75 Sad Songs About Loneliness and Being Brokenhearted

Updated on February 17, 2020
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60 Sad Songs About Loneliness and Broken Heart
60 Sad Songs About Loneliness and Broken Heart

These songs may bring you some comfort when you are sad, depressed, heartbroken, lonely, or feeling isolated. Here's a list of 75 songs that may bring you to tears and make it easier for you to live through hard moments in your life.

Top 10 Songs About Loneliness

  1. "All By Myself" by Celine Dion
  2. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths
  3. "Dancing On My Own" by Calum Scott
  4. "With or Without You" by U2
  5. "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith
  6. "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles
  7. "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake
  8. "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley
  9. "Tears Dry on Their Own" by Amy Winehouse
  10. "The Scientist" by Coldplay

1. “All by Myself” by Céline Dion

"All by Myself" is an anthem to loneliness. Originally released by Eric Carmen in the 1970s, the song was covered by Céline Dion and became an instant hit. Everyone who has been feeling alone at some point in their life can relate to her dramatic delivery.

Hard to be sure

Sometimes I feel so insecure

And love so distant and obscure

Remains the cure

— Céline Dion, “All by Myself”

2. “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths

You can tell from the very first line that this is one of the saddest, if not the saddest Smiths song. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" is a very simple, but very emotional song. The chorus is painfully honest.

Haven't had a dream in a long time

See, the life I've had

Can make a good man bad

— The Smiths, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

3. “Dancing On My Own” by Calum Scott

This is another anthem for lonely people. Imagine you are dancing alone in the club while watching your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend with another person. Calum Scott’s take on Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” gained him his first ever standing ovation during an audition on Britain’s Got Talent. It's a really popular cover of the hit that everybody knows!

Somebody said you got a new friend

Does she love you better than I can?

— Calum Scott, “Dancing On My Own”

4. “With or Without You” by U2

"With or Without You" will make you cry your eyes out, especially if you can relate to it. This song is just so desperate and hopeless that it may be the most depressing song in your playlist. It's about wanting something you can't have. What can you do if you can't imagine your life without a certain person, but have to be kept apart from them?

I can't live

With or without you

— U2, "With or Without You"

5. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

You will surely need a tissue for this anthem for the lonely. In his Grammy-winning song "Stay With Me," Sam Smith tells about those moments in the morning after a one night stand. You will be completely blown away by his soulful voice and its sincerity.

I don't want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

— Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

6. “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles

This is a popular hit by the Beatles that explores the loneliness and isolation of elderly people. Unfortunately, in today's world, lonely people come from everywhere and feel that they belong nowhere, with no one. This song explores this sad, but important truth about society.

All the lonely people

Where do they all come from?

All the lonely people

Where do they all belong?

— The Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby"

7. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

Here's a great song about facing challenges. It's also about having a broken heart and the loneliness that comes with it.

Here I go again on my own

Goin' down the only road I've ever known.

Like a drifter I was born to walk alone...

— White Snake, "Here I Go Again"

8. “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley

The writers of this song had come across a report about a man who committed suicide (he decided to jump out of a hotel window). The story is really sad. He left a note that read, "I walk a lonely street." The song is about loneliness. It's one of Elvis's most successful songs.

I walk a lonely street...

— Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel"

9. “Tears Dry On Their Own” by Amy Winehouse

In this song, Amy Winehouse sings about loving someone who doesn't love her back. The lyrics explore how her lover takes advantage of her. On the one hand, she regrets everything she's doing with him, but on the other hand, she is lost in love and can think of no one but him. To know what decision she will make, listen to the song until the very end!

He walks away

The sun goes down

He takes the day, but I'm grown

— Amy Winehouse,“Tears Dry On Their Own”

10. “The Scientist” by Coldplay

This song is about a man who gets completely lost in his work and starts to neglect his lover. However, he realizes soon that all the science in the whole world can't fulfill him as his woman did. He wants to "go back to the start."

Nobody said it was easy

It's such a shame for us to part

Nobody said it was easy

No one ever said it would be this hard

— Coldplay, “The Scientist”

More Songs About Feeling Lonely

11. “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol

12. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston

13. "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams

14. “Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)” by Roy Orbison

15. “Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Elvis Presley

16. “So Lonely” by The Police

17. “You are Alone” by The Flaming Lips

18. “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan

19. “The Outside” by Taylor Swift

20. “Lonely Avenue” by Ray Charles

Songs About Broken Heart

21. “Without Me” by Halsey

22. “I'll Never Love Again” (A Star Is Born) by Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

23. “Always Remember Us This Way” (Soundtrack to “A Star Is Born”) by Lady Gaga

24. “I'm Not The Only One” by Sam Smith

25. “What Goes Around...Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake

26. “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake

27. “Send My Love” (To Your New Lover) by Adele

28. “Dangerously” by Charlie Puth

29. “Three Empty Words” by Shawn Mendes

30. “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes

31. “Alarm” by Anne-Marie

32. “Big Girls Cry” by Sia

33. “Out Of My Head” by John Newman

34. “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga

35. “Naked” by James Arthur

36. “Hello” by Adele

Even More Break-Up Songs

37. “Far Away” by Nickelback

38. “Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

39. “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum

40. “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars

41. “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry

42. “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey

43. “Wish You Were Here” by Avril Lavigne

44. “Everytime” by Britney Spears

45. “Please Don’t Leave Me” by Pink

46. “When You Are Gone” by Avril Lavigne

47. “Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down

48. “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

49. “Out of Reach” by Gabrielle

50. “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse

51. “My Immortal” by Evanescence

52. “Breakeven” by The Script

53. “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis

54. “Someone Like You” by Adele

55. “Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton

56. “Broken Hearted Me” by Anne Murray

57. “Without You” by Oh Wonder

58. “Without You” by Mariah Carey

59. “How Do You Heal a Broken Heart” by Chris Walker

60. “Broken-Hearted Girl” by Beyoncé

Even More Songs That Will Make You Cry

61. “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars

62. “Wake Up Alone” by Amy Winehouse

63. “All of Me” by John Legend

64. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper

65. “Your Song” by Elton John

66. “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper

67. “They’ll Be Sad Songs” by Billy Ocean

68. “True” by Spandau Ballet

69. “I Can’t Tell You Why” by The Eagles

70. “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross

71. “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins

72. “Someone Like You” by Adele

73. “Stay” by Rihanna

74. “Youth” by Daughter

75. “Halo” by Beyoncé

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      Liz Westwood 

      20 months ago from UK

      This is a list of some great songs.


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