Sad Music: The Best Instrumental Songs to Make You Cry

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A collection of the best instrumental songs to make you cry. These pieces of music are guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings and bring a tear to your eye.


Sadness is a part of life, and there’s no shame in admitting that sometimes you need a good cry. Music can be a great way to help you release those emotions and start feeling better.

Whether you’re going through a break-up, dealing with the loss of a loved one, or just feeling down, we’ve put together a list of some of the best instrumental songs to make you cry. These pieces are beautiful, tragic, and will touch your heart in ways that words cannot express.

“Concerning Hobbits” by Howard Shore

This is one of the saddest and most beautiful pieces of music ever written. It is from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it is the theme for the Shire and the Hobbits. It is so sad and longing, and it always makes me tear up.

“Requiem for a Dream” by Clint Mansell

Clint Mansell’s “Lux Aeterna” is one of the most haunting, gorgeous pieces of music ever written, and it was composed for a movie about drug addiction. It perfectly fits the film’s dreamlike atmosphere of addiction and descent into madness, and it will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

“May It Be” by Enya

Many people enjoy listening to sad music when they’re feeling down, and there are plenty of great instrumental songs that can fit that bill. “May It Be” by Enya is a beautiful, touching song that’s perfect for those moments. The lyrics are simple but meaningful, and the music is both comforting and heartbreaking. If you’re looking for a sad song to help you through a tough time, “May It Be” is an excellent choice.

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

Hank Williams was one of the most influential country musicians of all time, and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” is one of his most iconic songs. The heartbreaking lyrics and Williams’ emotive vocals make this song a truly powerful listening experience.

“Hurt” by Johnny Cash

“Hurt” is a song by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. It was released on April 5, 2002 as a single from his album American IV: The Man Comes Around. The song was written by Trent Reznor of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. Hurt received critical acclaim and won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The music video for the song was directed by Mark Romanek and stars actor Joan Ventures.

The song is in the key of F minor with a tempo of 73 beats per minute.

“Goodbye” by Air Supply

This song is a ballad written by Graham Russell and Jeremy Paul. It was released in 1980 on their album Lost in Love. The song topped the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Canadian RPM 100 chart. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at No. 498 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

“My Heart Will Go On” is a hugely popular song by Canadian singer Celine Dion. The song was released in 1997 and was produced by James Horner. The song was written by Will Jennings and Horner. “My Heart Will Go On” was released as a single in the United States and United Kingdom, and became a massive hit, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song is used in the film Titanic, which won 11 Academy Awards.

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is a popular choice for sad music. The song is a cover of the classic Judy Garland tune, and Kamakawiwo’ole’s rendition is beautifully done. The lyrics are full of hope and longing, and the ukulele accompaniment makes the song even more heartwarming.


There are many songs out there that can touch our hearts and make us feel emotional, but sometimes it’s the instrumental pieces that can be the most moving. Whether it’s a grand piano ballad or a heart-wrenching cello melody, these pieces of music have a way of resonating deep within us and bringing tears to our eyes.

If you’re looking for some Sad Music to help you cry your heart out, we’ve put together a collection of some of the best tearjerkers around. From classical masterpieces to modern film scores, these pieces are sure to get those tears flowing.

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