow Patrol
"You Could Be Happy"
Leonard Cohen
"Night Comes On"
Sam Smith
"Make It to Me"
Evanescence
"Lithium"
Amy Winehouse
"(There Is) No Greater Love"
R.E.M
"Losing My Religion"
Enya
"Evening Falls"
Amy Winehouse
"Love Is A Losing Game"

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      Nalini Marquez 

      6 months ago

      Hi edge2412,

      "Stand by Me" is a great song and one that I really like! It's a little bit more upbeat than the songs on this list though. However, I do think that the associations that we make with music also add to the feelings of certain music so I can see why the movie Stand By Me would have made the song more sad. Thank you so much for your message and song suggestion and I wish you a wonderful day!

      Nalini

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      edge2412 

      6 months ago

      Ben E. King - Stand by Me has to be here! It's the saddest song ever made! :( Just watch the movie Stand By Me and you understand why :)

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      Nalini Marquez 

      6 months ago

      Hi Marthe Osater,

      Thank you for your message and the song suggestion. The slow version of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" is beautiful and melancholy; it has a great sound and feel to it and it's neat to see the different perspective/take on the song. I will keep it in mind for when I update the hub. Thanks again!

      Nalini

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      Nalini Marquez 

      6 months ago

      Hi keshav12198,

      Thank you for your message and the song suggestions. Of the 2 songs I think "See You Again" is a closer fit for the hub and will keep it in mind for when I update the hub. Thanks again!

      Nalini

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      Nalini Marquez 

      6 months ago

      Hi Hermine Wiener,

      Thank you for your message. I listened to both of the songs and I agree that the songs you included were melancholic and haunting. I think of the 2 that you suggested, "Central Park" is more of a fit for the hub. I will keep your song suggestion in mind for when I update the hub. Thanks again!

      Nalini

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      Marthe Osater 

      7 months ago

      If you listen to "I wanna dance with somebody" in this melancholy slow version it's actually really sad... One just doesn't notice in Whitney Houstons cover cause it's so upbeat. Both versions are great though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCmA5YOmpRA

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      keshav12198 

      13 months ago

      Hey, I like your list.

      This one's really great.

      Although I would like you to suggest two more songs

      See you again by Wiz Khalifa and

      Roads Untravelled by Linkin Park.

      They too are really nice songs.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      13 months ago

      Hi Georginamakr,

      Thank you for the song suggestions and I will check them out! I am glad you found some songs to add to your list. Have a great day!

      Nalini Marquez

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      Nalini Marquez 

      13 months ago

      Hi Lazara,

      Thank you for your message and I am glad that you enjoyed the list. I will check out those songs and thank you for the song suggestions! :-)

      Nalini Marquez

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      Lazara 

      13 months ago from Mexico

      Love the list!. You should check Lhasa de sela - rising or Emiliana torrini - if you go away. Those are my sadest songs ever.

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      georginamakr 

      16 months ago

      Thank you for your list! I already added some songs I didn't know to my playlist :)

      For sad & emptional songs I would add:

      1) Empty Chairs At Empty Tables - Eddie Redmayne

      2) Let It All Go - Birdy

      3) Skinny Love - Birdy

      4) Nervous - Gavin James

      5) Magnetised - Tom Odell

      6) Here I Am - Tom Odell

      7) Sparrow - Tom Odell

      8) Still Getting Used to Being On My Own - Tom Odell

      9) Somehow - Tom Odell

      10) True Colors - Tom Odell

      11) Affection - Cigarettes After Sex

      12) Save Yourself - Kaleo

      13) Monday - Matt Corby

      14) I Would Do Anything for Love - Melting Oak

      15) Wait For Sleep - Dream Theater

      16) Hurt Me - Lapsley

      17) High Hopes - Kodaline

      18) Silent Storm - Carl Espen

      19) Lovers - Shigeru Umebayashi

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      Nalini Marquez 

      17 months ago

      Hi Paddio,

      Thank you for the song suggestion. I will check it out.

