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

Updated on December 01, 2016
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Beautiful, Sad Songs

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

Why Would I Want to Listen to Sad Music?

Music is one of the many ways that we feel things and, while happiness is a worthwhile endeavor, there is validity, purpose, and meaning in other states of emotion, as well. 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.

Sadness, for example. 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, and less doomed. Another study found that listeners felt less gloomy and miserable and more cheery, animated, and inclined to dance when they listened to sad music.

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.) 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, important aspects of the human condition and while they are not always happy, they ring true.

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#1. "Hometown Glory" Adele

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 melancholy.


Video: Adele's "Hometown Glory"

#2. "Young and Beautiful" Lana Del Rey

This song came into popularity with the 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby movie. It is hauntingly beautiful and 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.


Video for "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey

#3. "The Call" Regina Spektor

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 childrens' 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.


Listen to "The Call" by Regina Spektor

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

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 the powerful and poignant song that moves in a way that is hard to describe (and 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.

Video: "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

#5. "Sweet Disposition" The Temper Trap

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 a nostalgia for the past, a person, place, thing, etc. while at the same time projecting a hopefulness for the future.

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

Video: "Sweet Disposition" by the Temper Trap

#6. "Back to Black" Amy Winehouse

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.

Video: "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse

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

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.

Listen to "With or Without You" by Scala & Kolacny Brothers

#8. "Fix You" Coldplay

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

Video: "Fix You" by Coldplay

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

This song taps into the heartbroken parts of ourselves that have dealt with the inevitable loss and failure of a relationship.

Video: "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye

#10. "Remember When it Rained" Josh Groban

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

Video: "Remember When It Rained" by Josh Groban

#11. "You Found Me" The Fray

Here's a song for when you're in the mood for a little "too little, too late."

Video: "You Found Me" by the Fray

#12. "My Immortal" Evanescence

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

Video: "My Immortal" by Evanescence

#13. "Eet" Regina Spektor

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

Video: "Eet" by Regina Spektor

#14. "Apologize" OneRepublic

When forgiveness never comes. Listen to this in moderation.

Video: "Apologize" by OneRepublic

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

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.

Video: "How to Save a Life" by the Fray

#16."Let Go" Frou Frou

A song about the beauty in the breakdown.

Listen to "Let Go" by Frou Frou

#17. "May It Be" Enya

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.

Listen To "May It Be" by Enya

#18. "Say Something" A Great Big World

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.

Listen to "Say Something" from A Great Big World

#19."Let Her Go" Passenger

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

Video: Passenger's "Let Her Go"

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

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

Video: "Battle Scars" by Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian

#21. "Stay With Me" Sam Smith

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

Video: "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith

#22. "Forever & Always" Parachute

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

Listen to: "Forever & Always" by Parachute

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

The consuming and blinding nature of love and the reflecting upon that love once time has passed.

Listen to: "I Can't See Nobody" by Nina Simone

#24. "Eleanor Rigby" The Beatles

There's something both catchy and haunting about this song. Maybe it's because of all the lonely people.

#25. "I Will Remember You" Sarah McLachlan

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

Video: "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan

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

Not only can we remember loved ones, but also those who influenced the world, captured our interest, and also lived tragic lives.

Video: "A Candle in the Wind: A Princess Diana Tribute" by Elton John

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

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

#28. "Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen

This song has so much feeling: 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 and Kate Voegele's version because I liked those versions but I liked a lot of the versions, so it was hard to decide on one.

Video: John Cale's version of "Hallelujah"

Video: Kate Voegele's "Hallelujah"

#29. "Almost Lover" A Fine Frenzy

Love that almost was but wasn't is always sad. Dreams that almost were but weren't. Listen and feel.

Listen to A Fine Fenzy's "Almost Lover"

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

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

#31. "Watercolor Lake" Beth Sass

Partings are 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 about helping a friend through a melancholy divorce.

Video: "Watercolor Lake" by Beth Sass

#32. "Chasing Cars" Snow Patrol

This song will make you want to what it sings about, which is just "lay here" and be sad.

Video: "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol

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

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 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.

Video: "In My Veins-Official Song" by Andrew Belle

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  • EnyaBrennan61 3 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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    Nalini Marquez 3 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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    Caroline 2 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&spfrel...

    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 2 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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    John Thomas Niswonger 2 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

  • M L Morgan 2 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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    Nalini Marquez 2 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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    Nalini Marquez 2 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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    TL Stahling 2 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 2 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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    Beth Sass Music 2 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 23 months 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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    Rabbs 23 months 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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    Beth Sass Music 23 months 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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    Nalini Marquez 23 months 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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    Nalini Marquez 23 months 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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    Beth Sass Music 23 months 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 23 months 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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    Kristen Howe 23 months 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 23 months 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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    Luthor Aschwin 21 months 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 21 months 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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    Susie Lehto 20 months 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 20 months 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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    Krzysztof Willman 20 months 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 20 months 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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    Dinesh 20 months ago from Delhi

    Nice list,

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

  • oscareo 20 months 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.

  • Whitney Rose Wood 20 months 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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    Nalini Marquez 20 months 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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    Nalini Marquez 20 months 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: http://hubpages.com/faq/#what-is-hubpages.

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

    Nalini

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    Nalini Marquez 20 months 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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    Richard de Mey 20 months 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

  • oscareo 20 months 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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    Nalini Marquez 20 months 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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    Nalini Marquez 20 months ago

    Hi oscareo,

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

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    Thank you and have a great day!

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    Ryan 19 months ago from Manchester

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

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    Nalini Marquez 19 months 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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    Seshagopalan Murali 18 months 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 18 months 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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    Jonas Rodrigo 18 months 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 18 months 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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    DW Davis 18 months 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 18 months 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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    Eileen 18 months 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 18 months 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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    Gagan Preet Singh 18 months 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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    creyativity 18 months 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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    Nalini Marquez 18 months 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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    Nalini Marquez 18 months 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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    Shaloo Walia 17 months ago

    nice playlist!

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    Nalini Marquez 17 months ago

    Hi swalia,

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

    Have a great day,

    Nalini

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    trusouldj 11 months ago from Indiana

    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 11 months 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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    Bob Smith 11 months 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 11 months 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. :-)

  • AaronChapman 11 months 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 11 months 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!

  • AaronChapman 11 months 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 11 months 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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    Ruby 10 months ago

    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 10 months 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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    Gavin Heinz 9 months 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 9 months 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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    ProfessorTaudio 9 months 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 9 months 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

  • angel angelo 2 months 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 4 weeks 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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