20 Best Songs About Disappointment

By Nico Gonzalez

Disappointment is one of the most common emotions that we all experience at some point in our lives. Whether it’s a failed relationship, a missed opportunity or simply not getting what we wanted, Disappointment can be a tough emotion to deal with. But these 20 songs about Disappointment will help you get through it.


Disappointment – Sarcastic Sounds

Sarcastic Sounds - Disappointment (Official Video) ft. Rxseboy

Disappointment is a song by Sarcastic Sounds that was released in 2020. The song is about the feeling of disappointment and how it can impact someone’s life. The lyrics describe how disappointment can lead to feeling lost and alone, and how it can be hard to see a way out. The song also talks about how disappointed people often feel let down by others, and how this can make it difficult to trust anyone. Overall, Disappointment is a relatable song that captures the feeling of being let down and struggling to find hope.

Don’t Disappoint Me – Ruth B

Ruth B. - Don't Disappoint Me (Live)

In her song “Don’t Disappoint Me,” singer-songwriter Ruth B captures the feeling of disappointment in a way that is both relatable and empowering. The song begins with the narrator expressing her fear of being disappointed by her current crush. She goes on to list all of the ways in which she doesn’t want to be let down, from small things like being stood up for coffee, to bigger issues like being lied to and cheated on. But despite her fears, she still holds out hope that he won’t disappoint her. And in the end, that’s what the song is really about: hope.

Disappointment – Anna Akana

Anna Akana - Disappointment (Official Music Video)

In the song “Disappointment” by Anna Akana, the singer reflects on a failed relationship and how it has left her feeling disappointed. Throughout the song, she describes the pain and hurt she feels as a result of the breakup. However, despite her feelings of disappointment, she also recognizes that the experience has helped her to grow and learn more about herself. In the end, she comes to accept that things didn’t work out the way she had hoped, but she is better off for it. The song is a relatable and candid look at the experience of disappointment, and how it can ultimately lead to personal growth.

Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.

R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts (Official Music Video)

“Everybody Hurts” is a song by American rock band R.E.M., released on their 1992 album Automatic for the People. The song was written by band members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills, and produced by Scott Litt and the band. “Everybody Hurts” peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and number eight on the UK Singles Chart. The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Carole King, and Sarah McLachlan. 

The song is about disappointment and how it affects people. It talks about how everyone goes through tough times and how no one is exempt from pain. The lyrics talk about how even when things seem hopeless, there is still some light at the end of the tunnel. The song offers comfort to those who are going through tough times and encourages them to keep going.

Disappointment – The Cranberries

“Disappointment” is a song by the Irish band The Cranberries, released in 2019. The song is about disappointment, and how it can lead to anger and frustration. Singer Dolores O’Riordan wrote the lyrics after experiencing a personal setback, and the song reflects her own feelings of frustration and anger. The lyrics are direct and to the point, conveying the message that disappointment can be overwhelming. The song’s simple but catchy melody makes it easy to sing along, and its relatable lyrics resonate with many listeners. “Disappointment” is a moving song that encapsulates the feeling of being let down by someone or something.

You’re Telling Me – Alan Price

You're Telling Me by Alan Price

You’re Telling Me is a song about disappointment. The lyrics tell the story of a relationship that has ended, and the narrator is struggling to understand what went wrong. The song is told from the perspective of someone who is trying to make sense of a situation that doesn’t make sense. The lyrics are full of questions, and the narrator is searching for answers. The song is ultimately about the feeling of being lost and alone after a relationship ends. However, despite the sad subject matter, the song is also full of hope.

Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par – Mohammed Rafi

Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par - Guru Dutt, Mohammed Rafi, Pyaasa Song

Mohammed Rafi’s “Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par” is a classic song about disappointment. The lyrics tell the story of a man who has lost everything he held dear, and now finds himself alone and with nothing to show for his life. The man is clearly disappointed with how his life has turned out, but he still takes pride in his homeland of India. The song is a beautiful tribute to the country, and its people. Rafi’s voice is full of emotion, and the lyrics are both moving and poetic. “Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par” is a classic song that perfectly captures the feeling of disappointment.

All I Could Do Was Cry – Etta James

All I Could Do Was Cry

All I Could Do Was Cry is a song about disappointment, heartbreak, and betrayal. The song was written by Etta James and recorded in 1960. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who has been cheated on by her lover. She is devastated and heartbroken, but she finds comfort in the fact that she is not alone in her pain. The song resonates with many people who have experienced betrayal and heartbreak, and it has been covered by numerous artists over the years. All I Could Do Was Cry is a powerful song that captures the hurt and pain of betrayal.

The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage – The Miracles

The Miracles "The Love I Saw In You Was Just a Mirage" My Extended version!

The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage is a song recorded by Motown group the Miracles, composed by smokey Robinson with co-writing from Warren Moore and Al Cleveland. It was released as a single in 1968 on the Tamla label. The lyrics describe the singer’s disillusionment after a failed relationship. 

The song was a moderate success on the charts, reaching number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the Cash Box Top 100. The Miracles included the song on their 1968 album, Special Occasion. In 2004, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Angel from Montgomery – Bonnie Raitt

Angel from Montgomery (2008 Remaster)

Bonnie Raitt’s song “Angel from Montgomery” is a poignant exploration of disappointment and lost dreams. The speaker portrays the woman as someone who is weighed down by the cares of the world, but who is still immensely loveable. The song speaks to the universal experience of feeling like life has not turned out the way we hoped, but it also offers a message of hope and resilience. “She ain’t never satisfied / But she ain’t gonna let it get her down.”

