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Surprised there isn't already a thread about this, at least as far as I know. Some of mine are:

Duran Duran: Come Undone
The Cranberries: Zombie
The Cure: The Figurehead
Eurythmics: Who's That Girl
VNV Nation: Holding On and Endless Skies
Vanessa Carlton: Paradise
Terminator Soundtrack: Future Remembered

May post more.


I don't have any that specifically makes me sad, but there are some that do reach deep into me emotionally. Let's see:

Manowar: Carry On
Loudon Wainright III's version of Hallelujah
Styx: Crystal Ball
Eagles: After the Thrill is Gone
W.A.S.P.: Hallowed Ground

That's all that comes to mind at the moment. There are many more, though.

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Most stuff by Cloud Cult; particularly live.


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There aren't any songs that make me cry, unless you count because they're sooo bad.


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The music from LotR when showing scenes of The Shire for the first time. It makes me long for a place that doesn't exist or that I can never visit, an emotion called hiraeth.


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Whenever I see the parts with the shire I have to double check that the backyard isn't full of hobbits.


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Also anyone have any video game tracks that make them sad? I have several and one is the scrap brain zone music from Sonic The Hedgehog (Game Gear version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSUZZXGbipc This remix is especially sad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VO7gulGQIs


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I have music that makes me happy, or gives me a surge of energy.

Once, by Pearl Jam always gets me energized.

Struggler, by Slightly Stoopid takes me back to when I used to it to my daughter when she was a baby.

The Saga Begins, by Weird Al because we used to sing it to my son as a baby.


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The Cranberries- When You're Gone. Moreso than before, now that Dolores O'Riordan is dead.

The Anzac tribute version of "I Am Australian." Regular version doesn't make me sad, but it DOES make me envious of those friggin' Aussies!

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda. So long as we're talking about Australian tunes....

Jim Croce- Time in a Bottle

The Seekers- Five Hundred Miles

Sally Dworsky- Start it All Over Again

Frank Sinatra- One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)

Janis Joplin- Little Girl Blue

From "Pagliacci" by Leoncalvo- Vesti La Giubba

Patsy Cline- Sweet Dreams

Simon and Garfunkel OR Aretha Franklin (she did a love cover at the Fillmore West that's pretty well mind-blowing)- Bridge Over Troubled Water

There are more, but I'll stop for the time being...


My actual favorite cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water. It was recorded from someone's scratched LP so it skips in places, which sucks.


I watched Lady Gaga cover Elton John's "Your Song" and had to stop the video I was getting so choked up. It's the same with Anne and Nancy Wilson performing "Stairway to Heaven" at tbe Kennedy Awards some years back. They performed it for Led Zeppelin who were in attendance with John Bonham's son Jason on drums. Hell, I'm tearing up just thinking of it.

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Also anyone have any video game tracks that make them sad?

You're Not Alone from Final Fantasy 9. The first time I played through the scene associated with it I was near to bawling. Every time I hear it since I still get a little melancholy.


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I don't know if sad is the right word to describe how it makes me feel, but I do get it right in the feels when I hear With Arms Wide Open by Creed. I wonder what my life would have been like had we made different choices back then. How different would my life be now, having teenage children? Immensely, no doubt.

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Last Regrets from Kanon.

Hikaru Nara from Your Lie In April. Really any of the themes from that.

Riding With Private Malone by David Ball.

Letters From Home by John Michael Montgomery.


Valkyrie Daughter by SJ Tucker gut punched me recently.

The Highwayman by Loreena McKennit


Miss Independent by Ne-Yo


Boadicea by Enya

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Cat's In the Cradle by Harry Chapin. (It doesn't speak to my own life, but the end always makes me tear up...)

No One Is Alone from Into the Woods (that one does speak to me).

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I’ve gotten more weepy as I’ve gotten older. Warren Zevon’s Keep Me In Your Heart is just heartbreaking. Into Your Arms by Nick Cave is also deeply moving for me.


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My Immortal by Evanescence.
We Are The Others by Delain.

THAT one makes me want to go hunting again. (Yeah, 1980s punk. Didn't tolerate hate well.)


