Why do we love sad songs? For some reason, they make us feel better. This is particularly true when it comes to sad R&B and soul songs. Whether we’re truly heartbroken or just a little bummed out, it’s nice to hear an artist sharing similar feelings, letting us know we’re not alone. These are 10 of our favorite sad songs—grab a Kleenex and crank the stereo.
10. “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Roberta Flack/Lauryn Hill: Whether it’s the ‘70s soulstress or the ‘90s Fugee, this one slays us every time.
9. “Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton: A song so good you don’t care about the dubious grammar.
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8. “Not Gon’ Cry,” Mary J. Blige: Mary isn’t just the Queen of hip-hop soul; she’s the queen of dramatic songs like this.
7. “Doesn’t Mean Anything,” Alicia Keys: Money can’t buy you love. Hey, that’s a good line; someone should put it in a song.
6. “End of the Road,” Boys II Men: The breakup is “unnatural,” the Philly crooners sing, but sometimes, nature’s got nothing to do with it.
5. “Tired of Being Alone,” Al Green: The reverend sings one for all the lonely people.
4. “Miss You,” Aaliyah: A sad song made all the sadder by the fact it came out in 2002, after the young star’s death.
3. “Just My Imagination,” the Temptations: This love seems too good to be true—and in fact, it is.
2. “Without You,” Mariah Carey: A truly devastating ballad from the R&B great. It’s perhaps second only to…
1. “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston: If she stays, she’ll only get in his way. So she’ll go, but not before one last heart-wrenching note.
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