• Royalty free Sad music

    • Mystical and peaceful royalty-free Asian orchestral theme with magical guzheng, strings, drums, brass, woodwinds, piano, and Oriental elements. With an exciting middle section, heroic climaxes, and fantastic dynamics that change, this wonderful instrumental track will enrich any media project. Best for incredible landscapes, documentary movies, or travel visuals.

      Slow, melancholic, thoughtful and reflective piano piece. Mood transforms from melancholic to hopeful. Instruments include piano and violins. Sad music classical background to use in YouTube videos and storytelling.

      A dramatic and sad cinematic track full of emotions. It features piano, strings, cello, violin, synths, and percussion. This track will suit very well in films, video games, documentaries, dystopian, trailers, and other projects that want a sad emotion.

      Stylish royalty free rock music track with cool electric guitar melody, stomps, claps and atmospheric synths. Perfect for topics such as: extreme, sports, festival, party, rock concert, announcement, commercial video and more.

      An emotional, minimal cinematic acoustic piano track accompanied by light flautando strings and synths. Conveys an atmosphere of thoughtfulness and contemplation. Very good sad music instrumental for a sad scenes in videos, movies and theaters.

      It's an orchestral string piece with unbearable sadness and a mood which is difficult to put into words. There is an authentic, genuine sorrow that seems to be reflected in this piece.

      Inspiring and emotional cinematic background music theme featuring solo violin and cello accompanied by a beautiful symphonic orchestra. Great for films, documentaries, trailers, motivational videos and more.

      Heartful and emotive tune with sad and hopeful melody. Suitable for the beautiful romantic scene, sensitive love story, heartfelt drama, emotional journey and other. Featured instruments: piano, cello, viola, violins.

      A sad, contemplative string piece with an almost dark and bleak mood. However, there is a sliver of hope at the end.

      Middle Eastern female voices and violins with strings. Deep, sensitive and sad music is a perfect background for a sad scenes and videos.

      Tranquil cinematic Piano background music calm restrained for reflective settings. drama advertise TV/slideshow flash documentary etc. Comforting sad and moving.

      Winter Life is dark and emotional cinematic orchestral music, full of sorrow and nostalgia. Great for winter and autumn projects, stormy weather and snow scenes, sad and melancholic situations, tragic film trailers and more.

      A creepy and sad music box theme. It features a very subtle, ghostly background accompaniment.

      A sad, reflective song suitable for emotional and somber moments. The melody sounds a bit like Terminator Main Theme.

      This is a dark and emotional cinematic orchestral music, full of sadness and thoughtfulness. Ideal for winter and autumn projects, stormy weather and snow scenes, nature timelapse, dramatic or even tragic scenes, and more.

      A great little sad music returns the listener in times cowboys and westerns. Unobtrusive melody guitar solos with the rhythm guitar and gradually increasing the bass guitar and drums.

      Hypnotic and dreamy track, featuring a delicate and ostinato piano groove that creates an unusual dramatic mood. Perfect for crime drama, psychological thriller, and video game developers.

      Beautiful sad to happy piano orchestral classical track with the inspirational, yet patriotic mood. Ideal for cinematic projects, motivational speech, nature timelapses, atmospheric videos, emotional slideshow. Used piano, viola, violins, strings staccato, sub.

      Combination of a LoFi piano arpeggio keys, electronic sort of progressive sound, and 808 in a Trap style rhythm. It is perfect as a backing track for rapper or as background music for projects, videos, commercials, tv, radio where it wants to emphasize dense, somber, dark and sad aesthetic that characterize this music style

      A beautiful sad instrumental, almost funeral like cinematic and classical violins piece. Perfect as sad music for productions, lonely scenes in videos.

      Sad and emotional piano track with melancholic and nostalgic mood. Great for film, slideshow, heartfelt drama, reflective moments, wedding videos. Instruments are piano and orchestral strings.

      Sad and heartfelt, featuring solo piano played with lots of sentimental expressions. Creates a tender, loving and nostalgic mood. Ideal for tragic scenes, ending of relationships, tearful moments, romantic drama, loneliness, etc.

      This sad music was composed having in mind a post-war scenario, in which sad people walk down the streets of destroyed buildings and ruins. The music is quite sad, with a midsection in which a Hammond organ and a drum appear. Obviously, it can be also used for other purposes!

      Tension Trailer Teaser with dark and suspenseful mood. The perfect soundtrack for drama, horror trailers, blockbuster teasers, openings, endings, end titles, intros, psycho thrillers, action scenes and video games

      Mysterious, enigmatic, emotive piano piece. It evokes distant memories, sadness but at the same time is gentle and mellow.

