Sad songs- We love them- We need them

Hello everyone,

I was listening the other day to a sad song on my playlist and realized their ability to invoke a powerful emotional reaction. Usually about someone in your life. Your children, your special lady or man or maybe someone who is no longer living. I realized we need these songs to remind us life is short and to remember what is most important to us. I thought I would ask everyone to list a song or two that is special to them. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a sad song. I have children so I will start with a few songs that remind me to tell them I love them more often or give them an extra hug or two. 

Cats in the cradle- Harry Chapin

Jacobs Dream - Allison Krause 

Hell Is for Children- Pat Benetar



Old Bones, Hangman, and Trigger on the album Blood of the Land by The Burned.

Darkest of My Days on album A Rebel’s Story by Big Wolf Band

Roy Orbison--Only the Lonely, Cryin

Everly Brothers Cryin’ in the Rain, Cathy’s Clown, When Will I Be Loved?, So Sad, Love Hurts

The Happenings Will I See You in September?

Elvis, OF COURSE, Heartbreak Hotel

Lots more, but these for a start...


Son Volts "Methamphetamine" is the saddest song ever written for my money. A close second is John Prine's "Souvenirs"


Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul, and Mary

A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant's rings make way for other toys
One gray night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff, that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar

His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane
Without his lifelong friend, Puff could not be brave
So Puff, that mighty dragon, sadly slipped into his cave