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  • I really enjoyed compiling this one.

    • pantera d

      good call on the crazy diamond, ive cried to that one before

    • Robert

      tim mcgraw dont take the girl that should so be on this list

  • demi

    they forgot hey there delilah

    • blah

      i hope you're joking

    • adfklmwe

      you better be joking

    • Kimmy

      I have to agree..sadly.. if I hear Hey There Delilah I want to cry jn pain as well.

    • Willow

      I think Concrete Angel by Martina McBride should be on there. Its so sad :'((((

  • shane

    superb list, hurt has to be number one, gets me everytime.

  • Thank you Shane. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Joey Bassani

    I'm sorry everyone but these songs just didn't make me cry, I've always been looking for something that could really make me cry, does anyone know anything that might work?

    • David Sanders

      To Joey Bassani:

      Try listening to:

      "Hallelujah" cover by Jeff Buckley

      "The Woman's Work" by Kate Bush or the cover done by Maxwell.

      "One" by U2

      "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane

      "Someday We'll Know" by the New Radicals

      Let us know if any of these turn on the faucets.

      • pantera

        man you really have to get into the music, it helps if you know or could imagine the feelings and the soul that the artist was trying to bring across, like the song "shine on you crazy diamond" was written for a man that they felt very strongly and had mixed emotions toward, paired with there passion for music, the wrote almost a masterpiece, certainly one of the greatest most heartfelt song that has ever been written as a tribute, and sometimes those lyrics become relevant to your own life..

    • Miu

      Try some Celine Dion… no not Titanic! Goodbyes the saddest word which has me suicidal, in the good way, every time!

    • Nicola

      One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and boys II Men – does it for me

      Missing you – by P Daddy and Faith Evans

      • try some like

        "i can't live"- Mariah carey

        "you are not alone"- Michael Jackson

        7. Alone Without You – The Nightwatchman

    • Sienna

      James Blunt's song 'Carry you home' always manages to bring a tear to my eye.

    • jade

      ok here is a list

      carnival – natalia merchant

      maybe tomorrow – stereophonics

      damaged- plumb

    • Marv


      concrete angel and runaway love

    • Jahzmyn

      Definitely My heart will go on (titanic song) it makes me cry every time.

  • Unrelated

    Something I Can Never Have – Nine Inch Nails

    It's a Wonderful Life – Neil Armstrong

    Hollow – Pantera (Especially if you've ever had a loved one in a coma)

    Boys Don't Cry – The Cure

    Daddy – Korn

    Teardrop – Massive Attack

    Photograph – Nickelback

    • pantera

      try 'the sleep' from pantera, off the cowboys from hell album, the solo is an amazing piece of composition, mind blowing even, make me miss dime soo much

  • Deby

    Warwick Avenue – Duffy

  • Katy

    Try Warren Zevon, Please Stay – recorded while he was dying of cancer – gets me every time, especially if I listen to the whole album in one sitting (album is called The Wind, and also includes a cover of Knockin' on Heaven's Door).

    Also No-one but you/Only the Good Die Young or These are the Days of our Lives by Queen.

    And not exactly a song, but an orchestral piece – Gabriel's Oboe, from the soundtrack to The Mission.

  • Orangejuice

    Missy Higgins- The Special Two, Ten Days, and Where I Stood

    Sara Bareilles- Between the Lines

    U2- With or Without You

    and how about some Daddy/Daughter songs:

    Bob Carlisle-Butterfly Kisses

    Tim Magraw- My Little Girl

  • Paul

    Just needed a cry and couldn't find the key… then I found…

    PiL – order of death

    Joy Division – Love will Tear us Apart

    Ladytron – Tomorrow

    Go Betweens – Bye bye pride

    Queens of the Stone Age – I never came

    The Cure – In Between Days

    and some others. Ladytron and PiL especially worked a treat! Look forward to much more cathartic music induced crying…

    • Beth

      If you want a slower version of the Joy Division song, try Love will tear us apart by Broken Social Scene, i love the origional but the cover is slower and more moving i would say 🙂

  • good riddance (time of your life) – green day

  • Helen

    The Drugs don't work by the verve


    • Juliette

      i concour

  • mars

    Hurt-NIN or Johnny Cash

    Welcome Home-Radical Face (the chorus is so calming it gives me chills and makes me cry)

    Through the Roof 'n' Underground-Gogol Bordello

    • mars


      Sunrise Sunset- Bright Eyes

  • George

    Everybody hurts was also featured in the early 90's movie Night at the Roxbury.

