Top Ten Hamilton Songs That Make You Cry


The Top Ten

1 It's Quiet Uptown It's Quiet Uptown

It took ages for me to warm up to this song 'cause it was so slow and sad and simple, but really, after the Stay Alive reprise, this is just icing on the sad cake... Like in case you weren't already bawling! - keycha1n

Saddest song ever. There's nothing like the loss of a child and the unimaginable pain and grief that lasts forever.

This song immediately follows "Stay Alive (Reprise)" and causes me to sob uncontrollably. - I-WouldLikeIt-Uptown


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2 Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

The end of this song always makes me so emotional, because it gives the audience the realization that they are the ones who are "telling their story". It inspires people to find out more, to look up the history in order to keep the founding fathers' story alive.

You really realize how much Eliza lost. Two sisters, her husband, her son, outliving almost eveyone she loved... And now she's just waiting to rejoin them.
There's also this interpretation going around that at the end, Eliza breaks the fourth wall to realize that everybody in the audience came to hear about Alexander Hamilton's life, making her life work to preserve his legacy worth it. I'm not sure if its true, but I'll totally go with it. - keycha1n

Eliza is so amazing and this song makes you appreciate her even more than you thought you could - FavoriteFightingFrenchman


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3 Stay Alive (Reprise)

I love this song even though it is so sad. Again, nothing like the loss of your child, especially when he was only 19! I'll never be able to count to 9 in French... ever.

This was actually the first song I started crying too. Philip is one of my favorite characters and he died when he was so young.

Now I can't count to ten in French without crying

Why? Philip, It's quiet uptown you would like it uptown.

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4 Dear Theodosia Dear Theodosia

It's so sweet yet so sad. Phillip and Theodosia end up 'blowing away' as in dying. Both of their fathers outlived them - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

This one makes me cry because it's adorable and they don't know the ends their children will meet. - I-WouldLikeIt-Uptown

Probably in my top favorites of Hamilton. So sweet, so caring!

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5 Burn Burn

When I imagine this song, I first picture Eliza at a desk in the middle of the night in a old nightgown, and the desk would have neat papers stacked and a burning candle. And as the song picks up speed, she would start knocking things off of the desk, and papers would go flying.

Eliza sings this song about burning all the stuff Hamilton wrote for her after discovering that he cheated on her. - I-WouldLikeIt-Uptown

Philippa so's vocals DESTROY me every time I hear this song, especially when she sings, "You, you, you." The song becomes even more heart-wrenching as the vocals build up. "Burn" so beautifully written and performed. I am not ashamed to admit that it has brought me to tears.

Burn is an amazing song that tells how Eliza really feels. Phillipa so captured this feeling so strongly, it feels like you're Elizabeth Schuyler, your husband has cheated on you after such a strong relationship and publishes it to the world. Her notes reach surprising notes, and she is such a great singer. She pours the emotions of Eliza and with the great notes so reaches, I can't understand how, at my time, Burn is #6. If you can't understand why I'm so emotional, listen to the lyrics. Listen to her voice and story through a new lens...

Elizabeth Schuyler and Alex Hamilton marry, young and in love. They have a child and Eliza begs her husband to stay from the war, which he does for a while. Later Eliza and her older sister plead for him to take a break and go on vacation. He declines and they go anyways, with Eliza's son. Hamilton is so stressed that he has an affair with a woman that is a rotation that they continue for months. Finally, to protect his legacy, Hamilton ...more - Jindomonium

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6 The World Was Wide Enough The World Was Wide Enough

I start to get sad when Burr says, "This man will not make an orphan of my daughter" When Hamilton starts singing without the melody is when I get really depressed - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

"when Hamilton aimed at the sky, he may have been the first one to die. But I'm the one that paid for it."

