Music is one of the many things that makes the world go ’round. It has the power to bring people together and pull people apart. Interestingly enough, music also greatly impacts the ways in which we think and feel. Well, we’re just going to cut to the chase here.

There is a shit load of music out there, and a huge percentage of that shit load of music can make us feel some type of way. Follow us on this journey of 28 songs that make us feel fucking depressed. Grab your tissues, your big ass bowl of Cocopuffs, and a spoon that’s way too big for you, because shit’s about to get sad.


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To open this depressing list of songs that make me cry, we have the classic “Hey Mama” by the one and only most impactful artist of our time, Kanye West. If you live on planet earth, you most likely know that Yeezy’s mother Donda West passed away in 2007, which was two years after this heartwarming anthem was released. In a span of only 24 months and some, this song went from a happy Mommy’s song into a kinda-sad-but-kinda-happy-song. In the track, Ye reiterates how he deeply appreciates and loves his late mother. What makes it sad is the fact that Ye made this song when his mother was living and breathing. However, on the bright side, Donda had to opportunity to hear the song before she passed.

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“Fix You”, by next year’s (oddly chosen) Super Bowl Halftime musical guests, Coldplay, is probably the #1 song to listen to while in the car looking out of the window. You’ll start thinking about life, trying to figure out the meaning of it. I’m pretty sure even Donald Trump cries to this song every now and then.

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This song wouldn’t necessarily be sad if it weren’t for the music video. Basically Adam Levine is interested in his girlfriend’s mother. Disturbing, but in a way, gloomy. The girl’s mother wasn’t getting any action from her husband and Adam wanted to make her feel beautiful. Gags. Still a pretty good song to cry too though.

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One of Cole’s underrated tracks, yet it is super powerful and will most definitely have you in your heart. He starts the song off questioning us if we want to be happy. If you’re already down in the dumps and you feel like there’s no hope, this song will ruin you. COLE, WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE HAPPY? Plus the production is very smooth which only makes matters worse.

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Tell me why I listened to this right after I went through a rough break up. Bad decision. If this song had another five words in it, I’d be in tears before the fifth word was said. This track by up and coming artist NOVA is that type of song you listen to when you just want to bawl and not give a fuck about who sees. This is that “2AM and can’t sleep because I’m thinking about you, baby” type song. In “Not Around”, NOVA despondently tells us how badly he needs his lady. As the title of the song states, he is not around to see her, causing him (and everyone listening) to feel quite depressed.  But, in all honesty, it seems like it’s kind of his fault for not being around, but I’ll just sip my tea and enjoy the vibes.

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This is the ultimate “don’t let me go” song. Good for if you’re going through a breakup. Even better if you’re still in love with the person and the feelings are unfortunately, not mutual. So go in your bedroom, lock your door, and make sure no one can walk in on you performing this song with tears streaming down your face. Have fun!


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Ah yes, the song that coined the term “Stan”. Also the song that caused everyone to notice how brilliant Eminem can be with fucking with your emotions. Not only does “Stan” make one realize how fucking psycho some people can be, but it really makes one feel super sorry and slightly saddened about those people… Especially when their completely ignored by their idol and commit unintentional suicide and murder their girlfriend and unborn child in the process. Yeesh. However, this song wouldn’t have such an emotional impact if it weren’t for the music video.

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What’s this? Only 7 songs in and already another Kanye track? Yes. Get used to seeing Kanye West on this list. Anyway, As of this writing, “Wolves” technically hasn’t been released quite yet. It’s reportedly a track that will be on Ye’s highly anticipated 8th studio album, SWISH. But Kanye teased us by playing the track during his Yeezy Season 1 show earlier this year in February. Now, you may be wondering why this song is on the list. Well, just listen to the lyrics… Plus, Sia is on it. When you have an already emotional song and add Sia’s beautiful vocals, it adds to the effect. Anyways, in “Wolves”, Ye’ figuratively touches on the death of his mother, his roughest breakups, as well as internal conflicts he’s been having over the years. The sound and the lyrical content are truly beautiful. Makes me tear up just thinking about it.


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Surely one of Tyler, The Creator’s best songs. From his 2013 Wolf album, “Answer” is a emotional ride Tyler wrote to his father, who abandoned the artist and his mother when he was a wee child. Tyler rhymes about the fact that if he had decided to call his father after all these years, he’d want him to pick up. How fucking depressing? The slow tempo instrumental produced by Tyler himself as well as the soothing vocals from Syd Tha Kid call upon my tear ducts even further.

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 This is one of the many songs that keep me from going ape shit crazy on Frank Ocean for trolling us with a new album. Overall a meaningful track. It can be interpreted in multiple ways, but at the end of the song Frank definitely mentions death and things fading to grey. Pretty sad. Almost just as sad as him not releasing anything this year. You did us dirty Frank, you did us dirty.

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7 minutes of feels. This Jaden and Willow Smith remix of Justin Timberlakes “Blue Ocean Floor” is the definition of beauty within music. The song is not only pouring with emotion, but it gives off a pleasurable sensation. It’s music to your ears (literally and figuratively). But, just look and listen deeply into this song, you’ll notice that Jaden was really goin’ through some shit in his love life. Now at least we know he’s happy with Sarah Snyder, though, so there is a happy ending.

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“Oh it’s nothing, I just have something in my eye.”

“No really I’m fine.”

“It’s probably just allergies.”

“The wind blew trash in my eye.”

Yeah, right.

