Songs that will make you cry aka bring out the kleenex

March 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment

In the last results show of American Idol, we saw David Archuleta weep openly when Alexandrea Lushington was voted off. Alexandrea sang Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now”; I can’t make fun of David for crying because that song makes me cry like a baby too. It got me thinking to what other sad songs would make me cry like David Archuleta and I came up with several songs (Bill also helped with this list, thanks sweetie!).

Chicago “If You Leave Me Now” will start off this list. have you ever noticed how Peter Cetera keeps his teeth clenched when he sings? This song is a classic breakup song, you can hear the pain and heartache as Peter Cetera begs his love not to leave him.

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam “All Cried Out”:  Lisa Lisa was very popular when I was growing up, she was best known for her dance songs like “I Wonder if I Take You Home” and “Head To Toe” but with “All Cried Out” she showed us that she knows how to bring us to tears too.

Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time”: This song was the 2nd single off her album “She’s So Unusual”; we knew that she just wanted to have fun but this song showed that she was not a one hit wonder.

Toto “I Won’t Hold You Back”: The first line of this song is used in a Roger Sanchez song, quite brilliantly I may add. Listen to the lyrics in the original and if that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you’re not human.

Michael Jackson “Stranger in Moscow”: Remember when Michael Jackson was good-looking? Yea, that was a long time ago. Seeing him the way he is now is downright depressing, no one takes him seriously anymore and his career is all but over in the US.

Bill’s choices for sad songs are:

Starship “Sara” : I don’t really have a clue what this song is about but it sure is sad as hell.

Pearl Jam “Last Kiss”

Honorable mention goes to any song by Creed especially “Take Me Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open”; these songs make me cry simply because they suck.

I know there are a wealth of sad songs; there are no Cure songs, Depeche Mode songs, and no Morrissey songs either. I can make a separate list from these groups but that is for another day.


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