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The 18 Most Beautiful Sad Piano Songs

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Do you dream of learning beautiful sad piano songs? The most beautiful sad piano music give off a great melancholy and give a lot of feeling to the pianist who plays them. In this article, we reveal the top 18 selected by La Touche Musicale of the most beautiful sad songs to play on the piano. All these beautiful songs are available on our online application dedicated to piano learning. So you can learn them easily, even if you are a beginner!

? Note: all the songs presented in this article are available on the La Touche Musicale piano learning app. So you can learn to play them with ease.

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1 – Kiss the Rain – Yiruma

Known for his composition of the soundtrack of the movie Twilight, Yiruma has also composed very beautiful sad piano music, at the top of which stands Kiss the Rain. Released in 2003 in his album From the Yellow Room, the song is very nostalgic and reminds, as its name suggests, a sad rainy day.

It’s not very difficult to play and you can learn it easily on La Touche Musicale.

To discover other sad or nostalgic songs, you can check our article about the best Twilight music to play on the piano.

If you want to access the piano sheet music and the midi file of the song Kiss the Rain by Yiruma, you have to click here.

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Sad piano song: learn Kiss the Rain by Yiruma on La Touche Musicale.

2 – Let Her Go – Passenger

Taken from his 2012 album All the Little LightsLet Her Go is the song that will make Passenger most famous.

Featured in many series and movies, this sad piano track is unparalleled in its beauty. The nostalgia that emanates from it will allow you to escape when you play it.

Let Her Go is also a love piano song that is among our ranking of the best music of this genre.

If you wish to access the piano scores and the midi file of the music Let Her Go from Passenger, you just have to click here.

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Sad piano music: learn to play Let Her Go by Passenger on La Touche Musicale.
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3 – Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

Taken from the self-titled album released in 2019, Blinding Lights has been one of the most listened to and enjoyed by listeners throughout 2019 and even into 2020. The music features both an R&B and Soul style, but it also exudes intense emotion. It’s a melancholic piano song that will immerse you in the special world of the artist The Weeknd.

In fact, you can find music similar to The Weeknd’s in our article on the 10 best rap songs to play on piano.

If you want to access the piano scores and the midi file of the song Blinding Lights by The Weeknd, click here.

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Sad piano songs for beginners: learn to play Blinding Lights by The Weeknd.
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4 – Gymnopédie No. 1 – Erik Satie

One of his most famous compositions, along with the Gnosiennes, the Gymnopédies are three slow waltzes of the impressionist genre, composed for solo piano. Written by the famous musician Erik Satie in 1888, Gymnopédie No. 1 is the most famous work of the composer. Very slow, it has perfectly its place among this classification of sad piano music. It’s also a beautiful and easy to play piece, such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on piano. Take the opportunity to learn it!

To discover other compositions of this genre, you can check out our article on classical piano music.

If you wish to access the piano sheet music and midi file of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1, click here.

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Sad song on piano: learn to play Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1 on La Touche Musicale.
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5 – I’ll Never Love Again – Lady Gaga (A Star is Born)

I’ll Never Love Again is one of the two best-known tracks from the soundtrack of the 2018 movie A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

The song tells the despair of the author after the brutal death of his love. The singer thus believes that she will never be able to love so intensely again. The music is thus among the most beautiful sad piano pieces and has perfectly its place within this ranking.

If you wish to access the piano scores and the midi file of the music I’ll Never Love Again by Lady Gaga, click here.

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Sad piano song: learn to play I'll Never Love Again - A Star is Born by Lady Gaga.
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6 – All of Me – John Legend

Released in 2014, All of Me is one of the most famous songs of the American artist John Legend.

The track tells all the love that the singer has for his wife, with many allusions to his dreamy physique. So it’s also a deeply romantic musical work, like some piano jazz music that we present in another article.

The sweetness of All of Me and the intense emotion it gives off makes it one of the most beautiful sad piano songs to play.

The track is entirely piano-vocal and may recall some of Elton John’s piano songs in the emotion it delivers.

If you like this song, you can learn to play it by reading our article about the easiest piano songs with chords.

If you wish to access the piano sheet music and midi file of All of Me by John Legend, click here.

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Famous sad piano music: learn to play All of Me by John Legend.
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7 – Nuvole Bianche – Ludovico Einaudi (Intouchables)

Nuvole Bianche is one of the most famous pieces of music from the soundtrack of the movie Intouchables, starring Omar Sy and François Cluzet. Its composer, Ludovico Einaudi, has gained a lot of notoriety since the release of this movie in 2011.

The composition of the Italian pianist fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the movie: it gives off a deep feeling of warmth and humanity. Nuvole Bianche is one of the saddest and most melancholic piano music ever composed.

If you like movie soundtracks, you might like our article on the 10 best Star Wars piano songs.

If you wish to access the piano scores and the midi file of Ludovico Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche, click here.

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Sad song on piano: learn to play Nuvole Bianche - Intouchables by Ludovico Einaudi on La Touche Musicale.
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8 – Heather – Conan Gray

Released in 2020 in his album Kid Krow, Conan Grey’s Heather has been a hit since its release.

The song, of the pop genre, is very melancholic and sad. Played on piano, it gives off an unparalleled emotion, such as some Harry Potter piano songs.

If you wish to access the piano sheet music and the midi file of the music Heather by Conan Gray, click here.

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Nostalgic and sad piano music: learn to play Heather by Conan Gray.
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9 – Married Life – Michael Giacchino (Up)

Married Life is one of the most famous songs from the soundtrack of the Pixar animated movie Up. Released in 2009 especially for the movie, Married Life comes at the moment when we see the couple’s life flash by, ending with the death of the main protagonist’s wife.

