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Tracks that make you cry
Not in sadness but in joy!

 8:37 pm on Jul 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am a sensitive person. I find it hard to watch a movie and not swell up with tears when the hero wins through. Silly, I know, only I've always been strongly affected by music I love too. Certain tracks have always reduced me to tears of joy. I simply can't believe how great the music is. I have to avoid playing these tracks too often, or I'd end up a wreck!

It doesn't happen every time I play the songs, but often enough. I'm just overcome by the sheer power of the music. The way it builds up and grabs me. Resistance is futile.

The music can be anything - pop, rock, dance, electronic - there are classics in all genres of music.

So I thought I'd share my list with you. I thought it was only 1 or 2 tracks, but when I listed them, the list grew and grew! I've probably missed a few out as well!

Note: I'm not talking about sad songs, or love songs here. Just extremely powerful tracks that blow my mind. Here's my list - what's yours?

Jon Anderson - Within the Lost World (and Far, Far Cry?)
These and other tracks on the album Requiem For The Americas (Songs From The Fourth World) are so intense it defies belief. Absolute magic!

Björk - All Is Full Of Love (video version)
I love her music, but the original of this is very dull (if you ask me). Yet there was a b-side remix that got used for a one-off video she made - it wasn't even released as a single. Anyway, the remix is the best thing I've ever heard her do. The video fits the music perfectly. A masterpiece!

Boards Of Canada - Aquarius
Ah, the joy of electronic music, free from the barriers of verse-chorus radio-friendly chart music. The lovely child/parent samples are just great.

Kate Bush - You're The One
It's the last track on The Red Shoes. About her ex-partner. The use of the foreign women singers add to one incredibly personal piece that can't have been easy to sing.

Bruford - Hell's Bells
I don't like the jazz Bruford do, but this is just a knock-out track.

The Enid - God Save The Queen (live)
The Enid mix Floyd-like guitars and rock with classical music. Plus they do odd stuff like this, yet it really works. What makes this so amazing is the cheers of the crowd as the last few notes end. An incredible band if you know them.

Cosmic Baby - Träume
I love sequencers. Well this just twists and turns until it bleeds my ears and blows my mind. More!

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
A funk band doing a rock classic. The guitar jams are fantastic.

Genesis - Do The Neurotic
The full version is on the rarities 3xCD collection. Don't ask me why, but this is just three guys jamming in perfect unity.

Other Genesis tracks - Supper's Ready? Snowbound? Wot Gorilla; Tracks on The Lamb Lies Down...
I'd need to play these again to confirm! Probably a load of tracks they did.

Jean Michel Jarre - Arpeggio (live)
From the China Concerts CD. Sheer synth heaven!

Jon & Vangelis - Horizon
The long, long track on their 3rd album Private Collection. Amazing!

Junior Vasquez - live Kiss mix
I have this on tape off Kiss FM. Normally I don't really like dance mixes, but Vasquez does a set based on female singers. Somehow it just works so well. The Toni Braxton bit reduces me to tears of joy, it's so amazing. How can music be so good?

Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
Juicy metallic synths constantly changing always does it for me!

Madonna - Push
From her Confessions album. OK, so it's all dance, but she does it better than anyone else. This track, to me, is the standout killer. I had to stop what I was doing last time I played it, it moved me so much.

My all-time favourite Madonna track is Oh Father though.

Marillion - Grendel
One of my favourite bands. This track goes on forever, and never lets up the quality.

Orbital - Chime/Impact (live version on the Satan CD single); One Perfect Sunrise
Like the Vasquez Kiss mix, there's something so powerful about live synth music. There's a part where the beats stop and this low bass synth carries on, with the whole crowd cheering at the sheer magic of the sounds they're hearing. You'd be hard-pushed to beat the emotion at that point.

One Perfect Sunrise uses the same trick, building up to a break part that always gets me. An amazing track by an amazing band. Ah, John Peel knew the score!

Prince - Purple Rain
The full version, where the strings come in at the end - wow! Stunning guitar work too.

Tangerine Dream - Beach Scene/Theme
And many other tracks from albums like Underwater Sunlight and White Eagle, this band were unbeatable in the 70s and 80s.

Vangelis - Alpha
And probably other tracks, too many to mention. A true genius.