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“You ever love someone so much, you’d give an arm for?” is a powerful way to start a song, man. Damn. This father-daughter song is one hell of a tearjerker. Eminem wrote this for his daughters Hailie Jade and Alaina for all the times he couldn’t and cannot be with them, whether because he’s touring, working, or even dead. But, the way this song is written, it seems as if it’s about Eminem’s death and how his young daughters react to it, which makes it slightly more depressing. Oh, Eminem, it’s quite amazing how you can make us think “What the fuck did I just listen tol!?” and “Awwww. How beautiful.” on the same album.

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This classic song by the one and only Johnny Cash just screams pain. That’s honestly what it’s about. Pain and depression. It speaks for itself. If you don’t feel anything while listening to this song, you’re inhuman… Which isn’t a bad thing, by the way… I think.

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Spooky Black, with his angelic voice, was the new guy on the block last year. He made waves with “Without U”, a love song about a girl that he cannot live without. In the track he even says that he will kill himself without this girl in his life, and in the end, it turns out she broke his heart. Cue the waterworks.

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One of the many hits from about 2 years ago. Also one of the major songs we’d cry to when thinking about someone who left us. I recommend playing this song in the shower. No one can see you ugly-crying to it. No one can hear you terribly singing it. Maybe even try standing underneath the shower head for that dramatic movie effect. Unless you’re super emo… Just stick to the crying and singing.

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Try not listening to this song in public. The feels will come on and you won’t be able to control your tears. Especially if your significant other or maybe even your favorite sideline just ended things with you. Don’t even think about trying to get them back. It’s over. Now go put this song on repeat and cry yourself to sleep.

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The grandaddy of all songs that make us cry… Especially guys undergoing a rough breakup or something involving their girl fuckin’ with some fool. 90% of guys can thank Drizzy for making this track our bestfriend in that time of sadness. Thank you 6 God.

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I three words to open the final top 10 of this list: DEPRESSING AS HELL. Sia’s raw vocals and those sad ass instruments playing the background of “Breathe Me” will have you looking in the mirror dramatically crying, confused because you’re not even exactly sure why you’re doing this. Everything was good back at the trap, now all of a sudden you’re tripping out. Get it together man.

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We all know that one person who claims to lack emotion and not cry. I call bullshit. EVERYBODY CRIES! OKAY? EVERYBODY HURTS! OKAY? So don’t even lie and say you don’t bawl your eyes out from time to time because you do! This is what this sad tune by REM is trying to tell the world, and in such a depressing manner do they do it.

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Willow Smith and Mecca Kalani tell us a distressing love story that leaves us drowning in our tears. Both artists have such amazing voices it just… it just… Just listen to it. Grab your tissue box before you do so.

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Not even gonna lie, “Hello” is played out, but this list wouldn’t be complete without it. Adele’s music is known for being deep and heavily emotional, but the chorus of this song will have you feeling HURT. It doesn’t even matter if you went through a break up. However, I’m still unsure about what’s sadder – the song or the fact that she’s using a flip phone in 2015.

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The late King of Pop lands the number 6 position on this list with “Gone Too Soon” from his album Dangerous. What makes this song so very sad is not only because it was written about his good friend Ryan White, who passed of AIDs in the early 90s, but also because of the fact that it seems like Michael is singing about himself, as he was gone too soon when he passed in 2009. We miss you, Michael.

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Your parents use to jam this back in the good old days and we still jam to it today. It’s Stevie Wonder for Christ’s sake. What’s interesting about “My Cherie Amour” is that it seems like a bright love song, but if you listen closely at the lyrics, it’s actually about unrequited love. Stevie’s girl didn’t want him anymore and he’s quite saddened. Too bad she couldn’t see in him, what he saw in her…. Wait…

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Remember 17 songs up I told you to get used to seeing Kanye on this list? I’m a man of my word. Anyways, this year, Kanye West was the first artist to drop a song. He dropped “Only One” on 12am on January 1st. Kanye was also the first person to make me cry this year, and it was with this song. Kanye wrote “Only One” from the voice of his late mother, Donda, telling him to remember who he is and the he’s her number 1. At the end of the song, Donda pleads to Kanye, reiterating to him to tell North about her, since she’ll never have the chance to meet her grandmother.

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Let’s be honest. Anything made by Sam Smith is pretty sob worthy. However, this specific song is really sad because it will have you gradually crying. You’ll start off thinking you can handle the emotion not expecting to be weeping by the end.

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Funny story — this was going to be number 10 on the list until I decided to turn on the song and suddenly began to feel my tear ducts wiggling about 30 seconds in. Now it’s in its well deserved spot of number 2. “Dance With My Father” by the late and great Luther Vandross is most definitely one of the most beautiful yet tearjerking songs of all time. If you don’t even feel a tad bit like you’re going to cry when you play this, then you simply have no soul… or you’re just a tough cookie. In the song, Vandross tells us how he wishes he could dance with his father one last time, like he did when he was a child. Luther, we hope you got the chance to finally get that dance. Rest in peace.

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I don’t give a flying fuck what season it is, this song is depressing as hell. Every December, when this song plays on the Christmas station, just turn it off and just bawl in the corner somewhere. It’ll be similar to listening to it. Who wants to hear about Mama meeting Jesus on Christmas? Isn’t Christmas a time of happiness and joy? Nobody’s trying to hear about Mama dying of some terminal illness. I literally cried my eyeballs out when I first heard this song when I was around 7 years old… as well as yesterday. There’s a good reason this song is the number one song that makes me cry, out of the millions of songs that are out there. This song makes me understand why the Grinch wanted to steal Christmas.

I hope everyone has a Happy Holidays.


Cut x Sewn Magazine Founder & Creative Director.


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