->''"How could I ever forget?\\
This was\\
the moment my life was set\\
That day that I lost you\\
It's clear as the day we met\\
How could I ever forget?"''
-->-- ''NextToNormal'', "How Could I Ever Forget?"

Someone died (or is otherwise gone), we're very sad, and we're singing about it. Frequently a TearJerker. A SubTrope of SongsOfSolace.

Compare BreakupSong, DeathSong. See also ReallyDeadMontage.

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!!Songs about Death:

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* "Paperthin Hymn" by Anberlin.
* "Emily" by MaryAndTheBlackLamb
* "The Other Side", by RichardMarx (a tribute to his late father).
** "Straight From My Heart", also by Richard Marx,
* The entire "What To Do When You Are Dead" album by Armor For Sleep. The album is a [[ConceptAlbum concept album]] that lyrically explores the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance). The trope is [[InvertedTrope inverted]], due to the story being told from the point of view of a deceased narrator grieving over his separation from a still living loved one.
* [[OsuTatakaeOuendan Hitomi Yaida's "Over the Distance"]]
* Music/XJapan:
** "Tears," which was written in memory of [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]]'s late father and is Yoshiki's coping with his suicide. This song was later dedicated to be to late guitarist [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] as well.
** A GriefSong trilogy of "Without You," "I.V.," and "Jade," which are three songs that compose a dialogue between Yoshiki and hide, and Yoshiki coming to terms with the loss of his beloved friend.
* "Tears in Heaven" by Music/EricClapton was dedicated to his son Conor, and later Princess Diana.
* EltonJohn has performed several of these:
** "Candle in the Wind" about Creator/MarilynMonroe.
*** A version with revised lyrics, titled "Candle in the Wind 1997", was about Princess Diana.
** "Song For Guy" was inspired by the death of Guy Burchett, a messenger boy for Rocket Records (Elton John's record label) who died after being hit by a car.
** "Empty Garden" was about the death of John Lennon.
* "One Sweet Day" by MariahCarey and Boyz II Men.
* The German song [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_hatt%27_einen_Kameraden ''Ich hatt' einen Kameraden'' (I Had a Comrade)]] is traditionally sung at memorial services and military/police/fire brigade funerals in Germany and Austria, causing many ManlyTears.
* "Let It Be" and "Julia" by Music/TheBeatles, about Paul and John's mothers respectively.
* "Dance with my Father" by LutherVandross
* "How to Save a Life" by The Fray
* Gruesomely parodied by TomLehrer in "I Hold Your Hand in Mine".
* "Night Shift" by The Commodores and "Missing You" by Diana Ross were both responses to the murder of MarvinGaye.
* "Scarecrow" by Melissa Etheridge, written about the [[TheLaramieProject brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998]]. It was [[FridgeHorror named for the fact the man who found him tied to the fence]] thought he was a scarecrow at first.
* "All Those Years Ago" by GeorgeHarrison and "Here Today" by PaulMcCartney are both about the death of John Lennon, as are "Empty Garden" by EltonJohn (mentioned above) and "Kid About It" by ElvisCostello.
** As well as "Life is Real" by {{Queen}}.
* Stevie Nicks has "The Edge of Seventeen" (also about John Lennon)
* DonMcLean's "American Pie" is sort of related to this; the refrain mentions "the day the music died", a reference to when Music/BuddyHolly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash.
** Admittedly, the entire song is a eulogy for the musical scene of the '50s and '60s and the cultures surrounding it, and is grieving for more reasons than just Buddy Holly's death. It provides a focal point, though.
** Some have also interpreted it as dealing with the civil rights movement, believing that "the three men I admire the most" mentioned at the end of the song and associated with the Holy Trinity might have been meant to represent John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. However, while [=McLean=] [[TheWalrusWasPaul has kept mum about the song's full meaning]], he has admitted, at least, that the line "February made me shiver/with every paper I'd deliver" was indeed, inspired by his reaction to the news of the deaths of the three musicians.
** Another DonMcLean song, "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)", is a song mourning the tragic life of painter Creator/VincentVanGogh.
* "In the Backseat" by ArcadeFire, written about the death of Regine Chassagne's mother in a car crash. The lyrics also serve as a metaphor for growing up and having to take responsibility, for added [[TearJerker Tearjerking]] effect.
* HelloProject and its related artists do this quite a bit. They also subvert it, too.
* "Hurt" by ChristinaAguilera.
* "Goodbye Friend" by BowlingForSoup, about a suicide and the singer's guilt ("maybe I could have changed things").
* "Slipped Away" by AvrilLavigne, which she wrote about her grandfather's death.
* "He Was A Friend Of Mine", a traditional folk song that has been covered by many performers. The version by WillieNelson played during the credits of ''BrokebackMountain''.
* ''Music/SarahMcLachlan'', unsurprisingly, has at least three of these - "I Will Remember You", "Angel" and (one for the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] fans) "Full of Grace".