Like TomParker said above, the older I get the weepier I become. Add to that my pain issues and my emotions are just barely kept under my skin. Today this song made me cry like a baby:

Manowar -- March For Revenge


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Cat's In the Cradle by Harry Chapin. (It doesn't speak to my own life, but the end always makes me tear up...)

Before I was a dad it made me tear up.

Now that my son's turning 18 and talking about moving out...
No. Just... no.


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Anything by Def Leppard.

They're not sad songs per se, but it makes me sad that such talentless hacks could've been so popular.

And then I remember that's what pop music is all about and I go back to resigned acceptance.

Until the next time a Def Leppard song comes on the radio.


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Umm...I like Def Leppard, at least from Pyromania on back through their first 2 albums. I've seen them twice, on the Pyromania tour and then Hysteria (I won tickets to that one, so score). They're not Yes or Rush by any stretch of the imagination, but they're better musicians than I am or could ever be and they remind me of a long ago time in a long ago place. For me, anyway, a song or band doesn't have to be good to remind me of good times.


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Q: What has 5 arms and sucks?
A: Def Leppard!

Ah, the 80s!


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Actually, there are 9 arms between 'em.

DMC, the Rock'n'Roll Pedantic.


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I live in the Midwest where you can count on three bands constantly played on the radio.

AC/DC
Def Leppard
Garth Brooks
Also, Alice Cooper, but only in the summer, and only that one song.

I'd murder them all if given the chance.


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No One Is Alone from Into the Woods (that one does speak to me).

My big Into the Woods "I get the feels" jam is No More

Mind you, musicals don't play fair.

How Could I Ever Know?

Remember Me

Make Them Hear You


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If it helps, I don't complain about various bands when they come up, I keep my opinion to myself.

Obviously my music preferences aren't supreme, according to the constant complaining the out of state nephews do about my music.


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I quit listening to music radio a few years ago. I worked in radio for 10 years, as well. I saw the coming of the FCC's deregulations and feared for radio. The friendly small town local station that played what its listeners liked to hear would die off or be purchased by media conglomerates that played what consultants and the advertisers wanted to hear instead. And I was right.

I love classic rock. Have since the time it was new music in the 70s and 80s. But I can't stand classic rock radio. Won't listen to it unless I can be assured that if I hear ZZ Top it won't necessarily be "Sharp Dressed Man" or "La Grange". And since this isn't likely to happen I create my own Spotify and Youtube playlists of the songs I want. While my playlists might have some of the songs you hear regularly I can also guarantee there will be deep cuts that radio hasn't played in 25 years.


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Unfortunately the truck at work only has a radio.


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If it helps, I don't complain about various bands when they come up, I keep my opinion to myself.

Obviously my music preferences aren't supreme, according to the constant complaining the out of state nephews do about my music.

I try to not slam bands I don't like because I know people who might have the opposite view. I don't always succeed in this as I still slip and mention how I turned down a $400 gig to be security at a Nickleback concert in 2002 because I couldn't stand them even that early on. Oops. I did it again.


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I quit listening to music radio a few years ago. I worked in radio for 10 years, as well. I saw the coming of the FCC's deregulations and feared for radio. The friendly small town local station that played what its listeners liked to hear would die off or be purchased by media conglomerates that played what consultants and the advertisers wanted to hear instead. And I was right.

I love classic rock. Have since the time it was new music in the 70s and 80s. But I can't stand classic rock radio. Won't listen to it unless I can be assured that if I hear ZZ Top it won't necessarily be "Sharp Dressed Man" or "La Grange". And since this isn't likely to happen I create my own Spotify and Youtube playlists of the songs I want. While my playlists might have some of the songs you hear regularly I can also guarantee there will be deep cuts that radio hasn't played in 25 years.

Before the kids I collected CDs (they told me to invest in CDs in school) so I have about 500-600, which I've transferred to iTunes.


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I predate CDs...lol. I have about 600 pieces of vinyl, about 250 cds, and over 200 mix cassettes I made in the 80s from all the albums I bought back then. The cassettes are in perfect shape and still sound as good as when I made them. I've sold and given away quite a bit of both, so my collection was at once time was larger than it is now.

