Kid Cudi at the 2023 Met Gala wearing blue suit and blue gems.

Sad Songs by Kid Cudi That Will Put You All the Way in Your Feelings

We've been along for the ride amid Kid Cudi's years-long emotional rollercoaster. These songs by the Ohio rapper will definitely make you cry.


Oct. 24 2023, Published 9:57 a.m. ET

Scott Mescudi — more popularly known as Kid Cudi— has been known to bare his soul through his music. Even his longtime friend-turned-arch nemesis, Kanye West, can't deny that he's a visionary artist who set the stage for a new era in rap.

From his romantic relationships to battles with mental health and drug abuse, Cudi has never shied away from sharing his feelings.

Fans have had a front-row seat to the "Pursuit of Happiness" rapper's emotional rollercoaster over the years. And we're glad to reveal that things have been looking up for Cudi as of late now that he's sober.

It looks like the rapper is out here living his best life, but his sad songs still hit like they did when we first heard them.

"Soundtrack 2 My Life"

Cudi's 2009 single "Soundtrack 2 My Life" takes us on a poignant journey through his struggles and emotional turmoil. The song's raw and unfiltered lyrics touch on isolation and self-doubt.

The lyrics remind us that the struggle is real and that you're not the only one struggling.

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"All Along"

In "All Along," Cudi uncovers his demons in the most honest way. The profoundly emotional track delves into his battle with drug addiction and depression. Its heartfelt lyrics are sure to tug on the heartstrings of anyone who's faced similar challenges.

Kid Cudi performs during Rolling Loud at NOS Events Center
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"GHOST!" captures the feeling of being invisible and forgotten. Cudi's heartfelt delivery and relatable lyrics hit home. Each verse depicts the pain he has endured and the loneliness that often comes with superstardom.

"The Prayer"

"The Prayer," an open letter to God, exposes Cudi's vulnerability.

He talks openly about his struggles with suicide ideation, which makes it a heartrending song that'll bring tears to your eyes. The depth of emotion in this track is undeniable.

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"Just What I Am" (Featuring King Chip)

In "Just What I Am," Kid Cudi gets candid about his identity and self-acceptance — complexities that each of us is faced with every day.

What can we say? "Just What I Am" is just one of those songs that leaves fans feeling more connected to the artist.

Rapper Kid Cudi arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Sonic The Hedgehog 2
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"Man on the Moon (The Anthem)"

We can all relate to Cudi's "Man on the Moon" — a ballad about his journey to find where he belongs. The song's title perfectly captures the sense of isolation and detachment he has experienced.

The message resonates with every listener — famous or not.


"SOLO DOLO" — a standout track from Kid Cudi's debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day — is a sharp reflection of his emotional journey.

In the lyrics, Cudi shares more of the profound inner battles he has faced throughout his life.

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"Swim in the Light"

"Swim in the Light" is a song of hope and renewal.

Kid Cudi speaks about his journey to recovery. It's a reminder that even in the darkest times, there's a glimmer of hope.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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