* "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro. It turns into one in the last few verses.
* "Hallelujah" by LeonardCohen ([[CoveredUp but more often its cover versions]]).
* The album ''Believe'' by Music/{{Disturbed}} was inspired by the death of singer David Draiman's grandfather. "Darkness" in particular was about moving on.
* "All My Love" by Music/LedZeppelin.
* "When The Tigers Broke Free" by Music/PinkFloyd is about the death of Roger Waters' father in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII during the Operation Shingle at Anzio, Italy. Likewise, the main character on PinkFloyd's TheWall also lost his father the same way (albeit the song is not actually featured in the album itself, but was later released in the album 'The Final Cut').
* "Mother" by JohnLennon and "Julia" by Music/TheBeatles are both about John Lennon's mother.
* "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by GreenDay.
** "J.A.R." (written to a friend of Mike Dirnt who had died) as well, even though that's more upbeat.
* "Gone Too Soon" by MichaelJackson was originally about his friend Ryan White, who died of AIDS at age 19. More recently, it has also been attributed to Jackson's own death.
* The appropriately named "Tearjerker" by RedHotChiliPeppers, about Kurt Cobain.
** Also "Transcending", on the same album, about River Phoenix.
** "Dani California" is about the death of the title character.
** "My Lovely Man", off ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'', was written in tribute to Chili Peppers' guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died in 1988.
* "Breakfast Table" by Chris Rice.
* "4am Forever" by Lostprophets
* "He Was My Brother" by SimonAndGarfunkel.
* "My Lover's Gone" by Dido.
* "Think of Laura" by Christopher Cross.
* "Aubrey" by Bread.
* "Biko" by PeterGabriel, a tribute to anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, killed in police custody.
** Another Gabriel tune, "I Grieve", has been used in many films during a TearJerker moment.
* "Gone Away" by TheOffspring.
* "Come Back" by Lesley Roy
* "Matthew 25:21" by TheMountainGoats pays tribute to John Darnielle's late mother-in-law.
* "Blood Brothers" by Music/IronMaiden.
** Initially the song was not a particularly grievous one on its original release, but during the tour for its album ''Brave New World'' it became a grief song due to bassist Steve Harris losing his father.
* "Why" by RascalFlatts.
** "What Hurts The Most" also qualifies.
* "You're Gone" by Diamond Rio.
* "The Thing About [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Grief]]" by Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by Music/PearlJam with "Other Side".
** "Just Breathe" kinda counts as a straight example, though.
** ''Riot Act'' has a few songs mourning the PJ fans who were trampled to death in a Danish festival, most notably "Love Boat Captain" ("lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today").
* JimiHendrix, "It's Too Bad", about Hendrix's troubled relationship with his half-brother Leon.
* "Elle G." by the {{Newsboys}}
* MyChemicalRomance produced their ConceptAlbum "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" in honor of Gerard Way's recently deceased grandmother Helena (see the song "Helena"), whom he was close to. A [[GriefSong Grief Album]], really.
* "Let Me In" by {{REM}} was recorded live in the studio after the death of [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]].
** "Camera" was about the death of an R.E.M. friend from Athens, Georgia who died in a car crash.
* "When You Go", "Summer's Over", "I Hate California", and a number of others by JonathanCoulton
* Music/{{Metallica}}:
** "To Live is to Die". Somewhat unusual in that it's almost entirely instrumental except for James Hetfield reciting a short piece of poetry composed by the departed subject of the song, fallen Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.
** "The God That Failed", about the death of James' mother.
** "Until It Sleeps" is about his parents' battle with cancer.
* "Eva" by Orgy, on their science fiction ConceptAlbum slash RockOpera ''Vapor Transmission.'' Notably, the album is about real people, and Eva is one of only two individuals named by real name, and the only one whose role was explained: she was the late mother of one of their producers.
* Music/DreamTheater's "Take Away My Pain" (about John Petrucci's deceased father) and "The Best Of Times" (About Mike Portnoy's deceased one). There's also "Disappear", which is unusual because James [=LaBrie=] wrote it about a hypothetical death scenario, not a personal experience.
* Music/{{ACDC}}: "Hells Bells", towards their deceased ex-singer Bon Scott. In fact, the entirety of ''Back In Black'' was dedicated to him.
* Almafuerte's "En este viaje" was written about Ricardo Iorio's deceased wife.
* [[Music/{{Helloween}} Michael Kiske]] wrote "Always", in his first album ''Instant Clarity'', about Ingo Schwichtenberg, his deceased ex-comrade of Helloween.
** The song "Afterlife" from Music/GammaRay's album ''Land of the Free'', written by former Helloween lead guitarist Kai Hansen, is also dedicated to Schwichtenberg.
* "Angel's Son" by Music/{{Sevendust}}, dedicated to the lead singer of Snot.
