10 Saddest Country Songs

Country music isn't generally considered the happiest genre, but if you really want to get yourself down, listen to one of the 10 saddest country songs. The subjects of love, death, friendships, relationships, parents and children are all tackled in these songs, sometimes all at once. The music is great, though, and if you feel up to a little taste of the blues, then dive on in.

  1. "The Visit" by Chad Brock. It starts off with a pretty traditional country theme, with a guy telling his lady that he's met someone else and he wants to move on. Then you realize that the woman he's talking to is his deceased wife and he is visiting her grave. You would have to have a heart of stone not to find that depressing.
  2. "Old Shep" by Elvis Presley. Remember the family dog you loved so much when you were a kid? Well, this is the sad country version of that story. With a shotgun. It turns out, a song about a dog can be really depressing.
  3. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones. This one actually is a fairly traditional country song, about a man who just can't let go of his cheating lover. No matter what she does, he will love her until the "today" of the title, the day he dies.
  4. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams, Sr. Not only is this one of the most popular country songs ever, it's one of the most heart-breaking. It's so sad that even the birds in the song can't help crying, and it's so good that other musicians can't stop covering it.
  5. "Yesterday, When I Was Young" by Roy Clark. The saddest thing about this song is the beauty and wonder that it opens with. The youth of yesterday is remembered with joy, but it rounds out with a regretful and bitter tone can only be called classic country.
  6. "Roses for Mama" by C.W. McCall. Nothing says sad like the little boy in this song, who borrows the money from a stranger to buy his mother roses. The stranger is also buying roses for his mother, and as he drives out of town, sees the little boy laying the flowers down at his mother's grave.
  7. "Old Violin" by Johnny Paycheck. You know that life is not at its best for the man who empathizes with an old violin that is about to be put down for the last time. This song is all about the loneliness, fear and sadness that comes at the end of life.
  8. "Time Marches On" by Tracy Lawrence. Perhaps the worst part about this track is that many people can relate to its message. The song tracks the lives of a family for three generations, and it demonstrates the transience of time and the pitfalls of aging.
  9. "One Promise Too Late" by Reba McEntire. This song is what happens when country music meets a loyal woman. Even though she  is in love with someone new, the narrator will not betray her first love, and instead everyone suffers.
  10. "I'd Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)" by Doug Stone. The title of this song is pretty bleak, and it suits the track well. The narrator prefers death or jail to a life without his lover, and his lover is now with someone else, making a happy ending for the narrator pretty unlikely.
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