Your Ultimate Sad Song Playlist

Get your tissues ready, because it's time to cry

Sad music spans time, genre and language, because no matter who you are, there’s a time and place for getting emotional. We live in a complex world and everyone experiences daily challenges, some tougher than others. In some cases, we work to push through our sadness in our jobs or distract ourselves with our favorite TV shows. But other times it feels good to let it out in a healthy and safe way.

For me, if I feel like having a good cry, I lie on my bed and sob into my pillow. Sometimes, I add chocolate, wine or Doritos into the mix, depending on the occasion. When I was a teenager, I would put on my headgear and cry into the mirror, but even I can admit that was a bit over dramatic. But if I really want to wallow in my sadness, there’s nothing better (or worse) than amplifying my mood with a playlist of sad songs. And lucky for you, we’ve brought together 20 of the saddest songs ever written in one place. These songs are made for those days when you’re down in the dumps and have no intention of leaving your misery. So whether you’re going through a breakup, just got fired or had to let go of your childhood pet, these songs are for you.

“Nothing Compares 2U” by Sinéad O’Connor

“Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse

“when the party’s over” by Billie Eilish

“Creep” by Radiohead

“Marvins Room” by Drake

“I Know It’s Over” by The Smiths

“How to Disappear Completely” by Radiohead

“Somebody Else” by The 1975

“What Sarah Said” by Death Cab For Cutie

“Lost Cause” by Beck

“Nutshell” by Alice in Chains

“Black” by Pearl Jam

“Something In the Way” by Nirvana

“Hurt” by Johnny Cash

“Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi

“When You’re Gone” by Avril Lavigne

“Hate to See Your Heart Break” by Paramore featuring Joy Williams

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

“Same Drugs” by Chance the Rapper

“Rich & Sad” by Post Malone