      Have a great day,

      Nalini

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      Paddio 

      19 months ago

      Rod McKuen..."Loves Been Good to Me""

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      Hermine Wiener 

      21 months ago

      I like you list of emotional, sad songs.

      To me Evanescence -My Immortal is the most sad and melancholic song on this list, with lots of memories. I also like Passenger very much.

      I like listen to songs like this and it doesn't make me automatically feel sad. There is a kind of melancholy, emotional songs that actually makes me kind of happy.

      But there are two songs that really makes me sad and I even don't know exactly why. They are not only emotional and melancholic, but there are also kind of "haunting". At least to me.

      Audrey Lavergne - Central Park (It's from a movie)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvh2tpJt_bU

      and this one:

      Dahlia - Ghost Chair

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6R27oSZCac

      I can't even describe how this makes me feel. I think it's very beautiful & melancholic.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      24 months ago

      Hi angel angelo,

      Thank you for your comment and I am glad that you found some songs that you had not heard before and that you are enjoying them! :-) No need to apologize about your English; I appreciate your song suggestions and the care with which you selected them, and I look forward to listening to those songs and updating the list.

      Happy Holidays!

      Nalini

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      angel angelo 

      2 years ago

      Hello Nilima,

      Your list is very nice. I love emotional music and i found songs here i've never heard before, so thank you.

      Here are some suggestions of music i think really speak to heart, i've picked them really carefully. Listen to them and add to your list anyone u like.

      1)Adele~Hello

      2)Alexander Cardinale ~Made for you

      3)Andy Davis~Unchained melody

      4)Angus and Julia Stone~Draw your swords

      5)Cat Stevens~Lady D'Arbanvill

      6)Christina Perri~A thousand years

      7)The civil wars~Falling

      8)Cyndi Lauper~Time after time

      9)Damien Rice~The blower's daughter

      10)Daughter~Run

      11)Daughter~Smoke

      12)Daughter~Touch

      13)Daughtry~What about now

      14)Dusk~What are the chances

      15)Emma Louise~Jungle

      16)Evanescence~Lost in paradise

      17)Goo Goo Dolls~Iris

      18)James Blunt~Goodbye me lover

      19)Jeff Buckley~Hallelujah

      20)Kat Frankie~Happy

      21)Kodaline~All i want

      22)Monika~Over the hill

      23)Royksopp~Running to the sea

      24)Sinead O'Connor~Nothing compares to you

      25)Skillet~Lucy

      26)Cinematic Orchestra~That home

      27)Tom Odell~Another Love

      28)Tom Odell~Heal

      29)Haley Reinhart~Undone

      30)Skylar Grey~Words

      I know they are a lot but every single one of them is stellar.

      Greetings from Greece

      P.S.

      Sorry if my English are bad!

      Angelos

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      Nalini Marquez 

      2 years ago

      Hi Professor T,

      Thank you for checking out this hub and for commenting. It means a lot to me to have a positive effect on people too and am happy that you appreciate the list :-). Thank you for sharing this list with your friends and for sharing beats for artists to record over.

      I wish you a wonderful day!

      Nalini

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      ProfessorTaudio 

      2 years ago

      Hi Nalini!

      So happy to read your post!

      It means a lot to me to be able to effect people, and your list is appreciated. I will let my friends know. I have beats available for any artist to record over.

      Thank you

      -Professor T

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      Nalini Marquez 

      2 years ago

      Hi Discordrocks, thank you for your comment and song suggestion. I will check it out and look to include it when I update the hub. Have a wonderful day! Nalini

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      Gavin Heinz 

      2 years ago from Austin TX

      I'm never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm, though its easy to pretend I know your not a fool, should've known better than to cheat a friend, and waste the chance that i have been given, so i'm never gonna dance again the way I danced with you. Careless Whispers 1984, why isn't it on this list. Signed Zoidberg.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      2 years ago

      Hi roob, thank you for your comment. That is an interesting perspective and I had not thought of it that way. Perhaps it does take a strong person to listen to sad music :-) but there are definitely benefits to listening to happier things!

