Sad songs say so much… it’s true! Whether you are broken-hearted or madly in love, have lost a friend, or just need a good cry, we all have certain go-to songs to set the mood. Here is my list of “good cry” songs, in no particular order. Some of these you have seen on other lists, but hopefully I will have introduced you to songs that you’ve never heard and will immediately love! (and cry)
Honorable Mention: Hurt – Johnny Cash
10. Beth/Rest – Bon Iver
I stumbled upon this song while creating a playlist of songs that had any variation of my name (Elizabeth) in it.
9. Fuck You Aurora – Alkaline Trio
My friend Aaron recommended this song to me, as he lives in Aurora, Illinois just outside Chicago. (Home of Wayne’s World) This song apparently recounts the story of the death of his friend in a drunk driving car accident in Aurora while the singer was behind the wheel. Some of the lyrics are so relatable to me. One line in particular, “You have to be the cutest grave digger I’ve ever seen” I often sing to my friend Stewy, who among other things, has been a grave digger and is also very cute. I hope you enjoy.
8. Erase It Again – Sparta
One of El Paso, Texas’ finest groups, Sparta has some incredible rock music, but this ballad is so encouraging. They are basically saying, it’s not the end of the world! Sure, you’ve fucked up, but today is new a day. You can start over again. “These cuts don’t scar.” I love that line.
*Also of interest, lead vocalist Jim Ward and Tony Hajjar (drummer) were both in the incredible band ‘At The Drive-In.’ My friend Stacey reports that her husband, Joel lost his pants at a Drive-In show in Austin once!
7. Love Remains – Red Wanting Blue
If you have yet to be introduced to the awesomeness of Red Wanting Blue, you have now! Most of their stuff is pure gold. I was lucky enough to get a copy of ‘From The Vanishing Point’ before it was released and immediately loved it. Special thanks to Sandy Pants and our friends from the Midwest Lori, Lindsey, Jacque for the hook-up!
Red Wanting Blue – Love Remains – click this for the soundcloud version after you finish the blog, because it doesn’t open a new window. (Send me a comment if you know how to fix this!)
6. Don’t Take Me For Granted – Social Distortion
What’s that you say? How can SoCal punk rock band Social D produce a song to drive me to tears? Listen to the dedication to founding guitarist Dennis Danell who passed in 2000 and how it really affected Mike Ness. I cry every single time I hear this song.
5. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
Just to slow things down a notch, I bring you this lovely tune from the notoriously shy yet most awesome folk singer your ears will ever have the privilege of listening to: Hope Sandoval. Raise your hand if you remember making out with your man with this song playing in the background. (In retrospect, I should never married that guy.)
4. Only You – Yaz
I know I’ve written about Yaz (Yazoo in the UK) a million times before, but ‘Upstairs At Eric’s’ is still one of my favorite albums of all times. Off that album, we have my favorite love song, “Only You.”
*Note: This song was played at the very end of the movie ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’ That BLEW MY MIND!
3. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
This one is too personal for me to share why I shed the tears.
2. Sometimes Always – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Here we see Hope Sandoval making another appearance on this short list, this time not with Mazzy Star, but with my absolute favorite shoe-gazers, J&MC! Have you ever loved someone so much that no matter how many times they left you, you know you’ll always take them back? (1:53 to 1:56- BEST 3 seconds of the song. Dig it.)
1. Sometime Around Midnight – Airborne Toxic Event
Without exaggeration, I’ve listened to this song at least 500 times. Sometimes, I just set it on repeat. I think we all relate to this song, I know I’ve been there. Proof positive: love hurts. I love how this newish indie rock band blends orchestral arrangements so beautifully. (2:59 – 3:04, best 5 seconds of the song, imo.)
And there you have, my Top Ten List of Songs That Make Me Cry. I’m very interested in hearing about yours. Please share them below.