* The Music/GratefulDead's "Bird Song" was written about Janis Joplin after her death, and "Cassidy" is partly about the death of Neal Cassady (its spelling derives from its also being about the ''birth'' of staff member Eileen Law's baby Cassidy). "He's Gone" was originally a trope subversion: a slow dirge about erstwhile manager Lenny Hart, who hadn't died yet; he had merely drained the band's bank accounts and vanished. However, after the death of original keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" [=McKernan=], the song quickly reverted to a straightforward example of this trope in the minds of fans and the band alike.
** There is also a Grief Song ''about'' Jerry Garcia; guitarist Warren Haynes wrote "Patchwork Quilt" in memory of Garcia, and has played the song with The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends.
* Music/{{Evanescence}}'s ''Hello'', ''Like You'', and ''My Immortal''. The latter was [[InMemoriam dedicated to]] Ben Moody's grandfather, according to the liner notes of ''Fallen''. Also ''The Other Side'', ''My Heart is Broken'', ''Never Go Back'' and ''Even In Death''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_YnKpMunYA Seryoga,]] by Andrej Bukas, is a particularly heartbreaking example where the narrator describes watching his friend die after being shot by a sniper. It's based off of a real even in the singer's life.
* {{Nirvana}}'s "Lithium" also qualifies, as KurtCobain declared it's about a guy who loses his girfriend ("I miss you/I'm not gonna crack") and resorts to religion ("Light my candles\In a daze, 'cause I found God").
* "Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World. It was written in memory of two young women, Mykel and Carli, who ran Weezer's fan club and were personal friends of the band. They both died in a car wreck. "Hear you me" was more or less their CatchPhrase.
* Many TypeONegative songs, including "Everyone I Love Is Dead", "Everything Dies", and "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)".
* "The Duel" and "Is Heaven Good Enough for You" by Allison Moorer.
* "Night Comes Down" by Music/JudasPriest. [[ManlyTears Even metalheads grieve.]]
** Which brings us to "Watching Over Me" by IcedEarth.
* Pretty much the entirety of {{Eels}}' Electro-shock Blues album.
* "Fred Bear" by Ted Nugent is an unusual example of this. While the song is in remembrance of his deceased hunting partner, the song is more a celebration of hunting.
* "Friend of a Friend" and "Word Forward" by Music/FooFighters. The former is the ''only'' song by the band confirmed to be about Kurt Cobain, and the latter is about Dave Grohl's childhood friend.
** "Friend" was written and recorded in 1992 whilst Cobain was still alive, it becomes more poignant in the updated version.
* {{Kamelot}}'s "Don't You Cry" and "The Mourning After".
* Music/ToriAmos' "Toast", "Marianne", and "1000 Oceans."
* "KKK Took My Baby Away" by {{Ramones}}.
* "Harvest of Sorrow" by Music/BlindGuardian.
* The entirety of NeilYoung's album ''Tonight's The Night'' is about two friends who overdosed. One of them, guitarist Danny Whitten, bought his last shot with the severance pay from when Neil fired him. Neil was... shaken up, to say the least, and [[TearJerker it shows]]. Also, some of ''Sleeps With Angels'' is about [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]], who quoted Neil in his suicide note.
** The song ''The Needle and the Damage Done'' is also about Whitten, written while he was still alive (but released after his death) and how heroin destroyed Whitten as a person.
** More recently, "You Never Call" is about Neil's longtime friend and band member Ben Keith.
* David Crosby's beautiful ballad "Guinevere" is about his fiance Christene Hinton, who died in a freak traffic accident weeks before their wedding. It was written before she died, but sung as a tribute to her afterward. "I Could Swear There Was Somebody Here" is his other song for her.
* In honour of Freddie Mercury, the surviving members of {{Queen}} wrote, performed and sang "No One But You" for the ''Greatest Hits III'' album.
** "All Dead, All Dead", from ''News Of The World''.
** The album ''Innuendo''. Even though Freddie Mercury is alive, it was his last album, made knowing he was dying of AIDS. Several songs refer to his dying, especially the song "The Show Must Go On" where his voice is replaced by a record stuck in the groove.
* "Together Again" by JanetJackson is a tribute to a friend who died of AIDS.
* "I'll Be Missing You" by P-Diddy (then Puff Daddy), dedicated to TheNotoriousBIG.
* "Once in a Lifetime" by Wolfsheim, which is about the loss of the singer's wife and unborn child in a hurricane.
* "He hasn't returned from the battle" by Music/VladimirVysotsky.
* "One Moment More" by Mindy Smith, written after her adoptive mother died.
* WithinTemptation has "Our Farewell" and "Forgiven", the second one being written after a friend of Sharon's lost his child.
* "The Other Side" by Paul van Dyk & Wayne Jackson, a tribute to the victims of the Indonesian tsunami. It has a {{spiritual sequel}} in the form of "Stormy Skies", which may be a tribute to Hurricane Katrina's victims.
* "Little June" by Groove Coverage, which is about a sister or a friend who was murdered.
* "Moonlight Shadow" by Mike Oldfield (and later Missing Heart and Groove Coverage, especially the piano version of the latter).
* 'In My Darkest Hour', 'Foreclosure Of A Dream', 'A Tout La Monde' and 'Promises' by Megadeth.