      Have a wonderful day,

      Nalini

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      Ruby 

      2 years ago from United States

      It takes a strong person to listen to sad music... I know I am always listening to happy stuff... well I love sad songs once!(: Or should that be a frown lol?

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      Nalini Marquez 

      2 years ago

      Hi AaronChapman, thank you for the album suggestion. It sounds like a neat mix and I will check it out :-). Have a wonderful day!

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      AaronChapman 

      2 years ago

      Oooh oooh...you MUST check out Eddie Vedder's album Into the Wild. It covers the themes of discontent and peaceful loneliness while still being uplifting. I love the album. I hope you enjoy it.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      2 years ago

      Hi Aaron Chapman, thank you for the song suggestions! I don't think that I have heard songs from Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, and Chett Baker but you describe their work and music in such a way that it sounds like they are very unique and evocative, especially if you find them to have the most introspective and sincere songs. I will be checking those out and adding songs when I update the hub. :-) Have a wonderful day!

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      AaronChapman 

      2 years ago

      I feel like you need to add some Nick Drake and Elliott Smith songs. They have the most introspective and sincere songs, having a certain sophistication that no modern artist can imitate. There's also this element of mysticism in Nick Drake's songs that transcend you into this completely vulnerable and observant frame of mind. Nick Drake and Elliot Smith were the only two artists that I feel could explain my depression without pitying the situation. Chett Baker is another artist that shouldn't be overlooked.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      2 years ago

      Hi Bob Smith 0114, thank you for the song suggestions! I will have to explore Frank Sinatra's No One Cares album and "Not That Funny" by Fleetwood Mac as I do not think I am familiar with them. It sounds like both have different things to offer when it comes to exploring emotions of sadness and working through uncertain times/feelings, and I think it's neat how that song was able to put all of your concerns into their proper perspective. I will be checking those out and adding songs when I update the hub. :-)

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      Bob Smith 

      2 years ago from Plymouth, MI

      I'd recommend Frank Sinatra's entire No One Cares album. It starts off with the title track and ends with "None But the Lonely Heart." In between, it explores all of the emotions of sadness in what turns out to be a very comforting way.

      "Not That Funny," by Fleetwood Mac would be another good song for this list. I remember laying on my bed at college, trying to figure out what comes next, listening to the Tusk album, and that song started playing. In some strange way, it put all of my concerns into their proper perspective.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      2 years ago

      Hi trusouldj, I'm glad you found the hub interesting! Thank you for your comment and for the song suggestions. I will be checking those out and adding songs when I update the hub. :-)

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      LaZeric Freeman 

      2 years ago from Hammond

      Interesting topic for a hub. Try also, "I Cry" by Daniel Winans, "Love Is In The air" by Mario Winans, "Joy Inside My Tears" by Stevie Wonder and "Long Way Home" by The Monkees.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi swalia,

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad you liked the playlist! :-)

      Have a great day,

      Nalini

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      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      nice playlist!

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi creyativity,

      I'm glad you like the hub and thank you for your comment. Feel free to come back anytime and to listen to the songs as you need!

      Have a great day,

      Nalini

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi AbeerG,

      Thank you for your comment and I am glad you were able to find some new songs that you liked! "My Immortal" is a good one. There is a lot of really beautiful Indian music and Bollywood songs, so you have access to quite a selection of good music!

      You are most welcome. I hope you enjoy listening to the new songs :-).

      Nalini

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      creyativity 

      3 years ago

      Will come back here when I need a song list for my sad song nights. Love this hub. It`s real.

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      Gagan Preet Singh 

      3 years ago from Chandigarh

      Beautiful, I love to listen "My Immortal". I found here some great new songs in this list. As an Indian I often listening to Bollywood songs, those are in Hindi. But sometimes I feel good to listen English songs.

