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13 Sad Country Songs to Help Us Say Goodbye to Nashville

Pour one out for Rayna Jaymes!

Megan Vick

Nashville is singing its last ballad Wednesday night on ABC. After four seasons, the country drama says goodbye to fans (who are ardently trying to get the show saved on another network) with a final hour of drama and good jams.

We know it's hard to say goodbye, and if Nashville has taught us anything, it's that the most important things in life are better expressed through song. TVGuide.com compiled a country playlist to bid farewell to the show and our favorite characters, so get out your solo cups of whiskey and let's pour one out to Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and everyone who made this show so special.

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13. "Nobody to Blame" -- Chris Stapleton

Replace the lyrics "Nobody to blame but me" with "Nobody to blame but ABC" and this is the perfect wailer to kick off this sad, sad playlist.

12. "Need You Now" -- Lady Antebellum

If there is any song that can convey the late-night cravings you'll have for Nashville drama and country stylings, it's Lady Antebellum's one-sided breakup anthem. Luckily, this is also what DVD sets were created for as well.

11. "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) - Hank Williams Jr.

Here's an expert lament for that depressing realization that the party's over, all your friends have changed and the scene just isn't what it used to be anymore, which couldn't be more apt for this sucky Nashville situation.

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10. "I Fall to Pieces" -- Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline's 1961 hit was originally about trying to keep your composure when the love of your life just wants to be friends, which is exactly how we feel about keeping it together when ABC won't give us new episodes.

9. "If You're Reading This" -- Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw always knows how to hit you where it hurts with a country ballad, but nothing encapsulates the painful feeling of goodbye like his 2007 song about a soldier saying goodbye to his family in case he dies in combat. Of course, losing Nashville isn't anywhere near as serious, but it still stings.

8. "What Hurts the Most" -- Rascall Flatts

Rascal Flatts may be hurt the most by a lover who has moved on, but what hurts the most is that we're not going to see Rayna turn that record label into a country music power house.

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7. "I Will Forever Hate a Rose" -- Dolly Parton

Roses from a man are supposed to be a good thing, but they turned Dolly Parton bitter when they came with a breakup note. That's how Nashville fans feel about this cancellation.

6. "Running to Stand Still" (U2 cover) -- Jonathan Jackson

The original version of this song doesn't count as country, but Nashville's own Jonathan Jackson put a country twist on it during his show at the Grand Ole Opry. We couldn't have a goodbye playlist without Avery breaking our hearts one more time.

5. "Whiskey Lullaby" -- Braid Paisley and Alison Krauss

This sad ballad follows two lovers who drank themselves to death, verse by verse. It's a dark song but perfectly encapsulates the pain of letting someone (or a show) go too soon.

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4. "Hurt" -- Johnny Cash

You can't have a country playlist without Johnny Cash and country icon's late hit "Hurt" is a fantastic melancholy anthem to channel your Nashville pains into.

3. "I Will Always Love You" -- Dolly Parton

It's sad to say goodbye, but if we have to move on there's no better song to bid a very fond farewell to Nashville than Dolly's classic.

2. "Nothing in This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again" -- Hayden Panettiere

We're seconding Juliette's (Hayden Panettiere) prayer in this song that nothing in this world will ever break our hearts again after this finale.

1. "Best Songs Come from Broken Hearts" -- Connie Britton

No one says it better than the queen herself. Rayna Jaymes gives the best goodbye to Nashville with an emotional performance of the "Best Songs Come from Broken Hearts" -- which definitely describes the feeling of knowing that Nashville is over.