The Best Sad Love Songs Of All Time

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Sad Love song sketch portrays a person crying while lifting his head towards the sky( Source : reddit )

The Best Sad Love Songs Of All Time include tracks like 1. Someone Like You by Adele 2. Yesterday by The Beatles 3. High And Dry by Radiohead among others.

To cry your heart out when you miss someone or to open up your cathartic feelings, sad love songs are the best remedy to regain a healthy emotional and mental state. 

You can wallow your feelings and relate to the songs to cure your heartbreak, sadness, and loneliness. These tracks are not the permanent remedy but they shall help you open up your emotions. 

That said, it is imperative for you to meet new people, make friends, and seek other options in your romantic life. 

According to the words of Billie Holiday, "Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on." 

The 15 Best Sad Love Songs Of All Time

Song NameArtist Name
Someone Like YouAdele
YesterdayThe Beatles
High And DryRadiohead
Save Your TearsThe Weeknd
Stay With MeSam Smith
The Man Who Can't Be MovedThe Script
I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston
A Fool To Love YouJohn Mayer
Julia DreamPink Floyd
Tomorrow Is A Long TimeBob Dylan
LingerThe Cranberries
Everybody's ChangingKeane
My ImmortalEvanescence
On Melancholy HillGorillaz

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1. Someone Like You By Adele

Someone Like You by Adele is one of the saddest love songs of all time. The track is from her second studio album 21.

Songwriter Adele wrote the song based on her experience of a broken relationship and she comes to terms with it. It was also co-written by her producer Dan Wilson.

It became Adele's first song to top the UK charts. "Someone Like You" became the best-selling single of the year and received Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Adele Adkins's first chart was certified platinum in 12 countries and sold nearly 15 million albums.

Presently, the song has already amassed over one billion streams on Youtube and Spotify.

2. Yesterday By The Beatles

Yesterday is the saddest rock song by The Beatles. The band is known for its counterculture and a new wave of love songs and teen music.

Paul McCartney performed the duty of songwriter, McCartney dreamed the entire melody of the song in the home of him and his then-girlfriend Jane Asher.

RIAA and BPI certified the song Gold after its sales of 1.8 million and four hundred thousand certified units respectively. It has become a staple song for heartbreaks, melancholy, and nostalgia among the 90s adults.

It has around 70 million views on Youtube. The movie of the same name, The Beatles was also released in 2019.

3. High And Dry By Radiohead

High And Dry is a sad nostalgic song by Radiohead from their 1995 album The Bends.

The songwriter Thom Yorke wrote the song and performed it when he was a student at the University of Exeter, he stated that the song was about "some loony girl I was going out."

It went Gold in UK and Italy with sales of four hundred thousand and thirty-five thousand units respectively.

According to Irish Times, "High and Dry" had "essentially invented Coldplay."

Song has around 77 million views on Youtube, it has already surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify.

4. Save Your Tears By The Weeknd

Save Your Tears is the most emotional track from The Weeknd tracklist. It is from his fourth studio album titled After Hours (2020).

Its popular music video uses prosthetics in The Weekend's face which quickly went viral throughout the internet.

The song has multiple controversial snubs and hidden references to the Grammys in the track. The lyrics of the song go like this:

You could've asked me why I broke your heart

you could've told me that you fell apart

It is one of the most popular songs who have made it into the one billion clubs on Youtube. 

5. One By U2

One By U2 is a song about unhappiness in love. The track is from the band's seventh album Achtung Baby (1991).

According to Rolling Stone, the song is placed number 36 in the list of "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." It was also included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

During its release, the track peaked at no. 10 on Billboard Hot 100. After its popularity, the song was covered by multiple artists like Mary J Blige and British singer Mica Paris among others.

It has more than 150 million views on Youtube and it has surpassed 477 million streams on Spotify.

6. Stay With Me By Sam Smith

Stay With Me By Sam Smith is a tear-jerking soul track. The song was released in 2014 from their debut studio album "In the Lonely Hour."

It won two Grammy awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The songwriters credited in the track include Smith, James Napier, and William Phillips.

This song peaked at #2 position in Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Diamond in the US and went platinum in more than a dozen of countries throughout Eurasia.

It has around 1.1 billion views and has also surpassed the billion stream mark on Spotify.