      Thanks for this beautiful list.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi eilval,

      Thank you for the comment and for checking out my hub! I hope you enjoy the songs as you go through them.

      Have a wonderful day,

      Nalini

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      Eileen 

      3 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Lovely list of songs , some familiar others not. Will check them out over course of time

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      It's interesting because music does very often relate to both our age and preference. Most of the lists I've made have some songs that are older but a lot of the songs are newer or are relatively recent. "Candle in the Wind" is a sad one, and I can see why it was both an ode to Marilyn Monroe and why it was reworked to honor Princess Diana. They both had tragic lives and in some aspects, the tragedies of their lives were similar. Actors often say that they have to think of something really sad and awful for some of their sad scenes, so it's fitting that listening to sad songs would put you in the right mindset to write a sad or heartbreaking chapter in your next book since writers connect so much with words and to words, and the music helps to add another layer. I hope some of these songs are able to help you with that and I hope that all goes well with the writing.

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      DW Davis 

      3 years ago from Eastern NC

      I may be showing my age and preference but I only recognized 5 of the songs on your list. One of them, 'Candle in the Wind,' was a favorite of mine before Sir Elton reworked it to honor the fallen Princess Diana. Originally the song was an ode to Marilyn Monroe. About sad music in general, I listen to sad songs when I am trying to put myself in the right mindset to write a sad or heartbreaking chapter in my next book.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Jonas Rodrigo, you are welcome for the list and I am glad you are looking forward to listening to the songs and that you've found some that you like! Thank you for the song suggestions as well. I am on the fence about "Riptide." Sometimes I hear it and there is something melancholy, a longing, a reaching, and it has a mixing of emotions (similar in a way to "Sweet Disposition") and other times it's not melancholy enough and it's not as melancholy as the other songs on this list. It was a recent addition to the list but I've been debating it since I put it here. I'll swap it out with "Chasing Cars" until I decide since that one is very much a sad song. I hope you enjoy listening to the list! :-)

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      Jonas Rodrigo 

      3 years ago

      I love Fix You! I love anything by Coldplay, really. How To Save A Life is nice too. Riptide being included somewhat shocked me; I don't think I've ever considered it as a sad song. If I could add a song to this, I'd choose Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars. Ed Sheeran's Sunburn or Autumn Leaves is also good. Thank you for this list. I can't wait to hear them!

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Seshagopalan,

      I am glad you enjoyed this list and my other collections, and that they made it into your playlist! "Forever & Always" by Parachute was one that I had not heard until it was suggested but it is a good one.

      Nalini

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      Seshagopalan Murali 

      3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      "Forever & Always"--Parachute is my favorite. All your collections are good . I just three of your collections right away into my playlist

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi bnayr,

      Glad you like the list and that you're going to search for these on Spotify. Cheers and happy (or sad) listening to you! :-)

      Nalini

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      Ryan 

      3 years ago from Manchester

      Great list. Going to search for some of these on Spotify. Cheers.:)

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi oscareo,

      You’re welcome for the info but you might want to look through the info further.

      In the link I provided you, some areas where you might want to look are:

      #4. “How can I make money on HubPages” (found under “HubPages Features and Functions”)

      and

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      Thank you and have a great day!

      Nalini

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Anthony Moreau,

      Thank you for your comment and you are welcome! I am glad that some of these will make it to your collection and I wish you a wonderful day.

      Nalini

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      oscareo 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the info.

      So for example, what might someone earn for a page like this? What do you mean by online advertisements? I do not see any on this page.

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      Richard de Mey 

      3 years ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

      i have my own collection of sad songs and ballads i think i'll add some of these to my collection. thanx for sharing

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Whitney Rose Wood,

      I am glad you liked the list! "Candle in the Wind" is pretty sad.The imagery really stands out to me in that song, especially when pairing that imagery to the way a life was lived and/or is lived.