      Dark orchestral serious-toned piece with a somber feel and sad mood. Featuring piano, cello, and staccato strings. Suitable for psychological thrillers and cinematic scenes with deep sorrow, fear of the unknown, suspense, and other dramatic productions.

      Nostalgic ambient music, based on warm piano, slow soundscapes, and spacey pads. Perfect as background music for nature documentaries, slow-motion videos, sci-fi films, time-lapses, etc.

      This track has a certain depth in its mood. The light sound of the piano combined with delicate strings create an atmosphere of total fear and inner sadness. Great for projects needing dramatic soundscape.

      A dramatic Hip Hop Beat that combines a warlike mood and sadness at the same time. A gentle melody played on duduk, beautifully intertwined with hard trap drums and low bass. Suitable for video games with military themes, movie trailers and documentaries.

      The music is full of emotion which creates a sense of courage and inspiration. It contains a large string section with deep cellos, passionate drums, and powerful electric guitar riffs. This music track is unusual, touching, and attractive. Perfect for dramatic film trailers, or any project that needs gorgeous, inspiring music.

      Beautiful and sad piano composition, that evokes sentimental feelings.

      Intrigue and suspense urban track featuring dark piano, Plucker, synths, bass, drums, and percussion. Perfect for suspense advertising, intrigue commercials, life benefits, sad scenes, documentaries, drone footage, or for any project needing a suspense or low atmosphere.

      Sad melancholy classical sorrow tune. A good choice for dramatical films, reflective moments, touchful videos, documentary scenes, short movies. Featuring piano, viola, cello, violins.

      This is an expressive Cinematic Rock Track. Dark and moody with both a powerful and moving sense of drama or importance. It is ideal for videos about real-life problems, major decisions or changes, introspection, reflection on an important choice that someone has to make.

      A sad, dark background piano piece. Perfect for a wide range of video and film projects.

      Sad and romantic urban track featuring piano, synths, vocal chops, mallet, kalimba, bass and drums. Perfect for romantic advertising, lingerie commercials, life benefits, cocktail parties, in-store music, hotel resorts, drone footage or for any project needing a nostalgic and emotive mood.

      Sweet and hopeful urban track featuring EPiano, Rhodes, Synths, Plucker, Vocal Chops, Bass and urban Percussion. Perfect for ironic scenes, romantic videos, hotel resorts, drone footage or for any project needing a little nostalgic mood.

      This is a sad and melancholic track, full of pain and emotion. great for sadness and melanchoic scenes, slow and mellow projects, documentary films, slow and drama backgrounds and much more.

      A sad passage featuring a piano and violin. It's almost a slow, dignified march, perhaps for a funeral. Suitable for emotional scenes, sorrowful drama, depressive feelings, and sense of grieving.

      Gentle and heartfelt, featuring a romantic piano, electronic elements and strings ensemble that create a tender, loving and nostalgic mood.

      Sad, emotional and dramatic music in cinematic style. Subtle and gentle piano with the orchestra playing beautiful and mysterious piece.

      A melancholic and serious west coast rap instrumental with piano, saxophone, strings, and strong kick. Suitable as underscore for any project dealing with rap production, gangsters movie, LA and California crime story, sadness feelings, and dark urban vibes.

      Atmospheric and emotional ambient electronic music. Featuring soft beats, Rhodes, warm synth pads, and dreamy melody. Best for YouTube promos, travel advertising, nature timelapse, slow motions, romantic clips, and more!

      This is deep sad ad and emotional track with mellow and a bit tragic mood. Warm sound of elegant piano with symphonic orchestra create very sensitive and intimate atmosphere. Perfect background music for the dramatic project.

      Dark, atmospheric, haunting cinematic music full of darkness, tension, and dramatic sadness. Great for horror film trailers, thriller scenes like a shadow under the door, mysterious suspense, frightened heartbeat, criminal stories, and more.

      Stirred by strong synths, epic drums, and rich strings, this grandiose cinematic music track is embraced with a heroic spirit and emotions. Perfect for the breathtaking scenes of nature that unfold in front of the camera to detail its majesty for all who have the fortune to behold its splendor.

      A deep, contemplative piano track with accompanying strings. Sad yet hopeful. Perfect for cinematic productions.

      Sad and flowing piano composition with a sensitive melody that creates introspection and melancholic mood. It's a perfect soundscape for a romantic drama, ending of a long-term relationship, relaxation, nostalgia, and more.

      Gentle acoustic ballad with soft piano and acoustic guitar in a calm and romantic mood. It's suitable as background music for projects relating to relationship, love, romantic and sentimental scenes, family video, slide show, video about good memories, emotional moments, sad and melancholic video, projects relating to care about parents, etc.

