As much as we would all love to stay smiling 24/7, certain days just call for a sad song and some self-reflection. Music, like any other art, is that much better when it features genuine emotion – and no emotion is more universally relatable than sadness. So, what’s the absolute saddest song of all time? According to a recent survey of 2,000 adults, REM’s 1992 track “Everybody Hurts” holds the top spot, followed by Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.”
Rounding out the top five saddest songs of all time we have Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and “Yesterday” by The Beatles.
Interestingly, just under half of survey respondents believe a song can have a big impact on their mood (48%). Consequently, 36 percent opt for a sad song when they are feeling nostalgic, while another 24 percent can’t help but play their favorite somber tunes after a break-up. Notably, however, a little bit of melancholy can actually help us turn the page as well. Just under half of respondents also admit a sad song can brighten their day.