** Although technically, 'Foreclosure of A Dream' is about financial loss, namely the loss of the Ellefson family farm under Reagonomics. It is a form of grief, though.
** Dave Mustaine wrote 'In My Darkest Hour' after hearing the news of the death of Cliff Burton, his former bandmate at Metallica. The song is not actually about Burton, but Mustaine produced it during the grief from the tragedy.
* Music/TheB52s: "Ain't It A Shame". It was not written as a tribute to their guitarist Ricky Wilson, as he played on it. However, it was released the year after his death, and so became a de facto tribute to him. There's also Cindy Wilson's solo song "Ricky" which IS directly about him.
* Alfred Schnittke's Nagasaki oratorio, which is obviously about the bombing of eponymous city. The first movement is even called "Nagasaki, the city of grief".
* SimplePlan are known for this. Their most well-known example is likely "Untitled (How Could this Happen to Me?)", written from the point of view of someone who is dying at an accident scene caused by a drunk driver. The video for it was produced in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
** Said video gives the song a DualMeaningChorus, having the song sung from the point of view of the drunk driver.
* The Music/{{Genesis}} song "Since I Lost You" is about the death of a child.
** Genesis member Ray Wilson's "Another Day" is about the suicide of a friend.
* "Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely" by the BackstreetBoys, dedicated to Howie D.'s deceased sister, among other lost loved ones.
* "I Will Never Forget" by Kimya Dawson is a surprisingly angry song about suicide, and is much darker than the tunes most people think of when they hear her name.
* Music/{{Scorpions}}' "We'll Burn the Sky" had lyrics by JimiHendrix' ex-girlfriend, and is apparently about him.
* "Back on the Chain Gang" was the first {{Pretenders}} single after the deaths of two band members, and Chrissie Hynde sounded like she was shaking her first at God. {{Selena}}'s remake [[AdaptationDecay stripped the anger from the lyrics]].
* A particularly bitter UsefulNotes/VietnamWar-era example: "One Last Cold Kiss" by Mountain, about a swan whose mate is killed by hunters.
* BobDylan's "He Was A Friend Of Mine."
* The Whitlams have a couple of these. "Blow Up The Pokies" is about former band member Andy Lewis' struggle with depression and a gambling addiction before he committed suicide. The 'Charlie Trio' of tracks from the 'Eternal Nightcap album' are about the suicide/accidental death of band member Stevie Plunder. "The Curse Stops Here" is about Tim Freedman being the 'last one' of the original band members alive, and his determination to survive while the other two had given in to suicidal thoughts.
* "Byron's Song" by Rebekah Ann Curtis is about the titular friend's death from cancer.
* Skillet has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7sjrjiOYYQ "Lucy"]] from their 2009 album, which [[spoiler: was originally written about an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLnnipeiQhA aborted baby]]]].
* PatoFu's "Canção pra Você Viver Mais" ("song for you to live more"), inspired by a terminal disease of the singer's father.
** Also from Brazil, Barão Vermelho's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MsYy0Z11dI "O Poeta Está Vivo"]] ("the poet is alive"), an homage to the band's former singer who died of AIDS.
* Music/{{Space}} have 'Bad Days' and 'Avenging Angels' ([[LyricalDissonance no, really]]).
* "Jueves", written for the Madrid's subway bombings by the spanish group La Oreja de Van Gogh
* DeltaGoodrem, ''A Year Ago Today'', about an aunt who passed.
** "Wish You Were Here" about a friend who passed while she was out of the country.
* Several of the songs off the {{Music/Rush}} album ''Vapor Trails'' could be interpreted this way, such as "Ghost Rider" and "The Stars Look Down".
** "Afterimage" on ''Grace Under Pressure'' is about the death of a mutual friend of the band.
** Also "Nobody's Hero" from ''Counterparts'', about a gay friend of Neil Peart's who died of AIDS and a girl whose family Peart knew. The latter subject is speculated to be one of Paul Bernardo's victims.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ry4cx6HfY&ob=av3e "So Far Away"]] by Music/AvengedSevenfold, in honor of their late drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan.
* "House Carpenter" by Music/{{Hurt}} seems to combine this with ObsessionSong.
--> ''If you're not breathing, why am I''
* Gary Numan wrote "A Prayer for the Unborn" when his wife suffered a miscarriage after finally becoming pregnant via IVF treatment. In his early performances you can hear his voice crack with emotion when he sings it live. No word on whether the sonogram typically projected behind him during this song is the real thing.
* "The Edge of Glory" by LadyGaga was written about her grandfather, who was dying, and an intimate moment she saw him share with her grandmother in the hospital. It's not sad, so much as it's about accepting life will always come to an end, but you need to experience life anyways. When she plays the song in a capella, the song shifts to a ballad, and goes become more of a sad grief song.
** "Speechless"
* "May" by Music/JamesDurbin.
