20 Best Songs About Pain

By Brian

Pain is one of the nine basic emotions. It is an unpleasant feeling, which can be psychological or physical. Physical pain causes a strong sensation to the mind and may sometimes even cause people to stay away from what it is that hurts their bodies. 

Psychological pain on the other hand does not have a clear and concrete form in reality but affects the way we think and feel. Many writers, musicians, artists choose to write about pain to share their own experiences, or to create an image of how others may be feeling in any given situation. Pain is universal among all human beings, yet it has many different interpretations. Sometimes people find solace within other people’s words; here are twenty songs written about pain, enjoy!


All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower (Official Audio)

Jimi Hendrix rocks it in this classic folk song. This is written about the pain felt when a loved one leaves without saying goodbye. This is exactly what Bob Dylan was thinking before he handed the lyrics over to Hendrix for this hit single.

As I Lay Me Down – Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down

This song is about being so infatuated with someone that you are willing to face anything just for them. Sophie B. Hawkins expresses the need to go through any obstacle when in love, even if it means facing your own end.

Cancer – My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance - Cancer

This song is very dark and depressing, and was written by My Chemical Romance in 2006. The lyrics really pull through the pain of having cancer and not knowing what will happen next. This song is very touching for anyone who has known someone with or without cancer.

I Hate Everything About You – 3 Days Grace

Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You (Official Video)

This anthem was written by 3 Days Grace in 2003, it talks about how much they hate everything about a certain person that they are infatuated with. This song is very catchy and it expresses the need to change a person so you can have them all to yourself.

Lithium – Evanescence

Evanescence - Lithium (Official Music Video)

Evanescence has a hit with this song written in 2003. It’s about being so depressed that you find some solace in believing there is nothing wrong or strange about what you are feeling.

Pictures Of You – The Cure

The Cure - Pictures Of You

This song is written by Robert Smith of the band, The Cure. It’s about someone who had to watch their love one fade away without being able to do anything about it. This song was released in 1989 and it really sets off some serious emotions toward the listener.

Home – Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace - Home (Official Video)

Another 3 days grace song, this one is very sad. It talks about someone contemplating suicide because of all the pain they are experiencing in life. This song was released in 2003 and has been a favorite among listeners ever since.

Sober – Tool

This song was written by the band, Tool in 1990. It’s about someone who realizes they have a problem and need to get it under control before it is too late. The lyrics come off as very strong and powerful; you can really hear the pain in Maynard James Keenan’s voice.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

Poison-Every Rose Has Its Thorn

This song is written by the band, Poison in 1988. It’s about being so infatuated with someone that you are willing to do anything to keep them for yourself.

Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow (What Can I Do) – Killswitch Engage

This song was written by Jamey Jasta and the band, Killswitch Engage in 2005. It’s about doing whatever it takes to make someone you love happy even if it means giving up your own happiness for theirs.

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

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

This song is written by Natalie Imbruglia and is very popular among females. It’s about someone who feels torn in two and doesn’t know which way to go.

The Space Between A Rock And A Hard Place – Our Lady Peace

This song is about someone who feels lost within themselves for so long they don’t think there is any other option than to lose their life completely. This song was released in 2002 by the band, Our Lady Peace.

Far Behind – Candlebox

CANDLEBOX - Far Behind (Official Video)

This song is written by the band, Candlebox in 1993. It’s about someone who feels so far behind from their peers that they’re not sure if they can catch up to the rest of society anymore. The song seems very fitting for anyone who feels this way.

Down With The Sickness – Disturbed

Disturbed - Down With The Sickness [Official Music Video]

Disturbed created this anthem in 2000. It’s about someone who feels so sick and tired of the world that they are willing to do whatever it takes to tear it apart.

One Step Closer – Linkin Park

One Step Closer [Official HD Music Video] - Linkin Park

The band, Linkin Park has a hit with this song written in 2000. It’s about someone who feels like they are one step closer to losing it all and doesn’t know how much longer they can hold out for.

Screaming Infidelities – Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional - Screaming Infidelities

This song is written by the band, Dashboard Confessional back in 2000. It’s about being so infatuated with someone that you are willing to sacrifice yourself for them.

Tears Don’t Fall – Bullet for My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine - Tears Don't Fall (Official Video)

This song is written by the band, Bullet for my Valentine in 2005. It’s about someone who has been deeply hurt and is crying their heart out because of it.

Fade To Black – Metallica

This song is written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and the band Metallica in 1984. It’s about someone who is contemplating suicide but can’t bring themselves to do it.

Tourniquet – Evanescence

Evanescence-Tourniquet (with lyrics)

Evanescence released this song in 2003. It’s about someone who has lost all hope for life and just wants to use whatever is left of their life before it slips away completely.

Everlong – Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters - Everlong (Official HD Video)

The Foo Fighters wrote this hit in 1997. It’s about someone who tries so hard for something but keeps failing along the way. They get their hopes up each time but don’t succeed.

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