Royalty Free Sad Music

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Emotional inspiring music with a sad and touching mood. This tune is perfect for films underscore, nature videos, sentimental projects. It will bring life, emotions, and magic to your production.
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An ominous, dark, scary horror theme. Perfect for introductions to scary films and games, but can also be used in other parts as well.
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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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Beautiful classical orchestral piano track with touchful and emotional melody. Great background tune for atmospheric time-lapse videos, romantic reflective films, slideshows and other. I used instruments piano, cello, viola, violins.
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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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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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A nostalgic and contemplative intro preludes an epic groove with a full orchestra with dramatic and pulsating strings and punchy percussion that creates a bold and heroic mood. Great for movie trailers, war battle scenes, and to grab your viewers attention!
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Cinematic emotional background, reminiscent of hollywood composers likeThomas Newman and film scores like Shawshank Redemption. Features piano, strings, oboe. This is a very filmic and cinematic piece starting with light sprinklings of piano along with ambient pads and subtle violins, to be accompanied later by a full string ensemble and oboe. There is plenty of space and it would work great for film underscore.
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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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Inspiring and motivational theme for piano and strings. Perfect for trailers, presentations, advertising and more.
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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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Emotional, beautiful, heartfelt music, with a soft piano and poignant solo cello. Stirring, emotive and powerful.
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A sad, reflective song suitable for emotional and somber moments. The melody sounds a bit like Terminator Main Theme.
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A slow and melancholic theme, portraying a heavy steampunk broken machine crawling towards the edge. The music slows down towards the end, like a broken mechanism. Produced like an 8bit chiptune styled theme. Full of sad harmonies and retro synths.
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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.
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A dark, spacious and cinematic synthwave track, inspired by the 80s dark ballads. This track is perfect for movies, video games or cinematic trailers, especially for the sci-fi genre.
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Sad and tragic background cinematic music, featuring melancholic piano melody, and orchestral pads. Perfect for the dramatic film scenes, social advertisements, thoughtful moments, nostalgia and memories about the past, funeral ceremony and memorial slideshow.
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A sad ending theme for a game or an animation sequence, in 8bit chiptune style. Great for games and comic productions. Featuring vintage sounding synths.
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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.
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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.
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A beautiful acoustic loop, featuring a masterfully finger-picked acoustic guitar. The melody is truly memorable and inspiring. Ideal soundtrack for productions where the mood is melancholic, nostalgic, sentimental or romantic.
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Mysterious, enigmatic, emotive piano piece. It evokes distant memories, sadness but at the same time is gentle and mellow.
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Dramatic epic orchestral track with heroic and motivational mood. This captivating cinematic piece will perfectly fit for Hollywood high-end soundtrack, dramatic scenes and emotional moments.
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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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Sad, dramatic and melancholic instrumental music track. Suitable for social advertisements, serious life themes, suspicious moments, dramatic cinematic scenes, and more.
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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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A sad emotional instrumental music track with touching piano and deep cinematic strings. Perfect for cinematic dramatic, сrying scenes in your videos.
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Dirty South Hip-Hop track with hard hitting 808 drums and synths
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Beautiful and sad piano composition, that evokes sentimental feelings.
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Dramatic cinematic background music track in russian ethnic style. Perfect for your travel, military, dramatic films, videos and media projects.
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Hip hip instrumental with a dark holiday theme featuring bells, synths, & strings. Possible uses can range from an "evil holiday" scene to a underground hip hop song.
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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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A deep, nostalgic, ambient piece created from reverb tails of electric guitar sustains. There is a mood of longing, loss, love lost, and regret.
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A beautiful, emotional piano piece. Very poignant in the performance. It's perfect for many projects and videos.
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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.
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Sad, emotional and dramatic music in cinematic style. Subtle and gentle piano with the orchestra playing beautiful and mysterious piece.
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Heroic loop with a choir, trumpet, piano and violin. This determined background music suitable for Memorial day, spiritual videos, historic films, documentaries about Old Empires, civil war battlefields, and more.
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Beautiful classical piano track with inspiring, emotional, hopeful, dramatic mood. Great for: films, slideshows, youtube videos, and other video projects. Instruments in this track are piano, cello, viola, violins. Inspired by Yann Tiersen, Ludovico Einaudi.
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A sad, dark background piano piece. Perfect for a wide range of video and film projects.
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A sad slow melody with piano and double bass. Track made in a classical manner.
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An epic, stirring symphonic track. Perfect for cinematic scenes, travel, progress and more.
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This is a slow ambient drama film music, full of sadness and emotions. Suitable for tragedy documentary, post-war and disaster scenes, lyrical and sentimental moments, dramatic trailers, funeral and memorial, depression and sorrow emotions.
