10 Sad Goodbye Songs Of The 90’s

Looking for the top 10 sad goodbye songs of the 90's? There is something about a song that makes it a perfect vehicle for expressing the array of emotions that go along with saying goodbye. A well written song can eloquently capture a moment in a manner that no other medium can rival. The melancholy tone of the alternative rock scene along with the introspective songwriting of the post-grunge era lent itself to many poignant, sad goodbye songs of the 90's.

  1. "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley. Grace was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of its time and featured one of the most prolifically delivered sad goodbye songs of the 90s.
  2. "Goodnight Elisabeth" by Counting Crows. As soon as the first guitar chords of this song kick in you instantly know you are about to hear a classically composed song. They sound strangely familiar, yet fresh and once the pain-filled vocals of Adam Duritz kick in you are suddenly taken back. Leave it to one of the most reflective bands of the post-grunge era to craft one of the most memorable sad goodbye songs of the 90's.
  3. "Again" by Lenny Kravitz. The rocker known for his classic rock style and soulful R & B infused ballads took more of a Top 40 approach on this classic that is easily one of the most enduring sad goodbye songs of the 90's. It also foreshadowed the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist. 
  4. "Footsteps" by Stiltskin. This oft-overlooked British band crafted one of the most haunting and sad goodbye songs of the 90's when they wrote this number about dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide.
  5. "Far Behind" by Candlebox. The feeling of regret that reverberates through Kevin Martin's vocals throughout this song say it all. You can identify with the range of emotions going on in his mind as he wails through the choruses of this post-grunge classic.
  6. "You Were Meant for Me" by Jewel. Yeah, I know. But, before she tried to be a poet and a pop princess she was keenly aware of the emotions that flow throughout the human experience. Realizing that it is often the most mundane actions with a lover that are missed when they are gone is something that this Alaskan singer is keenly aware of and the simple imagery she paints with her lyrics drives that point home and makes for one of the best sad goodbye songs of the 90's.
  7. "L.A. Song (Out of This Town)" by Beth Hart. This single did not chart highly in the United States, but it is one of the most poignant, sad goodbye songs of the 90s due to the escapist imagery that is so eloquently utilized throughout the beautifully delivered tune.
  8. "How's It Going to Be?" by Third Eye Blind. One of the hardest parts of saying goodbye is the process leading up to it, especially when its coming on for a long period of time. The whole process of pondering how you and your lover will adapt to life without each other can be agonizing and this song encapsulates that experience in a very contemplative manner.
  9. "Thinking of You" by Lenny Kravitz. The best songs are the ones that come from the heart and nothing proves this more than this heart-wrenching piece crafted by Lenny Kravitz for his deceased mother. The sincerity of this song's emotions are exuded from the singer's vocals from beginning to end.
  10. "For the Movies" by Buckcherry. While the idea of someone looking back on a past relationship and pondering what is going on with that person and wanting to share the same dreams is nothing prolific in itself, it is the solid manner in which this situation is presented and the backdrop of Hollywood dreams that really drive the emotion home on this rocker.
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