The era of Soundcloud rap was amazing – all sorts of bedroom musicians were beginning to pop up on the platform around 2011 to 2013, and it was a breath of fresh air from the norms of the music industry.
A prime example of this is Juice WRLD, a Soundcloud “sad rap” artist who sadly passed away too young in 2019. Not only was his early end to his career sad, but his music showed he was dealing with some tough sadness in life too.
I’ve put together this list of the 10 saddest Juice WRLD songs to pay my tributes to this dude.
Read on to find out the songs that I chose!
1. Dark Place
To start things off on my list of the saddest Juice WRLD songs, I decided to go with “Dark Place”. When most people think of this rapper, they think of the sad rap trap style, and whilst much of his music was like this, songs like this were a lot more ambient, instrumental, and sad.
From the DIY guitar recordings to the croaky vocals, there’s a real sadness about this song that makes me think of sitting in my room as a teenager and feeling overwhelmed by emotion. It truly is a powerful song from an incredible musician.
2. Sleep Paralysis
I have always found that the sadness of life can really affect the way that we sleep, with one of my close friends even experiencing sleep paralysis as a result. It might sound interesting, but it was a very stressful period for her.
Imagine our surprise when one day, we discovered that Juice WRLD had written a song named “Sleep Paralysis”. This song hit really hard as I knew the pain that my friend had been going through, and despite its sadness, it really helped her deal with the emotions.
Thanks, Juice WRLD!
Falling in love with somebody can be a very powerful experience. It feels like you are literally giving your heart and soul to them, and when they feel the same, it’s a stunning feeling.
Sadly, it doesn’t always go like this – when somebody does not love you back, it can sometimes feel like they have stolen your heart from without your consent, and that is exactly what Juice WRLD sang about in “Robbery”.
It’s easily one of the saddest Juice WRLD songs, yet something about it is actually quite euphoric and makes me look towards happier times.
I’ve always felt that Juice WRLD stands up as one of the most talented solo songwriters out there – he clearly excels around his own energy, and that solidarity must have a profound effect on his music.
Despite this, the rapper has never been afraid of trying out collaborations, such as the emotional masterpiece that is “Wasted”, featuring none other than Lil Uzi Vert!
This song actually feels pretty upbeat and exhilarating, but the lyrical content has a pretty sad edge. The song is all about a relationship Juice WRLD had with a girl who was always “wasted” on drugs.
5. Wishing Well
It was an absolute tragedy to hear about Juice WRLD’s untimely death in 2019, but if there was anything that helped ease the pain, it was the post-humous songs that were released in 2020 such as “Wishing Well”.
Honestly, when I first heard this song, it felt like the rapper was speaking from beyond the grave, literally wishing me well. It felt like I had been visited by an old friend, and made me cry ambivalent tears of sadness and joy. Truly one of the saddest Juice WRLD songs, it’s undeniable.
6. My Fault
Some relationships end in mutual agreement, and this has always seemed natural to me. After all, the main reason you fall in love with someone is the connection that you share, and if it doesn’t work out, you should at least stay friends.
However, it sadly doesn’t always work like this, as Juice WRLD expressed in his song “My Fault”. As the name suggests, this song is all about the sadness and regret that the rapper experienced after making mistakes that led to the untimely end of a relationship. Sad.
7. Inner peace
I’ve gone through a lot of the saddest Juice WRLD songs, but I’ve always thought that his song “Inner Peace” is one that not only has sad lyrics but musically induces teary eyes.
In this song, the musician sings about how ever since he has experienced fame, the people around him have become fake. His closest friends have stayed true, but acquaintances have changed their attitude in order to try to cash in on his fame.
That is just such a sad situation, but sadly fame comes at a price.
8. Percaholic/Life’s Not Fair
Many problems led to the overwhelming sadness that Juice WRLD felt leading up to his untimely death, but it is undeniable that one of the hardest challenges he faced was his addiction to Percocets.
The rapper addresses his addiction to opioids in his song “Percaholic/Life’s Not Fair”, and it really makes you realize how unfair drug addiction is. Nobody chooses that life, it’s a trap, and sadly Juice WRLD was one of its many victims.
When discussing “Percaholic/Life’s Not Fair”, I mentioned how Juice WRLD expresses his frustrations with drug addiction, but not many people realize how brave this is. In fact, the vast majority of drug addicts are in denial of how problematic their habits are, a problem that Juice WRLD explores in “Denial”.
Honestly, the level of self-awareness and intelligence in these lyrics is intense. It just makes his ultimate downfall from drugs even more painful to think about.
10. Meant To Be
Choosing most of these tracks was a breeze, but picking this last song was actually very difficult. How is one supposed to choose the saddest Juice WRLD songs when just about all of them have heart-wrenching emotional atmospheres?
Well, I eventually settled on “Meant To Be”. I’m not sure whether it’s the tear-jerking lyrics, the gorgeously transposed guitar melodies, or the crisp and clear drum beats. Something about this track just makes me feel more emotions than any other Juice WRLD song, and to be fair, it’s not all sadness.
Sure, this is easily one of the saddest Juice WRLD songs, but there are glimmers of hope, euphoria, and trust in there too. After much thought, I decided this had to be the place to leave this list.
R.I.P Juice WRLD.
Justin is an audio engineer with years of experience in the field. He has been creating and playing music his entire life, but he really found his passion for engineering when he was introduced to Logic Pro at age 10. Justin has spent countless hours perfecting his craft and now works as a freelance engineer out of Boston, MA.