… Even Though You Didn’t Feel Particularly Sad Before You Heard Them.

Everyone loves top lists. This one comes from my personal collection, so you know it’s authoritative (well, eclectic, at least)!

25. In My Life, John Lennon (1965)
24. Last Kiss, J.F. Wilson and the Cavaliers (1964, or Pearl Jam, 1998)
23. Hurt, Nine Inch Nails (1994, or Johnny Cash, 2002)
22. Always On My Mind, Willie Nelson (1982, or Elvis Presley, 1972)
21. Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton (1991)
20. Somedays, Paul McCartney (1997)
19. Lightning Crashes, Live (1994)
18. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor (1990)
17. True Colors, Cindy Lauper (1986)
16. I Would Die For You, Jann Arden (1993)
15. Everybody Hurts, R.E.M. (1992)
14. Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen (1984)
13. Rosemary, Lenny Kravitz (1989)
12. Travelin’ Soldier, Dixie Chicks (2002)
11. Hands, Jewel (1998)
10. Wake Me Up When September Ends, Green Day (2005)
9. 100 Years, Five For Fighting (2004)
8. Danny Boy, Various Artists (1910)
7. Wonderful, Everclear (2000 – Nothing like Everclear for a pick me up song … sigh)
6. Beautiful, Christina Aguilera (2002)
5. Heaven, Live (2003)
4. Soldier, Shawn Hlookoff (2006)

3. You Can Let Go, Crystal Shawanda (2008)
2. Daddy’s Little Girl, Frankie J (2006)
1. Fix You, Coldplay (2005)

  • Katharine

    Of the two, I’d have to say Johnny Cash’s version of Hurt is the saddest. It gets worse after you see the video.

  • data recovery

    In all these lists I like 3-4 songs and these are my favorite