Whatever the time is, whenever I hear the country sound I rise out of the ground. So, today we have some of our tops pick for the best sad country songs. Some of the songs you would have heard before, & some songs you wouldn’t have heard but each song in this list carries deep widening emotions which is very pure.
So, here are our top picks for the best sad country songs of all time.
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12. Brooks & Dunn, “Believe”
The narrative of elderly man Wrigley, a Navy veteran who has lost his wife and child, is told through the perspective of a little kid by country duet Brooks & Dunn.
11. Rascal Flatts, “What Hurts the Most”
The protagonist in this narrative is sad after coming “so close” to telling someone special how much they’re loved, reminding you how tough it is to live with regrets. One of the Best Sad Country Songs ever.
10. Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, “Whiskey Lullaby”
Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss can both play the class clown to perfection on record and on stage, but this duet (from Paisley’s 2003 album Mud on the Tires) will elegantly wreck your afternoon, a star-crossed lovers’ lament in which both sides drink themselves to death, one lyric at a time.
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9. Trisha Yearwood, “The Song Remembers When”
You believe you’ve moved on until you hear a piece that brings back old recollections. Trisha Yearwood reminisces on a prior relationship, which drives her to wonder where and how he is now. One of the Best Sad Country Songs ever.
8. Carlisle, “Butterfly Kisses”
A daughter’s connection with her father evolves in the most wonderful ways as she grows older. A father reflects on those anniversaries. One of the Best Sad Country Songs ever.
7. Trace Adkins, “You’re Gonna Miss This”
In an optimistic way, this charming ballad is melancholy. It advises parents and children to take it easy and enjoy the present moment. One of the Best Sad Country Songs ever.
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6. George Jones, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”
“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” written by the same team that wrote ex-wife Tammy Wynette’s hallmark “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” in 1968, may be country music’s greatest deadpan song of all time. It depicts a torch-bearer whose love returns to him – at his funeral — in vivid detail. You can’t picture anyone else singing it since it’s such a natural fit for the Possum’s troubled voice. It was on the verge of not happening at all.
5. John Michael Montgomery, “The Little Girl”
In John Michael Montgomery’s soap opera narrative “The Little Girl,” a dysfunctional family’s situation reaches a catastrophic conclusion. His final Billboard Hot Country Songs No. 1 depicts a small child cowering under the sofa while her drug-addled mother and alcoholic father fight – with tragic consequences.
Montgomery maintains calm as the narrative comes to a spiritual end, backed by harmonies by bluegrass artists Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski and an arrangement that will make you cry.
4. Tim McGraw, “Don’t Take the Girl”
These intricate lyrics tell the narrative of a young boy and girl who eventually marry. When the youngster is faced with the possibility of losing her several times during his life, he understands that he would do anything for her, including his own life.
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3. Johnny Cash, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”
No song better portrays the experience of waking up hungover and alone than “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” which includes everything from breakfast beer to soiled clothing. It was written by Kris Kristofferson in the bowels of a dilapidated Music Row apartment, shortly after his wife had left and taken their daughter with her.
2. Martina McBride, “Concrete Angel”
McBride’s 2002 song “Concrete Angel” is about a little girl who is abused by her mother. And one of the saddest country songs ever made. One of the Best Sad Country Songs ever.
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1. Hank Williams, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
Not only is this one of country music’s most evocatively lush lines, but it may also be its most intense clinical depression diagnosis: Everything the vocalist experiences reflect his sad mood, from a robin’s weeping to a train’s screech to the fact that a falling star makes no sound at all. Hank originally mistook it for poetry, which he had written for his alter ego “Luke the Drifter” to read.