Saturday, March 9, 2013

Just Like Pagliacci Did: 20 Songs About Crying

I'm actually quite cheerful today, so no need to read into this list. Except! They're all great songs about weepin'. Feel free to have a good cry.

1. Roy Orbison and kd lang, "Crying"
2. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Tracks of My Tears"
3. The (English) Beat, "Tears of a Clown"
4. Chris Isaak, "Tears"
5. Melissa Manchester, "Don't Cry Out Loud"*
6. Godley and Creme, "Cry"
7. The Orioles, "Crying in the Chapel" **
8. Van Halen, "Janie's Crying"
9. Dinah Washington, "Cry Me A River"
10. Patsy Cline, "I Cried All the Way to the Altar"
11. Elmore James, "The Sky is Crying"
12. Everly Brothers, Crying in the Rain"
13. Rolling Stones, "Fool to Cry"
14. Elvis Presley, "Daddy Don't Cry"
15. Bob Marley, "No Woman No Cry"***
16. Willie Nelson, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"
17. Brenda Lee, "The Crying Game"
18. Shangri-Las, "He Cried"
19. Paul Westerberg, "Tears Rolling Up Our Sleeves"
20. Hank Williams, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"

*Just to be a jerk.
**Actually a religious song -- the singer is crying with joy. I like this better than Elvis's cover.
***This is a fantastic live version.

UPDATE: as usual, the Facebook gang came through with additions.

21. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "The Weeping Song" (Tim Brechlin)
22. The Cure, "Boys Don't Cry" (Steven Lewis)
23. Prince, "When Doves Cry" (Steven Lewis)
24. The Beatles, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Tim Brechlin)
25. Jackie Wilson, "Lonely Teardrops" (Steven Lewis)
26. Eric Clapton, "Tears in Heaven" (Steve Lewis)
27. Johnny Cash, "Cry Cry Cry" (Andrea Palumbo)
28. Luciano Pavarotti, "Vesti La Giubba" (Mike Haines)
29. Pretenders, "Stop Your Sobbing" (Brian Middleton)
30. Proclaimers, "Teardrops" (Brian Middleton)
31. Janis Jopin, "Cry, Baby" (Brian Middleton)

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