40 Songs about Crying (Old and New)
Crying is human. We cry over breakups, a loved one passing away, and going through a traumatic or emotional time. It’s only natural.
So it’s no wonder that crying and everything we cry about has become an inspiration for chart-topping songs. Below we’ve chosen some of the best songs about crying and what we cry about to add to this list.
I. Old songs about crying
There’s the old familiar saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” Well, it seems there was a lot more to cry about in the old days. But they wrote songs about it instead.
1) Big Girls Don’t Cry
This song is a timeless classic song that tells a story about a couple that broke up and discusses whether or not it’s okay for big girls to cry.
2) Tracks of my Tears
In this song, a narrator is a sorrowful man who is telling his ex that he is putting on an act to hide how sad he is that they broke up.
3) It’s My Party
According to the New York Daily News, this song was inspired by a teenage temper tantrum about not wanting to have their grandparents at their birthday party.
4) Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)
5) Crying My Heart Out Over You
II. R&B songs about crying
With R&B, songs about crying will often be about more than the tears being shed. They will often be about dealing with and moving from painful breakups.
1) Big Girls Don’t Cry
In this song, the narrator expresses that no matter how much she loves her boyfriend, she needs to leave him for her own peace of mind and “serenity.”
2) All Cried Out
3) I Don’t Wanna Cry
“I Don’t Wanna Cry” is a powerful song about two people that had a loving relationship that is now falling apart.
4) When Doves Cry
“When doves cry” is a tragic metaphor about a seemingly “perfect” relationship turning into a nightmarish reality filled with jealousy and hatred.
5) All I Could Do Was Cry
III. Country songs about crying
Country songs about crying will be about different topics. Some will be about being lonely, the good times, and going through some hard times.
1) I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
In this song, the narrator explains that he finds things such as birdsong, a midnight train, and a falling star as lonely.
2) Cowgirls Don’t Cry
In this song, “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” a father teaches his daughter to hold her head high during difficult times.
3) Laughed Until We Cried
In this song, Jason Aldean sings about the good times he remembers. He sings about moments where he and his friends laughed until they cried.
4) Tonight I Wanna Cry
5) Strawberry Wine
IV. Rock songs with cry in the title
Rock songs about crying can cover a range of topics, including painful breakups and toxic relationships to being inspired by nursery rhymes.
1) Don’t Cry
In this song, Axl takes on the perspective of a woman that first broke up with Izzy Stradlin, and then she broke up with Axl.
2) Who’s Crying Now
This song is about two people in a relationship who keep hurting each other. The narrator keeps asking, “Who’s crying now?”
3) Cry Baby Cry
This song was inspired by the nursery rhymes, “Sing A Song Of Sixpence” and “Cry, baby, cry…stick a finger in your eye…etc.”
4) You Never Make Me Cry
5) Don’t Cry, Daddy
This song takes on the perspective of a man who is struggling with the loss of his wife. His depression and sadness are also affecting his children.
V. Songs with tears in the title
Songs that have “tears” in the title will often be about the pain felt during a breakup, divorce, or losing someone.
1) Tears in Vain
There is some speculation about this song. Some believe that Mellencamp wrote this song about John Mellencamp’s divorce from Elaine Irwin.
2) River of Tears
Clapton wrote this tear-jerking song about losing someone.
3) Tears at the Birthday Party
This song starts out singing about children being cruel at a birthday party. Then it goes on to talk about losing a childhood love.
4) Tears Are Not Enough
5) Bitter Tears
In this song, the narrator talks about struggling to get over someone and then realizing that they are better off without their ex.
VI. Songs with cry baby in the lyrics
In some cases, songs with “cry baby” in the lyrics will be about being in toxic relationships and being a worse version of yourself.
1) King Cry-Baby
2) Cry (Freestyle)
3) Cry Baby
This song was inspired by the 1988 movie Alice. It’s about someone who cries and gets emotional over small things.
4) Cry Baby
Lovato explained that this song is about turning into someone that you’re not. She added that there are situations where people bring out a different side of you.
5) I’m Gonna Cry
VII. Songs with tears in the lyrics
Songs with tears in the lyrics will often be about painful experiences and also about regret.
1) No More Tears
This song is about being unable to change the past and only changing the future.
2) Black Tears
3) Let Your Tears Fall
This song focuses on the trust aspect in a relationship and how easily a person can break it. It also talks about how devastating it can be when trust is broken.
4) Tears, Tears, and More Tears
In the lyrics, the narrator speaks about how they can’t stop thinking about their ex and how they can’t stop crying.
5) No Tears
This song talks about someone who keeps going back to someone who mistreats them and expects this person to change. However, they never do change.
VIII. Songs about crying out for help
People always say that asking for help is the hardest step. But sometimes, we get so desperate that we start crying out for help. This desperation has inspired many musicians.
1) Help Me Hold On
In this song, the narrator cries for help to hold onto a failing relationship.
2) Send Me An Angel
In this song, the narrator desperately appeals to a wiser and better version of themselves to help them through a difficult time.
The narrator in this song, a party girl, is dealing with suicidal thoughts and severe depression. She wants to live like there is no tomorrow and literally swing from a chandelier.
4) One More Night
5) Hey Brother
This song takes on the perspective of an older brother assuring their younger sibling that they’ll always be there for them no matter what.