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Another Top 10 Songs That Will Make You Cry

VO: Matt Campbell
Script written by Sean Harris With these songs in your ears, you'll likely need tissues in your hands! Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for Another Top 10 Songs that Will Make You Cry! For this list, we've chosen our entries based on their success in the charts, their individual context, and their resonance with the listener. Of course, as with all other 'Another Top 10' lists, be sure to check out our original countdown, if you haven't already!
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Another Top 10 Songs That Will Make You Cry


With these songs in your ears, you'll likely need tissues in your hands! Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for Another Top 10 Songs that Will Make You Cry!

For this list, we've chosen our entries based on their success in the charts, their individual context, and their resonance with the listener. Of course, as with all other 'Another Top 10' lists, be sure to check out our original countdown, if you haven't already!

#10: "What a Wonderful World" (1967)
Louis Armstrong

We start with an inspiring, uplifting, intensely emotional song that's never likely to be forgotten! Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" is considered by many to be the soundtrack to the twentieth century - despite the bloody conflicts that dominated the period! A piece of music that puts everything into perspective, it brings a tear to the eye because it pits the miracle of life against the waste of war... The world would be a better place if we all just listened to these lyrics, and actually put them into practice!

#9: "The Blower's Daughter" (2001)
Damien Rice

A sad song in itself, there's more to Damien Rice's "The Blower's Daughter" than acoustic riffs and perfectly pained vocals! Inspiration for the largely ambiguous lyrics came to Rice following an experience of his whilst working in a call centre, before he found musical fame. Whilst cold calling he built up a telephone relationship with an especially engaging female voice... Only to later discover she was a school girl on summer vacation, leading him on! A song used on the soundtrack for the movie "Closer", it has become the soundtrack for friend-zoned guys everywhere.

#8: "The Wolves (Act I & II)" (2007)
Bon Iver

In terms of tear-inspiring voices, there are few better than Bon Iver. Whether it’s Justin Vernon’s chilling falsetto or the realness of the lyrics, this Wisconsin band will never fail to bring a tear to your eye. Bon Iver lets the pain of rejection roll out during the song’s five minute length, and tackles a terrible break-up. The closing refrain of 'what might have been lost' is especially spine-tingling in a live setting… These are words we can all relate to, but only Bon Iver could bring them to life like this!

#7: "I Will Follow You into the Dark" (2006)
Death Cab for Cutie

The afterlife is often a tricky topic to tackle, but Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard talks us through with such brilliant tenderness, it's all but impossible not to well up! "I Will Follow You" is one man, one voice, one acoustic guitar and one simple, splendid ideal that we might meet our closest loves once again, when our life on Earth has ended. An outwardly depressing subject matter is turned into an incredibly hopeful moment, as this song has us all take stock of ourselves, and of the people who we care for most!

#6: "Someone Like You" (2011)
Adele

Probably the most popular modern break-up song to make today's countdown, "Someone Like You" is still a signature tune for Adele, despite the countless hits that the UK singer has had before and since! A touching almost-tribute to an ex-boyfriend of hers, she lays it all on the lyrical line with this one, and almost every music listener respects her for that! Adele wears her heart firmly on her sleeve, while we without a doubt wear our tears clearly on our cheeks!

#5: "Lay Me Down" (2013)
Sam Smith

We might just've easily have featured Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" at five, but "Lay Me Down" will make you cry just a little bit harder. The lead single from Smith's Grammy Award winning debut album In The Lonely Hour, "Lay Me Down" was built around many of the same themes that are found on the album, specifically unrequited love. The video alludes to Smith's ongoing hope that equal LGBT rights will one day be a worldwide reality, while the singer’s powerful voice will haunt you and force you to bawl your eyes out.

#4: "Fake Plastic Trees" (1995)
Radiohead

Radiohead are well known for being a little brutal with their views on society, but this is surely the band's best, if not most depressing, take on the world around them... A scathing critique of the inescapable artificial nature of life in the '90s, it grows more and more relevant by the day! Although "Exit Music For A Film" is awfully melancholy in its own right, there's just nothing else as bleak or as brilliant as "Fake Plastic Trees". Listen to it, look at the world around you, and we defy you not to be moved!

#3: "Nothing Compares 2 U" (1990)
Sinéad O'Connor

One of the most instantly recognizable songs and music videos ever created, Very little compares to this when it comes to tempting tears! "Nothing Compares 2 U" is easily Sinead O'Connor's greatest commercial success - not that the controversial performer enjoyed the fame that it generated at all... Originally written by Prince, this song is love, loss, and lots of emotionally effective close-up camera work! O'Connor's famous tear toward the song's end wasn't planned, but wow does it work! 'Nothing can stop her lonely tears from falling', or ours of course!

#2: "Angel" (1997)
Sarah McLachlan

A song originally written in a relation to drug addiction and the spiralling psychology of those that suffer from it, this especially touching Sarah McLachlan number has subsequently been linked with teary-eyed topics of all kinds! The ambiguous, eponymous 'Angel' is an almost unknowable thing, designed to give hope or relief when times are hard... As McLachlan's piano plays softly in the background, her listener is invited to interpret her lyrics for themselves, and project the pain of her voice onto their own past experiences... A good cry that comes naturally!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

"Iris" (1998)
Goo Goo Dolls

"Adam's Song" (2000)
Blink-182

"How To Save A Life" (2005)
The Fray

"Ruby's Arms" (1980)
Tom Waits

"Run" (2004)
Snow Patrol

#1: "Fix You" (2005)
Coldplay

By now even the toughest amongst you must have at least a little 'something in your eye', and if not then our winner will set you sobbing, no doubt! Tackling love and loss like so many on our countdown before them, Coldplay turns the saddest subject matter into a tear-filled roller-coaster of a record with this song! The first half has us depressively subdued; The second half has us defiantly singing along! And if that doesn’t have your eyes watering, just watch them perform it live!

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