While there are a lot of happy and uplifting Spanish songs, there are also quite a few sad Spanish tracks that will surely make you cry. We’ve compiled a list of 41 sad Spanish songs, so continue reading to find out what made our list of tracks that’ll make you cry.
1. Me Voy – Julieta Venegas
The first song on our list is Me Voy by Julieta Venegas, which is a sad track that is all about why she left the person she loved. She had a lot of complaints in this song, such as how she thought she just wasn’t good enough and how he seemed to not pay attention to her very much.
It’s all about knowing you deserve to be treated better and that’s why you have to leave, so if you’ve been in this situation before, then it’s going to hit home for you when you listen to it. Even though it’s sad, there is also some hope in the track such as how she knows a better person will be there in the future and will love her how she needs to be loved.
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2. Corre – Jesse & Joy
Corre by Jesse & Joy is next on our list, and the piano in the beginning is how you know this is going to be a sad song. This pop track is powerful because it’s all about how the heart is warning you to run away because there will be pain in your future. The lyrics also tell the other person in the situation to run away too because that is just what he has done before.
She wonders what types of tricks he will employ to try to get her to stay, and she sings about how her heart has been broken by this guy in the past. Some songs are ones that you’ll remember forever, and this is definitely that type of track.
3. El Triste – José José
Released in 1970 on El Triste is the track of the same name by José José, and this is one of the saddest Spanish songs of all time. This track is all about losing the person you love, whether it’s a significant other, family member, or friend.
It’s a staple in the Mexican community and reached number one on the charts in Mexico. When you translate the title into English, you’ll see that it means “The Sad One,” and it’ll make you cry when you listen to its lyrics and the depth of the instruments that bring out that feeling within your soul.
4. Dile Al Amor – Aventura
Aventura released Dile Al Amor, which is one of those sad songs where you’ve realized that you just have to be done with that other person. You may love them, but you can’t go through it anymore and just want them to leave, and it’s one of the sad tracks about knowing what you have to do in your head but your heart not wanting it to happen.
5. El Reloj Cucú – Maná
El Reloj Cucú is next, which is by Maná from the album Cuando Los Ángeles Lloran. This song is all about how the singer’s dad died, and it’s one of the most heartbreaking tracks about loss you’ll ever hear. There are even parts of it where a ukulele plays and the lyrics paint such a pretty yet sad picture. This song is one of those tracks that you’ll instantly know is going to be sad but at the same time beautiful.
6. No Te Apartes De Mí – Vicentico
In 2012, Vicentico released the track No Te Apartes De Mí on his record Vicentico 5, and this is one of those sad songs dealing with the ending of a relationship. You can hear the heartache in the track, and the guitar in it will make you nostalgic and look back on the good and bad that happened in that relationship.
7. Vuelve – Ricky Martin
Next is Ricky Martin with his 1998 song Vuelve, which is a beautiful track that touches on love. It is one of the more unique songs on our list because it’s a mixture of Latin pop, rock, and gospel. If you like power ballad tunes, then this one will be right up your alley because it’s similar to that in terms of its structure. He has a soothing voice, and it fits perfectly with the love theme of this tune.
8. Cruz de Madera – Michael Salgado
In 1994, Michael Salgado released the song Cruz de Madera, which is upbeat at first, but soon, you’ll realize it’s actually sad. When you translate the title, you’ll notice it means “The Wooden Cross,” so it’s all about death and dying and planning for the funeral.
In the track, the person does not want to have an expensive funeral or anything and lets it be known. What’s great about this song is that it touches on the fact that while death is a sad event, it can also be celebratory since it’s all about celebrating the life of the one who passed away.
9. Amor Eterno – Juan Gabriel
Up next on the list is Amor Eterno by Juan Gabriel, which came out in 1984 on the album Sing To Juan Gabriel Volume 6. What’s cool about this song is that it’s all about love and finding that eternal love. There is sadness within the lyrics because he sings about how much he loved his mother and how she passed away, leaving a void in his heart and soul.