* "Nur zu Besuch" (translates as "Just Visiting") by the very popular German band Die Toten Hosen. It's about the vocalist's mother and the lyrics describe a visit to her grave. It's very simple and low key, peppered with little ordinary details and mostly avoids PurpleProse and soppyness, and it's all the more effective for it. ("And your garden... It's really doing well. Although you can tell it's missing you very much. And there's still mail arriving, adressed to you in big letters. Even though everyone knows you've moved away.") Unlike most other grief songs, this one ends on a note of acceptance and with the hope for an end to depression.
* "Goodbye My Lover" by James Blunt was just meant to be about a break up, according to WordOfGod. But considering the amount of people playing it at their spouse's funeral, WordOfGod hardly matters in this case.
** Also "No Bravery", which is a grief song for an entire country / people / the person James Blunt was before going to war.
* "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men.
* "My Angel" was written after the death of Kellie Pickler's grandmother.
* Bone Thugs-in-Harmony honored several deceased friends (including Eazy-E) in "Tha Crossroads".
* "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)" by TobyKeith is a tribute to Toby's friend Wayman Tisdale, and has been described as being too depressing even for CountryMusic.
* "Last Kiss" by Wayne Cochran.
* "Baby Doe" by Music/SteveTaylor, which is about fairly well-publicized cases in the eighties of babies being starved to death.
* "Not For Keith" by Peter Hammill is about the death of his former bandmate in Van Der Graaf Generator.
* "Who Knew?" by {{Pink}} is about a friend who died of a drug overdose.
* "Another Loss" by Decoded Feedback.
* "A Gray A.M. You Will Never Get To See" by Glass Casket. The song is about lead singer Adam Cody's sister, who was killed in a car crash and who the album was dedicated to.
* Brantley Gilbert's "Saving Amy," about a girl he knew in high school, is an interesting twist in the grief song. It deals with a woman recovering from the death of her fiance, who died (presumably in an accident) on the night he proposed. However, it's told from the deceased boyfriend's point of view, begging God that while it's too late to save him, it's that "there's still hope for saving Amy" from living her life grief-stricken. It then goes on to chronicle the woman's slow climb out of depression, and at the end, he thanks God for "saving Amy" when he is reunited with her years later. It's a heartbreakingly powerful song.
* "Youtopia" by Armin van Buuren featuring [[OwlCity Adam Young]] is another example sung [[PosthumousNarration from the deceased lover's point of view]], [[LyricalDissonance set to an uplifting trance instrumentation]]. The video has the bereaved girlfriend reminiscing of [[HappierTimesMontage their happy times together]] on a camping trip.
* VNVNation's [[LonelyPianoPiece lonely piano]] [[SurprisinglyGentleSong ballad]] "From My Hands".
* JulianaHatfield wrote "Trying Not To Think About It" about the death of her friend JeffBuckley.
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine: "Never Let Me Go" and "Heavy In Your Arms".
* TaylorSwift's song "Ronan", named for a four-year-old who died of cancer, and using his own mother's words for the lyrics.
* "From Where You Are" by Lifehouse.
* Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" is by itself a standard BreakupSong, but the video has the boyfriend die in a motorcycle accident.
* PublicImageLtd have "Swan Lake", or "Death Disco" if you own the single, which is about the death of John Lydon's mother. Due to PIL's [[HellIsThatNoise musical style,]] this is not immediately apparent.
* R.I.P. Millie by {{Noiseworks}} is about a friend who died from cancer.
* {{Music/Aqua}}'s "Turn Back Time" is quite a contrast to most of their other songs, which are generally silly. Although not explicitly stated in the lyrics, the song is implied to be about someone who died while the person regrets not spending enough time with them, not saying how she really feels, and/or getting into a fight with them just before they died.
* The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObGlgJPCZj4 Omdat ik Je Mis]]" (Because I miss you) about the singer's deceased parents debuted on the Dutch reality show ''The Best Singer-Songwriter''. It clearly [[TearJerker moved the judges]] and got very positive reviews in the media the next day. the YouTube video of the audition [[InstantWebHit skyrocketed to over 2,000,000 views]] in the first weeks (to compare ... there are about 20,000,000 Dutch speaking people in the world)
* Although no specific person is mentioned in the song, {{Kansas}}' "Dust In the Wind" is definitely about grieving over the fragility of life and how short it can be. An immediate response after hearing this song has to be "oh my God the songwriter's grandmother/childhood friend/puppy just died."
* {{Coldplay}}'s "Fix You", inspired by the singer's wife mourning her father's death.
* "Someone's Watching Over Me" by Geri Halliwell, which was [[InMemoriam about her father who died]] shortly before she became famous.
* Pride and Fall's "Passionate Pain":
-->It's cold outside, my lips are trembling
-->Your blood in my hands, that once held me warm
-->I wanted to trust, I wanted to lust
-->It's our guilt, our blame
-->The passionate pain we need
-->Now lay your head down to rest
-->I will help to prevent the fall
-->There's a feeling hidden deep inside me
-->And I will manage to lock it in
-->Before it hurts
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* "If Only Tears Could Bring You Back", by Midnight Sons, from ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''.