      Nalini

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi oscareo,

      Welcome to HubPages! Writers of Hubs on HubPages do not get commission from writing Hubs. They earn money on an impression basis from online advertisements. You can find more information about earnings and other helpful HubPages info here in the HubPages "How HubPages Works" FAQ: https://hubpages.com/faq/#what-is-hubpages.

      Hope this helps and once again, welcome! :-)

      Nalini

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Indianstudent,

      I am glad you like the list! "I Will Always Love You" is one of my favorites too. It is so powerful and beautiful.

      Nalini

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      Whitney Rose Wood 

      3 years ago

      These are great. Especially "Candle in the wind." That one always seems to get stuck in my head when I feel a little down.

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      oscareo 

      3 years ago

      Hi there

      I am new to HubPages. How does this work exactly? Do you get commission from making a page like this?

      Thanks in advance.

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      Dinesh 

      3 years ago from Delhi

      Nice list,

      "I will always love you" is one of my favorites.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Chriswillman90,

      Thank you for your comment and feedback. I am glad that you liked the list! I shared the idea of listening to sad music in order to release and to find joy/positive emotions but the person I was sharing with thought it was strange. I don't think it's all that strange though. In a way it makes perfect sense. Hallelujah is a good choice as it is both soothing and quiet, yet powerful like you mentioned.

      Have a wonderful day,

      Nalini

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      Krzysztof Willman 

      3 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I've listened to a handful of these (well still listen) and I agree with you on the cathartic experience of sad songs. They don't make you more sad, they do give you that release and joy you need. My favorite on this list is Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley version) because it's sad yet soothing, quiet yet powerful. Great list.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi colorfulone,

      Thank you for your comment and for sharing. It seems counterproductive but sometimes melancholy songs do get us through melancholy moods. I am not sure how it works out like that, but it does. I hope these songs help for any future melancholy and that you do not have much melancholy in your future.

      Nalini

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      I have had times in my life where I needed to listen to songs like these to get through a melancholy mood.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Luthor,

      I am glad you are beginning to feel good about songs that you didn't know previously and I agree with you that these songs are not only sad, but also touching and related to love and character. It probably varies depending on what speaks to us most at the time we listen. Thank you for your comment and I am glad you liked the list!

      I wish you a great day,

      Nalini

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      Luthor Aschwin 

      3 years ago

      This list is total awesome and there were songs I didn't know and I'm beginning to feel good about , you can call these songs, sad songs but I think they are rated as touching, love songs character like, thanks again for this list

      www.musicread.tk

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Kristen Howe,

      Thank you for the feedback and the vote up! I appreciate it. I am glad that you liked the list and that you found some songs you hadn't heard of.

      I wish you a great day,

      Nalini

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Excellent list of sad songs from old to the recent hits. Some of the songs I never heard of. Great job and voted up!

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Beth,

      I appreciate being able to reach people as well and am glad that you are happy with being on the list! Thank you for the feedback and for publicizing in your network and spreading this onward. I appreciate it!

      I wish you a wonderful day,

      Nalini

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      Beth Sass Music 

      3 years ago from Nashville

      Hi Nalini!

      So happy to read your post!

      It means so much to me to be able to reach people, and your blog-list is a true gift. I will proceed to publicize in my network, as I did previously.

      Thank you again for taking the time to curate.

      -Beth Sass

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Beth,

      Thank you for the feedback and appreciation of my curating of music! Thank you also for the song suggestions. I enjoyed your songs and each of your songs was melancholy in its own way but I added “Watercolor Lake.”

      Thanks again and I wish you a wonderful day :-).

      Nalini

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Rabbs,

      I am glad that you found the topic and that you were able to find some new sad songs to listen to! I think we all enjoy and want happiness, but there is something true and profound about sadness--which is probably why it can help us to create awesome things. It is interesting that you should point that out, because many great works and things we have come to know and love have come from sadness either directly or indirectly.