Roger Waters - Four Minutes
This is the bit on Radio KAOS when the world is about to end, when Billy has turned off the electricity, when the atom bombs are about to go off all over the world. Luckily it's just a show he put on. It still gets me though. I'm filling up with tears now just thinking about it.

Yaida Hitomi - Chain
I downloaded a set of Japanese songs which included this classic. Piano and vocals proving the Japanese can do powerful music as well as anyone else. (The rest of the tracks were amazing too!)

Yes - Awaken
Oh boy. The most powerful and amazing track they ever did. It has two parts (which are tear-inducingly brilliant enough) but it's the clever way it 'rests' with the quiet bit in the middle that makes it work so well.

Loads of other Yes tracks might qualify here too.

Neil Young - Like A Hurricane (studio original)
Wow! Only released on CD a few years ago, it's got absolutely amazing freestyle guitar work.

[edited by: Hester at 8:40 pm (utc) on July 25, 2006]



 11:23 pm on Jul 25, 2006 (gmt 0)


You really must cry a LOT! :-)

I see it with some, like Yes . . . but I'm sorry, you lost me at Madonna and Prince. :-D

Some that come close to putting a lump in my throat --

Love is a temple
Love, a higher law
You ask me to enter
And then you make me crawl
But I can't keep holdin' on
To what you've got
When all you've got is hurt . . .

One - U2

The girl outside in the parking lot
Says "Man you should try and take a shot
'Can't you see my walls are crumblin'?"
Then she looks up at the building
Says she's thinkin' of jumpin'
She says she's tired of life
She must be tired of somethin'
Round here
She's always on my mind
Round here
We've got lots of time . . .

Round Here - Counting Crows


 10:52 am on Jul 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I would for you - Janes Addiction

That's a song that makes me wonder why the hell I made the decision I did. DOH!

Happy memories tho.

Ska you are an idiot!



 10:57 am on Jul 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Paul Oakenfold - Soul Of An Angel


 12:38 pm on Jul 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well songs don't usually make me cry but I do really like these ones:

Guns 'n' Roses - November Rain
Prince - Purple Rain
Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U
U2 - One
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
Oasis - Live Forever
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
The Strokes - Heart In A Cage
Suede - Stay Together
Elton John - Your Song
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me
David Gray - Sail Away
Robbie Williams - Feel
Usher - Burn


 4:57 pm on Jul 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Talk Talk - Such a shame (this eagerness to change)

Sums up my views on quite a lot, I dont know if anyone has seen their videos but there very basic with novel camera tricks.

Carter U.S.M - Midnight on the murder mile. (was Peckhams finest hour)

Political songs drawing on recent social events - all are very funny


 6:05 pm on Jul 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

NIN - You make this all go away
Mark Isham - My Wife with Champagne Shoulders

And this is going to sound odd, but for all those X-philes out there, remember the episode where Fox finds out his sister is dead because he sees her ghost playing with a bunch of other ghost children? Some wacko had killed a bunch of kids and Fox was working with some psychic guy that claimed Samantha wasn't killed but taken by the people of the light or some such thing. The song they played during that scene just broke my heart and I NEVER cry at anything, certainly not anything to do with kids. But that song is SO haunting and beautiful that it really moved me.

BTW, if anyone knows the name of that song or the artist, I'd be most grateful! :)


 2:47 am on Jul 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

For me the song that always brings the tears of joy is:

There Is Love (aka:The Wedding Song) by Paul Stookey


 9:55 am on Jul 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

You really must cry a LOT! :-)

Well not out-and-out crying, like you've lost someone, but more the eyes watering uncontrollably with emotion.

I forgot to add one to the list:

System 7 - Strange Quotations

I'm sure there should be some Floyd and Rush in the list too, but I can't think which songs! Though when the drum machine beat comes in half-way through Floyd's Coming Back To Life, I know that moves me a lot. Such a cool beat!

As for movies, the #1 cryer so far was Babe. I literally had to stop the tape several times to dry my eyes! I have no idea why this movie moved me so much!


 7:10 pm on Jul 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

How could I forget?

Gary Numan - A Prayer For The Unborn (Andy Gray Mix)

This incredible track is on a 2xCD compilation called Exposure that I bought. I'd never heard the track before, but it's just so well done.