10. Te Vas Angel Mio – Cornelio Renya
Cornelio Renya makes the list with the 1995 song Te Vas Angel Mio from the album 15 Exitos. This track is all about losing someone you love and moving on from that, so it’s sad and beautiful at the same time. When you translate this title it means “You’re Leaving My Angel,” so we can assume the person being talked about in the song died. If you’ve experienced the pain of a death before then you’re sure to love and understand this tune.
11. Mediterraneo – Joan Manuel Serrat
Next is Joan Manuel Serrat with Mediterraneo, which was released in 1971, so it’s one of the older songs on our list. This is a folk track in Spanish, and it’s a staple within the Spanish community. In fact, the album made it into the Grammy’s Latin Hall of Fame. The song is all about heartache and the sadness that comes with missing someone.
12. Las Golondrinas – Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
Another old song on our list is from 1959, which is Las Golondrinas by Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlán. This track is from the record El Mejor Mariachi Del Mundo Vol. II. The song is about the past and the sad feelings you might have when you look back. There is a feeling of bittersweet memories within the lyrics, although it’s so general you could make it about anything. It’s a beautiful track that’ll have you thinking back on your life and everything that’s happened to that point.
13. La Bella Y La Bestia – Reik And Morat
Morat released La Bella Y La Bestia along with Reik, who was one of the biggest pop groups in the early 2000s. The translation of this song is all about a relationship ending, the heartache that comes with it, and a promise not to forget each other.
14. Corazón Sin Vida – Aitana And Sebastián Yatra
On the list next is Aitana featuring Sebastián Yatra with Corazón Sin Vida, which might sound upbeat with its guitar, but it’s actually a sad song that deals with losing a love. She lost this guy who came into her life and helped heal the broken heart she had, but he ended up breaking it too.
She realized around the time she wanted to give him back all of the stuff he gave her that she couldn’t forget him that easily. If you’ve been in these types of situations, you’ll relate to the pain and sadness that you can hear in her voice.
15. Ojalá – Silvio Rodriguez
Silvio Rodriguez is on the list with Ojalá, which was released in 1978 on the record Al Final De Este Viaje. This song is all about losing a loved one and how much he hoped the pain would go away. The story in the lyrics will tear your heart out, and the guitar is about the only instrument in the track, so it’s focused more on the vocals and singing, which allows you to feel those sad emotions even more.
16. Necesito Decirte – Conjunto Primavera
In 1998, Conjunto Primavera released the hit song Necesito Decirte from the album of the same name. This is all about losing a lover and how he feels about this loss, with the thought he needs to tell this woman how he feels. When you translate the title, it means “I Need To Tell You,” so it makes sense that in the song, the guy needs to tell the woman how he feels.
This is a sad track in ballad form, and he mentions how he can’t live without this woman, and even if there is only a one percent chance she will come back, he wants to hold onto that hope.
17. Creo En Ti – Reik
If you have been involved in a breakup, then you’ll relate to Creo En Ti by Reik, which is next on our list. This song is from 2011 and was released on the album Peligro. It’s all about the person left behind during the breakup and is still in love with the person who broke up with them. It’s a very sad track, and the lyrics are haunting, so it’s going to make you cry.
18. Mi Problema – Ismael Serrano and Natalia Lafourcade
Released on the album La Llamada in 2014 was Mi Problema by Ismael Serrano and Natalia Lafourcade. This song is a duet, and you can feel the heartache in this track, along with the nostalgia and reflection that they feel throughout the track. It’s all about a relationship that’s complicated and all of the issues that make it hard to be together yet harder to be apart.
19. Dios Nunca Muere – Macedonio Alcalá
The oldest song on our list is from 1868, and it’s Dios Nunca Muere by Macedonio Alcala. This track is translated to “God Never Dies,” and it’s all about death and how quickly life can pass us by. You’ll feel vulnerable when you listen to this song, and it’ll make you think back on your life and the choices you’ve made.
20. Deja Vu – Prince Royce and Shakira
Shakira and Prince Royce released Deja Vu in 2017, which was a huge success, and it peaked at four on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. It’s about looking back at all of the time you’ve spent with someone, and while upbeat, it deals with pain and love and the cycle that has plagued the couple. This track is very popular, and it’s one that you probably know or have heard at some point since she is such a popular artist.