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' story, ''Fanfic/{{Legacy}}'', Trent writes a song in tribute to [[spoiler: his late girlfriend and first love]]. In the following years, he sings it at most of his gigs, usually as the closing number.

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* Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" from ''{{Superfly}}''.
* In the film version of ''[[FilmTheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]],'' there is Pippin's song as Faramir's Knights of Minas Tirith charge Osgiliath. In the first film and in the book, Elves sing a tearjerking lament for Gandalf. In ''The Two Towers'' movie, Éowyn's song at her cousin's funeral is a heartbreaker, particularly when one deciphers the Anglo-Saxon.
** In the novel ''The Two Towers'', Aragorn and Legolas sing an emotional lament for Boromir.
** In the novel ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', the elves of Lothlórien sing a lay for Gandalf, whom they thought was dead.
* The song "Remember Me This Way" by Jordan Hill was featured in the movie ''Film/{{Casper}}''.
* "My Heart Will Go On", performed by CelineDion, from the film ''Film/{{Titanic}}''.
* "DingDongTheWitchIsDead" from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is an inversion, in that the death is being celebrated instead of mourned.
* In ''Film/ASongIsBorn'', one of the professors remembers his departed wife with the song "Genevieve". The other professors join in and it becomes a bonding song.
* "Disney/{{Frozen}}"; the first 2/3rds of the song "Do You Want To Build a Snowman", while arguably a grief song about an unexplained separation, is fairly fun and upbeat. The last verse, however, is about Anna mourning the death of her parents and desperately trying to reach out to her sister, her only remaining family, one last time.
--> ''They say have courage, and I'm trying to./ I'm right out here for you, just let me in.''
--> ''We only have each other, its just you and me./ What are we going to do?''
* "I'll Remember (Theme from ''With Honors'')" was written and performed by Music/{{Madonna}} for the soundtrack to that movie, which ends soon after the death of a major character.
* "I've Grown Accustom to her Face" from Film/MyFairLady is this for Higgins who is trying to come to terms with his feelings of loss after Eliza walks out on him.

