Sad motivational songs (A collection of 7)

The article below gives a list of 6 sad motivational songs. Along with the list, you will get some information about the artist and the meaning of the song. You can make a playlist of these in your Spotify and listen to them on loop. Enjoy! 

We all depend on music to uplift our mood. People listen to different genres of music based on their preferences and tastes. Sad motivation provides many people with hope, tranquility and peace. Here are lists of sad motivational songs which you can have a look at :

  1. Stronger (what doesn’t kill you)

Artist : Kelly Clarkson

Background of the artist : Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, and television personality.

Her debut song was  “A Moment Like This“, which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the country’s best-selling single of 2002. This victory was followed by her another debut album Thankful (2003) which also ranked in the US Billboard 200

Basic informations:

  • Released   January 17, 2012
  • Recorded  February 2011
  • Studio   Echo (Los Angeles, California)
  • Genre   Dance-pop electropop

Meaning :

This song talks about the times when a person hits rock bottom and dares to confront it with utmost bravery and finally fights it off instead of being lost.

It says when you are knocked down, you won’t stay knocked down. It tells us that we can get right back up, dust ourselves off, and start anew. It shows that even in times of dark, we are built to have courage and be able to be who we are. We show passion in what we love, not what doesn’t love us. We look at the future, not the past. We carry on with our lives, without a care in the world.

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  1.  Unwritten

Artist : Natasha Anne Bedingfield (born 26 November 1981) is a British singer and songwriter.

She received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the title track “Unwritten“. It enjoyed international success with over three million copies sold worldwide. At the Brit Awards(2005 and 2006), she was nominated for Best British Female Artist. 

Basic informations

  • Released   29 November 2004
  • Recorded   Fall 2003
  • Genre     Pop R&B

Meaning :

The song conveys the message that “you being able to express yourself, live life to the fullest, do what your heart tells you because no one else can. Your life is still ‘unwritten’, you change your life, not fate or others but what You decide”.

The singer is stating that she is giving herself permission to not be perfect, further emphasized by the lyrics…. “we`ve been conditioned to not make mistakes… i can’t live that way.”

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  1. You raise me up

Artist : Secret Garden is an Irish-Norwegian band specialised in new instrumental music. The song was sung by Joshua Winslow Groban (born February 27, 1981) , an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and record producer. 

Basic informations:

  • Composer(s): Rolf Løvland
  • Released: October 2003 (album); September 
  • Genre: Operatic pop; Producer(s): David Foster

Meaning :

 As the lyrics goes :

“ When I am down and oh my soul so weary

When I fell down and my soul was so fragile

When troubles come and my heart burdened be

When problems arise and be burdened

Then I am still and wait here in the silence

So I was silent and waited here in silence

Until you come and sit awhile with me

Until you come accompany.”

The song tries to convey the meaning that we are not alone and we may feel better if a third party is with us during times of hardship and turmoil.

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3. Fix You

Artist : “Fix You” is a song by the British rock band Coldplay. Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996.

Members of the band : 

Chris Martin

Jonny Buckland

Guy Berryman

Will Champion

Phil Harvey

Basic information: 


  • Chris Martin
  • Jonny Buckland
  • Guy Berryman
  • Will Champion


  • Ken Nelson
  • Coldplay

Released   5 September 2005

Genre          Post-Britpop alternative rock

Song meaning : 

The song has a distinctive trigger. There are a lot of stories surrounding the creation of this song, for many songwriters and/or artists, a couple of their great songs are usually triggered by a major event of their lives, or a really authentic idea that they came across casually. Chris Martin took advantage of both factors to create this song, combined with the memorable melody that’s likely to get everyone in a brief state of a melancholic euphoria, or even a bit of nostalgia. The meaning of the song derived from Chris Martin’s then-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, who had just lost her father when he wrote this song.

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  1. Beautiful

Artist : “Beautiful” is a song recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera. Christina Aguilera. Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Aguilera ranked at number 58 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008, and was included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. With estimated sales of 100 million records, she is one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

Basic information

  • Released    November 16, 2002
  • Recorded    2002
  • Genre          Pop R&B

Song meaning :

The song is very inspirational and encouraging.

 The song says that it doesn’t matter what you look like, what your sexuality is, or the way you live your life. There is a place in the world for everyone and everyone’s beautiful in their own special way. I think this is a very positive message to be honest and Christina Aguilera handled it well. She has such a powerful voice and she conveys a strong message.