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia - Torn (Official Video) [HD Remastered]

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia is a song about disappointment. It was released in 1997 and quickly became a hit, reaching the top of the charts in several countries. The song is written from the perspective of someone who has just been dumped by their partner. The speaker is feeling hurt and confused, wondering why things didn’t work out. Despite the sad subject matter, the song is catchy and upbeat, with a message of hope that the speaker will find someone new to love. Torn remains one of Natalie Imbruglia’s most popular songs, and its lyrics continue to resonate with people who have experienced heartbreak.

Ain’t No Way – Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin - Ain't No Way (Official Audio)

“Ain’t No Way” is a song by Aretha Franklin that was released in 1968. The song is about disappointment and features Franklin’s trademark soulful vocals. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who is struggling to keep her man happy and is willing to do whatever it takes to make him stay. However, she eventually realizes that he is never going to be satisfied and that their relationship is doomed. “Ain’t No Way” is a classic soul song that perfectly captures the feeling of heartbreak and disappointment. Aretha Franklin’s powerful vocal performance conveys both the pain and the strength of a woman who has been wronged but ultimately refuses to give up on love.

Where Is The Love – Donny Hathaway And Roberta Flack

Where Is the Love (Remastered Version)

“Where is the love?” is a song written by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack that was released in 1972. The song is about disappointed love and the feeling of betrayal that comes with it. Hathaway and Flack’s vocals are emotive and convey the sense of hurt and confusion that accompanies a relationship gone wrong. The lyrics ask where the love has gone and express the hope that it will return. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, but the original version remains one of the most beloved. “Where is the love?” is a song that speaks to the experience of being let down by someone you care for, and its timeless message continues to resonate with listeners today.

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Rose Royce

Love Don't Live Here Anymore

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore is a song written by Miles Gregory and produced by Norman Whitfield. It was first recorded by The Staples Singers in 1974, but it was Rose Royce’s cover version in 1978 that made it a worldwide hit. The song is about the pain of love that has gone cold, and the singer reflects on all the ways that love has failed them. They remember the happy moments, but ultimately they realize that love doesn’t live here anymore. The song became a symbol of heartbreak and disillusionment, and it resonated with listeners who had also experienced the pain of a failed relationship. The song remains popular today, and its message continues to resonate with anyone who has ever loved and lost.

Alameda – Elliott Smith

Alameda (Remastered 2017)

Alameda is a song about disappointment. The lyrics tell the story of a relationship that ended before it really had a chance to begin. The narrator is clearly still in love with the person who left him, and he can’t help but wonder what could have been. 

The song is Elliott Smith’s way of processing his own feelings of sorrow and loss. By writing about the pain of being abandoned, he gives voice to his own hurt and helps himself to heal. In the process, he also creates a beautiful and moving song that resonates with anyone who has ever felt the sting of betrayal. 

Downhearted Aka How Blue Can You Get? – B.B. King

Downhearted Aka How Blue Can You Get?

“Downhearted” is a song about Disappointment, written by B.B. King. The song was first recorded by King in 1964, and has been covered by many artists since then. The song speaks of the hurt and loneliness that comes from being disappointed in love. It is a slow blues song, with King’s signature guitar playing providing the backdrop for his soulful vocals. The lyrics are simple but effective, and the song has become a classic of the genre. “Downhearted” is a sad but ultimately hopeful song, and its message continues to resonate with listeners today.

Caroline, No – The Beach Boys

Caroline, No (Mono / Remastered)

The Beach Boys are one of the most iconic bands in American history, and their 1966 classic “Caroline, No” is one of their most beloved songs. The song is a wistful ballad about lost love and disappointment, with lead singer Brian Wilson’s soaring vocals conveying a sense of longing and regret. The song’s iconic opening line, “God only knows what I’d be without you,” perfectly captures the feeling of being adrift without someone you love. Though the song is ostensibly about a failed relationship, it has also been interpreted as a commentary on the emptiness of the American dream. In either case, “Caroline, No” is a beautiful and timeless song about the complex emotions that come with loss.

Mr. Disappointment – Neil Young

Mr. Disappointment

Mr. Disappointment is a song by Neil Young that was released in 1992. The song is about disappointment and how it can affect our lives. The lyrics describe how someone can be disappointed by their own actions, as well as the actions of others. The song also talks about how we often try to hide our disappointment, pretending that everything is okay when it’s not. Ultimately, the song is about how we all experience disappointment at some point in our lives, but we should never let it get the best of us. Mr. Disappointment is a powerful song that speaks to the human condition, and it is one of Neil Young’s most underrated tracks.

Shoot Down The Stars – Gym Class Heroes

Shoot Down the Stars

“Shoot Down the Stars” is a song by Gym Class Heroes that was released in 2008. The song is about disappointment, and how it can lead to angry and destructive impulses. The lyrics describe how, when things don’t go the way we want them to, we often look to blame others instead of taking responsibility for our own actions. The song also talks about how we can end up hurting the ones we love the most when we’re feeling disappointed and frustrated. “Shoot Down the Stars” is an important song because it highlights how destructive disappointment can be, both to ourselves and to those around us.

Daddy’s Disappointment – Stephanie Lambring

Stephanie Lambring - Daddy's Disappointment (Audio Only)

Disappointment is a feeling we’ve all experienced at one time or another. Whether it’s the sudden realization that our favorite team has lost the big game, or the slow-burning realization that our hopes and dreams are not panning out the way we’d hoped, disappointment can be tough to deal with. In her song “Daddy’s Disappointment,” Stephanie Lambring captures this feeling perfectly. The song is based on a personal experience in which Lambring’s father disappointed her by not showing up to her track meet.