7. The Man Who Can't Be Moved By The Script

The Man Who Can't Be Moved by The Script is a desperate love song of all time. It is from the self-titled album of the band released in 2008.

Script's song peaked at the #2 position on Billboard losing to Katy Perry's track I Kissed a Girl. The song was also covered by the Voice Contestant David Julien on the UK show.

It was certified platinum in the States and also went triple platinum in the UK. The track itself was heavily used in the CBS show Ghost Whisperer.

This song has 366 million Youtube streams and nearly 500 million streams on Spotify.

8. I Will Always Love You By Whitney Houston

I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston is a remastered track from the original by Dolly Parton. Houston recorded the song for the movie The Bodyguard (1992).

The original songwriter of "I Will Always Love You" Dolly Parton described the song's meaning which refers to bidding farewell to her mentor Porter Wagoner to express her choice of pursuing a solo career.

Houston's song also peaked at #6 on the Billboard list, it became Top 50 Love Songs of All Time. Grammy awarded the song Record of the Year and Female Pop Vocal Performance awards.

It has around 1.4 billion views on Youtube and, it likely has surpassed the billion mark in Spotify streams as well.

9. Everybody's Changing By Keane

Everybody's Changing By Keane is one of the best songs for you to listen to when you feel down. This track resonates with your emotions strongly.

Songwriters of the song were artists like Time Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, and Richard Hughes. Tim was also responsible for producing the track as well.

According to The Sun, it was listed as top 100 greatest songs of all time. The meaning of the song refers to trying to figure out the environment around in a changing scenario.

10. A Fool To Love You By John Mayer

A Fool To Love You by John Mayer is a heartbreaking track from his album Born and Raised released in 2012 by Columbia Records.

Singer's fifth studio album cites the references of artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and Graham Nash.

The lyrics of the song Fool to Love You go like this:

Oh, it takes a fool to love you

Oh, and I'm just the fool for you

11. Julia Dream by Pink Floyd

Julia Dream is a sad song about love by Pink Floyd from their album "It Would Be So Nice." It was written by the lyricist Roger Waters.

Being a slow-tempo song, the track hits you right to your feels. The lustful chorus vocal of Richard Wright appeals to the sentiment of desolation within the listeners.

The song's lyrics go like this:

Sunlight bright upon my pillow

Lighter than an eiderdown

Will she let the weeping willow

Wind his branches round

It has around 5.5 million streams on Spotify and 7.4 million Youtube views.

12. Tomorrow Is A Long Time By Bob Dylan

Tomorrow Is A Long Time By Bob Dylan is a sad country song from "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II" from 1971. The track also appeared in the 2017 movie The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.

Dylan's song was also recorded by Elvis Presley and appeared in the album 'How Gret Thou Art" in 1966. In his book "Elvis Presley: A Life In Music" he stated that he was taken away by the song.

The song's lyrics go like this:

If today was not a crooked highway

If night was not a crooked trail

If tomorrow wasn't such a long time

13. Linger By The Cranberries

Linger By The Cranberries is a woeful love song from their debut studio album "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We" (1993).

Billboard listed the song at #3 on the Hot 100 charts. It remained on the Billboard charts for 24 weeks. According to the lead singer and songwriter:

song was based on the experience with a 17-year-old soldier that Dolores fell in love with

In the documentary titled "99 Love Life & Rock 'n' Roll, the song is about her first serious kiss. The track was praised by both critics and audiences for its sentimental tone.

14. My Immortal By Evanescence

My Immortal By Evanescence is a sad love song from their debut album "Fallen" released in 2003. It peaked at number #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Evanescence's debut single was also nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals but they were bested by countertenor singer Adam Levine's band Maroon 5 for their song "This Love."

Additionally, the track was also used in the soundtrack of the movie Daredevil (2003) along with another track "Bring Me to Life."

15. On Melancholy Hill By Gorillaz

On Melancholy Hill By Gorillaz is a top single from their third studio album "Plastic Beach." The two-male bands released the single in June 2010.

The songwriter of the track is Damon Albarn. According to the virtual member of Gorillaz Murdoc Niccals, he said that "Melancholy Hill" is a feeling of disappointment.

According to BPI, the track was certified Gold with 400,000 units sales. It also became popular in Denmark and sold more than 45,000 copies.

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