Musical Song Lists

32 Heartbreakingly Sad Musical Theatre Songs – by Vocal Type

Are you looking for a heartbreaking or sad showtune for an upcoming project or audition? Well, if it’s for an audition, you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. Otherwise, you can go through the following list of sad musical theatre songs, sorted by vocal type.

To enhance your experience, you can pop on our “Musical Theatre Songs to Cry To”➝ Spotify playlist.

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Burn” – Hamilton

I Never Knew His Name” – The Civil War

Losing Roberto” – Death Takes a Holiday

Now That I’ve Seen Her” – Miss Saigon


Close Every Door” – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

I Miss the Music” – Curtains

It Just Wasn’t Meant to Happen” – Calvin Berger

Just One of Those Things” – High Society


As Good As You” – Jane Eyre

Fathers and Sons” – Working

If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise)” – Beauty and the Beast

There’s Always One You Can’t Forget” – Dance a Little Closer


On My Own” – Les Misérables

Maybe” – Miss Saigon

The Hill” – Once

Without You” – Rent

Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Days and Days” – Fun Home

Home” – Beetlejuice

How Many Tears?” – Martin Guerre

The Movie in My Mind” – Miss Saigon


After Midnight Dies” – The Wild Party

I’m Leaving You” – The Life

My Man’s Gone Now” – Porgy and Bess

No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde


Heartbreaker” – Bright Star

Leave” – Once

The Cuddles Mary Gave” – A Man of No Importance

Words Fail” – Dear Evan Hansen


Castle on a Cloud” – Les Misérables

On Your Way Home” – James and the Giant Peach

Quiet” – Matilda

Where Is Love?” – Oliver!

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Which of these sad musical theatre songs are your favorite?

And what are you currently working on? We would love to hear all about your favorite heartbreaking or sad musical theatre songs in the comments below!

Stacy Karyn, Author of Sad Musical Theatre Songs.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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