21. Mi Viejo – Vicente Fernández
Next is Vicente Fernández with Mi Viejo, which was released in 1990, and it’s all about reflection and grief. The title translates to “My Old Man” in English. This song was on Vicente Le Canta A America Latina, and it’s one of the best tracks from that album. It’s all about how you are watching your father get older and that makes you sad because you realize soon that he will no longer be alive, and it’s just depressing to think about.
22. Mi Historia Entre Tus Dedos – Gianluca Grignani
Gianluca Grignani had a hit with Mi Historia Entre Tus Dedos in 1995, which comes from the album Destinazione Paradiso. It’s a song all about someone who loves another person, but they don’t love them back. If you’ve ever had feelings for someone that isn’t reciprocated then you’ll relate to the sadness and frustration that is conveyed in this tune.
23. Si Tu No Estas Aqui – Rosana
Rosana Arbelo had a hit in 1996 from Lunas Rotas called Si Tu No Estas Aqui, which means “If You Are Not Here.” The song is about loss and grief when the singer is thinking about how it would feel to lose a loved one in their life. While sad, it’s also reflective, and it’ll make you want to call your loved ones to tell them you love them just in case something tragic happens.
24. Te Para Tres – Soda Stereo
Soda Stereo released Te Para Tres in 1990 on Cancion Animal, and this is all about how someone is heartbroken that the person they love is interested in someone else. When translated the title means “Tea For Three,” which is a nod to the three people the song is about. If you’ve ever liked someone who ended up liking someone else who wasn’t you, then you’ll feel the pain and heartache conveyed within the track.
25. Tantas Veces – Andrés Calamaro
In 2013, Andrés Calamaro released Tantas Veces, which is all about asking your significant other for forgiveness and hoping you can win them back. If you’ve been to blame for something in a relationship and regret your actions, and have tried to win that special someone back, then this is a song you’ll understand.
26. Imagíname Sin Ti – Luis Fonsi
Next is Imagíname Sin Ti, which was released in 2000, and it’s all about the feeling of not being able to continue living without that someone special. If you’ve been broken up with or had your significant other die, then you will relate to feeling like you can’t go on without them and that helplessness that you feel.
27. Nadie Es Eterno – Antonio Aguilar
In 1993, Antonio Aguilar released the track Nadie Es Eterno, which when translated means “Nobody Is Eternal.” As you might have guessed, this song is all about life and death and how we all are going to die one day. You can hear strings, as well as a guitar in the track along with a trumpet, which gives you that sad feeling in the pit of your stomach. It’s true that nobody can live forever, and you’ll feel reflective and gloomy when you listen to this track.
28. El Perdedor – Enrique Iglesias Feat. Marco Antonio Solís
Next on the list is El Perdedor by Enrique Iglesias and Marco Antonio Solís, which came out in 2013 on the album called Sex And Love. This song title when translated means “The Loser,” and as you might guess, it’s about how this guy is feeling sorry for himself when he thinks back on his past and past relationships with lovers.
29. Eterna Soledad – Los Enanitos Verdes
Next up is Eterna Soledad by Los Enanitos Verdes, which was released in 1996 on Guerra Gaucha, and it’s a rock song that when translated means “Eternal Loneliness.” The song dives into the emotions and feelings of being alone and lonely with no one there to love or support them. The instruments in the track add to those feelings and will leave you in a heap of tears by the end.
30. Mil Pedazos – Cristina Y Los Subterráneos
In 1992, Cristina Y Los Subterráneos released the song Mil Pedazos, which is all about a woman who is now heartbroken after her man told her he didn’t love her anymore and left her. The vocals in this song are soft and seem to float while the guitar weeps and adds to the sadness that the tune conveys.
31. Si No Te Hubieras Ido – Marco Antonio Solís
Marco Antonio Solís released the song Si No Te Hubieras Ido, which is all about someone who feels their life isn’t the same without that special someone in it. That person left and likely broke up with them, and they feel heartbroken when they realize life isn’t the same and things will never be right without that person by their side. It also puts the blame for the man’s unhappiness on the woman who left.
