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55 Saddest Love Songs of All Time, If You're in Need of a Cathartic Cry

Redbook Logo By Grant Rindner of Redbook | Slide 1 of 56: We all enjoy a celebratory and, dare we say it, slightly sappy love song that revels in the beauty of human connection. But sometimes the track that really hits home is more somber.Some of the sad love songs in this collection have the capacity to make you cry, and may even help you mend a broken heart after a breakup. A handful of '90s classics (Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart") and R&B hits are on the list, as are sweeter numbers that would be at home on a Valentine's Day playlist if you're spending the holiday solo. Many sift through the rubble of past relationships (Drake's "Marvin's Room," Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor"), while others are about the momentary relief of connection, even if you know it's not with the right person (Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," Bonnie Raitt's, "I Can't Make You Love Me"). And emotional classics by Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Fleetwood Mac prove that while sonic style and songwriting changes over the decades, the raw feeling of heartbreak will always be relatable.You may be trying to rekindle a smothered spark, dealing with quarantine-related long distance drama, or struggling with keeping your dating life going this winter. Whatever's causing you strife, we hope you'll find catharsis in one of these sad love songs.

We all enjoy a celebratory and, dare we say it, slightly sappy love song that revels in the beauty of human connection. But sometimes the track that really hits home is more somber.

Some of the sad love songs in this collection have the capacity to make you cry, and may even help you mend a broken heart after a breakup. A handful of '90s classics (Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart") and R&B hits are on the list, as are sweeter numbers that would be at home on a Valentine's Day playlist if you're spending the holiday solo. Many sift through the rubble of past relationships (Drake's "Marvin's Room," Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor"), while others are about the momentary relief of connection, even if you know it's not with the right person (Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," Bonnie Raitt's, "I Can't Make You Love Me"). And emotional classics by Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Fleetwood Mac prove that while sonic style and songwriting changes over the decades, the raw feeling of heartbreak will always be relatable.

You may be trying to rekindle a smothered spark, dealing with quarantine-related long distance drama, or struggling with keeping your dating life going this winter. Whatever's causing you strife, we hope you'll find catharsis in one of these sad love songs.

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