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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MusicOfTheForest added The Four Seasons

2
65 16
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Janis Joplin, Full Tilt Boogie Band

3
47 13
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Justin Timberlake

4
33 5
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MusicOfTheForest added Roy Orbison

5
58 24
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Guns N' Roses

6
45 15
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The Beatles

7
36 10
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49 20
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The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

9
59 28
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38 13
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The Rolling Stones

11
44 18
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Elvis Presley

12
41 17
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Elvis Presley

13
47 22
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31 10
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The Beatles

15
24 6
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talitha_eve added Willie Nelson

16
22 5
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Tom Islava added The Everly Brothers

17
26 10
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Bob Dylan

18
33 16
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Johnny Cash

19
21 6
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Linda Ronstadt

20
24 9
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24 9
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22
25 10
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23
20 6
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Roy Orbison

24
20 6
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Heart

25
24 10
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Fleetwood Mac

26
18 5
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Aretha Franklin

27
18 5
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Van Morrison

28
19 6
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Johnny Cash

29
22 9
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Neil Young

30
26 13
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? & the Mysterians

31
21 9
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Elton John

32
25 14
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Alice Cooper

33
16 6
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Ray Charles

34
14 5
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

35
16 7
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36
16 7
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Michael Jackson

37
17 8
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Neil Young

38
18 9
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13 5
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40
13 5
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Stevie Nicks

41
15 9
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David Bowie

42
18 12
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The Kinks

43
18 12
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44
9 4
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Van Morrison

45
13 8
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Marvin Gaye

46
10 5
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47
10 5
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James Brown

48
10 5
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Ray Charles

49
9 4
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Heart

50
10 5
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