      Thank you for your feedback and song suggestion. I have added it to this list. It is a sad song, but that’s what makes it fit right in here :-).

      Nalini

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      Beth Sass Music 

      3 years ago from Nashville

      Hi Nalini:

      I am going to offer several suggestions today, then add some more after I finish updating my youtube channel. Hope you enjoy. Thank you for curating music so thoughtfully.

      -Beth Sass

      1)Here is "KNOWING ME" the sadness of long distance love and living with the memory of having had such special times together that may never happen again. "It was late, time ran out, and I had to leave the hard way..."

      http://youtu.be/6_YnjzXjqc4?list=PLGy60lPWH9S8y-o4...

      2) Here is WATERCOLOR LAKE: helping a best friend through a very melancholy divorce..."as your life falls apart we walk around the lake...and as each footstep tells the truth, the light through the leaves reveals every last mistake..." http://youtu.be/Sffor_JGWHQ?list=PLGy60lPWH9S8y-o4...

      3)Here is TORNADO: Another very tragic song about someone in the midst of throwing their life away....but just maybe maybe they can salvage and see beauty in their pain....very poignant. http://youtu.be/IDi2cTWBgBM?list=PLGy60lPWH9S8y-o4...

      Enjoy, or should I say "feel".

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      Rabbs 

      3 years ago

      Hi

      I was looking for some new sad songs and I found this topic.

      I also enjoy listening to sad music. I feel that there is someone that also feel the way I feel at the moment. Or sometimes I don't feel sad, but I think sadness is such a strong feeling that makes you create awesome things.

      I agree that some of those songs doesn't come to my mind when I think about sadness actually, but I guess that it depends on the person.

      So I wanna add a song that comes to my mind that I use to listen when I'm sad, maybe you guys also enjoy it:

      When I feel that I'm alone and everybody failed to me I listen to Everybody Hurts by R.E.M

      Such a beautiful song that makes me feel more sad but I kind of enjoy that, haha.

      This topic about enjoying sadness is interesting.

      Glad to find it!

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Beth! :-)

      Thank you for your comment and feedback. I am glad that your song has received many video views from being on my other hub and I can check out some songs for this hub. Did you have a song that you think is your most melancholy/sad/beautiful/emotional?

      Thank you,

      Nalini

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      Beth Sass Music 

      3 years ago from Nashville

      Hi Nalini!

      Are you up for more submissions? I am so thrilled to be included on your other hub! I've gotten many video views thanks to you and your site.

      Let me know if I can forward you more songs for perhaps this site as well.

      Great work,

      Beth Sass, Beth Sass Music

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      Nalini Marquez 

      3 years ago

      I added Whitney Houston to this song list after I had created the poll and we can't make make modifications to the polls without erasing the previous votes so I have not added Whitney or the other songs that were added after the poll started collecting votes. I was thinking of adding another poll for the songs that were added after the poll but every time a song is added to the Hub it would be the same thing.

      "I Will Always Love You" is very sad to me too. I get chills when I listen to it. There is definitely a connection between music and what we associate it with that gives it power, or more power if it already has it. There was such tragedy to Whitney's life. Whitney gave that song so much power and emotion, and that song reflects both her career high (her amazing and moving voice) and her life low (her funeral), which is sad.

      Elton John's rendition of "A Candle in the Wind" for Princess Diana is another sad one. It does sound like you feel the emotion/connection with funeral songs but since they are meant to affect us that is probably a good connection with the music and the person that is no longer here. Thank you for the song suggestion. I will add it to the list :-).

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      TL Stahling 

      3 years ago from US

      I didn't see Whitney Houston on your poll. I Will Always Love You is very sad to me. Not just the song, but the tragedy of Whitney. Also, during her funeral as her coffin was being carried out, they started playing that song and I cried for her.

      Also, Elton John's rendition of A Candle In The Wind for Princess Diana made me cry. I guess there's a pattern of funerals with songs that affect me.