Can't deal. Too many emotions. - keycha1n

The lyric "this man will not make an orphan of my daughter" honest to god drained my eyes of any tears they had in them

Best song ever

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7 Blow Us All Away Blow Us All Away

I pick blow us all away because it is so happy and cheerful then Phillip gets in an argument and is shot dead at the 7th step even though he wasn't going to kill his opponent

I find this one sad because Philip is so happy and confident and then his opponent turns at seven. - I-WouldLikeIt-Uptown

This one makes me really sad and makes me want to cry in French class. It gives me feels.

It has such a cheerful tune and almost makes you forget Philip will get murdered - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

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8 Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton

This one only makes me cry because I played Aaron Burr in a miniature production my friends and I put on, and so I had to come to terms with the fact that I was the damn fool that shot Hamilton. - I-WouldLikeIt-Uptown

The first time I was completely in awe of all of his accomplishments. After I finished the play and re-listened to it that was one if the saddest thing ever - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

Well, it does spoil the story with the whole "I'm the damn fool that shot him" thing...still, feels nonetheless

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9 Satisfied Satisfied

In my opinion, Satisfied is by far the most moving song of the entire production. Sure one would assume that the songs dealing with death and loneliness elsewhere in the story might be "sadder," set to more melancholic arrangements; but this one... Nothing is worse than an opportunity missed, than love lost. Angelica is the only real match to Hamilton, and she sacrifices it all. For the rest of her life she would remember it... and that he was right in the end; she wasn't ever satisfied. Maybe she would've been if she had only chosen to take a chance. I take solace in the fact that their love may not have died just because of Hamilton's marriage to Eliza.

The song really builds and it's really cool because you get to hear Angelica's side of the story and you can feel how much she really loves her sister (Eliza).

This song is so sad, she gives up her chance to have an amazing husband for his sister, to have a happy life. She is so selfless, I actually am crying right now

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11 My Shot My Shot
12 Hurricane Hurricane

This song for me is so utterly heartbreaking because it is really the first time Alexander shares with us his past in the Carribean that he has fought so hard to bury so deeply down no one can see it until now in his moment of weakness and dread of what he is sure to come after the release of the Reynolds Pamphlet. The subjects that he touches on this song are so sad and you can just imagine how traumatizing this would be for anyone-much less a child. The little voice crack that you hear when Hamilton is singing about his dead mother and trying not to cry breaks me every. Single. Time.

Just so sad! My friends love it though... It is the song where he basically ruins his life!

This is so sad because he would have died if not for his writing...

13 Wait for It Wait for It

This makes me sad because I feel bad for Burr. He's living in the shadow of Hamilton even though he was there first.

14 History Has Its Eyes On You History Has Its Eyes On You
15 Dear Theodosia (Reprise)

This is even sadder than the can find it on YouTube - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

It's a shame they left this song out the final version. It is so sad!

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16 That Would Be Enough That Would Be Enough

Eliza is begging Alexander to come home so he doesn't die before his son is born. - I-WouldLikeIt-Uptown

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17 Best of Wives and Best of Women Best of Wives and Best of Women

This song is so sad, because this is the last interaction we know of that Alexander and Eliza had before Hamilton dies, and it is so amazing that Eliza was able to forgive after all Alexander had done

This song is an exchange between Alexander and Eliza before Alexander goes to duel Aaron. - I-WouldLikeIt-Uptown

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18 The Story of Tonight The Story of Tonight
19 Helpless Helpless

It's so lovely and Eliza and Alexander sound so happy, and the entire time you know that Eliza won't ever be this happy again. She won't get a husband that loves her as much as he should and everyone will die before she will.

20 Say No to This Say No to This

I didn't cry, just very annoyed. Screw Maria. - NotYoursTruly

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Top Remixes

1. Blow Us All Away
2. Dear Theodosia
3. Stay Alive (Reprise)
1. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
2. Alexander Hamilton
3. Guns and Ships
1. It's Quiet Uptown
2. Stay Alive (Reprise)
3. Blow Us All Away



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