20 Songs About Crying

By Nico Gonzalez

Music is a great way to express emotions, as well as heal them. And nowhere is that more true than in the realm of sad music. When you’re feeling down, listening to songs about crying can make you feel better by reminding you that other people have felt this way too and found relief in their own ways. These are some of the best songs about crying out there!


Big Girls Don’t Cry – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons - Big Girls Don't Cry (Official Audio)

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons released their song “Big Girls Don’t Cry” in 1962, and it became an instant hit. The song is about a man who is breaking up with his girlfriend, and he tells her that she doesn’t need to cry because big girls don’t cry. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, and it remains a popular song today.

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie

Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) (Official Music Video)

Released in 2006 as the lead single from The Dutchess, Big Girls Don’t Cry was written by Fergie, Toby Gad, and Stefanie Ridel. The song is about a woman who is heartbroken after her relationship ends. Fergie has stated that the song is about “the strength of a woman and how we get through heartache and tough times.”

Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song) – Toby Keith

Toby Keith - Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song) ft. Arthur Thompson, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz

Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song) is about a man who is struggling with the death of his friend, Wayman. Wayman was like a brother to Toby Keith, and so the song is a tribute to him. It’s a beautiful ballad with a powerful message, and it’s sure to tug at your heartstrings. If you’re looking for a song that will make you cry, this is definitely it. Many songs are written about love and heartbreak, but this is one of the few that has been written about losing someone dear to you.

Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton

Tears in Heaven (Acoustic) (Live at MTV Unplugged, Bray Film Studios, Windsor, England, UK,...

One of the most heartbreaking songs about crying is “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton. The song was written about the death of his four-year-old son, Conor. Clapton wrote the song as a way of coping with his grief, and the lyrics are incredibly moving.

The song starts out with the line “Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven?” This question is poignant, as it makes us think about how we would react if we met our deceased loved ones in the afterlife. It’s an incredibly sad thought, and one that is explored further in the lyrics.

Angels Cry – Mariah Carey (Featuring Ne-Yo)

Mariah Carey - Angels Cry (Official Music Video) ft. Ne-Yo

Angels Cry is a heart-wrenching ballad about pain and loss. The lyrics explore the feeling of being abandoned by a loved one, and the song’s emotional intensity is palpable. Mariah Carey’s powerful vocals add to the track’s emotional impact, and the song’s gospel influences make it feel like a prayer. Ne-Yo’s soulful singing provides the perfect finishing touch, making Angels Cry one of the most moving songs about crying ever written.

Let Her Cry – Hootie & the Blowfish

Hootie & The Blowfish - Let Her Cry (Official Music Video)

“Let Her Cry” is a song by Hootie & the Blowfish that was released as the second single from their debut album, Cracked Rear View. The song tells the story of a man who is breaking up with his girlfriend and trying to come to terms with the decision. The lyrics are written from the perspective of the man, and he reflects on all of the good times that he had with his girlfriend and how much he will miss her. The song is emotional and heartfelt, and it is easy to see why it became such a huge hit.

I Cry – Westlife

Westlife - I Cry (Official Audio)

Westlife was a popular Irish boyband that was active from 1998-2012. They achieved massive success both in Europe and internationally, and released 14 studio albums. Their song “I Cry” is one of their most well-known ballads. The lyrics are about a break-up, and are incredibly emotional and heart-wrenching. The song is beautiful and will have you reaching for the tissues in no time!

Cry Me a River – Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River (Official Video)

Cry Me a River is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake for his debut studio album, Justified (2002). It was produced by Scott Storch and Timbaland. Cry Me a River is an R&B ballad that tells the story of a man who has been wronged by his lover. He sings about how she has betrayed him, and how he has been left feeling hurt and angry. The song’s lyrics are full of emotion, and Timberlake delivers them with great intensity. It’s no wonder that Cry Me a River became one of Timberlake’s biggest hits.

Don’t Cry Out Loud – Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester - Don't cry out loud

Don’t Cry Out Loud is a beautiful ballad about the fear of being alone. The lyrics are written from the perspective of a person who doesn’t want to see their loved one go through the pain of losing them. It’s a song about holding on to hope and fighting for love.

The song is about trying to keep your loved one close to you, even when you know that they’re going to leave. It’s about the fear of being alone and the pain of losing somebody you care about. The melody is heartbreaking and the lyrics will tug at your heartstrings. If you’re looking for a song about crying, Don’t Cry Out Loud is definitely worth a listen.

