What music makes you cry? NPR shared a story a few years ago about why some songs make us cry. In the story, a professor of music psychology shares that music can, in fact, trigger strong emotional reactions (the full story delves into why and how, if you’d like to learn more). I can relate to this! There are definitely songs that make me have an emotional and physical reaction. If you can relate, maybe they’ll elicit a similar response from you? Here are a handful of songs that move me close to tears…
You Don’t Know What Love Is by Nina Simone (this song makes my heart hurt. The intro is so, so beautiful. And when Nina finishes saying “you don’t know/what love is” the first time, makes an inflection like it’s almost a question, and it sounds so lovely).
My Love by Sia (I love anything Sia, and the piano intro is also so great).
Destiny by Zero 7 (with vocals by Sia). A great line: And when I’m down, you breathe life over me
Twice by Little Dragon (Yukimi Nagano’s voice that sounds like an unexpectedly appealing combination of liquid and silk and sandpaper)
The Dumbing Down of Love by Frou Frou, which has this relevant lyric: Music is worthless unless it can/Make a complete stranger break down and cry
My Heart Still Beats For You by Anna Ternheim (and it feels like there’s a slow “heartbeat” that runs through the background of the song.)
Gole Hayahoo, an Iranian song with lovely lyrics (if you click-through that link, it includes the song as well as a translation.)
Beautiful by Karsh Kale (this song makes me think of college, perfect weather).
What music makes you cry?
(Painting is “Entre Acero y Cristal” by Aitor Renteria, from here).