32. Rosas – La Oreja de Van Gogh
La Oreja De Van Gogh, a Spanish pop group, had a hit with Rosas, which is all about friendship, love, and relationships. The vocals are smooth and soft, and the lyrics are going to break your heart because it’s about a woman who is yearning for the person she loved the most to come back even though it seems he passed away and will never come back. She thinks about the last time they talked, his final words, and how everything fell apart when he left.
33. Cuando Un Amigo Se Va – Alberto Cortez
In 1969, the song Cuando Un Amigo Se Va was released by Alberto Cortez, which comes from the record El Compositor El Cantante. This track goes into almost an angry tone where the theme is that the person has lost a friend, and it doesn’t matter how many different friends you’ll make now, they’ll never be that friend or fill that void left behind. You can hear the pain and frustration in his singing, and the emotions just flow out to create a perfectly sad yet relatable song.
34. Fuiste Tú – Ricardo Arjona Feat. Gaby Moreno
Next on our list is Gaby Moreno and Ricardo Arjona with Fuiste Tú, which was released in 2012 on the album Independiente. This song charted on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, and it’s one of their most beloved tracks. It’s all about a relationship ending, and you can hear the passion and pain in the vocals, and the strings that are in the background give you that feeling of sadness and loneliness. There is a lot of pain in this song that we all can relate to, and it’s sure to make you cry.
35. Tragos Amargos – Ramon Ayala
Next on our list is Tragos Amargos, which was released in 1980 by Ramon Ayala. The title of this song is a liquor that’s very bitter, and it’s being used in the track to medicate the man until his woman comes back. You can hear the sadness and pain in his voice as he talks about her going away and how much he misses her.
36. Por Tu Maldito Amor – Vicente Fernández
In 1990, Vicente Fernández released Por Tu Maldito Amor, which is a song about how a man misses this special woman in his life even though she drove him crazy as described in the lyrics. It’s a sad track because if you’ve ever lost someone or broken up with them, you’ll understand how much it hurts they left even if they were someone you fought with or sometimes didn’t see eye-to-eye with.
37. Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte – Jon Secada
Jon Secada released the song Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte, which is one of those tracks that’s all about how you’re missing someone who’s gone. Whether they just left for a trip or they died, you’re sitting there each day thinking about them and realizing how sad and boring life is when they aren’t around.
38. Suelta Mi Mano – Sin Bandera
In 2005, Suelta Mi Mano was released by Sin Bandera, which is all about how when a relationship ends, you have to let the person go. There are many emotions in this song, such as the pain of knowing the relationship is over and how the difficult aspects of the relationship led to this outcome. When you get near the end of the track, you’ll notice the changes in the chords, which just give you that feeling of sadness that the relationship has ended, and it’s time to move on once and for all.
39. Alfonsina Y El Mar – Mercedes Sosa
Next on our list is Mercedes Sosa with Alfonsina Y El Mar, which is all about the suicide of the poet Alfonsina Storni. It’s an atypical style for this type of theme since it’s more in Zamba, which would not typically be used for a suicide theme, but it fits. The lyrics and instruments give the song a melancholy feel, and you can hear the sadness in her voice when she sings about this huge loss.
40. Como La Flor – Selena
Selena may be one of the most notable names on this list, and her song Como La Flor is one of her biggest hits. This track is all about how she felt when her man left, and in it, she talks about knowing she can’t win him over again. She sings about the pain and heartbreak involved in this loss and how much it hurts. She also uses a flower he gave her that has wilted to the pain of losing him. It’s a timeless song by one of the most influential and beautiful Mexican singers of all time.
41. Amor Eterno – Rocío Dúrcal
Rocío Dúrcal makes the list with Amor Eterno, which is a song about looking back at the past and remembering those you’ve lost along the way. Whether it’s a parent or a significant other, this track will make you feel so many feelings from hope to sadness to nostalgia and pain. Her voice is soothing yet very emotional, and you can hear the sorrow in her voice, which works well with the instruments to create a song all about grief and loss.
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