• Royalty free Sad music

    • Lonely Morning by MintWhale

      Nostalgic, and reflective ambient piano music, with warm soundscapes, and airy pads. Perfect as background music for silent locations, memorial videos, documentaries, funeral slideshow, scenes linked to isolation, loneliness, and melancholy.

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      Somewhere by Mark Kueffner

      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.

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      Tears Of Sorrow by Audiocalm

      Sadness and melancholy piano orchestral track with cinematic mood. Good for dramatic movies, atmospheric slideshow, heartful moments.

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      No Way Out Of Here by Ionics Music

      In the late 20th century, new computer systems were being developed to replace humans in high-skill jobs, and advances in artificial intelligence caused many to fear the growth of civilization. This fear gave way to gritty cyberpunk visions. The track is futuristic electronic music with a cyberpunk vibe. Rhythmic and melancholic with a suspenseful vibe, this background music delivers the feeling of mystery and tension.

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      Piano Sadness by Jon Wright

      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.

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      Orchestral Story by Audiocalm

      Classical orchestral piano track with sad and tense mood featuring vioins, viola, cello, piano. Good for slideshow, timelapses, motivational projects, short films, nature journey etc.

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      Walk In The Rain by AG Music

      Imagine yourself walking in the rain with your lover or simply enjoying the fresh feeling of the rain on your face. Let this music guide you through that moment. Features low pads interspersed with steady beats to evoke the idea of rain steadily falling and thumping sounds here and there to make it more real. This calm music with thoughtful undertones is ideal for remembering lost loved ones or for reflective moments in general.

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      Tears Of Love by Audiocalm

      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.

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      Grievous Loss by DPmusic

      This piece of sad music with a deep sorrowful atmosphere and soft touch, could bring to the surface those feelings of grief we carry with us every day. Can be used as background music for funerals, mournful videos, grievous events, memorable videos, sad stories, catastrophic videos, prayerful videos, or so.

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      Eastern Dream by Ryo Utasato

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

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      Sky Falling Down by DPmusic

      A deep and dramatic electronic royalty-free track with a dark atmosphere and melancholic mood. Featured instruments are piano, analog pads, light plucked synth, electronic bass, and catchy drums. Perfect for futuristic videos, technology projects, dramatic moments, nature views, videos from drones, and many more.

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      Secret Garden by Andrea Quarin

      Enigmatic, dreamy, tense modern orchestral score with a dark harp sound as lead instrument. A secret garden is revealed, but is it a beautiful, warm one or a cold, sad one?

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      Out Of The Shadows by AG Music

      This mellow ambient track features soft piano, gentle atmospheric synths, and an emotional atmosphere. This calm track would suit nostalgic and emotional videos, sad cinematic stories, serious videos, memorial videos, trailers, nature videos, slideshows, sentimental timelapse, and other projects requiring sad piano background music.

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      Creepy Music Box Theme 2 by Erick McNerney

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

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      Murder On All Hallows Eve by SnowMusicStudio

      A dark, dramatic instrumental track that features vintage detective television series sounds. It is perfect for creating a mood of mystery or suspense. This track contains old-fashioned reel-to-reel tapes, classic synths, strings, drums, pipe organs, and violins.

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      Epic Piano by Christian Aen

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

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      Sad Drama by ColourTunes

      This sad and emotional royalty free music track is perfect for drama movies, cinematic films, trailers, documentaries, inspiring commercials, hollywood movie themes and short film.

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      Deep Canyon by Yuri Rozenfeld

      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.

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      Counting Heartbeats by Ionics Music

      This ominous electronic tune features a minimalistic arrangement with various percussion, synths, and an electric guitar. The lead instrument is a wah-wah synth that creates a feeling of power through its prominent presence throughout the piece. The melody is slow-moving and ominous, creating a sense of being trapped. This background music could be used as a soundtrack to thriller drama, action sequences, and intense moments in films and television shows.

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      Honor The Fallen by Mark Kueffner

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

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      We Will Survive by AG Music

      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.

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      An Emotional Heartfelt Plea by Erick McNerney

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

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      Together With You by MintWhale

      Nostalgic and emotional ambient piano music, with spatial textures and slow pads. Perfect as background music for slow-motions, nature documentaries, romantic clips, aerial footage, memorial videos, etc.

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      Belief And Hope by Audiocalm

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

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      Departing Sadness by Erick McNerney

      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.