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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.
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Emotional heartful track with melancholic, touching and reflective melody. Ideal background music for romantic films, trailers, slideshow, cinematic background, dramatic moments, soundtrack, promo, presentation, social media.
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An 82 second loop of sad piano motifs with a quicker animated bridge of subtle optimism. Suggested for scenes of heartbreak, tragedy, natural disaster, underscoring of serious narration, lost love and live theatrical performance use. Key of C Minor, 85 beats/min
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A lonely, passionate and sad tale of loss and despair conveyed through a Romantic, emotional Nylon guitar with strings accompaniment in the background.
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Mysterious and relaxing track in a dark ambient style recalling Twin Peaks series by Lynch. Perfect music for smoky scenes, psychological drama, intimate moments, reflection, sense of lost and other mysterious movies.
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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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Dramatic epic cinematic track. Great for any video projects, video games, action trailers, teasers, or war cinema drama etc. Powerful strings orchestra, brass section, bass and big low drums create a really impressive mood.
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This is a slow emotional track bassed on piano and strings. Perfect for melancholic and thoughtful scenes and sad emotional mood as confusion, depression, loneliness, hopeless, mystery, sorrow, excitement and much more.
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An optimistic yet alluring synth driven track, tinged with a sliver of sadness. Creates a sense of wonder and intrigue, yet hope and progress.
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Creative sounding, modern, innovative track in chillstep / electronic chillout genre. Featuring powerfully hip-hop trap drum beats, deep bassline, wobbling futuristic synthesizers, emotional piano keys, cool sound fx and more. Good as background music for movies dramatic scene, technologies presentation, creative youtube videos, videogame level soundtrack.
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A sad and lonely song played with a piano.
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This is a slow and dark piano classical music, full of sad emotions. Suitable for funeral and memorial videos, apocalypse and tragedy, post-war and disaster scenes, lyrical and sentimental films, dramatic trailers, depression and sorrow.
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Dramatic, emotional sad background music with tragic, yet sentimental mood. Light and mellow piano together with strings and background pads create very deep and sincere soundscape for any cinematic project. Perfect for touching moments, reflection and remembrance of the past, psychological scenes, eternal love, etc.
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Cutting edge, emotive Hip Hop song with sad piano melodies and a sense of mega cities ghetto anger and energy.
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Slow, sad solo piano composition in 82 second loop suggested for setting of a formal funeral, serious narrative or bittersweet, tragic love scene, also underscoring images of natural disaster relief and calls to donate. Key of F minor/100 beats/min.
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A creepy and sad music box theme. It features a very subtle, ghostly background accompaniment.
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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.
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A deep, emotional, Wagnerian like cinematic string ensemble. Perfect for dark or sad cinematic productions, but can be used in other projects as well.
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A deep, contemplative piano track with accompanying strings. Sad yet hopeful. Perfect for cinematic productions.
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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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Loop for piano solo, classical style, slow tempo. Sad and nostalgic, for pure pleasure of listening, good in background and for particular atmospheres in video.
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Odyssey is an Atmospheric Rock sad and melancholic theme ideal for shooting driving takes and autumn landscapes
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The realism and vulnerability of this track stands out especially. Full of emotion and heart, this is perfect for dramatic, sad, strange, and even uplifting film scenes. The emotional complexity makes it suitable for a wide range of projects. You can almost feel the orchestra right in front of you.
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A soothing, yet strange and sad string piece. Featuring 2 cellos, violin, and viola.
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A sad, lonely piano track. Perfect for productions dealing with loss and death.
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This is a sad and melancholic track, full of pain and emotion. great for sadness and melancholic scenes, slow and mellow projects, documentary films, slow and drama backgrounds and much more.
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Calm, emotive and melancholic easy-listening/hip-hop song with gentle clean guitars and a nice hip-hop drum bit towards the end. A feeling of reflection and gentle sadness throughout the track.
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A very sad and dark ostinato piano track, where the notes in the high and low register of the piano are combined with a mysterious melody.
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A thoughtful, still, and stirring piano and violin piece. Best suits for nature videos, memorial slideshow, sad love stories and time lapses.
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A deep, yearning, emotional orchestral piece. Perfect for sad or uplifting productions.
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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.
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This is a sad and lyrical music, full of sorrow and emotion. Great for drama and melancholic films, sentimental and slow videos, thoughtful and melodrama projects. Also perfect for depression and longing scenes, sensitive backgrounds and more. Instruments: piano, violin, cellos
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Sad background and melancholic emotional piano music, full of pain and loneliness. Suitable for drama and touching moods, funeral and tears scenes, depression and longing intro, memories and sentimental background 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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