Your taste in music might contain multitudes, but there's one thing that can be found in any genre: sad love songs. As long as musicians—and the fans who listen to them—have broken hearts, we'll have endless options for our postbreakup soundtracks. But even though their picks cross decades and genres, they're all perfect for those times when you just want to be in your feelings. Whether you're fresh off a split yourself or simply in need of a cathartic cry, see our list of the 51 best sad love songs, below. I've never bothered to google whether this song is actually about the loss of a wife—I'm too busy bawling. Her strained voice! The gorgeous piano and melody! The lyrics! If it weren't so crushing, I'd have it on repeat every day. While the more high-energy songs from her Lemonade album get the most attention see: "Formation," "Hold Up," etc.
1. “Stay,” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko (2012)
There's nothing like a sad, slow song to aid in a post-break-up cry or to be the soundtrack to a bad day. It's a well-known fact that music is made to bring out emotions in all of us, but what may come as a surprise is that sad music can have the opposite effect from what you would expect. Wallowing in sad songs can actually elicit positive feelings of "transcendence, peacefulness and nostalgia," according to a recent study. It allows us to reflect and even feel a sense of consolation during bad times. Lucky for us, there are some really amazing sad songs out there — because what are life and love without a bit of heartache? Listen to our Spotify playlist for the saddest songs of all time, and prepare for an onslaught of emotion. Just remember: you'll need to download the free Spotify software or app to listen to our playlists! Join the conversation. Music Self Improvement Wellness Spotify. From Our Partners.
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Pop is no longer what it used to be. As time has passed, the genre has moved with it, subbing squeaky clean, over-produced tracks for more realistic, modern takes. Instead, Billie Eilish stays steady for all three minutes, her ethereal vocals led by nearly nothing aside from her own layered vocals, resulting in an especially chilling cut. Everyone copes with loss differently. And while its surface-level sound is forgiving, Cuco and Clairo make it clear that whatever they had is decidedly over. Pair that with the unadulterated talent of Khalid, and the track ascends to otherworldly heart-hitting proportions. Help save lives. Bazaar Bride. United States.
If you're feeling burnt out which, FYI, the World Health Organization has officially defined as a workplace problem or stressed about life in general, never underestimate the power of a great sad song. Sure, it may feel counterintuitive, but some of the best slow, emotional tracks allow us to acknowledge our feelings—a painful but necessary step in the right direction. Call Not only did Adele basically invent winged eyeliner, she also perfected the art of the sad song. You still sound like a song. My God, this reminds me of when we were young. This song is so sweet. The music video is so sweet.