The piano music is sad and deeply nostalgic, especially when you have seen the sequences of the movie where it appears.

Play it on piano and you’ll see all the emotions that come out of it! Moreover, it’s a relatively simple song to play, especially the simplified version made available on La Touche Musicale. You can learn it in just a few days.

You can find more similar music in our article about the best piano songs for kids to start with.

If you wish to access the piano scores and the midi file of the song Married Life by Michael Giacchino, click here.

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Sad music to play on piano: learn Married Life - Up by Michael Giacchino on La Touche Musicale.
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10 – Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto (Furyo)

From the soundtrack of the movie Furyo directed by Nagisa Oshima and released in 1983, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is the most famous solo piano composition of the popular Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The song is a real masterpiece. It’s a sad and melancholic piano music that will please the most sensitive among you. With strength and emotion, Ryuichi Sakamoto manages, through his composition, to immerse us in the universe of Furyo, marked by war and heartbreak.

Play this sad music on piano and discover its emotional power!

If you want to access the piano sheet music and midi file of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, click here.

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Beautiful sad and melancholic piano piece: learn to play Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto on La Touche Musicale.

11 – Loneliness – Yasuharu Takanashi (Naruto)

Taken from episode 5 of season 3 of the manga Naruto, released in 2008, Loneliness is a song written by the Japanese composer Yasuharu Takanashi.

This sad piano music will immerse you in the powerful and nostalgic universe of one of the most famous anime in the world.

Moreover, it’s a simple song to play. It’s categorized as an easy song on the online piano learning app La Touche Musicale. So don’t hesitate to learn it!

If you are a fan of anime, we have also written an article presenting our 10 favorite anime piano songs.

If you want to access the piano scores and the midi file of the song Loneliness by Yasuharu Takanashi, click here.

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Sad and nostalgic piano piece: learn to play Loneliness - Naruto by Yasuharu Takanashi on La Touche Musicale.
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12 – Glasgow Love Theme – Craig Armstrong (Love Actually)

Extracted from the soundtrack of the movie Love Actually, released in 2003, Glasgow Love Theme is a beautiful piece of the successful American composer Craig Armstrong.

This sad piano song immerses us in the Scottish universe of the beginning of the 21st century and transports us through a beautiful melody.

If you wish to access the piano sheet music and the midi file of the song Glasgow Love Theme by Craig Armstrong, click here.

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Sad music on piano: learn to play Glasgow Love Theme - Love Actually by Craig Armstrong on La Touche Musicale.

13 – My Immortal – Evanescence

My Immortal is a wonderful and sad piano music, taken from the album Origin released in 2000 and composed by the rock band Evanescence.

Written by Ben Moody and Amy Lee and produced by Dave Fortman, it’s one of the most famous songs of the American band.

My Immortal is a slow and melancholic song, full of strong emotion. It’s also very easy to play on piano, so beginner pianists will find what they need!

If you wish to access the piano scores and the midi file of the song My Immortal by Evanescence, click here.

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Melancholic piano piece: learn to play My Immortal by Evanescence on La Touche Musicale.
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14 – Je l’aime à mourir – Francis Cabrel

Je l’aime à mourir is a sad piano song from the album Les chemins de traverse, released in 1979 and composed by the famous French musician Francis Cabrel.

Je l’aime à mourir is one of the most famous tracks of Francis Cabrel. Indeed, the title has sold more than 700,000 copies and remains the best-selling of the artist.

The music is a true hymn to love and remains one of his most beautiful songs, both in terms of melody and lyrics.

If you wish to access the piano scores and the midi file of the song Je l’aime à mourir by Francis Cabrel, click here.

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Famous sad piano music: learn to play Je l'aime à mourir by Francis Cabrel on La Touche Musicale.

15 – Liability – Lorde

Released in 2017 on her album Melodrama, Lorde’s Liability is a very sad and melancholic song.

Easy enough to play on piano, the music is really beautiful played on that instrument.

Its chord progressions with slow rhythms exude a strong emotion.

If you wish to access the piano sheet music and the midi file of Lorde’s Liability, click here.

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Learn to play the sad music Liability by Lorde.
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16 – The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel

The Sound of Silence is a song by the American rock band Simon and Garfunkel, released in 1964 on the album Wednesday Morning, 3 AM.

It was a huge hit when it was released and contributed greatly to the success of the duo.

It’s now ranked 157th in Rolling Stones magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

If you wish to access the piano scores and midi file of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence, click here.

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Sad music: learn to play The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel on piano.
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17 – Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

Ain’t No Sunshine is a song by soul artist Bill Withers, released in 1971 in the album Just As I Am.

It’s a beautiful sad music that gives you chills when played on the piano.

If you want to access the piano sheet music and midi file of the song Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers, click here.

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Learn to play Bill Withers' Ain't No Sunshine on La Touche Musicale.
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18 – Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton

Tears in Heaven is a song written by the popular artist and guitarist Eric Clapton, released in 1992 in the album Rush.

The song was a great success and received critical acclaim. It won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Best Photography.

It is a beautiful sad piano music that will move even the hardest of hearts.

If you want to access the piano sheet music and midi file of Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven, click here.

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Sad song on piano: learn to play Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton on La Touche Musicale.

Conclusion about The 18 Most Beautiful Sad Piano Songs

The 18 sad piano songs presented above form our selection La Touche Musicale. But of course there are many more!

If you are looking for nostalgia on piano, don’t hesitate to learn these tunes on our online piano learning app. They are simple and so beautiful. So don’t hesitate any longer, go for it!

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