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June 19, 2007 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | June 19, 2007 |

A couple of months ago, our Tearjerkiest Film Scenes Guide fared pretty well with our commenters, so I thought why not apply the same topic to music in this week’s comment diversion? Personally, I don’t think there are a lot of tunes that have the potential to extract tears from me — I need the added element of dramatic imagery to give in to weeping — but, there are a few songs that can get me slightly misty-eyed.

Certainly, there will be some cross-over with the break-up songs, but I also imagine there’s a slew of other numbers that y’all spent your teenaged years listening to in dark bedrooms while contemplating the demise of a relationship, the unfairness of parents, the general cruelty of humanity or, you know: Death. In fact, there’s a whole subgenre of country-and-western music devoted to the very subject: The bawling cowboy songs. And I think that Eric Clapton has a decent segment of the market covered, as well (Did everyone know someone who died right around the time that treacly-ass “Tears from Heaven” came out, or was that phenomenon specific to my geographic area?)

So, have at it: What songs have the power to make you tear up? I’ll start:

1. “One,” U2.
2. “Praying for Time,” George Michael (oh, jump up my ass — it preys upon my liberal guilt).
3. “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley (well, duh).
4. “Your Favorite Music,” Clem Snide.
5. “Sky Blue and Black,” Jackson Browne.

Songs that Make You Cry

An Afternoon Comment Diversion / Dustin Rowles

Comment Diversions | June 19, 2007 |

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