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      Nalini Marquez 

      4 years ago

      Hi M L Morgan, thank you for your comment. I’ve only heard some of Lana Del Rey’s music but what I have heard of her music so far tends to have a certain “tragicness” to it. Gotta sing that pain out! :-)

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      Nalini Marquez 

      4 years ago

      Hello JTRyder, I am glad that you love the list, especially since some of the artists may not have initially seemed like a fit! I had never heard that song from Nina Simone until I checked out the link you provided. It does have an overall melancholy to it. There’s something about those trumpets in the background with the rest of the song. Thank you for the suggestion. I added it to the list. :-)

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      M L Morgan 

      4 years ago

      Nice topic. I'd have to say I agree with the Lana Del Rey songs. She just has a way with vocalising pain so well. :)

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      John Thomas Niswonger 

      4 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      Love the list! Although some of the artists listed wouldn't have popped into my head as matching my musical tastes, I found I liked almost every one of them listed. I have one for you...it's always had such a depth of sadness, more than any other song I have heard.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxptSqzHGfw

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      Nalini Marquez 

      4 years ago

      You are definitely not the only one! :-) "Fix You" is such a profound and heartbreaking song that really taps into so much. I don't follow So You Think You Can Dance but the piece that you sent to me was really moving! The story behind the choreography and music was meaningful and how it all came together was poignant and well done. Music is a language, dance is a language, and music + dance is another language and I enjoy seeing/watching/listening/interpreting them. Thank you for sending me the link.

      I had never heard "Forever & Always" before but I just checked it out. What a sad love song! I will add it to this hub.

      As a dancer, you will have had your share of "feeling" the music and relating it to your work. And as you mentioned it can change anything and everything. We are such sensory beings. It is neat how humans can connect on so many levels and on different levels (including dance and music). Thank you for your comment and I am glad you liked the list! :-)

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      Caroline 

      4 years ago from Athens, GA

      I'm so glad I'm not the only one who appreciates sad music sometimes! This is such a comprehensive list across so many different genres. "Fix You" is just about guaranteed to make me cry no matter where I am in my life. I'm not sure if you follow So You Think You Can Dance, but they did a piece to that song, and it absolutely destroyed me. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnguqsMQmg4

      Beyond that, there is a song by Parachute - "Forever & Always" that always gets me when it comes to relationships. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7W0xJ5YqSM&sp...

      I've been a dancer for 18 years, so I completely understand the way that music can change anything and everything. This is a really great list!

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      Nalini Marquez 

      5 years ago

      Hi there EnyaBrennan61, thank you for your comment and feedback! I am glad that you like the list! Enya would be a perfect addition to this list; I don't know how I missed her. I just listened to "On My Way Home" and it is a nice song! I did not add it to the list because I thought it was a little bit more upbeat than the other songs in the list and "The Memory of Trees" didn't have words which is why I didn't add it. But because of your suggestion I did add an Enya song and I will keep your song suggestions in mind for future song lists that I make!

      I think it is great how music is able to speak to us, move us, and help us process/go through life/think/reflect/etc., such as in the way that you mentioned. I hope that the good moments and good feelings outweigh the melancholic and sad moments, and that music continues to make you feel good when faced with the melancholic and sad moments.

      It was lovely to read your comment and thanks again for writing and sharing! Regards from U.S.A.! :-)

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      EnyaBrennan61 

      5 years ago

      I like very much your list!! I agree that music is one of the many ways that we process and go through life. I listen to my favourite singer Enya everyday, because her voice makes me feel so good. The melodies of her songs and the haunting sound of her lovely voice makes my life something different.

      I am not from the country I live in, and this fact brings to me very melancholic and sad moments, but there is Enya to make me feel good. The song "On My Way Home" makes me think of all the good days I've lived in my origin place. The song "The Memory of Trees" makes me think of the environment and the Mother Nature, and how we are destroying it.

      I would add these song to a list like yours :)

      Thank you if you read this! Regards from Spain! :)

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