Top Ten Hamilton Songs That Make You Cry


The Top Ten

1 It's Quiet Uptown

I love this song so much. I am trying to learn it on piano. I'm shaking just thinking about this song.. - Sofiaaaaaa

I love this sad song.

Every time I listen to this song I try to stop the tears from coming but they come anyway. This is by far the most sad song. When I saw it on Broadway and I saw Lin-Manuel I was never crying as much in my life.

If you see him in walking by her side talking by her side have pitty

2 Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

Every single time Eliza shows Hamilton the Orphanage, I start bawling my eyes out. I have listened to the soundtrack about a million times, and after a lot of begging, I am finally going to see the musical in Chicago. I KNOW that I'm going to start bawling my eyes out during this song, because every single time I have EVER listened to the soundtrack, I start sobbing during this. I'm probably boring you, so imma go now.

I cried so hard, and I can't get over how even though Alex had caused her such pain, all Eliza cared about was his story getting told. This song shows the truth; we never seem to have enough time. We must all make the most of the time God has given us, our time on earth is so short.

I did so well the first time I heard this song then Eliza said she sees Hamilton in there eye's I just BREAK. R.I.P. Ham.

At the very end of this song in the live production, Alexander brings Eliza to the front of the stage. And she gasps. Because everyone came for her husband's story. For her story. AND THAT BREAKS ME.

3 Stay Alive (Reprise)

The thing that really made me feel sad during this song is the raw emotion when Eliza comes in and screams "Is he going to survive this? Who did this? Alexander did you know?! " her voice had such raw emotion and power that you can't help but to feel the fear she has. It also saddens me when I hear the soft beating that stops when Philip dies. If you have lost someone in your past, you would know how they feel, the sadness and bit of chaos. It is also sad to know that Philip was only 19 years old when he died. In a way, you could say Hamilton kind of foreshadowed this by saying "Only 19 but my mind is older" in My Shot, though I could be wrong.

This song always makes me feel awful, but it's a good song. Philip is one of my favorite characters. He died just to prove that his father wasn't the man George said he was. I always get emotional when Eliza comes in, and I get chills.

Aaahh I bawl my eyes out every time

Ridiculously sad on it's own, but when Eliza let out a cry of pain and loss at the end of it during the show, it sent chills down my spine. - Atham

4 Burn

This one is by far the saddest one. She's so heartbroken. - RosalinaX

Incredibly sad, made me rethink cheating on my wife.

Burn should be in the top 3

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.

5 Dear Theodosia

This one was the only song that actually made me cry for some reason. - RosalinaX

This makes me cry because Alexander has just no clue about Phillips *cough* Death*cough* And I've never heard BURR so not horrible, saddest song in the whole musical

This song perfectly captures the relationship between parent and daughter/son as it shows the unconditional love that both Hamilton and Burr express for their newborn children. Truly a beautiful song.

I honestly cried. I always think about growing up when I hear this song. It makes me sad and happy!

6 The World Was Wide Enough

Easily saddest song.

Listening to Hamilton's last part in the play is just heartbreaking. Coupled with Burr's immediate regret (along with the melancholy version which begins "Aaron Burr, Sir"), the emotions are absolutely raw and incredible... "I strike him right between the ribs... I walk towards him, but I am ushered away." (beautiful chorus comes in during these parts) "I get a drink." And of course, "Now I'm the villain in your history... I was too young and blind to see. I should've known, I should've known the world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me."

"The world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me."

This perfectly sets up the next song, "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story," which would definitely not have as much power without the precursor.

I cry every time...Man, this song.

When Burr shouts "I will not make an orphan of my daughter" and "Wait! " the emotion in his voice is so powerful.

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 just love how this song starts out happy and then.. the cinnamon roll dies.

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.

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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

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...

This makes me saddest though. I mean the part where they were like "hey u smol orphan you need to fend for yourself"? and then he went to study and became famous? like that's so? heartbreaking?

9 Satisfied

Angelica loved Hamilton, but so did John. Listen to his voice and hear the sadness.

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.

This song is so sad. Why is it #9? It is all about how Angelica sacrificed her love of Hamilton so that her sister Eliza could have a chance to Marty him.

I watched a bnha animatic to it and cryed so much and then hamilton came at my face at midnight and uve been cring every time I hear the song but for real Angelica loved Hamiton the Eliza came coming and it's so sad

10 Guns and Ships

So sad and emotional.. - Sofiaaaaaa

Much deppress

The rap was so emotional

11/10 saddests song ever! 1! 1! 1 brings tears to my eyes every time! 1! 1!

screw its quiet uptown, guns and ships is so sad - marleydoestopten

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The Contenders

11 Wait for It

This song makes me cry so much, especially the line "I am the one thing in life I can control", I just feel that too much, doing everything you can and its just never good enough.

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

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.

12 My Shot

But still, he throws away his shot. THE SADNESS

How in the world is this sad?

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

13 Hurricane

I love this song so much along with It's Quiet Uptown and The World Was Wide Enough.. - Sofiaaaaaa

Honestly, I know that this song isn't exactly the "bawl your eyes out" type like "It's Quiet Uptown" or "Stay Alive (Reprise)", but this one is definitely emotional. In "Alexander Hamilton", we learn about his past, and can infer about his personality, but it's never as personal, as it's told by other people. It becomes a whole lot more emotional when it's the character singing about his own past (the little voice crack when he's talking about his moms death always gets me), and it's also the moment when he misguidedly ruins his own life. Honestly, I could go on for longer, but I'll leave it at this: the music, lyrics, and place in the story combine to be a pretty emotional song.

