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post #1 of 45
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I stole this topic but I think it will be handy for scoping out some great music.

What songs have brought you to tears and created other strong emotional impact.

[quote]For me<hr></blockquote>

Tears- These Three Words- Stevie Wonder(how many times do you tell your family, friends etc that you love them? Very moving)

Fear- For You- Staind (scares the beejeezus outta me because I fear not connecting with my child to the point that is displayed in this song....parents worst nightmare)

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post #2 of 45
Cat Stevens - The Wind
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Bob Dylan - "With God On Our Side"
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post #4 of 45
The Flaming Lips "Feelin' Yourself Disintegrate"
post #5 of 45
Candle in the Wind - Princess Diana

Probably the only song that has ever done so...
post #6 of 45
The best sad piece I can think of is Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. They played it at Kennedy's and Roosevelt's funerals. And I just get all choked up when I think of dead Democrats.

That, and anything by Britney Spears. Makes me weep like a baby.
post #7 of 45
On the downside -- Rap.

Not mix, though. Some mix is cool. Just leave the vocals out.

Night on Bald Mountain, Mussorsky (?)

Mars, the Bringer of War, from Holst' Planets.

The New Hebrides Overture (cartoon music), by I can't remember.
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post #8 of 45
When I'm feeling rejected, I'll sometimes listen to "Last Night I Dreamt" by the Smiths.

Great Intro.

Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me
No hope, no harm, just another false alarm
Last night I felt real arms around me
No hope, no harm, just another false alarm
So, tell me how long before the last one?
And tell me how long before the right one?
This story is old, I know, but it goes on
This story is old, I know, but it goes on
Goes on...
post #9 of 45
Barber's Adagio definitely is a good one. Love the timing on that piece. 3 vs. 4 for 4 bars of 4/4 time, then, well something like that...

Another tear jerker: Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis. Incredible. Just incredible.
post #10 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by tonton:
<strong>When I'm feeling rejected, I'll sometimes listen to "Last Night I Dreamt" by the Smiths.

Great Intro.</strong><hr></blockquote>

The whole song is great, not just the intro.

Death of a Disco Dancer by the Smiths does it for me though.
post #11 of 45
Barber's 'Adagio for Strings'
parts of Ravel's 'Daphnis and Chloe'
Charles Ives 'The Unanswered Question'
and parts of his 2nd Symphony, specially the first movement. And the last chord of this pieces always reduces me to tears (of laughter!)
Allegri: "Miserere"
Many of Debussy's solo piano pieces
Parts of Elgar's Enigma Variations
lots more, can't think right now
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post #12 of 45
the star spangled banner
post #13 of 45
Although I have a very strong love and passion for music, very few songs I've heard actually bring me to tears, or any really strong emotion that can be summed up in one word.
but a few that have come close are

How to disappear completly -radiohead
the color of fire - Boards of canada(not because its sad though...but because its amazingly beautiful)
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post #14 of 45
The theme from "Green Acres".
post #15 of 45
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Oh yeah I forgot that one song that was played during Desert Storm "I'm proud to be an American" as a Gulf Vet I got a soft spot for that one.
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post #16 of 45
Pyramid Song- Radiohead
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post #17 of 45
No song (or movie for that matter) has ever lead me to tears...but hearing 'The Star Spangled Banner' shortly after Sept 11 came close
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post #18 of 45
Goodbye by Steve Earle

sung by Emmylou Harris on the album "Wrecking Ball"Â* (1995)

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post #19 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by The Installer:
sung by Emmylou Harris on the album "Wrecking Ball"Â* (1995)
<hr></blockquote>

Good choice.
post #20 of 45
good on you too timo...


Levi Stubbs' Tears- Billy Bragg
post #21 of 45
OHMIGOD, I thought I was the only person who liked "Goodbye"! I haven't heard Emmylou's version, but Steve Earle's version on "Train A-Comin'" is so beautitul.

It's only two verses (and they're short ones), but it's something I could imagine saying to someone.

It's those simple things sometimes that get you...



Earle does it with a couple of acoustic guitars, mandolin, stand-up bass and harmonica.

Chills.
post #22 of 45
Ta-da (God bless the Internet...):

Goodbye
(Steve Earle)Â*Â* [1995]

I remember holdin on to you
All them long and lonely nights I put you through
Somewhere in there I'm sure I made you cry
But I can't remember if we said goodbye

(CHORUS)
But I recall all of them nights down in Mexico
One place I may never go in my life again
Was I just off somewhere just too high
But I can't remember if we said goodbye

I only miss you here every now and then
Like the soft breeze blowin; up from the Caribbean
Most Novembers I break down and cry
But I can't remember if we said goodbye

(REPEAT CHORUS)

Ouch!
post #23 of 45
I just remembered a song that actually brought me to tears

SPACE LION from Cowboy bebop OST
mainly because I associate this song with the inevitable break up of the crew....and though I have never seen the last episode, I don't want it to ever happen.
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post #24 of 45
For The Love of God by Steve Vai.

