REM tops songs that make grown men cry

PRS for Music, the organisation that collects and pays royalties to its 70,000 song-writing and composing members, today reveals that REM’s Everybody Hurts tops the list of songs that make men cry.

REM’s Everybody Hurts was used as a charity single early this year in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, in which VAT and royalties were waived to maximise the aid money. The single became the UK’s fastest-selling charity record of the 21st century.

Top ten songs that make men cry

  1. Everybody Hurts – REM
  2. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton 
  3. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  4. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
  5. With or Without You – U2
  6. Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve
  7. Candle In The Wind – Elton John
  8. Streets of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen
  9. Unchained Melody – Todd Duncan
  10. Angels – Robbie Williams

Source: PRS for Music

Eric Clapton’s 1992 ballad, Tears in Heaven, was written about the pain that he felt following the death of his four-year-old son. Clapton stopped playing the song in 2004 when he had finished mourning his son.

The results are based on a survey of over 1,700 people, conducted by PRS for Music.

Commenting on the results, Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS for Music, said: “From this chart, it is clear that a well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathise with. It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men.”