  • ransom

    lover you shouldve come over by jeff buckley.his voice alone will make u go a big rubbery one

  • Samuel Barber 1936: Adagio for Strings and Agnus Dei (the choir version) Most famous use was in movie Platoon.

    • David Sanders

      Wow, you are so right about the Agnus Dei chorus version, located here:

      It is such a moving piece! The voices sound like angels piercing your soul. This song had me in tears with its sheer beauty.

  • [email protected]

    this songs makes me cry

    Lets try again – New Kids On The Block

    Snuff – SlipKnoT

    Valentines day – Linkin Park

    One – U2

    i'm very sentimental jejejeje

  • zann

    nice compilation, but unfortunately i didnt cry to any of these. am i emotionless?

  • Gee

    James Blunt – Goodbye My Lover

  • sam

    casimir pulaski day – sufjan stevens.

  • sadsongs

    Southern Comfort – Arrah and the Ferns. If you've ever been suicidal or know someone who is… this shoud make you sad. Some may find it sad in a "happy way" if that makes sense, or just plain sad.

    Between the boy's line "I don't want to be your burden. I don't you to worry for me. Just know it will be better now, it will be better we all agree. When I don't have to be so many things…" and The final verse by the girl "You know it could be better here… it could be better if you just try." and "I won't try anymore, I won't build you a house. I won't cry when when you leave, I know that you're weak. I did all that I could, you know I tried to give you a reason. You can die if you please, but remember the ones who have to bury the seeds. Just know that when you go, you place death upon every life." I cry every single time. Actually the whole song. The lyrics are so sad, but accompanied by the up-beat yet somehow melancholy "oh la la oh la lu"'s it just gets to me.

    Nothing to Lose – Billy Talent. The music video made me cry like a little kid. Okay well I was like 13.

    Jeremy and Last Kiss – Pearl Jam. Kinda… self-explanatory.

    Missing – Evanescence. Now I feel kind stupid for crying over an Evanescence song… hahaha.

    Song to Say Goodbye – Placebo.

    Follow You Into the Dark – DCFC actually made me more sad when I realized I'd probably never find anyone, that we'd be so in love like the way the singer talks about…

    Speeding Cars – Imogen Heap. It's just so sad, and the lyrics make me cry.

    No One Will Ever Love You/I Don't Love You Anymore – The Magnetic Fields. These songs don't make me cry…. I just feel incredibly sad.

    Song For A Friend – Jason Mraz. Again, just makes me fell really sad…

    A Change is Going to Come – Sam Cooke. I just get so sad, because he's dead… and he never got to see that change…

    Wow… I notice that 99% of these songs have a common topic of Suicide…

    Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley. It's just so comforting to know that he's never gonna give me up, or let me down, or run around and desert me, it brings tears to my eyes. …….. Okay just kidding about this last one.

    Actually… I love sad songs. I don't know why, but I really really love listening to sad songs… I love happy songs too. I have so much eurobeat and bubblegum pop. I like hardcore songs, like I listen to metal a lot too… but I just have some morbid love for sad songs.

  • anacoral

    i juzt n33d3d a mom3nt of p3ace so that i can cry alil' bout somthang.

  • Janice

    Happy by Leona Lewis, Teardrop by Massive Attack, Hey There Delilah, Sweet November Theme, Look What You've Done are some songs that I could think of.

  • Jemma

    The ultimate song that makes me cry every single time i listen is Bird york- In the deep. Featured in the movie "crash", you can't not cry!

  • Dr McKay


  • Shaymanus

    Definately the live version 1995 Jeff Bcukley playing in Chicago Halelujah…. beautiful harmonic real

  • Danielle

    Definitely Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton, just the story behind the song brings tears to your eyes.

    ANYTHING Jeff Buckley too, he had a beautiful voice and its so upsetting that he died so tragically.

