“Everybody Hurts” Tops List Of Songs That Make British Men Cry

PRS for Music, a UK music licensing organization, conducted a survey of what songs make grown British men cry. The 1,757 respondents chose R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” as the top song. There are a couple of other artists on here (Robbie Williams) that lets you know that the survey is British, and the fact that all but one of the songs are sung by men lets you know the gender of the participants. Read ‘em and weep:

01 R.E.M. “Everybody Hurts”
02 Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven”
03 Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah”
04 Sinead O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U”
05 U2 “With or Without You”
06 The Verve “Drugs Don’t Work”
07 Elton John “Candle In The Wind”
08 Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia”
09 Todd Duncan “Unchained Melody”
10 Robbie Williams “Angels”

Some glaring omissions here. Number one obviously should be mixtapes they made and mixtapes people made for them, followed closely by Hefner’s “Hymn For The Alcohol”:

… followed by Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)”:

… and Blur’s “Tender”:

Are you totally crying now? Here’s a little palate/eye-cleanser:

Tags: R.E.M.