rem 2010 385x240 What Are The Top Songs That Make Men Cry?[pullquote quote=”A well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathize with.” credit=”Rich Ellis — PRS for Music Chairman “]If you’re in need of a good, tear-jerking song and also happen to be part of the male half of the population, just take a look at a UK survey about “Songs That Make Men Cry Most” for some suggestions.  Topping the list is [lastfm]R.E.M.[/lastfm]’s “Everybody Hurts,” written by former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry.  The 1992 ballad was ranked highest by Performing Right Society (PRS) for Music and is among songs by [lastfm]Sinead O’Connor[/lastfm] and [lastfm]U2[/lastfm].

Now, go ahead: tell us which song brings tears to your eyes…

[photogallerylink id=10303 align=left]PRS for Music chairman Rich Ellis says that “A well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathize with… this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men.”

The song became the quickest-selling charity song this year when “Everybody Hurts” was redone this year to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti: it was produced by Simon Cowell and you can hear vocals by artists such as [lastfm]Bon Jovi[/lastfm], [lastfm]Mariah Carey[/lastfm], [lastfm]Leona Lewis[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Michael Bublé[/lastfm].

Number two on the list is [lastfm]Eric Clapton[/lastfm]’s “Tears in Heaven” which he wrote for his son, Conor, who died in 1991.

Here’s the full list:
1. “Everybody Hurts” — [lastfm]R.E.M[/lastfm]
2. “Tears in Heaven” — [lastfm]Eric Clapton[/lastfm]
3. “Hallelujah” — [lastfm]Leonard Cohen[/lastfm]
4. “Nothing Compares 2 U” — [lastfm]Sinead O’Connor[/lastfm]
5. “With or Without You” — [lastfm]U2[/lastfm]
6. “The Drugs Don’t Work” — [lastfm]The Verve[/lastfm]
7. “Candle in the Wind” — [lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm]
8. “Streets of Philadelphia” — [lastfm]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm]
9. “Unchained Melody” — [lastfm]Todd Duncan[/lastfm]
10. “Angels” — [lastfm]Robbie Williams[/lastfm]

Which song brings tears to your eyes?

Comments (26)
  1. james cooper says:

    “They Won’t Go When I Go” by Stevie Wonder (found on ‘fullfinesss first finale 1974) and “If I Ruled The World” by James Brown these two get me everytime

  2. Len says:

    Jumper – Third Eye Blind

  3. mandango says:

    Cat’s in the cradle

  4. Kimberly says:

    I cry when I hear any U2. When Bono sing through his nasal passages, I cry for America. Bono is the AC. Beware

  5. Eric Keeley says:

    New York City – Maggie & Suzzy Roche
    The Water Is Wide – just about any recording
    In My Life – The Beatles
    Sam Stone – John Prine
    For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her – Simon & Garfunkel
    This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads
    Heaven – Talking Heads
    The Weakness in Me- Joan Armatrading
    Turn, Turn, Turn – Pete Seeger
    Adagio of Strings – Samuel Barber

    1. Jenny says:

      perfect list, Eric. I’ll add one more Imagine -John Lennon

  6. steven says:

    “lightning crashes” (Live); “what’s the matter here?” (10,000 Maniacs)

  7. Rich Torres says:

    “Empty Garden” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, “See My Friends” live version from The Storyteller by Ray Davies, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, though k.d. lang’s version is stellar, “Here, There and Everywhere” by The Beatles and “Days” by The Kinks. Sorry that this is more commercial, but these songs hit me hard.

  8. Mr. Cry Baby says:

    Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
    Gunner’s Dream – Pink Floyd
    Moses, Sweet Lorraine, and Mary all from Patty Griffin.
    Heaven Bound – Kelly Willis
    Hard Times in Babylon – Eliza Gilkyson

  9. Michael says:

    So This is Christmas (war is over).
    Cats in the Cradle
    Chain of Love (country song mistaken as “I love you Joe”

  10. EvenMenCry says:

    If I Had A Boat by the amazing Lyle lovette

  11. Uncle Bruce says:

    “Here comes the Bride” puts tears in my eyes. Another good man has met his doom.

  12. Xtina says:

    1. Mother – Pink Floyd
    2. English Boys – Blondie
    3. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
    4. Slipped Away – Avril Lavigne
    5. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
    6. I’ll Stand By You – Pretenders
    7. Angel – Sarah McLachlan
    8. Ordinary World – Duran Duran
    9. High Enough – Damn Yankees
    10. Come To Me – Bjork

  13. Ariana says:

    Most recently for me – “Just Breathe” (Pearl Jam). Although there are many more… I’m pregnant… thats my excuse….. ; – )

  14. Sue says:

    I’m Already There by Lone Star
    Empty Garden by Elton John

  15. Daniel Anthony says:

    Sleepwalker – Santo and Johnny
    Just Like a Woman – Bob Dylan
    Exit Music (for a film) – Radiohead
    Someone Saved My Life Tonight- Elton John
    and of course…
    Desperado – Eagles

  16. Milton says:

    Aretha Franklin’s ‘Ain’t No Way” I was at a poker game. When Aretha came on the game stopped cold in mid-hand, with 6 middle-aged men trying to hold back the tears. When She was done there was an audible and collective sigh of relief because no one lost it and the hand continued. If Aretha can’t make a grown man cry then you got no heart or soul, bro.

  17. alicia says:

    Travelin’ Soldier by Dixie Chicks & The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics

  18. Patrick R says:

    Letters from home, Dropkick Murphy’s

  19. jimmy flores says:

    Imagine-John Lennon
    makes you smile at the same time though 🙂

  20. Emerson says:

    My go songs are Annie Lennox’s Why and Phil Collin’s Throwing it All Away

  21. Andy says:

    Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” has to be on this list, especially if you watch the music video:

  22. Chicago Bar Project says:

    Biko – Peter Gabriel
    Cat Stevens – Cat’s in the Cradle (good on ‘ya mandango)
    Francis Scott Key – Star Spangled Banner (maybe it sounds cliche, but I’m thinking of all those who died for our freedom like those now dying across North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan)

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