Royalty free Sad music

  • A relaxing, new age royalty-free music theme similar to Deep Forest or Enigma. Featuring gentle violins, nice percussion, pads, synths, and hip hop drums. Great for the beautiful atmospheric soundscape, rainforest exploration, nature documentaries, and more.

    This graceful, fragile, and tender piano composition has a dramatic cinematic sweep. Suitable for bittersweet romantic plots, bio documentaries, real-life story, heartwarming memories, flashback moments, nature landscape video, heroic human spirit and more.

    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.

    This is emotional and sentimental classical piano music, full of nostalgia and feeling of sadness. The ideal soundtrack for cinematic drama, Memorial Day or commemorative events, thoughtful scenes or sense of sorrow.

    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.

    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.

    Dramatic and melancholic future acoustic track. The main melody is played with the support of digital synths and guitars. There are synths, strings, bass and electronic drums in the background. This track is great for sad, emotive, touching moments of your videos or presentations.

    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.

    Dramatic, beautiful, and emotionally fulfilled cinematic track with a sweet, flowing and sensitive solo piano. The touching heartwarming melody makes this piece of music an ideal soundscape for a romantic drama, eternal love, unspoken feelings, the letter to a loved one, together forever love stories, etc.

    Angelic melancholic piano composition. The melody, like the first rays of the morning sun, awakes the frozen feelings. Great for emotional video content, nature timelapse, touching life stories, dramatic movie trailer, and more. Similar to Thomas Newman music works.

    An emotional and dramatic piano piece, full of dark apathy and sadness. Imagine staying in a deep underwater, it's dark and calm there, cold sunny rays seep through the thickness of the water, and you are drowning in your emotions. Ideal background music for indie games, various cinematic uses, memorial video, space themes, thriller scenes, 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.

    This great background music is made of drums, deep electronic basslines, glitched percussion, airy piano stabs and atmospheric synth. Will perfectly complement your hi-tech and science research videos, documentary movie, modern commercials, time-lapse videos, and ads, etc.

    A sense of bittersweet melancholy and eternal peace is present in this orchestral composition. Featuring piano, flute, harp, strings sound. Perfect as background music for dramatic films, theatrical performance, sad biography documentaries, emotional plots, and other sentimental projects.

    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?

    Feel the breeze of the ocean with that beautiful chill-out composition. It has a panoramic, evocative and slightly mysterious atmosphere that gives you an impression of magnificent epic scenery. Great for projects related to nature, space, mindfulness, awareness. Perfect for timelapse video, 4k drone footage, travel documentaries, birds-eye view.

    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.

    Melancholic, calm, mournful, quiet, soothing, touching composition. This track is perfect for the memorial videos, dramatic films, social theme documentaries, remembrance and sadness, unreal dreams, broken heart, sad projects, podcasts and more.

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

    Hypnotic ambient chillout track with a serene atmosphere and dramatic, yet nervous mood. Best for sci-fi or cosmos related videos, disruptive technology, a deep sense of desolation, virus attack, economic crisis, fatal error, tense moments, loneliness, etc. Featuring acoustic piano melody, various fx effects, and a laidback beat.

    Dramatic modern classical track with a high-tech sound. Featuring electronic plucks, synths, gated pads, violins, piano, and drums. Great for showcasing the important business process, inner-work operations or behind-the-scenes action. Also suitable as background music that creates anxiety and an atmosphere of serious engagement, e.g.natural disaster news report.

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

    Aggressive old school hip-hop track with hard synth and tabla rhythms. It’s perfect for the biggest blowouts, defeat in a video game, negative influence, pain after a strong fight, loser, crime scenes, etc.

    An ominous, dark, scary horror theme. Perfect for introductions to scary films and games, but can also be used in other parts as well.

    An emotional and haunting loop for piano and cello. There's an alternating feeling of sadness and hope with no real resolution to either and features a beautiful and simple solo on the cello. Great for dramatic themes, historical backgrounds, classical themes, and memorial videos.

    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.

    This is a beautiful cinematic track featuring piano arpeggio, orchestral strings, and inspiring cellos. It starts with a piano melody and builds into an orchestral climax with solo cello. Great for a romantic drama, Hollywood love story, upper-class romance, big finale and more.

    This is motivational and hopeful royalty free music with an inspirational and lovely melody. Can be ideal background music for a sensitive love confession, beautiful emotional romantic scene, wedding ceremony, reflective moments, atmospheric timelapse, travel, Vimeo, family photo slideshows, Valentine's Day.

    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 dramatic cinematic orchestral work with an ominous vibe. Use for illustration of falling leaves and snow, haunting house, mysterious content, ghost story, opening or ending for dramatic scenes, various states of sadness, despair, about the afterlife, trailer.

    A moving and nostalgic musical trip through our deepest memories and our most beautiful moments. This mellow piano solo creates emotional, touching and breathtaking feelings. Ideal for a romantic movie, emotional commercials, touching advertising, Valentine's day videos 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.

