Songs The Best Songs About Crying  

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Sobbing, weeping, bawling… There’s a lot of things you can call crying, and they’re all here on this list of the best songs about crying. From tears of joy to depressed, miserable weeping, these crying songs run the gamut of crying emotions. But not all songs about crying are about being down the in the dumps. Some are about the strength to cry, or not cry, and to persevere in the face of daunting emotions. Cozy up to this list, and don’t be afraid to grab a tissue. All of these songs are about crying as a subject, but some definitely have the potential to make you tear up while listening.

“Fool to Cry” was a big hit for the Rolling Stones in the ‘70s.The track is one of their most subdued balled, full of beautiful piano and synthesizer.

Justin Timberlake wrote “Cry Me a River” about his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears. The song was a huge hit for Timberlake.

“Boys Don’t Cry” was one of the Cure’s first hit songs, and featured a much starker, more punk sound in contrast to their more lush sounding later output.   

What songs make you want to weep, with joy, sadness, or both, when you hear them? Vote for your favorites! If there's any songs about crying that aren't on the list, please don't cry, add them.

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Dave Giummo

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30 19
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37 26
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26 16
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Elvis Presley

5
28 18
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The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

6
31 22
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Guns N' Roses

7
12 5
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15 8
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22 15
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Elvis Presley

10
14 8
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The Beatles

11
18 12
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Johnny Cash

12
19 13
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The Beatles

13
20 14
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Janis Joplin, Full Tilt Boogie Band

14
14 9
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? & the Mysterians

15
9 4
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17 13
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The Cure

17
15 11
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Justin Timberlake

18
15 11
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The Rolling Stones

19
11 7
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Bob Dylan

20
11 7
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The Kinks

21
9 5
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The Who

22
8 4
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7 3
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24
6 2
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Johnny Cash

25
15 12
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Hootie & the Blowfish

26
13 10
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Alice Cooper

27
9 6
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28
9 6
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Paul McCartney

29
10 8
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30
8 6
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Mariah Carey

31
8 6
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32
6 4
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Linda Ronstadt

33
6 4
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The Black Keys

34
5 3
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Heart

35
5 3
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Ray Charles

36
5 3
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Roy Orbison

37
4 2
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4 2
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Aretha Franklin

39
4 2
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Van Morrison

40
4 2
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41
4 2
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

42
12 11
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Whitesnake

43
10 9
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44
9 8
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Fleetwood Mac

45
8 7
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The Incredible String Band

46
8 7
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Aerosmith

47
8 7
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David Bowie

48
8 7
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The Rolling Stones

49
7 6
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Neil Young

50
7 6
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Sam Cooke