The Cure said boys don’t cry, however a recent UK survey has dispelled Robert Smith’s theory while simultaneously suggesting that UK men are extraordinarily lame.
More than 1,700 dudes responded to the survey, which revealed the top ten “songs that make men cry the most” are as follows:
10. ‘Angels’ — Robbie Williams
The low down: A reality television singing contest fave and one of the lamest songs of the last decade.
Lyric excerpt: When I’m feeling weak / and my pain walks down a one way street / I look above / and I know ill always be blessed with love
Cry worthy? More spew worthy than anything.
Robbie Williams – Angels by umbj salsedo
9. ‘Unchained Melody’ — Todd Duncan
The low down: Made famous by the pottery wheel scene in Ghost with a version sung by the superbly named The Righteous Brothers, the original recording was made by Duncan for the soundtrack of a 1955 prison movie Unchained.
Lyric excerpt: I need your love / I need your love / godspeed your love to me
Cry worthy? Mush central, but the melody is enough to make eyes cloudy.
8. ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ — Bruce Springsteen
The low down: The way Bruce breaks down the everyday hardships of blue collar life is enough to make even the hairiest chested man bawl. In a manly way. (Not to mention Tom Hanks dying of AIDS in the arms of Antonio Banderas)
Lyric excerpt: At night I could hear the blood in my veins / Just as black and whispering as the rain on the streets of Philadelphia
Cry worthy? Sure. It’s kind of too obvious though.
Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia by travis147
7. ‘Candle in the Wind’ — Elton John
The low down: Elton’s ode to Marilyn Monroe with some sick piano work.
Lyric excerpt: Even when you died / oh the press still hounded you / All the papers had to say / was that Marilyn was found in the nude
Cry worthy? More karaoke-worthy than tear worthy. PS how’s the lyric sample above.
Elton John – Candle in the Wind (Original) by wild_heart
6. ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ — The Verve
The low down: Downer by Richard Ashcroft about drugs or his wife or his dad or something.
Lyric excerpt: The drugs don’t work / they just make me worse / and I know I’ll see your face again
Cry worthy? Yes, if you’re coming off a weeklong drug binge or you’re an intense earnest guy with an acoustic guitar at a bonfire.
5. ‘With or Without You’ — U2
The low down: Romantic weepy, huge in the Nineties, features some classic sustained guitar by The Edge and production by Brian Eno
Lyric excerpt: And you give yourself away / And you give yourself away / and you give yourself away
Cry worthy? Ultimately, the lyrics make little sense but the keening guitar and desperate vibe can produce a trickle from over 40s with babies.
U2 – With Or Without You by cyre
4. ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ — Sinead O’Connor
The low down: A genuinely devastating unrequited love track written by Prince but made unforgettable by Sinead’s haunting rendition.
Lyric excerpt: It’s been so lonely without you here / like a bird without a song / nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling / tell me baby where did I go wrong?
Cry worthy? The video clip makes me weepy every second time I watch it – I am a girl though.
3. ‘Hallelujah’ — Leonard Cohen
The low down: Leonard Cohen classic that was made into a classic by it’s trillion cover versions: John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, KD Lang, Susan Boyle, dude at the pub…
Lyric excerpt: Baby I have been here before / I know this room, I’ve walked this floor / I used to live alone before I knew you.
Cry worthy? It’s been covered so many times it can induce tears of pain.
2. ‘Tears in Heaven’ — Eric Clapton
The low down: Eric wrote this song to his four year old son who died in a tragic accident.
Lyric excerpt: Would you hold my hand If I saw you in heaven / Would you help me stand If I saw you in heaven.
Cry worthy? In the context of Clapton’s life experience it’s super sad. But, again, it’s a dad song.
1. ‘Everybody Hurts’ — R.E.M
The low down: The go-to sad tune for movie and tv producers, with lyrics aimed at depressed teenagers.
Lyric excerpt: If you’re on your own in this life / the days and nights are long / When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on
Cry worthy? Sure. Esp if you’re a depressed teenager.
REM – Everybody Hurts by wdazzle
On the whole this list is full of predictable weepies that wouldn’t elicit so much as a tear from the majority of you. Come on men, let’s hear some suggestions: what are the songs that really make you cry?
Unless crying men are straight-up wusses.