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17 Sad Songs Every Middle Schooler Cried To In The Early '00s

The early aughts had a ton of weep-worthy tunes.

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1. "U Got It Bad" — Usher

Most somber lyric: "If you miss a day without your friend / Your whole life's off track / You know you got it bad when you're stuck in the house / You don't wanna have fun / It's all you think about."
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Most somber lyric: "If you miss a day without your friend / Your whole life's off track / You know you got it bad when you're stuck in the house / You don't wanna have fun / It's all you think about."

2. "Fallin'" — Alicia Keys

Most somber lyric: "Just when I think I've taken more than would a fool / I start fallin' back in love with you."
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Most somber lyric: "Just when I think I've taken more than would a fool / I start fallin' back in love with you."

3. "This I Promise You" — NSYNC

Most somber lyric: "I've loved you forever / In lifetimes before / And I promise you never / Will you hurt anymore."
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Most somber lyric: "I've loved you forever / In lifetimes before / And I promise you never / Will you hurt anymore."

4. "Breathe (2AM)" — Anna Nalick

Most somber lyric: "And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd / 'Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud / And I know that you'll use them however you want to."
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Most somber lyric: "And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd / 'Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud / And I know that you'll use them however you want to."

5. "Cry" — Faith Hill

Most somber lyric: "If your love could be caged, honey, I would hold the key / And conceal it underneath the pile of lies you handed me / And you'd hunt and those lies, they'd be all you'd ever find."
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Most somber lyric: "If your love could be caged, honey, I would hold the key / And conceal it underneath the pile of lies you handed me / And you'd hunt and those lies, they'd be all you'd ever find."

6. "Everytime" — Britney Spears

Most somber lyric: "I may have made it rain / Please forgive me / My weakness caused you pain / And this song's my sorry."
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Most somber lyric: "I may have made it rain / Please forgive me / My weakness caused you pain / And this song's my sorry."

7. "Only Time" — Enya

Most somber lyric: "And who can say when the day sleeps / If the night keeps all your heart, night keeps all your heart?"
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Most somber lyric: "And who can say when the day sleeps / If the night keeps all your heart, night keeps all your heart?"

8. "If You're Gone" — Matchbox Twenty

Most somber lyric: "And I think you're so mean, I think we should try / I think I could need this in my life / And I think I'm scared that I know too much / I can't relate and that's a problem I'm feeling."
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Most somber lyric: "And I think you're so mean, I think we should try / I think I could need this in my life / And I think I'm scared that I know too much / I can't relate and that's a problem I'm feeling."

9. "Never Had a Dream Come True" — S Club 7

Most somber lyric: "There's no use looking back or wondering / How it should be now or might have been / Oh, this I know but still I can't find ways to let you go."
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Most somber lyric: "There's no use looking back or wondering / How it should be now or might have been / Oh, this I know but still I can't find ways to let you go."

10. "Beautiful" — Christina Aguilera

Most somber lyric: "To all your friends you're delirious / So consumed / In all your doom, ooh."
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Most somber lyric: "To all your friends you're delirious / So consumed / In all your doom, ooh."

11. "Wherever You Will Go" — The Calling

Most somber lyric: "And maybe I'll find out / The way to make it back someday / To watch you, to guide you / Through the darkest of your days."
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Most somber lyric: "And maybe I'll find out / The way to make it back someday / To watch you, to guide you / Through the darkest of your days."

12. "All You Wanted" — Michelle Branch

Most somber lyric: "I'm sinking slowly / So hurry, hold me / Your hand is all I have to keep me hanging on."
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Most somber lyric: "I'm sinking slowly / So hurry, hold me / Your hand is all I have to keep me hanging on."

13. "Just Like a Pill" — Pink

Most somber lyric: "I'm lyin' here on the floor where you left me / I think I took too much / I'm crying here, what have you done? / I thought it would be fun."
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Most somber lyric: "I'm lyin' here on the floor where you left me / I think I took too much / I'm crying here, what have you done? / I thought it would be fun."

14. "Cry Me a River" — Justin Timberlake

Most somber lyric: "You told me you loved me / Why did you leave me all alone / Now you tell me you need me / When you call me on the phone."
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Most somber lyric: "You told me you loved me / Why did you leave me all alone / Now you tell me you need me / When you call me on the phone."

15. "I'm With You" — Avril Lavigne

Most somber lyric: "I'm looking for a place / I'm searching for a face / Is anybody here I know / 'Cause nothing's going right / And everything's a mess / And no one likes to be alone."
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Most somber lyric: "I'm looking for a place / I'm searching for a face / Is anybody here I know / 'Cause nothing's going right / And everything's a mess / And no one likes to be alone."

16. "Drive" — Incubus

Most somber lyric: "It's driven me before, and it seems to be the way / That everyone else gets around / Lately, I'm beginning to find that when I drive myself, my light is found."
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Most somber lyric: "It's driven me before, and it seems to be the way / That everyone else gets around / Lately, I'm beginning to find that when I drive myself, my light is found."

17. "Foolish" — Ashanti

Most somber lyric: "Baby, I don't know why ya treatin' me so bad / You said you love me, no one above me / And I was all you had."
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Most somber lyric: "Baby, I don't know why ya treatin' me so bad / You said you love me, no one above me / And I was all you had."

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