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* ''Literature/DeathOfAPopIdol'' has Johnny singing one of these [[spoiler: However, although the song ''seems'' a straight version, from his perspective, it's also a subversion, as the person he's singing about is still alive and well.]].

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* Many of the songs from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* "It Don't Make Sense" from ''Theatre/{{Parade}}''.
* "How Could I Ever Forget?" from ''NextToNormal''.
* "'Till We Reach That Day" from ''{{Ragtime}}''
* All of William Finn's ''Elegies'', but particularly "When The Earth Stopped Turning"
** "Anytime (I Am There)" is the show's real TearJerker, but it's sung from the perspective of the bereaving rather than the bereaved.
* "Gone, Gone, Gone," "My Man's Gone Now" and "Clara, Clara" from ''Porgy and Bess''.
* "Candide's Lament" from ''Candide''.
* Parodied in ''Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat'' with "One More Angel in Heaven". Joseph's brothers know he isn't really dead, but they put on a show of grief for Dad's benefit.
** Played straight with "Close Every Door to Me," where Joseph has hit rock bottom in prison.
* Also parodied in ''{{Oklahoma}}'', with "Pore Jud is Daid".
* "Endless Night" in the stage musical version of ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
** "Rafiki Mourns."
** "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" is one from Timon and Pumbaa's perspective.
* ''{{Rent}}'' has two straight examples and a subversion:
** In context, "Seasons of Love" is about how to remember someone after they're gone.
** The DarkReprise of "I'll Cover You" is also a straight example.
** "Your Eyes", after which Mimi [[DisneyDeath revives]] thanks to ThePowerOfRock and a literal guardian Angel, is a subversion.
* The DarkReprise of "If I Loved You" from ''Carousel'' is an interesting variant, as it's sung from the viewpoint of a deceased person who's about to leave for the afterlife after being allowed to see his wife and daughter on Earth fifteen years after he died.
* "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', dealing with Marius' grief and survivor's guilt.
* "Days of Plenty" from the musical of ''LittleWomen.''
* "Those You've Known" from ''SpringAwakening.'' Interesting in that it is [[spoiler: sung mostly by the ghosts of the departed.]]
** Also "Left Behind".
* "No More" could be seen as a variant of this in ''IntoTheWoods.'' For sure, though, "The Witch's Lament" is a straight example.
* Invoked by ''{{Urinetown}}'' with "Tell Her I Love Her", which is part [[spoiler:DeathSong for Bobby]] and this for [[spoiler: Little Sally.]]
* "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" sung by Christine about her father in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
** The Phantom's mournful "All I Ask Of You" reprise also qualifies, as he is singing about Christine who he believes he has lost forever to Raoul.
* The final scene of ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'' is a series of reprises that are either [[DarkReprise dark reprises]] or turn the material into Grief Songs. "Look With Your Heart", "Once Upon Another Time", and "Till I Hear You Sing", in that order, chronicle [[spoiler: Christine's death]].
* "Supper Time." Holy ''[[WhamEpisode god]]'', "Supper Time." From the 1933 revue ''As Thousands Cheer'', this number is a black woman wondering how to explain to her kids that their father has just been lynched.
* ''Theatre/NotreDameDeParis'': Quasimodo's "Danse mon Esmeralda" (doubles as BSODSong), right after Esmeralda's death. He's witnessed the death of the woman he loves and killed his adoptive father. He's resolved to die holding Esmeralda's dead body, because "dying for you is not dying". Yeah, he's pretty broken.
* "Why" in ''tick, tick, BOOM''. Jon has just found out his best friend Michael [[spoiler: has AIDS. The song is about Jon remembering the good times he and Michael had, and wanting to make the best of the time they have left.]]
* [[InTheHeights "Alabanza"]] is the neighborhood grieving [[spoiler: Abuela Claudia]].
* ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'' features an inversion in the climactic scene. Iolanthe veils herself so the Lord Chancellor won't recognize her because [[ItMakesSenseInContext she'll be executed if he does]], and pleads for him to give his consent for her son Strephon to marry a certain ward of the court. She sings the ballad, "If, In the Bygone Years" in an appeal to his memories of his (supposedly) late wife, who is in fact [[spoiler: Iolanthe herself]].
* ''Theatre/BorisGodunov'' has the Tsarevna Xenia's lament for her late fiancé. This was one of the parts of the opera that was recomposed from the original version.
* The "Totenklage" in ''{{Elisabeth}}'' combines this trope with DarkReprise.
* ''{{Lestat}}'' has both "Sail Me Away" and the brief DarkReprise of "Right Before My Eyes".
* "I Promise You a Happy Ending" from ''Mack and Mabel.''
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' has "No Good Deed". It's heartbreaking to watch, and considered by some to be just as powerful as "Defying Gravity".
* ''Theatre/IfThen'' has "Learn To Live Without", dealing with Liz's grief over the death of her husband.