My current idea is that I'll seek out the songs from the mix tapes and create Spotify playlists of them. That will give me things to do when there's nothing else going on. Which, frankly, is 85% of the time. Now to get over being lazy.


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My father sold off his entire vinyl collection of classical music a while back... at $1 a pound. And still made close to $100.

EDIT: And I still have a bin of 40-50 albums from the late 70s and early 80s.

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Oh another one: Christmas Carol by the Nields. I may have made myself cry once singing this to myself while driving home after the holidays.

(Don't worry, normally if I'm singing in the car it's either formal choral music or Joan Jett, and there is no crying.)


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This is one of the saddest songs i know.

This is probably one of the saddest songs i've ever heard. Don't listen to it unless you're in a good place.


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On a lighter note, my 14 year old's favorite song/video

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DeathQuaker wrote:
No One Is Alone from Into the Woods (that one does speak to me).

My big Into the Woods "I get the feels" jam is No More

Mind you, musicals don't play fair.

How Could I Ever Know?

Remember Me

Make Them Hear You

No kidding.

The death of Val Jean in Les Mis kills me every time, even the crappy film version. "To love another person is to know the face of God." EVERY. DAMN. TIME.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story from Hamilton. The first half is good - each of the principals gets to say just how much Alexander meant to them as they die - but the second half, the half where Eliza comes back? "I put myself back in the narrative." EVERY. DAMN. TIME.

I recently listened to Circle of Life from the stage production of The Lion King, and while I really don't feel a great need to see it, the opening call in Zulu sung with a full stage cast is chilling. Teared up from the beauty of it on my first listen.

Several of the songs from Mary Poppins Returns, notably Where the Lost Things Go and the grief that's at the root of A Conversation. Some of that might just be the imagery in play as well, and how much appreciation I have for the original. I know I felt my throat tightening as Mary appeared for the first time on screen, but that's neither here nor there.

There's probably more, but those are the ones that I know kill me.


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Right now I'm going through a lot and damned near any ballad from my youth tears me right up. I saw the trailer for "Godzilla - King of the Monsters" yesterday and the slow tempo melody of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"...man.


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Right now I'm going through a lot and damned near any ballad from my youth tears me right up. I saw the trailer for "Godzilla - King of the Monsters" yesterday and the slow tempo melody of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"...man.

Those trailers are masterpieces of using interesting variations to really torque on heartstrings we forgot were there- Clair de Lune, Somewhere Over the Rainbow...


They really are!


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Here are a couple of Vera Lynn efforts that don't make me cry, but they definitely bring on the melancholy:

It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow

We'll Meet Again

Among others.


Regarding my post about "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" just don't let me hear the cover of it by Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole in public. I'll be weeping my eyes out in no time.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" -- Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole

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I used to be able to play the mandolin part of that pretty well.

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Several of the songs from Mary Poppins Returns, notably Where the Lost Things Go and the grief that's at the root of A Conversation. Some of that might just be the imagery in play as well, and how much appreciation I have for the original. I know I felt my throat tightening as Mary appeared for the first time on screen, but that's neither here nor there.

I cried through most of that movie (especially those songs), and of course through the original, especially once "Feed the Birds" starts and goes from there, all the way through to and during "Let's Go Fly a Kite. "


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My wife has been hit with some depression recently. On top of that she was questioning staying together. I was really low for awhile, things were bad, slowly getting better if at all. I finally heard the new track from Anderson Paak with Smokey Robinson called Make it Better and wow how relevant.

I listened to it a few times in a row at my desk. I sent the song over to my wife and she cried at work. She is in counseling now and we are doing better. A long road to go, but she is very warm to me again. We might make it after all. Thanks Paak for the song...


Here's hoping you guys work things out!


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Oh, and then there's this one - Rainbow Connection - Kermit the Frog


Though it's not a song, I kinda dread seeing "Avengers: Endgame". Like I posted up-thread I'm going through a pretty tough time and I'll probably bawl like a toddler at all the heroic stuff.

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