Published Sep 30, 2010There aren't too many men willing to admit to crying while listening to music. Still, PRS for Music managed to find over 1,700 guys willing to spill the beans for a new survey about the songs that are most likely to make men cry. According to the results, the most tear-jerking song is R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts."
The song was largely written by drummer Bill Berry, with string arrangements by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. It appears on R.E.M.'s 1992 album Automatic for the People, and was released as a single in 1993. It was recently covered by an all-star cast of pop stars as a benefit single following the Haitian earthquake in January.
You can see the full top ten below, which also includes "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton" and "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor. The list has one Canadian inclusion, as Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" came in at No. 3.
PRS for Music chairman Ellis Rich said, "From this chart, it is clear that a well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathize with. It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men."
See the top ten below.
1. R.E.M - "Everybody Hurts"
2. Eric Clapton - "Tears in Heaven"
3. Leonard Cohen - "Hallelujah"
4. Sinead O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U"
5. U2 - "With or Without You"
6. The Verve - "The Drugs Don't Work"
7. Elton John - "Candle in the Wind"
8. Bruce Springsteen - "Streets of Philadelphia"
9. Todd Duncan - "Unchained Melody"
10. Robbie Williams - "Angels"