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* Through a poem and not a song, ''Sonatorrek'' (The theft of sons) by the [[WarriorPoet skald]] [[HornyVikings Egill Skallagrímsson]] counts with a vengence. Having lost his two sons, one to fever and one to the sea, Egill tried to starve himself to death. His daughter persuaded him to express his grief through a poem instead. Egill went on to write how he would to [[KillGod kill]] Rán and Ægir (the gods of the sea) if he could and how he sees [[TheGrimReaper Hel]] waiting for him. It has even been suggested that Egill's modeled his expressions of grief on Óðinn grieving for Baldr.

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* "Each Night He Comes Home to Me" from the ''MedalOfHonor: Underground'' OST is about a war widow. As a BilingualBonus, you can also hear a German version [[SourceMusic on a radio]] in-game.
* [[LyricalDissonance "Kimi No Kioku"]] in ''{{Persona 3}}'' [[spoiler: Which comfirmed the [[TheHeroDies Protagonist]]'s HeroicSacrifice]]

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* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0445.html This]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' strip.

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* "Everything You Ever" from the end of ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''.
* "Missing You" from AVeryPotterMusical is one of these, as Harry sings about Dumbledore's death and Quirrell about [[HoYay having been abandoned by Voldemort]].
** Also from the sequel, "Guys Like Potter" (Snape missing Lily) and "Those Voices" (about Lily and James, by Sirius and Harry [[spoiler:and Snape]]).
* "No More Fear" from ''{{lonelygirl15}}'', sung by Emma (Katherine Pawlak), following the death of [[spoiler:Gina Hart]] in the previous episode.

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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rzpuAx0PsM Chorale For Snow White]]."
* Owen's upcoming song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts4xxICfXWk Oh, My Izzy!]] in [[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour,]] while it has a very up-beat tempo is sang right after [[spoiler: Owen breaks up with Izzy, and she is taken out of the game due to head trauma.]]
** Coupled with the ArtShift during the song, which is done in Owen's crayon style (which is his imagination.)
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': "Leaves from the vine]] / falling so slow / like fragile, tiny shells / [[TearJerker drifting in the foam.]] / Little soldier boy comes marching home / Brave soldier boy, come marching home." Sung at a makeshift memorial shrine for his son who died in the siege on Ba Sing Se... a soldier who did ''not'' come marching home. The song also acts as a dedication to Iroh's voice actor, Mako, who had died before the episode aired.
* "Ghost" by Indigo Girls
* "Yellow Butterfly" by Meg & Dia.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jldngb69BTc It Changes]] from SnoopyComeHome.
* Nefertiti from Fireaxe's FoodForTheGods
* "Bright Eyes", written by Mike Batt and performed by Art Garfunkel, from WatershipDown.

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* Double example in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FMmgGpASEs Ya Uhozhu]] (я ухожу), which counts for both death and partings. "Ya uhozhu, - skazal mal'chishka ej skvoz' grust' no nenadolgo *Gunfire*,ty zhdi menya i ya vernus', Ushel sovsem, ne vstretiv pervuyu vesnu." *Cuts to war memorial.* Prishyol domoj v soldatskom tsinkovom grobu.
* "She's Leaving Home" by Music/TheBeatles
* "The Dance" by Music/GarthBrooks
* By Music/EltonJohn:
** "Daniel"
** "Blue Eyes"
** "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues"
* "Leaving on a Jet Plane", by John Denver [[CoveredUp and others]]
* Project Pitchfork's "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lament]]" (ambiguous whether this is about just parting or the love interest's actual death).
* The title track on Music/PinkFloyd's ''Wish You Were Here'', about the departure of their co-founder and original frontman Syd Barrett, who was forced to leave due to mental illness.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s final song with bassist Music/JasonNewsted, "I Disappear" from the ''Film/MissionImpossible II'' soundtrack mirrored his eventual falling out and departure from the band.

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* "The Time Has Come (Pikachu's Goodbye)" from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}: 2B A Master'' album. Although the song itself is a perfectly straight example, when it's actually used in the anime, Pikachu immediately returns as soon as the song is over.
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* ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'': "When Love is Gone", during Scrooge and Belle's breakup scene. [[CutSong The song was cut]] from the theatrical version, although the [[AwardBaitSong ending credits cover]] by Martina [=McBride=] was retained.
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* "This Nearly Was Mine" from ''SouthPacific''
* "Chavaleh" from ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'' is an interesting case, as Tevye has to declare his daughter Chava dead to him after she marries outside the Jewish faith, but this song makes it clear it's not easy for him. He loves his daughter, yet he believes he has no choice but to disown her.
* "For Good", from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''.
* "Cute Boys with Short Haircuts" and "Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be" from ''Vanities: The Musical''.

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