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REM make men cry

By | Published on Friday 1 October 2010

REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ has topped a poll of the songs most likely to make a grown man cry, whereas the Simon Cowell-organised celebrity cover version of the same song leads a poll of the tracks most likely to make a grown man bang his head against a brick wall until it bleeds. 

It’s PRS For Music which has compiled this list having surveyed 1700 wussy men, because obviously no song would make a real man cry. Well, except maybe ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in the right context. Anyway, coming up the ten biggest tear jerkers, but first a quote from PRS chief Ellis Rich.

Ellis: “From this chart, it is clear that a well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathise with. It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men”.

1. REM – 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