Instrumental, amazing guitar work.

I know I'm off because of the title, but for some reason I always get this image in my mind that the song is being played by a guy after his wife dies. He writes the song, and it goes through their lives together - meeting, falling in love, then sickness, suffering, death, sadness, despair, rage, healing.

Sounds stupid, I know... I have an active imagination. But when I close my eyes and listen to this entire song it send shivers down my spine. I am NOT the kind of guy that is moved to tears easily at all, but this song always makes my throat swell a little.
post #25 of 45
Emmylou has a bunch of 'em.

Also there's Rain Tree Crow, and A Walk Across the Rooftops by The Blue Nile.
post #26 of 45
Mozart's Requiem : move me to tears each time i ear it.
post #27 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
<strong>Earle does it with a couple of acoustic guitars, mandolin, stand-up bass and harmonica.

Chills.</strong><hr></blockquote>Saw him do the song live some years ago in a small (good ambiance!) venue.

Unfortunately, he is very underrated. Very much his own man too. Got all his albums.

E lucevan le estelle from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, and I am almost blubbing as I write this . . . with the hairs standing up on the back of my neck.

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post #28 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by btober:
<strong>Candle in the Wind - Princess Diana

</strong><hr></blockquote>

Wasn't that Elton John?
post #29 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by Jamie:
<strong>

Wasn't that Elton John?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Of course - I assumed people would know that.
I was differentiating between the one for Marilyn Monroe and the one for Di.
post #30 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by The Installer:
<strong>E lucevan le estelle from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, and I am almost blubbing as I write this . . . with the hairs standing up on the back of my neck.</strong><hr></blockquote>Ooh, yeah. We should have another thread for music that gives you the chills.

What the hell is that feeling anyway?
post #31 of 45
Sinead O'Conner - Nothing Compares

That always makes me teary.

J :cool:
post #32 of 45
Nice Jamie, I'd forgotten about that Sinead song... very good tune.
post #33 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by btober:
<strong>

Of course - I assumed people would know that.
I was differentiating between the one for Marilyn Monroe and the one for Di.</strong><hr></blockquote>The one for MM was solid, the one for Diana was cringe making <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />

IMHumbleO, but it needed to be said.

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post #34 of 45
I made a tape of tearjerkers...mostly from eighties bands. After a hard break-up. I called it "Haunted When the Minutes Drag" a Love and Rockets' song...here's the track list:

Cocteau Twins: Aikea
Teardrop Explodes: ...and the Fighting Takes Over
Altered Images: Faithless
New Order: Every Little Counts
Love and Rockets: Haunted When the Minutes Drag
Gary Numan: Jo the Waiter
Ultravox: My Sex
Shreikback: Sexthinkone
Siouxsie anf the Banshees: Cocoon
Lene Lovich: The Night
Pylon: K
Minutemen: Stories
New Order: Everything's Gone Green
Altered Images: Midnight
Bauhaus: All We Ever Wanted
Teardrop Explodes: Tiny Children
Psychedelic Furs: Sister Europe
John Cale: The Sleeper
Romeo Void: I Mean It
Ultravox: I Want to be a Machine
...and to top it off...
Circle Jerks: Love Kills
Suicidal Tendencies: Won't Fall in Love Today

Kinda fills the gamut eh?

Still, the one that chokes me everytime is "Ave Maria"...
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post #35 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by The Installer:
<strong>The one for MM was solid, the one for Diana was cringe making <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />

IMHumbleO, but it needed to be said.

- T.I.</strong><hr></blockquote>

It's more about the sentimental meaning.
Isn't that what this thread is about? It seems a lot of people have mentioned music just because the actual notes and rhythm are emotional. The actual lyrics and meaning behind the music is what I see as important.
post #36 of 45
jeff buckley, his cover of leonard cohen's hallelujah turned a completely cheesy song into a masterpiece.

satisfied mind, on his last album, is almost as good has hallelujah. everything jeff sang was done with amazing emotion.

a friend summed it up well, saying that buckley's music is so personal, sometimes it seems like you shouldn't be listening.
post #37 of 45
Just remembered another one:

Massive Attack - Tear Drop

J :cool:
post #38 of 45
Tear by the Smashing Pumpkins (appropriately named)

and

Street Spirit (Fade Out) by Radiohead
"immerse your soul in love"
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post #39 of 45
[quote]Originally posted by btober:
<strong>

It's more about the sentimental meaning.
Isn't that what this thread is about?</strong><hr></blockquote>It doesn't matter either way, I guess, but I thought it was about the power of the music, not the association.

Someone might be moved to tears by "The Chipmonk Song" because it was playing on the car radio when his friend had a fatal accident. That wouldn't say much about the "quality" of the song though. Anyway, as I said, it done matter.

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post #40 of 45
Hey btober...

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