music 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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No Woman, No Cry The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Crying in the Chapel Elvis Presley

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I’ll Cry Instead The Beatles

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Don't Cry Daddy Elvis Presley

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Cry Cry Cry Johnny Cash

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Cry Baby Cry The Beatles

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Cry Baby Janis Joplin, Full Tilt Boogie Band

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Don't Cry Guns N' Roses

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Mark Lanzarotta added Crying Roy Orbison

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96 Tears ? & the Mysterians

The Best Frank Sinatra Songs of All Time

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Fool to Cry The Rolling Stones

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Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake

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I Never Cry Alice Cooper

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Cry a While Bob Dylan

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Cry If You Want The Who

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Tear Stained Letter Johnny Cash

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Boys Don't Cry The Cure

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Let Her Cry Hootie & the Blowfish

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Try Not to Cry Paul McCartney

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The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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talitha_eve added Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Willie Nelson

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Time to Cry Roy Orbison

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Cry to Me Heart

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Crying in the Rain Whitesnake

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I Don't Wanna Cry Mariah Carey

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Stop Your Sobbing The Kinks

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Cry to Me The Rolling Stones

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Cry Me a River Sam Cooke

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Crying Lightning Arctic Monkeys

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Don't Cry Neil Young

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Cry, Cry, Cry Neil Young

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Baby, Don't You Cry Ray Charles

The Best Songs With Blow in the Title

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No Reason to Cry Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Cry Like a Baby Aretha Franklin

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Sometimes We Cry Van Morrison

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Never Make Me Cry Fleetwood Mac

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Mercy I Cry City The Incredible String Band

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Cry Me a River Aerosmith