The 55 Best Sad Songs All of Time - Page 5

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28U2 - Kite

Did you know?This song was at first written with Bono's daughters in mind, or more generally, about a kite as a metaphor for someone or something escaping one's realm of control; the song is, more or less, about Bono coming to the realization that a day will come when his daughters will no longer need him.

Moment you'll tear up:

Who's to know when the time has come around

Don't want to see you cry

I know that this is not goodbye

27Damian Rice - The Blower's Daughter

Did you know? 

This song has had many interpretations, but the one that keeps popping up relates to having strong feelings for someone, and that no matter how much you want to hate them, you know that you never will.

Moment you'll tear up:

And so it is

The shorter story

No love, no glory

No hero in her skies

26ELISA - Dancing

Did you know? 

This song has been used in choreography on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance, highlighting the sense of passion and longing that comes through through the music.

Moment you'll tear up:

So I put my arms around you around you

And I know that I'll be leaving soon

25Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Did you know? The song describes the feelings and impressions of a dying deputy, who can no longer continue his role as a law enforcer.

Moment you'll tear up:

Mama, put my guns in the groundI can't shoot them anymore.

That long black cloud is comin' down

I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

24Pearl Jam - Black

Did you know? 

Black is a soliloquy by a broken-hearted man who is remembering his absent lover.

Moment you'll tear up:

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,

I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky, but why

Why, why can't it be, can't it be mine

23The Beach Boys - God Only Knows

Did you know?

God Only Knows was originally going to be credited to Carl Wilson. Brian Wilson eventually decided to release it as a The Beach Boys track instead as their next hit, Good Vibrations, was not ready yet. God Only Knows was banned by certain radio stations at the time for blasphemy.

Moment you'll tear up:

I may not always love you

But long as there are stars above you

You never need to doubt it

I'll make you so sure about it

22Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven

Did you know? 

Tears in Heaven was written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the death of Conor, his four-year-old son, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment on March 20, 1991. Clapton, who arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, was visibly distraught for months afterwards. This was a very turbulent time for him. In August 1990, his manager; two of his roadies; and fellow musician Stevie Ray Vaughan were killed in a helicopter accident, and only seven months later came the death of his young son.

Moment you'll tear up:

Would you know my name 

If I saw you in heaven

Will it be the same

If I saw you in heaven

I must be strong, and carry on

Cause I know I don't belong

Here in heaven