Sometimes I Cry – Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton - Sometimes I Cry (Bing Lounge)

Sometimes I Cry is a heartbreaking song about the pain of losing someone you love. The song tells the story of a man who is struggling to cope with his loss, and the lyrics are packed with emotion. Chris Stapleton’s soulful vocals make the song even more powerful, and it’s sure to leave you feeling emotional. If you’re looking for a song that will make you cry, then this is definitely it!

Pretty When You Cry – Lana Del Rey

pretty when you cry // lana del rey lyrics

Pretty When You Cry is a song about the pain of a relationship coming to an end. Lana Del Rey sings about how she was always the one who was left hurting after the breakup. She was always the one who was left crying. The song is a beautiful and heartbreaking ballad that will leave you feeling emotional. Its lyrics are about how she is still pretty when she cries. This song will be stuck in your head after you listen to it and you will want to play it again and again.

Cry – Rihanna

Rihanna Cry, with lyrics YouTube

Rihanna’s “Cry” is all about the pain of a breakup. The song is devastatingly honest and vulnerable raw, as Rihanna sings about how she can’t stop thinking about her ex and how much she misses him. The lyrics are incredibly powerful and will leave you in tears by the end: “I can’t stop crying, I’m losing my mind/And I don’t know why/I can’t stop crying, it feels like I’m dying/And I don’t know why.” The song is a beautiful tribute to the power of love and the pain of loss, and it will definitely make you cry tears of sadness and empathy.

Not Gon’ Cry – Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige - Not Gon Cry - Music Video

Not Gon’ Cry is a song about strength in the face of adversity. The lyrics are about refusing to give up, even when things seem hopeless. The song is a reminder that we all have the ability to overcome any obstacle, as long as we don’t give up on ourselves. Its lyrics are about refusing to be brought down when life tries to take us there.

Grown Men Don’t Cry – Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw - Grown Men Don't Cry | Lyrics Meaning

Grown Men Don’t Cry is a song by Tim McGraw that was released in 2002 as the third single from his album, Tim McGraw. The song was written by Mark Collie and Dennis Matkosky. It was McGraw’s first number one hit on the country charts.

The song is about a man who is struggling with the death of his father. He remembers all of the good times they had together, and he doesn’t want to let his father go. The song is about the grief that comes with losing a loved one.

Cry – Mandy Moore

Cry - Mandy Moore (Lyrics)

Mandy Moore’s Cry is a testament to the pain of a broken relationship. The song perfectly captures the feeling of being torn apart by love, and the lyrics will have you weeping into your pillow. If you’re looking for a song to truly express your sadness, Cry is it. Its lyrics are about hurting so badly one can’t breathe, and about the struggle to move on after something or someone you love has left.

Don’t Cry – Seal

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Don’t Cry is a tribute to a man who is begging his lover not to cry. The lyrics are incredibly emotive, and the song is one of Seal’s most famous tracks. It’s no wonder that it has been chosen as the soundtrack for so many tear-jerking TV commercials and movie scenes! Many songs about crying will make you want to weep, but this song is one of the best because it’s about how much someone cares about another person. It captures that sense of empathy and understanding that an emotional song should!

Big Girls Cry – Sia

Sia - Big Girls Cry (Official Video)

Sia is known for her emotionally charged music, and “Big Girls Cry” is no exception. The song is about a woman who is tired of being strong and brave for everyone else and just wants to let her guard down and cry. The lyrics are raw and vulnerable, and the song’s simple melody makes it all the more heartbreaking. If you’re feeling down, this song is sure to hit you right in the feels. Its lyrics are about letting your feelings out, and you should take her advice by getting some tissues and letting the tears flow.

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Official Video)

Few songs capture the feeling of heartbreak and sadness like Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain does. Written by Willie Nelson, the song is about a man who is reflecting on a past love that he lost. The lyrics are incredibly touching, and the melody is plaintive and moving. If you’re looking for a song to make you cry, this is it. Its lyrics are about a man who had a chance to love and lost it. I hope you’re ready to cry while listening to this song, because it’s sure to become one of your favorites.

Teardrops on My Guitar – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Teardrops On My Guitar

“Teardrops on My Guitar” is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The song was written by Swift and produced by Nathan Chapman with Swift. It was released on February 19, 2007 by Big Machine Records as the second single from Swift’s eponymous debut album (2006). The song was featured in the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2007), One Tree Hill (2008) and Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2008).

Don’t Cry – Guns N’ Roses

Guns N' Roses - Don't Cry

Don’t Cry is a power ballad by Guns N’ Roses. The song was written by Axl Rose and Slash and was featured on the band’s debut album, Appetite for Destruction. The song is about a relationship that is falling apart and the heartache that comes with it. Many songs have been written about heartache, but few are as poignant and powerful as Don’t Cry. If you’re having a bad day or just need to cry, put on this song and let the tears flow.