Sad songs for men

Top 10 songs that make men cry

BY CHRISTINE KELLETT
Last updated 13:35 02/10/2010
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THE BLUES: R.E.M's Michael Stipe sings Everybody Hurts, making the boys cry.

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Sentimental R.E.M ballad Everybody Hurts has been voted the song most likely to make men cry.

In a survey by songwriters and musicians group the Performing Right Society for Music, published online, the 1992 hit topped the list of men's top tear-jerkers, followed by Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven at number two.

Leonard Cohen's stirring Halellujah came in at number three ahead of Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U.

U2's With Or Without You, The Verve's The Drugs Don't Work and Bruce Springsteen's Streets of Philadelphia also made the top 10 for their power to reduce men to tears.

While the predictable themes of love, loss and heartbreak feature prominently, PRS for Music chairman Ellis Rich said it was specific lyrics that were the key to drawing such a strong reaction.

"A well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathise with," he told music website NME in a statement.

"It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men."

Everybody Hurts featured on R.E.M's Automatic for the People album and was released as a single in 1993. It was more popular in Australia than the band's native US, peaking at number 6 on the ARIA chart and 29 on the US Billboard chart.

It was rerecorded as a fundraiser for the Haiti earthquake, becoming the UK's fastest-selling charity single of the 21st century, according to NME.

Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi were contributors.

Top 10 songs that make men cry:

1. Everybody Hurts (REM)
2. Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
3. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
4. Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O'Connor)
5. With or Without You (U2)
6. The Drugs Don't Work (The Verve)
7. Candle in the Wind (Elton John)
8. Streets of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen)
9. Unchained Melody (Todd Duncan)
10. Angels (Robbie Williams)

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