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  1. Dream letter 

Artist : Timothy Charles Buckley III was an American vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and producer. His music and style changed considerably through the years. Buckley began his career based in folk music, but his subsequent albums experimented with jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde and an evolving voice-as-instrument sound. He died at the age of 28 from a heroin and morphine overdose, leaving behind his sons Taylor and Jeff.

Basic information : 

Other tracks by Buckley : 

  1. Phantasmagoria in Two” 
  2. Morning Glory” (Larry Beckett, Buckley) 
  3. Dolphins” (Fred Neil

Song meaning : Tim wrote this song about wondering what his son (Jeff) was like, he’d never really had much to do with him before. He laments about leaving Jeff and his mother. As the lyrics says :

“ Lady time, fly away.

I’ve been thinkin’

‘Bout my yesterdays.

Oh please, listen darlin’

To my empty prayer:

Sleep inside my dreams tonight.

All I need to know tonight,

How’re you and my child?

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6. Birdland 

Artist : Patricia Lee Smith is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and poet who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

Basic information :

  • Released November 10, 1975
  • Recorded August – September 18, 1975
  • Studio Electric Lady (New York City)
  • Genre : Punk rockart punkgarage rock
  • Album : Horses

Song Meaning :

 This song is based on a book called “A Book of Dreams” which is the memoirs of Peter Reich. Peter was the son of Wilhelm Reich, a controversial psychiatrist and inventor who, in 1947, was imprisoned for his work and a year later died of heart failure while serving his sentence. The moment described in the song comes after the death of Peter’s father, and some of the elements are actually in the book. Even though we know Peter and Wilhelm Reich were the inspiration and purpose of this song, it still has powerful imagery for those of us who did not have our father. Especially those of us who believe our fathers were misunderstood and bohemian in their social marginalism.

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Conclusion :

The article above presented to you is a list of 6 sad motivational songs along with the name of the artist and the meaning of the songs. I hope you enjoyed listening to them.

FAQs: Sad motivational songs 

What songs to listen to when you’re sad?

Sad Songs That Will Actually Make You Feel Better : a list of 6

 ” Someone Like You” by Adele.
 ” Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.
” The Heart Wants What It Wants” by Selena Gomez.
 ” Skinny Love” by Birdy (Bon Iver Cover)
 ” Hallelujah” by Demi Lovato (Leonard Cohen Cover) 
 “Stay” by Rihanna 

What are the most emotional songs ever?

A list of emotional songs

Eric Clapton – ‘Tears in Heaven’
Nine Inch Nails – ‘Hurt’ 
R.E.M. – ‘Everybody Hurts’ 
Harry Chapin – ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’
Nirvana – ‘Something in the Way’ 
George Jones – ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ 
Pearl Jam – ‘Black’ 
John Prine – ‘Sam Stone’ .

What is the saddest song that will make you cry?

9 sad Songs That Make You Cry Like a Baby Every Time
1 . Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi. LewisCapaldiVEVO
2 . Nobody – Mitski. MitskiVEVO
3.  Dancing On My Own – Robyn.
5.  Let Her Go – Passenger
6.  Forever Young – Jay Z
7.  See You Again – Charlie Puth ft
8.  What Hurts the Most – Rascal Flatts
9. Last Kiss – Taylor Swift.

What is an uplifting song?

You’ll feel happier and more inspired in minutes. Listen to this list
‘I Am What I Am’ by Gloria Gaynor.
‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash.
‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong
“Without a doubt, this has been my pick-me-up song since I was a teenager. 
‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ by U2.
‘The Horses’ by Daryl Braithwaite.

What to listen to when you need to cry?

List of 6 Songs you need to listen to when you need to cry. 
Songbird – Fleetwood Mac. If this doesn’t make you cry you are a soulless demon. 
Ho Hey – The Lumineers. 
Don’t You Remember – Adele.
Wonderwall – Oasis.
Sunsets – Powderfinger. 
The Scientist – Coldplay.

Why do I like depressing music?

Several studies conducted by music psychologists suggest that people who are high in empathy are more likely to enjoy sad music.

The possible reason behind it can be that people with greater empathy are easily moved by the meanings the song tries to convey. 

What is a fancy word for SAD?

Synonyms for the word sad :
 unhappy, despondent, disconsolate, discouraged, gloomy, downcast, downhearted, depressed, dejected, melancholy.
Melancholy is a fancy word, according to me. 

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