      This contemplative instrumental track evokes a calm and peaceful state. It opens with mystical electric guitar riffs, spacey synth melody, and e-piano, but quickly changes to feature a compelling and catchy drum pattern. Perfect for games with a suspenseful storyline, nighttime scenes, urban setting, or any creative production requiring a mysterious atmosphere.

      A sad slow melody with piano and double bass. Track made in a classical manner.

      Emotional and expressive cinematic cue with a touch of sadness. Featuring a soft felt piano, harp, and elegant and vibrant strings. Ideal for a heartfelt drama, gentle melancholy, timeless moments, tender hope, or sorrow.

      This is sad, tragic and sorrowful music with dramatic and sentimental mood. This gentle and melancholic royalty free track can perfectly fit for dramatic and tragic videos, sad stories, rainy days, love storytellings, irreplaceable loss videos, mourning and suffering emotions videos, spiritual and soulful videos and more.

      A dramatic, melancholic, yet hopeful classical string piece. Ideal sad background music for broken heart, deep sadness, death and loss, lost love, funeral slideshow and memorial video.

      The sad and beautiful melody begins as though from apart at a piano with support of strings, then sounds at an oboe. It excites, gives hope, and awakes memories. This cinematic soundtrack is perfect for scenes that are reflective, sad, and romantic. Also will fit for dramatic movie, video projects, and etc.

      Emotional Piano with gentle string backing creates a dramatic sense of love, sorrow and emotional sadness. The soft, timely piano chord melody was designed to suggest someone leaving for the last time, or about to never been seen again. Very useful film production music for heroic scene conveying both positivity and negativity for an ideal film end scene.

      This sensitive and stunning ethnic cinematic music will add originality and depth to any video project. The delicate and tender harmony of this track creates a peaceful, slightly melancholic mood. Ideal for nature landscape footage, long travel journey, a historical films about culture, customs, and ethnicities around the world.

      A sad, lonely piano piece. There is a certain nostalgic sense of wonder. Perfect for a wide range of video projects.

      Atmospheric abstract ambient music, full of darkness and drama. Great for cinematic film trailers, thriller scenes, emotional and sad mood, mysterious suspense, documentary films, and more.

      Atmospheric sad background music. This track is great for ethnic and oriental scenes, mountains, waterfalls, grassland, herds of sheep, desert, documentary videos about nature, people, eastern world, and more.

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    Music has always been composed to evoke many different emotions, and possibly the most evocative of all is that of sadness. From classical instrumental beginnings, through pop heartbreak, to movie soundtracks, sad music is a powerful medium to both manipulate a desired response and create an authentically beautiful background soundscape.

    Historical background of sad music.

    Whilst historians suggest music has been created to express feelings for many thousands of years, it is after it enters Western societies as an art form that we can start to record its journey. From the 16th to 20th centuries, composers such as Brahms, Verdi, Schubert, Bach, Elgar, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven created classical masterpieces that purposefully ebbed and flowed through emotions, and in particular often evoked an overwhelming sadness.

    Classic FM's list of 'the 10 best classical music tear-jerkers' is topped by Puccini's Sono Andati? from La Boheme, in part due to the tragic story of death and lost love that it represents, and also the mix of subtle suspense and dramatic operatics that the music pours out. Though not an exact science, there are methods expertly used to create feelings of sadness in these concertos, through pacing and pauses, changes in volume and melody, and carefully selected instruments and keys.

    Sadness in orchestral music.

    These orchestral instruments of woodwind, brass, percussion and strings have since become ingrained within the sound of sad music. Violins and cellos in particular are still often used in all genres of music for this effect. Specific notes have also gained a reputation in songwriting, especially the theory to use minor keys for sad background music and major keys for happy music.

    Sad music in pop culture.

    Similarly to how the aforementioned artists produced symphonies for operas, music is now essential in soundtracking movies to heighten the viewer's connection to it. Modern examples of songs that became popular due to the heartbreak they represent in the movies include My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion from Titanic, and Mad World by Gary Jules from Donnie Darko.

    The former is a popular ballad, a slow, dramatic sentimental song type and instrumentals, often directly telling a vocal relationship break-up narrative that resonates with the listener. Other mainstream examples of this are showcased on Spotify's 100 strong playlist featuring I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston and Back For Good by Take That. The latter uses a sparse piano, which is another instrument synonymous for producing a sad song. Even though more upbeat tunes are also played on piano, it has commonly been used by musicians such as John Lennon and Coldplay for their more reflective moments.

    Whilst seemingly an unwanted emotion, sad continues to be a highly desired music. The human connection that its pitch, intensity, tempo and rhythm create can actually soothe, and means that it will remain an extremely popular medium in all genres.

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