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      This Is Not My War by Matteo Bosi

      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!

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      The Falcon by Infraction

      Explore the infinite multiverse of love and music with this powerful sci-fi epic cinematic trailer. Perfect for openers, romantic love, travel, adventure, nature videos, presentations, videohive projects. I used staccato strings, orchestra, cinematic percussion, piano melody, brass and sound effects.

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      Forgive Me by Audiocalm

      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.

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      Tomorrow There Is Sadness by Erick McNerney

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

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      Illusions by Infraction

      Illusions is chill hip-hop music track with a trap leads, dubstep bass, hip-hop beat. Perfect for openers, romantic, love, art, technology,sport, fitness, energetic, hip-hop, rap, fashion, stylish, lifestyle, beauty vlogs, designs and video projects!

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      Mystic River by Andrea Quarin

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

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      Winter Life by Eitan Epstein Music

      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.

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      Gentle Heart by DPmusic

      This one is a gentle cinematic track with warm piano leading. Nice background for weddings, love stories, nostalgic moments, sentimental videos, inspiring speeches, prayerful videos, nature views, melodramas, romantic travel, and many more. 2 versions are available: Full track / Piano Solo

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      Love Till Now by Jack White

      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 music soundscape.

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      Winter Is Coming by Eitan Epstein Music

      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.

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      Small Planet by MintWhale

      Peaceful ambient piano music, with spatial arps, airy soundscapes and a melancholic atmosphere. Great as background music for romantic films, documentaries, slow-motion videos, sci-fi films, nature time-lapses, etc

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      Piano Tears by Jihoon Myung

      Beautiful and sad piano composition, that evokes sentimental feelings.

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      Soul Fury And Hopelessness by Audioblyca

      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

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      Amber Moon by MintWhale

      Ethereal ambient piano music, with spatial soundscapes and slow pads. Great as background music for slow-motions, documentaries about nature, romantic travel vlogs, aerial footage, memorable videos, etc.

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      Impromptu by Emilio Merone

      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.

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      Eternal Space by MintWhale

      Emotional ambient piano theme, with spacey textures, airy pads and warm soundscapes. Great as background for slow-motions, nature documentaries, videos about space, aerial footage, and more.

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      Sadness Inside by Erick McNerney

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

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      Beyond Infinity by Audiocalm

      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.

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      Melancholic Days by MintWhale

      On a cold winter morning, a little boy is standing near a window. He is dreaming about his future, and how he will become an astronaut, swim under the ice in Antarctica, or drive an airplane. This nostalgic lo-fi chillhop track is about it. Featuring warm Rhodes chords, airy synths, spatial plucks, pads, and a slow lo-fi beat.

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      Sad And Pain by Eitan Epstein Music

      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.

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      Man In The Hood by SPMusicGroup

      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.

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      The Journey Of Destiny by Premium TraX

      One of the most powerful and triumphant hybrid orchestral soundtracks ever written. It has a huge and impressive sound and a sweeping melody with a sense of wonderment, excitement, hope for the future, reaching for the stars. Works well for adventure games, fantasy films, sci-fi films, and most projects that rely on epic plots.

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      Dramatic Story by DPmusic

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

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      Suspenseful Path by Audioblyca

      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.

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      Sadness In Blue by Erick McNerney

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

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      Melancholy Requiem by Audiocalm

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

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      Sadness Reflection by Erick McNerney

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

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      Staying Alone by Audioblyca

      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.

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      Acoustic Summer Dreams by Nazar Rybak

      Gentle acoustic ballad music 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.

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      Come Back To Me by AG Music

      Pacifying and pensive, this track features a simple piano that becomes softer and pronounced during the melody line. The track is perfect for accompanying photo slideshows, documentary videos, voiceovers, or any other project requiring a relaxed and organic soundscape.

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      Deep Loneliness by DPmusic

      This is deep sad 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.

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      Sadness Bloom by Erick McNerney

      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.

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      Great Tribulation by DPmusic

      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.

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      Flower Fields by DPmusic

      This one an emotional and sincere piano track with a contemplative atmosphere and touching mood. The main instruments are a grand piano, analog pads, strings, cello, bells, acoustic guitar, and harp. Wonderful background for cinematic videos, films, nature views, drone videos, weddings, romantic moments, sentimental stories, and many more.

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      Long Way Alone by Vasiliy Makarov

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

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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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