    I'd also say Eva Cassidy- Somewhere Over The Rainbow, the way she sings is so amazing and touching.

  • Elizabeth

    I have two songs: 1) Mother by John Lennon and 2) I want you by Elvis Costello. But if you really want to cry, listen to the Fiona Apple/Elvis Costello live version of the song on Youtube. It's Haunting.

  • dane

    You Could Be Happy by Snow Patrol is sad

  • TyGuy

    try the following

    Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

    When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge (original, not bolton's unsoulful remake)

    More Than Words – Extreme

  • Henry

    Number one almost pissed me off because I thought you weren't going to give Trent credit for it.

    But I do agree, Cash sounds as if he's uttering his last words almost.

    Just how it should sound.

  • destiiny

    i loved her first is also one:)

  • destiiny

    i loved her first is also one

  • rose

    Snuff by slipknot makes me cry every time i hear it.. so sad 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton. Honestly, I love this list but that should have been #1! I don’t think there’s a time I’ve heard it that I haven’t cried.

  • Revan

    Hurt is the only song that gets me, and not the Cash cover version. Good to god trent reznor. He gets me time and time again. Cash im afraid to say doesn’t have trent’s balls. I don’t see him saying the things that need to be said to get me gone. And the instrumentals are nothing compared to NIN’s. NIN’s are way more powerful.

  • DAVEY90

    Coldplay-Politik, made me cry.
    the harsh and powerful intro of the song then the slow music coupled with Chris martin singing beautifully. That really gets you…

  • Paige

    You COuld Be Happy by Snow Patrol. I can’t even listen to the intro without bursting into tears.

  • Dawnimo

    Never went to church by The Streets.

    It’s about his dad passing away.

    First time i heard it i burst into tears in the middle of a packed train.

  • Saw Rub, a lonely one

    Josh Groban – You raise Me Up
    Mj – Little Susie
    Bee Gees – Be Who You Are
    Eels – Elizabeth In The Bathroom

    • jimbob

      This list is crap. Only 2 that affects me:
      Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
      The Grave – Don Mclean

  • dAN

    Radiohead – Videotape
    Radiohead – Last Flowers

    Those songs espicially in the Basement sessions, can be fond on youtube.

  • Nanlisa

    Not necessarily in order, but here’s my list.

    1. Stormy-The Classics IV
    2. The theme from the 1966 French film “A Man and a Woman”
    3. “Hungry” and “Kicks” -Paul Revere and the Raiders
    4. Willow Weep for Me-Chad and Jeremy
    5. You and Me Against the World-Helen Reddy
    6. Bluesette-Various Artists
    7. Summer Wind-Frank Sinatra
    8. Nothing But a Heartache-The Flirtations
    9. Dirty Water-The Standells
    10. In the Rain-The Dramatics
    11. Don’t Cry Daddy-Elvis
    12. Wives and Lovers-Jack Jones
    13. Ask Any Girl-Diana Ross and the Supremes
    14. A Girl Like You-The Rascals
    15. Summer Samba-Walter Wanderley

  • TeresaJo

    Call me by Shinedown, Accoustic version of rapture by hurt, in this river by black label society.

  • Peter Boucher

    Just for the fun of it. Listen to the fourth movement of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and see how you react. This is what I want to hear as I die in my sleep…..

  • Tedz

    Fix you – Coldplay

  • Cece

    I feel like a heartless fool but I havent cried to one of these songs…I don’t know why…

  • Pepper

    THe one song that always makes me cry is “Tell My Father” from the musical “Civil War”

  • Rebecca

    Why isn’t ‘Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross’ on here?

  • Clem

    Vandross’ Dance with My Father.

  • Epic Joey

    I Loved Her First, The Theme For Halo 3, Dance With My Father, Call Me, Friend Of Ours, Snuff,
    The Scientist, Hurt, Slipped Away, You Could Be Happy, Last Of the American Girls, Walk,
    Daddy Is Dead, Hold On, Fix You, Hungry, The Love Theme For The Godfather, She Is Gone,
    Never Thought I Would Lose, Don’t Cry, Lost My Girl, Crazy Jerk, Tell My Father, Sheets,
    Dumped Into Sadness, Betrayed By My Boyfriend, Mama Come Home, A Man And A Woman,
    Dirty Cleanse, Wounds That Never Heal, Extraordinary Pain, I Love You, The Weeping Willows,
    And My Favorite Yet Most Sad Song I Know Is The Pain How Mom And Dad Died.

