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The Best Songs About Crying 

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Updated March 7, 2020 3.9k votes 832 voters 22k views 134 items

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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Janis Joplin, Full Tilt Boogie Band
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Guns N' Roses
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MusicOfTheForest added Gerry & the Pacemakers
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Justin Timberlake
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MusicOfTheForest added The Four Seasons
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MusicOfTheForest added Roy Orbison
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The Beatles
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The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers
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The Rolling Stones
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? & the Mysterians
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Elvis Presley
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The Beatles
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Elvis Presley
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Tom Islava added The Everly Brothers
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Johnny Cash
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talitha_eve added Willie Nelson
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Roy Orbison
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Bob Dylan
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Neil Young
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