Top Ten Hamilton Songs That Make You Cry


The Top Ten

1 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

The 'Stay Alive (reprise)' is really sad. Philip Hamilton says his goodbyes to his family while he dies from a fatal shot from George Eaker. I really felt like crying while Eliza counted in French when I first heard it; but being the heartless person I am, I didn't. But 'It's Quiet Uptown' totally killed me. I literally BAWLED when Eliza said, "It's quiet uptown." and then the company is saying "Forgiveness. Can you imagine? " Then 'Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story' comes and the orphanage is just so beautiful!

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

This was the only sing I almost cried in.

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2 Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

I always get through the first half of this song with maybe 20 tears silently flowing down my cheeks, the product of my sobbing during "The World Was Wide Enough." But for some reason, as soon as "the orphanage..." hits, with all the company and Eliza saying, "in their eyes I see you, Alexander," I always lose it and start ugly, weepy crying. Then as soon as "I can't wait to see you again," and then the nice little, "it's only a matter of time," with the harmony from the company, I'm sitting there wanting to give the actual people a hug through my screen

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

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.

Eliza is just an amazing woman. She didn't deserve to have everything lost, but she did a lot of amazing things. I just feel so bad for Burr because he just feels so bad that he shot Hamilton.

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3 Stay Alive (Reprise)

When I first listened to the soundtrack, I knew what was going to happen because someone spoiled it for me. Philip actually ended up being my favorite character because I could REALLY relate to him. But when I went to Hamilton, to actually SEE Alexander and Eliza with their dying son made me cry so much. I still hadn't recovered by the end of the musical. Now I can't listen to the song without crying like a baby.

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.

I'm listening to it right now and I'm dying inside 😭

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4 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!

That's not a sad song although it is but... I don't know.

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5 Burn

It is the ultimate song of betrayal. You see this woman, this strong, loyal, beautifully talented woman, be betrayed and broken. It is something we experience or hear of from those close to us. A person so close and beloved destroys the heart of the one who loves them. There are few emotional pains as terrible. While the loss of Philip is more unbearably sad, the pure emotion put into the lyrics and music of this song put it at the top of the list for me.

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.

Burn is an amazing song, sung from the point of Eliza. Because of this, it really makes you feel like you are her. If you listen and really imagine you are Eliza, you will cry. I always do.

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

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

This song is by far the saddest song I have ever heard. The part where Hamilton start just talking without the music in the background is when I start crying

I cry when he says "Raise a glass to freedom." then everyone yells "He aimed his pistol at the sky.WAIT"

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7 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

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

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

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8 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

This song it's really sad...

9 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

The build-up throughout the song, the layers, and Goldsberry's incredible voice and performance all make 'Satisfied' my absolute favorite song in Hamilton.

10 Guns and Ships

The rap was so emotional


The Contenders

11 My Shot

How in the world is this sad?

Shirley, Shirley, SHIRLEY J TEMPLE! I the steven!

12 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

Why is this so low? Even though I find songs like Stay Alive (reprise) and It's Quiet Uptown when talking about the saddest songs, this needs to be in the top 5, really. It makes you feel sorry for Burr, who, as the play continues, you stop feeling sorry for. But this song and Dear Theodosia make you love Burr, excluding the fact he's played by Leslie, who makes the character amazingly likable alone.

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

I cried so much when I first listened to this song. It's so heartbreaking and shattering.

Every time I listen to it I just feel bad for burr because everything that he wants to accomplish, hamilton gets there and shuts him down, then in the previous song he gets reminded that he can't get theodosia >.<

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14 Dear Theodosia (Reprise)

This should replace Blow Us All Away. As soon as Burr cried, I was gone. I never cried harder listening to Hamilton. It just reminds me more than other other song, including Stay Alive (Reprise), that you will have to endure a loved one's death and just. Man, Lin, why?

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

To be honest this is one of the saddest songs in the musical. I wish it was left in. When his voice cracks and he starts to cry I basically wish I was dead

Really a sad song though

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15 History Has Its Eyes On You
16 Best of Wives and Best of Women

I cried during this song. So sad. The last time Hamilton and Eliza speak, and he's lying to Eliza, saying he'll come back and then he doesn't. Eliza didn't worry at the time because she didn't know what was going on. The piano part playing just makes me cry even more.

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

It's so sad!

17 One Last Time

This song it's so happy but sad at the same because George Washington is going home and oh my gosh it is just beautiful.

I'm embarrassed to say that this song makes me cry, but it does. The feeling behind it, plus the beautiful vocals, truly adds up to a sad song

This should be higher! It makes you cry in a way that it's bittersweet! It's such a beautiful, amazing song!

€Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one will make them afraid...” I listened to this stanza over and over again and now I’m sobbing while I imagine holding my loved ones, “...and no one will make them afraid..” and everything will be okay. I want to sit under my own vine and fig tree and never be afraid.

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18 That Would Be Enough

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

This song is so sad!

19 Tomorrow They'll Be More of Us

It may not be considered a song, but it's really emotional. Lauren's Death marks Philip's birth.

This is not song it's a interlude of Lauren's death

This made me cry I love my lil bby boy

This is a song that isn't in the soundtrack but is BREATHTAKINGLY sad. This is the song where John Laurens's death is announced. Hamilton seems devastated. But what is telling is his silence. Hamilton is very outspoken, but his grief for John isn't written down ANYWHERE. Plus, they were lovers. Just read the letters, I did. <3 RIP LAURENS YOU ARE MY favorite LOVE YOU I SOBBED AT THIS SONG

look at the animatic on youtube

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20 The Story of Tonight
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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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