  • someteen

    I only know everybody hurts, maybe because i’m twelve?

    • someteen

      And I always cry when listening to it

  • Alex

    For me it’s not the lyrics, it’s how beautifully they are sang and these two brings me to tears.
    Lisa Kelly – You Raise Me Up
    Kate Voegele – Hallelujah

  • Jole

    I have two words for you, “Cats in-the-cradle”, never played it without tears. Teardrop – Jose Gonzales, from House episode when Wilson’s girlfriend dies, is also nice.

  • Alex

    How is Wind Beneath My Wings never mentioned in this list or in any of the comments? C’mon people!! That one gets to you like no other

  • Joe G

    Where is Whiskey Lullabye. It is impossible not to cry when listening to that song

  • Valeria DL

    When I hear Jeff Buckley sing Hallelujah,my eyes start tearing up lol It happens every single time :’)

  • Emma

    what about concrete angel? that song had me bawling at the one minute mark

  • Grace

    My top 10

    10. Precious child by Karen Taylor Good
    9. Hurt by Christina Aguilera
    8. Vienna by Billy Joel
    7. Wish you were here by Avril Lavigne
    6. Because of you by Kelly Clarkson
    5. Goodbye yellow brick road by Elton John
    4. Concrete Angel by Martina McBride
    3. Slipping through my fingers by Abba
    2. Never grow up by Taylor Swift
    1. Somewhere out there by Linda Rondstant

  • me

    What about ronan by taylor swift?

  • me

    I cry everytime I listen to it.

  • Jal

    ‘Immortal’ by Evanescence
    ‘Emptiness’ by Rohan Rathore

    • wow I can’t believe this list doesn’t have a YouTube playlist yet – I am going to make one –

  • GNF

    “Somewhere out there” always made me cry as a kid. It was in the movie “An American Tale”, you know, the one with Fievel the mouse? The waterworks didn’t seem to stop.
    Also, “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx. Quite sad…always makes my sister cry :,(

  • Blargh Yarghs

    Small Bump – Ed Sheeran

    I cry every time…

  • BOB

    Honestly, “Talking to the moon” by bruno mars is extremely sad

    • anne Iredale

      This was not my original title – I would not have put ‘depressing’.

      • Shell Harris

        Sorry, Anne. Sometimes we take artistic license. Good to hear from you though!

  • Jules

    Dont forget Friends Forever by Vitamin C
    Fallen by Sarah McLachlan
    Here With Me by Susie Suh ft. Robert Koch (heard it on The Blacklist)
    Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream
    Yesterdays by Switchfoot

    I, too, is a fan of hauntingly weepy songs

    • LoLo

      The category is “classic songs” these are not classics, too recent.

  • Jules

    I agree with Taylor Swift’s ‘Ronan’ and Snow Patrol’s ‘You Could Be Happy’.
    and wow, Radical Face’s Welcome Home is beautiful and soulful. heard it on The Blacklist as well.

    New Additions from my side:
    Forever and Always – Parachute. made me cry alot. beautiful voice n story.
    I Have Always Loved You – Enrique Iglesias

    I enjoyed this post and suggested list of songs, guys. cheerios!

    • Jules

      just remembered this song i heard on Criminal Minds.

      As It Seems by Lily Kershaw. 🙂

    • Jules

      Dream About You – Stevie B
      Somewhere Down The Road – Barry Manilow
      Somewhere – Il Divo
      Looking Back – Kerry Muzzey
      Take Your Sweet Time – Jessie McCartney
      My Baby You – Marc Anthony
      Na Man Eh Nuh – Kim Hyun Ah (Korean drama series: Stairway to Heaven) waterworks at its best!!

      whewww! hehehe enjoy!

      • LoLo

        These are not “classic songs” which the category states. They may be tear jerkers but are too new to be in this category.

  • LoLo

    Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks it’s about someone dying & saying goodbye to family & friends & Everything I Own by Bread about the singers deceased father. Both, get me every time.