Also... I really ought to include a track or two from Steve Hackett's marvellous Spectral Mornings.

duncan biscuits

 11:46 pm on Jul 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Charlie Freak, by Steely Dan (Pretzel Logic album).
Ballad of Bill Hubbard, by Roger Waters (Amused to Death album).

duncan biscuits

 11:52 pm on Jul 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Shucks, it's gettin' late and I guess I misread the question. Apologies to all, and I shall beat myself over the head with the frying pan later. (That'll teach me.)

You wanted songs that bring tears of JOY?

The trouble is, there are so many. Just pick anything by the Cocteau Twins. That'll do for me.


 7:08 pm on Jul 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

From the Kill Bill 1 soundtrack comes this haunting gem:

Zamfir - The Lonely Shepherd

It's used in the movie when The Bride is given the sword, after it has been made for her by the Japanese master sword-maker. It works perfectly in summing up that she's now unstoppable...


 9:35 pm on Jul 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Mahalia Jackson - "the World's Greatest Gospel Singer" - singing The Lord's Prayer at the Newport Jazz Festival 1958 - as featured in the Bert Stern film "Jazz on a Summer's Day". Incredible!

Just a few months ago I managed to find (here in the UK) a beautiful mint-condition copy of it on an original 1959 vinyl 45.

It's one I'd love to hear played at my funeral :-)



 2:24 am on Jul 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's one I'd love to hear played at my funeral :-)

Recently a friend of mine passed away, at the age of 50, from a massive heart attack.

He always said he wanted to have "Into The Mystic" by Van Morrison played at his funeral.

When that song was played there has not a dry eye in the place.


 1:00 pm on Jul 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

Great posts guys! You gave me the idea for a whole new thread. :)



 8:35 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hmmm, that would have to be:

The way my girlfriend plays Claire de Lune on the piano so beautifully.


The full proper bells and canon version of Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

That's it - no movies or anything gets me going, just strangely those 2.


 6:00 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just recently was moved to tears on a track where I certainly didn't expect it -- Bob Dyan's "Hard Rain's Gonna Fall". Martin Scorsese put the song back in my path with his awesome documentary, and it just nailed me.

The thing that moves me most is when I fell a strong integrity in someone, especially when it's real, but also when an actor pulls it off well. Some of the music that brings on "integrity tears" for me (besides Bobby Z):

Leonard Cohen -- Take This Waltz
Genesis -- most of Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Madonna -- Ray of Light (every track)
Pink Floyd -- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (and a whole lot more)
Supertramp -- Asylum
Morphine -- Cure for Pain
Beatles -- the guitar solos at the end of Sgt Pepper
Paul Simon -- The Cool, Cool River
Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- Homeless
Steely Dan -- Boston Rag, My Old School, Royal Scam
Peter Gabriel -- Biko
Moby -- Play (every note of it)
Handel Messiah -- Eugene Ormandy recording
Bartok Violin Concerto -- Isaac Stern
Mozart Requiem
Franck Violin Sonata
Bach Concerto -- Two Violins
Billie Holiday -- God Bless the Child
Jacques Loussier Trio -- Bach's Tocatta and Fugue
Krishna Das - Pilgrim Heart
Portishead -- Nobody Loves Me
Yes -- Close to the Edge, Heart of the Sunrise
Massive Attack -- Teardrop
Kate Bush -- Rocket's Tail
Astor Piazolla -- Tanguedia III
Aaron Neville -- Stardust
Patsy Cline -- I Fall To Pieces
Reba McEntire -- Since I Fell For You

...and would you believe Frank Zappa -- Saint Alphonozo's Pancake Breakfast
...honestly, it has made me cry!

Yes, I also cry a lot. That list is just the tip of the iceberg,


 8:12 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Genesis -- most of Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Madonna -- Ray of Light (every track)
Pink Floyd -- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (and a whole lot more)
Peter Gabriel -- Biko
Moby -- Play (every note of it)
Portishead -- Nobody Loves Me
Yes -- Close to the Edge, Heart of the Sunrise
Massive Attack -- Teardrop

Wow, I never knew we shared a taste for such great music tedster! Good to see you include modern bands like Massive Attack as well.

If you like Play, get hold of 18. I can't play one without the other!


 12:52 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

About "Lamb Lies Down" -- this thread just prompted me to play it again. Damn if Gabriel didn't nail me one more time with "And I need someone one to believe in, someone to trust." Rael, the imperial aerosol king strikes again!

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