And I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down won't open my eyes, Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cause I'm just holding on for tonight, Help me, I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down won't open my eyes, What's my problem? Marie Claire participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. We hand-picked the list of sad songs below to help you bring on the tears when you feel like it's all getting to be too much. Fret not, y’all. Oh, what did you see, my darling young one? "I was your amber, but now she's your shade of gold." The third single from the hit film Bodyguard is right up there in top five songs to sing at the top of your lungs in the shower. Don't you know too much already? Here are our 50 favorite of the saddest songs: 50. This epic ballad will definitely do the trick. I went to the doctor and guess what he told me? "You still look like a movie. Line that'll most likely make you say "same:" "I’m not here / This isn’t happening. Angel Olsen – “Windows” This is a sad song with a secretly positive message. It was one of the last songs written for 21. You really feel for Frank as he sings about struggling with his sexuality, though the sense of impossibility is much more pervasive than that. It makes you want to stick it to anybody who thought you were "too much" for them. They were surely curled into balls of despair on their floors—no doubt clutching wine glasses in one hand and cell phones in the other. It's Julien Baker, after all. Electro-pop can be sad, especially when the lyrics describe your exact life situation: "Hey, the narrator (you) did something wrong to warrant the ending of a relationship, and now he/she (you) should feel regret about it.". Adele's '25' Songs Ranked From Sad to Sadder to Curl Up on the Floor and Cry By Michael Arceneaux Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem, and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Swoon. This song cuts to the chase quickly, but you'll enjoy it as you bleed out. Make you scream out in pain while stuck in traffic? My God, this reminds me of when we were young." I'm a loyal fan of the original version by Bruce Springsteen, but something about hearing it from Chromatics' perspective gives the song a whole new meaning. *sniffs*. Why are you so far away she said / Why won't you ever know that I'm in love with you? I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it / I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it, I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’ / I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’, I saw a white ladder all covered with water / I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken, I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children / And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, I was thinking bout her, thinkin' bout me / Thinkin' bout us, what we gon' be, Open my eyes yeah, it was only Just A Dream / So I traveled back, down that road, Will she come back, no one knows / I realize yeah, it was only Just A Dream, I need another story / Something to get off my chest, My life gets kinda boring / Need something that I can confess, 'Til all my sleeves are stained red / From all the truth that I've said, Come by it honestly I swear / Thought you saw me wink, no, And you said that I was naive / And I thought that I was strong, I thought, "hey, I can leave, I can leave" / Oh but now I know that I was wrong, In another life, I would be your girl / We keep all our promises, be us against the world, In another life, I would make you stay / So I don't have to say you were the one that got away, You were the love / For certain of my life, I don't know for certain / How I'll live my life, Now alone without my beloved wife / My beloved wife, Baby, why'd you leave me, why'd you have to go / I was counting on forever, now I'll never know, It's like I'm looking from a distance / Standing in the background, Everybody's saying, he's not coming home now / This can't be happening to me, I wanna sink this ship / And throw us overboard, I'm a natural disaster / But even after all that I do, It's you who's gonna be the death of me / And none of this matters, Maybe it's a case of paranoia / Nervous that I'll never really know ya, What do I feel? 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I bow down to pray / I try to make the worst seem better, Lord, show me the way / To cut through all his worn out leather, I've got a hundred million reasons to walk away / But baby, I just need one good one to stay, Heartbeats full of fire / Now we're caught up in emotion, Cut me with your lies / Now we're never gonna slow down, We keep bleeding love / 'Til we come down, Remember we were running wild / Never ever felt like we were broke, Using friends as alibis / No one ever knew just where we going, Broken down in bathrooms / Listening to bad news. Let's put it this way: When this comes up on shuffle, remove yourself from any group situations or you might frighten someone with a sudden emotional outburst. Even if you didn't see A Star Is Born, you can infer the emotional complexities of the song from the title. Here's 51 of them to listen to as you stare plaintively out of a bus/car/train window. Ineye (in-NAY-yay) Komonibo is the editorial fellow at MarieClaire.com. Holding on / So much more than I can carry, I keep dragging around what's bringing me down / If I just let go, I'd be set free, Suitcase, band-aids / Pulling back out the driveway, You go, I'll stay / You can keep all the memories, I thought I was the best thing that ever happened to you / I thought you loved me the most, I don't know why I cry / But I think it's 'cause I remembered for the first time, Since I hated you / That I used to love you, I hear your heart beating in your chest / The world slows 'till there's nothing left, Skyscrapers look on like great, unblinking giants (oh) / In those heavy days in June, When love became an act of defiance / Hold onto each other, Every time I close my eyes / It's like a dark paradise, No one compares to you / I'm scared that you won't be waiting on the other side, Cause if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me / And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be, Thinkin' maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet / And you'll see me waiting for you on our corner of the street, Imagine a world like that / Imagine a world like that, We go like up 'til I'm 'sleep on your chest / Love how my face fits so good in your neck, Why can't you imagine a world like that? He said girl you better try to have fun / No matter what you do, but he's a fool, 'Cause nothing compares / Nothing compares to you, You have been the one / You have been the one for me, And it's hard to pretend that I'm alright / Hard to forgive, I can't empathize, And it's hard to relax, I don't know why / But you make it hard to say goodbye, Waiting for the time to pass you by / Hope the winds of change will change your mind, I could give a thousand reasons why / And I know you, and you've got to, Make it on your own, but we don't have to grow up / We can stay forever young, Living on my sofa, drinking rum and cola / Underneath the rising sun, I could give a thousand reasons why / But you're going, and you know that, I'm holding on your rope / Got me ten feet off the ground, And I'm hearing what you say, but I just can't make a sound, You tell me that you need me / Then you go and cut me down, but wait, You tell me that you're sorry / Didn't think I'd turn around, and say, That it's too late to apologize, it's too late / I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late, We're falling apart, still we hold together / We've passed the end, so we chase forever, 'Cause this is all we know / This feeling's all we know, Lightning strike / Inside, my chest to keep me up at night, Dream of ways / To make you understand my pain, Clouds of sulfur in the air / Bombs are falling everywhere, It's heartbreak warfare / Once you want it to begin, No one really ever wins / In heartbreak warfare, I don't want to start / Any blasphemous rumors, But I think that God's / Got a sick sense of humor, And when I die / I expect to find Him laughing, It's been a long day without you, my friend / And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again, We've come a long way from where we began / Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again, I saw you again, it felt like we had never met / It's like the sunset in your eyes and never wanted to rise, And what have you done with the one I love? My tear ranking is here to help. © 2020 Complex Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you're looking for the adult version of Secondhand Serenade's "Fall for You," this is it. (I hear this continues well into your 30s, so this sort of good guitar music could work for a movie about that too—if Hollywood ever decides to acknowledge women of that age.). Leon Bridges is so sweet. How do I measure up to heights you've been to? It's my designated "first dance at my wedding" song despite the fact I am very much single. Feel free to cry along to your own favorite (or go ahead and bawl your eyes out to the entire playlist if you're so inclined). "Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby" is one of those songs that can transport you to somewhere else in an instant. The track, which epitomizes the lyrical content of 21, summarizes the now defunct relationship that the record is all about. Platt's voice will suck you into his world for four minutes, and we're so thankful. What about all the times you said you had the answers? This song is so intimate I almost feel guilty listening to it. When he says, "I almost cut a piece of myself for your life / Guess I was just another pit stop / 'Til you made up your mind / You just wasted my time" ...I felt that.