Simply put, these are deep effective expressions of sadness and empathy. Some of the songs which landed in this category involve a heartbreaking quality to the voice, like Demi Lovato Don’t Forget, and (It's too late to) Apologize by Timbaland. Some absolutely swell with emotions of grief like Kelly Clarkson’s Behind These Hazel Eyes or Avril Lavigne’s When You’re Gone.
When you’re gone the pieces of my heart are missing you
When you’re gone the face I came to know is missing too
When you’re gone the words I need to hear to always get me through the day and make it OK... I miss you
It is her voice rather than the actual lyrics that depicts the emotion, because the lyrics are bland on their own.
Just A Dream by Carrie Underwood tells an extremely sad story. The images on the video speak louder than the lyrics as a bride walks to the church on her wedding day and slowly realizes it is her fiancé’s funeral, not their wedding that she is attending. She is handed a folded American flag as a wedding gift.
Ne-Yo has a very tender song called Mad in which the graphics show the singer leaving his house after a fight and witnessing a young boy get hit by a car. He realizes how precious life is and immediately wants peace in his relationship
Nothing, no not for nothing, this should be nothing to a love like we got
Oh baby, I know sometimes it’s gonna rain, but baby can we make up now?
Cause I can’t sleep through the pain, can’t sleep through the pain.