Best Songs That Make You Cry


The Top Ten

1 Teaching Angels How to Fly - Jackie Evancho

This song will tear your heart out if you listen to it closely enough to hear the message.

This is from Jackie's first album "Prelude To A Dream", self-released months before her appearance on the 5th season of America's Got Talent. The album was withdrawn upon her signing with SYCO/SONY records. It was indeed a prelude to the dream that she is still sharing with us.

Jackie Evancho has the unique ability to make the toughest of tough guys cry totally unashamed.
Bikers, truckers, ex-military, all of them are reaching for the kleenex at Jackie Evancho concerts.
This song, about a young girl named Kimberly who died, is from Jackie Evancho's first CD, "Prelude To A Dream", but she has any number of songs since then that easily make grown men cry.

Beautiful and heart wrenching!

2 Hurt - Johnny Cash

The original version by Nine Inch Nails is good, but this one is way more better. I just cry every time I hear this.

When I first herd it I was crying for 8 minutes

Its incredible

3 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

I know that this is just a stupid internet list and I shouldn't care but, why is this not number 1? He wrote this song when his son fell out of a window and died. It reminds us of all the loved ones we know that have passed(for me it is my dog I had know since I was a kid. Who we had to put down because she just got to that age that dogs reach quicker than we do) and I know that is comment is way to long but.

Everything that is emotional will wake me cry but when I hear this song I think of the guilt he has and how it would feel I now love this song

Seriously not number 1?

4 Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho

Last night I saw you running
In the open fields of grace
No longer were you broken or in pain
The wind blew kisses through your hair
You laughed with beauty unaware
I wish I could be there with you - Trancas

The high notes in this song sound really like coming from the open fields of grace, surely not from this world - ohcnave

I love this song so much! It's a song of freedom.

5 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Shine on You Crazy Diamond and Welcome to the Machine from the album are much more cry-inducing. - Alkadikce

This should be higher


6 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

It's very sad. - Userguy44

This is such an emotional song. I'm so proud of Billie Joe for being able to perform this song over and over again.

7 Skinny Love - Birdy

This song is really sad, I don't really cry at it but it does make me sad, her voice and words tell a story

Skinny Love is a really sad song. It was my first listening to that song and it made my heart burst into tears. The singer Birdy, is a really good singer. When you listen to the song beware the it will exactly make to cry.

8 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

It makes me cry because during this song my crush was dancing with another Girl.

A very sad song. Whether the melody or the text.

9 Saturn - Sleeping at Last

It’s so beautiful it makes u cry. You don’t have a choice

10 Cancer - My Chemical Romance

I cried so hard listening to this

I cried to death

This song makes me cry every time I hear and/or sing it!

I cryed so hard

The Contenders

11 21 Guns - Green Day

This is the first Green Day song I ever heard. It makes me want to cry with joy and sadness at the same time (Wake me up when September ends is also very sad, but this has a lower place so I'm voting for it). - georgielikesgreenday

fell loved

12 My Immortal - Evanescence

I always shed a tear when I hear this. - Userguy44

Evanescence is the best. Most Saddest and Beautiful song of all time.

Are you serious,39? Just easily number 1, My Immortal is definitely number 1.

Best song of all time. This is really make you cry.

13 Nightswimming - R.E.M.

The lyrics, vocals, and music each convey the pain of remembering when you were young and knowing those days are long gone. A beautiful, tear-jerking, and underrated song. - Hajj

14 When She Loved Me - Sarah McLachlan

The song from Toy Story 2

15 Seize The Day - Avenged Sevenfold
16 Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor - Eels
17 Last Kiss - Pearl Jam
18 Manta Ray - J. Ralph and Antony
19 Against All Odds - Phil Collins
20 In Your Eyes - George Benson
21 Yesterday - The Beatles
22 Anchor - Novo Amor
23 If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
24 Imagine - John Lennon

Greatest song of all time!

25 Don't Cry - Guns 'n Roses

One the best Guns N' Roses songs ever! - Userguy44

26 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
27 Things the Grandchildren Should Know - Eels
28 I'm Not Okay (I Promise) - My Chemical Romance
29 High Hopes - Pink Floyd
30 Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch
31 You Don't Miss Your Water (Til Your Well Runs Dry) - Taj Mahal
32 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
33 Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead

I Want None Of This as well

34 Heal the World - Michael Jackson

I actually cry whenever I listen to this

Here comes the haters *heavy sigh*

35 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

The best song ever! thanks guns n roses, for making such good songs, that hurt so much, but as the same time are the best songs ever!

36 Things My Father Said - Black Stone Cherry
37 Let Her Go - Passenger

This song is so sad!

38 Love Hurts - Nazareth
39 Powerless - Linkin Park
40 The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles
41 Nessun Dorma - Jackie Evancho

It shouldn't be possible for a young girl. to sing this gigantic piece of music,
But Jackie Evancho makes it her own, and opens a portal to a new world of emotions. Just amazing!

I never liked opera music before I heard Jackie Evancho.
When she sings this I just feel so strongly.

How does she do that?

I can't even THINK about Jackie's performances of this without tearing up.

42 Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
43 Christmas In the Trenches - John McCutcheon
44 The Show Must Go On - Queen

A masterpiece - Userguy44

45 Victim - Avenged Sevenfold
46 Lovers - Jackie Evancho

The performance of Lovers with David Foster and the drums is just other worldly.

47 Uneven Odds - Sleeping at Last
48 Mirrors - Lil Wayne
49 White Flag - Dido
50 Bringin' on the Heartbreak - Def Leppard
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Top Remixes (13)

1. Skinny Love - Birdy
2. Nightswimming - R.E.M.
3. When She Loved Me - Sarah McLachlan
1. Saturn - Sleeping at Last
2. Hurt - Johnny Cash
3. Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor - Eels
1. Seize The Day - Avenged Sevenfold
2. Last Kiss - Pearl Jam
3. Cancer - My Chemical Romance

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