The 10 Saddest Country Music Videos of All Time

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From George Jones to Carrie Underwood, these are the saddest, most gut-wrenching country music videos of all time.


Country music has a long history of sangin’ the blues. But sometimes, the sadness is too much to just listen to. That’s where the music video comes in, to add some extra pathos with a visual aid. These are the saddest country music videos of all time.

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams

No list of the saddest country music videos of all-time would be complete without Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” The video, which was filmed in black and white, shows Williams standing in a field singing the song as images of loved ones who have passed away flash on the screen. As the video comes to an end, Williams is shown walking away from the camera, with his head hung low in sadness.

“The Fireman” by George Strait

George Strait’s “The Fireman” is a heart-wrenching tribute to firefighters everywhere. The video features real-life footage of firefighters battling some of the worst wildfires in recent history.

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones

This 1980 song is about a man who never stopped loving the woman he lost, even after she was gone. The video reflects this, with George Jones singing to an empty chair as if his love was still sitting there. It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching tribute to lost love.

“I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” is a heartbreaking ballad about saying goodbye to a loved one. The song was originally written for Parton’s close friend and frequent duet partner, Porter Wagoner, as a way for her to express her gratitude for his mentorship.

The song became a massive hit when Whitney Houston covered it for the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard.” Houston’s version is a soaring, emotional rendition that has since become one of the most popular songs of all time.

The music video for Parton’s original version of the song is a simple performance clip, but the emotions in her voice are undeniable.

“Don’t Take the Girl” by Tim McGraw

The song itself is pretty sad, but the video takes it to a whole other level. The story follows a young boy and girl as they grow up together and eventually fall in love. But just as they’re about to get married, the girl is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Even though she’s given a short time to live, the two of them decide to make the most of it and get married anyway. The video ends with the girl passing away in her husband’s arms.

“Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw

The video for Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying” was released in September 2004, just a few months after the death of his father, Tug McGraw. The song is about a man who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and told he has only weeks to live. He decides to spend his remaining time doing all the things he’s always wanted to do, including climbing Mount Everest and skydiving. The video features footage of Tim McGraw’s father, Tug McGraw, as well as other family members and friends.

“The Dance” by Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” is a ballad about regrets and missed opportunities. The song is sad, but the video is even sadder. It features a young woman who is reminiscing about her life and all of the things she wished she had done differently. The video is incredibly powerful and will leave you feeling incredibly sad.

“Go Rest High on That Mountain” by Vince Gill

Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain” was released in 1995 as a tribute to his brother, who had recently died. The video, which was directed by Gill himself, reflects the singer’s own grief as he visits his brother’s grave.

Gill wrote the song while he was grieving the loss of his brother, and it quickly became a comfort to many other people who were grieving loved ones. The video features footage of Gill visiting his brother’s grave, as well as footage of other people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

The video is both sad and uplifting, and it is a reminder that even though our loved ones are gone, they are always with us in our hearts.

“I’m Already There” by Lonestar

This song, released in 2001, is about a soldier deployed overseas who is missing his family. The video features real-life footage of soldiers saying goodbye to their loved ones before deployment.

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