The Saddest, Most Tear-Jerking Songs In Disney’s Animated Movies, Ranked


The Incredibles 2 is many things: a wild success for Disney; visually dazzling eye candy; a welcome reprieve from serious superhero movies. It’s also very good, but there’s one thing the long-overdue sequel is lacking: a song that turns you into a puddle of tears. The Incredibles, as a series, ranks fairly low on the list of Disney movies that are most likely to make you cry (it’s not even in the top-10 for Pixar alone), which became all the more apparent when the film was released the same week as the live-action Dumbo trailer. “Baby Mine” equals instant sobbing, but is it the saddest song from a Disney animated movie (which includes Pixar and, in one case, Touchstone Pictures)? Let’s find out!

10. “Goodbye May Seem Forever” from The Fox and the Hound

Saddest lyrics:

Goodbye may seem forever
Farewell is like the end
But in my heart’s a memory
And there you’ll always be

“Goodbye May Seem Forever” would be higher if The Fox and the Hound was a better movie. Overall, it’s mediocre, but this song hits the emotional target. After Amos Slade threatens to kill Tod, Widow Tweed is forced to return her pet fox, who she’s kept in her care, to the woods. Sad pet songs are never not effective.

9. “Not in Nottingham” from Robin Hood

Saddest lyrics:

Can’t you see the tears we’re crying?
Can’t there be some happiness for me?
Not in Nottingham

“Not in Nottingham” was written (and performed) by Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Roger Miller, who also penned “King of the Road” and “Dang Me,” which includes the lyrics, “Dang me, dang me/They oughta take a rope and hang me/High from the highest tree/Woman would you weep for me?” He took that cheeriness and channeled it to minstrel rooster Alan-a-Dale, who sang about the poor imprisoned animals of Nottingham while behind bars himself. He was Disney’s Randy Newman years before he sailed away or had a friend in… me? You know where you can’t have friends: jail. Oo-de-lally!

8. “Out There” from The Hunchback from Notre Dame

Saddest lyrics:

All my life I memorize their faces
Knowing them as they will never know me
All my life I wonder how it feels to pass a day
Not above them
But part of them