    Very intimate this solo piano pulls the listener into his world, a world of moments where sadness dominates but also hope.

    Emotional and inspiring track, featuring Piano, Cello and Violin with some orchestra percussion elements. Ideal for sentimental videos, commercials, film and tv scene, celebrations and moments of tenderness.

    A sad, cinematic piano and violin track. Slow, pensive and brooding with a sliver of hope. Suitable for pensive reflective scenes, melancholia, memories about the past, dreamy mood.

    Sad Ghost Story is a piece that evokes the sadness of a misguided spirit using quiet piano and harp melodies. A haunting choir, violin, and other orchestral elements enter the piece giving a feeling of hope and sadness at the same time. Great for scary youtube videos, eerie short films, or any video project requiring some paranormal suspense.

    Gloomy trip-hop track with flowing mood and bouncy old school vinyl sound. Suitable for urban mystery, dramatic plots, scenes of disappointment, post-apocalyptic era images, or independent projects.

    Droppin' the bomb is a dark lo-fi hip hop track with a mysterious and abstract background. It will give character and attitude to your content. You can use it as a backdrop for your projects, as a sound saver of computer games like GTA, urban visuals, crime in planning or progress, hight suspense scenes, CSI investigation, detective sitcoms like a Scum, etc.

    Beautiful sad piano track with a melancholic and emotional mood similar to Thomas Newman and Yann Tiersen soundtrack. Featured instruments are piano, celli, viola, violins. Great for films, slideshow, atmospheric nature videos

    A sad and somber orchestral piece, with a mood of farewell and departure. This classic melody is perfect for all kinds of emotional scenes, sorrow, tearful moments, nostalgia, and visuals.

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

    Epic orchestra piece featuring emotive strings, powerful brass section, and somber choir, wich creates the sad and tragic mood. Great underscore for a cinematic trailer, dramatic scenes, apocalypse, disaster, heartbreaking moments, defeat, etc.

    Very intimate this solo piano describes the torn feelings of homesickness, the sadness but also the precious memories.

    Retro electronic track in space disco style designed in the mood of the 80s era with some modern elements. Suitable for video projects related to space, aliens, sci-fi movie plots, determination. Strongly associated with driving a futuristic racing car on a night highway.

    A very soft and quite atmospheric sad background music, with a smooth piano and sensitive strings. This heartfelt and beautifully reflective mellow piece is perfect for sad winter movie scenes.

    Dramatic cinematic music where epicness meets with sadness. Suitable for patriotic films, inspirational documentary, emotional vibrancy, drama with compassion, bravery and heroic feats, promotional trailers and video game.

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

    This majestic, impressive epic orchestral composition gradually builds into a dramatic climax. Perfect music score for glorious cinematic projects, action films, heartbreaking moments, adventure movies, historic documentary, warfare, war chaos, devastation, etc.

    This is profound and heartfelt ambient music with sensitive piano, touching electric guitar, and strings featured. This beautiful and truly soulful track can perfectly fit as background for any social drama, human relationships, love stories, deep space views, drone videos, wedding and romantic videos, cinematic and heartwarming stories or other lovely and sincere multimedia projects.

    Beautiful, sad and emotional female vocal music, full of pain and sorrow. Great for melancholy and sorrow, depressing background, apocalypse and apocalyptic scenes, tragedy and disaster films, post-war battlefield and other.

    Heartful and dreamy piano orchestral tune with touchful and emotional mood. Ideal for motivational speeches, love story, wedding videos, sad film and other.

    The trip-hop track that blends all manner of emotions, most of them are dark. A piano plays a simple but tragical melody over synthesizers and electronic drums, while digital synths provide a high-tech, tense sound. This low tempo tune will add your productions ultra-cool, contemporary sounding.

    Emotional, beautiful, heartfelt music, with a soft piano and poignant solo cello. Stirring, emotive and powerful.

    A sad emotional instrumental music track with touching piano and deep cinematic strings. Perfect for cinematic dramatic, сrying scenes in your videos.

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

    Oppressive music, with slowly building cinematic tension that gives a sensation of increasing menace and inevitable fatal end. Performed by orchestra and choir. Perfect for psychological thrillers, crime dramas, war documentaries with the main theme about assassinations, victims, terror and horror.

    A lonely, passionate and sad tale of loss and despair conveyed through a Romantic, emotional Nylon guitar with strings accompaniment in the background.

    Contemplative emotional Piano chords backed with longing sad strings and mournful cello. The theme is slow and conveys a sense of loss or feeling sad or depressed making it very useful for period dramas.

    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.

    A beautiful, dramatic cinematic composition creates a dreamlike, reflective atmosphere. The tune consists of piano, strings, cello, pads, air texture, violin, and percussion sounds. Great for a calm documentary and nostalgic scenes, sentimental romantic films, and more emotive moments.

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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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