11 Christian Sad Songs That Will Make You Cry

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Everyone likes different kinds of music. Some older Christian songs may be heard differently depending on where you were when you first heard them or how much the lyrics have affected your own life.

Music has the ability to sway people, and when it does, it can arouse feelings in us that we were not even aware we were having. Contrarily, Christian music can uplift your spirits and provide genuine support even in the most trying circumstances.

Without further ado, I will go ahead and present the top 11, most of these are the saddest Christian songs of all time.

Saddest Christian Songs

1. Held by Natalie Grant

“Held,” a recording from 2005, tells the tale of a mother who miscarried her child. Most parents will concur that it is unnatural to bury a child, and this song, which can be found on Natalie Grant’s album Awaken is about the pain she felt after losing her child.

Natalie Grant sings about finding a different kind of solace and being held by a greater power that can shield and support those who have experienced the traumatic loss of a child. In times like these, the only thing that can genuinely offer solace are words of encouragement.

2. Defender by Rita Springer

For the Battles album from 2017, “Defender” was recorded. Many believe the song is based on Exodus 14:14, which says that God will fight for you no matter what.

Even for those who believe they are unworthy and do not deserve God’s love, this song is a beautiful reminder of his passion and commitment. Your relationship with God will only get more robust thanks to the lovely music “Defender” for worship.

3. Pieces by Amanda Cook

God’s love is constant and unending. That is the message that this song by Amanda Cook conveys so effectively. It’s not easy to describe how this song will make you feel, one listener called it the most beautiful worship song he’d ever heard.

From the 2015 album Brave New World, the song “Pieces” will give you the courage to carry on and face whatever difficulty you are going through with the knowledge that God’s love will always be there if you find yourself going through a challenging situation or a terrible time.

4. Nothing Else by Cody Carnes

Unfortunately, there will come a time when even the most devoted individuals will start to doubt everything. Both their faith and the path they are currently on. Finding your way back to God is crucial, even though this is normal. Cody Carnes’ song “Nothing Else” from 2019 perfectly captures the emotion of rediscovering that faith.

Expert Tip: The song from the album Awe + Wonder encourages total surrender to God and simply laying all your cares at his feet. This song, which almost functions as an apology, conveys a powerful message, simply giving everything to God is the best thing to do.

5. Maybe It’s Okay by We Are Messengers

Have you ever felt inadequate? That you are alone and whatever you are going through is not okay? The song “Maybe It’s Okay” is a potent reminder that no matter what, God’s love endures forever.

When reading the music video’s comment section, it was evident that the message was intended for broken people. Many people mentioned that hearing the song made them feel it was okay to be depressed, hurt, or in a difficult situation.

The band’s 2019 album Honest features the upbeat song “Maybe It’s okay,” which is well worth listening to when you’re feeling down.

6. Mention Of Your Name by Jenn Johnson

According to Psalm 34:18, the Lord saves those who are crushed in spirit and is near to the brokenhearted. The song “Mention of Your Name” from Jenn Johnson’s album After All These Years expresses this in a solid yet delicate way.

This song, which describes a woman’s relationship with God, is among the most beautiful I’ve heard. It’s a first-person account of the birth of her child and how she surrendered her fears to God. The saddest Christian song you will ever hear, “Mention Of Your Name,” by Jenn Johnson, will have you singing along because of her unique voice.

7. I Am No Victim by Kristene DiMarco

“I Am No Victim” by Kristene DiMarco has been referred to as a song of deliverance by one listener. Even the darkest days can be made bearable by the love and comfort of God.

You will be speechless at the raw emotion that DiMarco conveys in her song, which was initially recorded for the 2017 album Where His Light Was and was captured live at the Bethel church.

No matter what you’ve done or been through in life, you are not a victim. If you turn this one up loud, you can sing your problems away.

8. Confident by Steffany Gretzinger & Bobby Strand

It may seem impossible to give your problems to God. But His love never ends, as Steffany Gretzinger sings in “Confident.” This song is inspiring, as some have said, and I agree.

We often find ourselves in difficult situations and believe we have no one to turn to. But we do, and “Confidence” is another reminder of the strength and serenity that come from giving everything to God. Bobby Strand’s incredible vocals are also featured in the song, making it a must-listen.

9. You Say by Lauren Daigle

Like a lot of other people, I frequently doubt my worth. Many people struggle with their sense of self, and “You Say” is a song we can all identify with. This track from Lauren Daigle’s 2018 album Look Up Child serves as a gentle reminder to never give up on oneself. It hits all the right notes and surprises us.

Expert Tip: The Christian song “You Say,” is primarily regarded as a pop song with a message that can be applied to everyone. Take a listen, sing along, and let the words move you.

10. Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” is the title track of the album of the same name, from which it was taken as the lead single to be distributed, and it centers on a love that is both overpowering and unyielding.

Because it contains lyrics of such depth and power, the lyrics of the song have the ability to leave you speechless in awe of God’s unending love for each of us.

Cory Asbury presents a fresh take on the traditional worship song, “Raise Your Hands to the Sky,” which features an uplifting melody that compels listeners to express their devotion to God by lifting their arms.

11. Oh, What a Savior

“Oh, What a Savior,” I thought, a little more modern than these other vintage Christian songs that were still composed almost 60 years ago. The song praises the Wonder of a Savior who would come down from heaven, live a sinless life and atone for our transgressions.

This is one of those songs where a vocalist or choir could really shine if they were given the opportunity. Even though it stands on its own as a powerful song, if it is performed by someone who has some talent, it has the potential to become something truly remarkable.

What is the most touching Christian song?

I don’t know about you, but the songs that I find to be the “most touching” are the ones that strike a chord with me because of their heartfelt lyrics and genuine performances. The most sincere Christian songs undoubtedly demonstrate this.

You should listen to one of the songs on the list below if you need to hear a message that will help you get past whatever you’re going through right now.

The songs need to be in order. Also, the most touching Christian songs listed here are only sometimes the most successful, though many charted and spent time at the top of Billboard. Several fan favorites and tried-and-true standards will always uplift, no matter the musical landscape.

  • I Can Only Imagine (Mercy Me)
  • Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin)
  • Take Me to the King (Tamela Mann)
  • (Thomas A. Dorsey) Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  • Michael W. Smith; Draw Me Close to You
  • Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)
  • Changed (Walter Hawkins)
  • I Need You Now (Smokie Norful)
  • By Your Side (Tenth Avenue North)
  • I Will Go (Crystal Lewis)
  • Your Great Name (Natalie Grant)
  • I Have This Hope by Tenth Avenue North
  • What a Beautiful Name (Hillsong Worship)
  • On My Knees (Nicole C. Mullen)


Everybody experiences hardships, and sometimes those hardships make us want to give up. And it’s straightforward to get into the mindset that you can’t take it anymore, especially if difficulties keep cropping up.

Take a deep breath, listen to some uplifting music, and take a step back whenever you find yourself struggling or in a challenging situation. Here are 11 of the saddest Christian songs for tough times that can comfort you and help you get through if you don’t know what to listen to.

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