It's easy to find the 10 best sad songs about death because popular music is really good at making these. What with the drugs, violence and travel disasters, musicians must deal with death all the time. Narrowing it down to just ten is probably the hardest part because there are so many to choose from. But let's examine the cream that rises to the top.
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy (featuring Faith Evans) – This song borrows liberally from Sting's "Every Breath You Take". It was written in response to Notorious B.I.G.'s death. Sure, it lacks originality. But it does capture the tragedy of yet another dead rapper.
- "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton – Clapton is mostly known for being a guitar hero. And rightly so; he's one of the best. But this ballad expresses how the performer felt after his young son died unexpectedly.
- "Travelin' Soldier" by Dixie Chicks – There's not much sadder than death in war. This country song reveals the darker side of war (is there even a lighter side?). Well, at least it's more realistic than Toby Keith sloganeering.
"Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles – Death is sad all by itself. But when nobody comes to your funeral, it's even worse. Worse still is a pastor without a congregation, which this Beatles song illustrates in grave detail.
"Stan" by Eminem – The death of this rap star stalker is sad because it's likely true in some cases. Heaven help any music fan overly obsessed with Eminem. He is by no means anybody's role model.
- "Fade to Black" by Metallica – The next best thing to a country death song is a metal death song. And there are few better modern metal bands than Metallica. This song describes a desperate teen's life.
"Whiskey Lullabye" by Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss – Whiskey and death always go together well. In fact, one oftentimes leads to the other. In this song, that's exactly what happens.
- "He Stopped Lving Her Today" – George Jones – So this guy said he's love his wife until he died. He just died, so guess what he also stopped doing, besides breathing?
- "I Don't Like Mondays" by Boomtown Rats – Based on a true story, this Irish band wrote about a San Diego girl who killed a bunch of people. And why, you ask? Because she hated Mondays, of course.
- "Asleep" by The Smiths – When Morrissey sings, "Don't try to wake me in the morning/'Cause I will be gone," you can best believe our boy isn't off to the corner store for gum.