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 why I feel sorry for him! He ruins his life! And EVERYONE I mean, EVERYONE, HATES HIM! - Sofiaaaaaa

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14 Dear Theodosia (Reprise)

Dear Theodosia makes me cry SO HARD. Seeing Burr lose his cool and have an emotional mess is not only touching, but a moment or realization for the listener. Not to mention after listening to Wait For It you know he truly cared about his wife, leaving us sitting in a puddle after we play the song.

Okay,there is no reason for this to be this low. Aaron is telling his daughter that her mother died,like come on. In wait for it he was so in love with Theadosia,and now shes dead. The,"everyone who loves me has died," line is even worse now.

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 NEEDS to be higher, it’s a touching song and I was crying for about five solid minutes after hearing it for the first time.

15 Tomorrow They'll Be More of Us

I cry every time

This part of the play is so sad! Laurens death was the hardest part of the play for me to watch. Also, the fact that they had used a letter made me cry even more.( Probably because I had recently read the Death Cure for the first time :/)

In the real musical when Lauren screamed and died I cried myself to death

Anytime I hear this song, it just breaks my heart.

16 History Has Its Eyes On You

How is this not in the top 10

Excuse me what

The music breaks my heart 💔 - Sofiaaaaaa

17 Best of Wives and Best of Women

I was listening to Hamilton while I was looking at this list and I didn't realize I was listening to this song. In two seconds I was in tears. Only after I started crying, I realized I was listening to this song. The song is so emotional that it can make you cry even when you don't know it.

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

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

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18 One Last Time


I'm so embarresed I cry like a baby for this song, but I do. So bittersweet and beautiful!

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

19 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!

20 Laurens Interlude

When I heard this song I cried for an hour ( because I shipped Laurens and Hammy) and I still start to tear up every time I hear it.

It wasn't just the song, but the animatic I watched. John Laurens was that character who was kinda stuck in the background, but also one of the best. It was even worse when it mentioned "I may not live to see our glory." It made that line so much more real and sad. I cried and cried. I cry every time I hear it, I can't get over it.

NOO when I hear about this it makes me sad

Is sad because is Laurens's death and in the broadway Lafayette and Hercules can be seen in the balcony reading their letter from Laurens. When it say is about his death, Lafayette drops and Hercules pull out a flask and chugs it

21 The Story of Tonight

Yeah I agree with this because knowing the fact that laurens dies before listening to this song makes me want to cry.

22 Congratulations

This is when Angelica confronts Alexander about his affair, and even though it's not in the play, its still so powerful. "I love my sister more than anything in this life! " You can feel the anger in every line

Its just *sniff*

Congratulations is so sad because it shows true heartbreak and love for her sister. Much like Satisfied, it delves deeper into the fact that Angelica gave up love for Eliza. She loved her sister so much that she would give up her own happiness. She would do anything for her sisters, and in return she barely got any love besides sisterly love. It shows the heartbreak, but also how badass Angelica is!

Congratulations is just so beautiful, and sad. Angelica gave up what she wanted, Alexander, for her sister. She would rather be in pain than watch her sister suffer.

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23 Tomorrow There'll Be More of Us

Alexander's best friend dies. John Laurens was my favorite character and he just died.

24 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.

Alexander loved her. Very much. Eliza didn't need anyone. Alex was amazing and perfect for her. - Sofiaaaaaa

25 Take a Break

This is so sad ;-;

This made me cry because of the pause when Angelica and Eliza sing ''Angelica! '' ''Eliza! '' THEY PAUSED. THEY PAUSED FOR PEGGY!

I feel srry for you guys who think T h I s is sad 😔 - Sofiaaaaaa

26 Ten Things One Thing
27 What Did I Miss?


28 Say No to This

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

I felt angry at Maria first to, but then I found out that James Reynolds threatened to kill Maria and her daughter Susan if she didn't do what she did. Still, screw Maria, she could've ran away with her daughter asking for help.. - Sofiaaaaaa

Me: *crying and screaming*
Me: Say no to it dammit!
Me: Say no! - AnonymousChick

29 The Room Where It Happens

I fell bad for Burr again because he wasn't in the room where it happened.

30 The Schuyler Sisters
31 Stay Alive
32 Schuyler Defeated

It's sad bcs Mr. Schuyler loses his job I guess

33 Aaron Burr, Sir
34 The Election of 1800

Sadd lol - Sofiaaaaaa

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35 Farmer Refuted
36 What Comes Next
37 Non-Stop

The way Alexander leaves everything behind and screws everyone over just makes me cry so much. This is such a beautiful, desperate song and the ending is just flawless.

38 What'd I Miss

Kinda sad... only because Thomas has been away so long

39 The Cabinet Battle #1
40 The Cabinet Battle #2

I gasped along with Ham at the end whhyy - Youare4

41 Washington On Your Side

Not sad, but it's actually a really calming and peaceful song. - Sofiaaaaaa

42 Right Hand Man
43 Ten Duel Commandments

This made me cry because Charles lee gets shot at the end of the song by John Lauren's and it made me really 😭

44 The Adams Administration

I mean it isn’t really sad but first it’s badass Adams who fires Hamilton then it’s Hamilton who fires back at Adams and in the end I wasn’t crying but I still feel bad for both Adams and Hamilton

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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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