10 Super Sad Songs to Listen to When You Need a Good Cry

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There’s nothing like a sad song to ease you through a bad breakup or just a really bad day. In fact, according to science, listening to sad music actually makes us feel more at peace, which might explain why it soothes us sooooo much.

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So, whether you’re suffering from a recent heartbreak or you just need some alone time to feel all the feels, here’s a list of super sad songs to help you let the tears flow. (Remember: keep a box of tissues and a warm blanket by your side. You’ll definitely need it.)


1. “Someone Like You,” Adele

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Saddest lyrics: “I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited/ But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it./ I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded/ That for me it isn’t over.”


2. “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry

Saddest lyrics:”I’m wide awake/ And now it’s clear to me/ That everything you see/ Ain’t always what it seems/ I’m wide awake/ Yeah, I was dreaming for so long.”


3. “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

Saddest lyrics: “But I still need love ’cause I’m just a man/ These nights never seem to go to plan/ I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?”


4. “All Too Well,” Taylor Swift

Saddest lyrics: “And I know it’s long gone/ And that magic’s not here no more/ And I might be okay/ But I’m not fine at all.”


5. “If I Were a Boy,” Beyonce

Saddest lyrics: “I’d listen to her/ Cause I know how it hurts/ When you lose the one you wanted/ Cause he’s taken you for granted/ And everything you had got destroyed.”


6. “Fix You,” Coldplay

Saddest lyrics: “And the tears come streaming down your face/ When you lose something you can’t replace/ When you love someone, but it goes to waste/ Could it be worse?”


7. “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” John Mayer

Saddest lyrics: “Can’t seem to hold you like I want to/ So I can feel you in my arms/ Nobody’s gonna come and save you/ We pulled too many false alarms.”


8. “Gravity,” Sara Bareilles

Saddest lyrics: “Oh, you loved me ’cause I’m fragile/ When I thought that I was strong/ But you touch me for a little while/ And all my fragile strength is gone.”


9. “When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars

Saddest lyrics: “Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now/ Our song on the radio but it don’t sound the same/ When our friends talk about you, all it does is just tear me down/ ‘Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name.”


10. “Hello,” Adele

Saddest lyrics: “Hello from the outside/ At least I can say that I’ve tried/ To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart/ But it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore.”