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What's the most emotionally powerful song you've ever heard? (self.AskReddit)
submitted 11 months ago* by [deleted]
Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap is definitely near the top of my list. Also, Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone.
edit: Oh, and Lose Yourself by Eminem. Whenever I listen to this song, I can't help but feel motivated in every way.
[–]austinbayarea 42 points43 points44 points 11 months ago
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
I just think this is one of the greatest songs ever sang.
[–]Do_what93 36 points37 points38 points 11 months ago
After listening to all of Aeroplane Over the Sea straight through, Two-Headed Boy Part 2 by Neutral Milk Hotel really hit home the first time I heard it.
Mayonnaise by Smashing Pumpkins is a close second.
[–]mendej 16 points17 points18 points 11 months ago
"And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see"
My favorite lyrics ever from "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." That album is so god damn good.
[–][deleted] 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Mayonaisse is my #1 song of all time.
I'm also going to throw in Life in Mono by Mono
[–]Calam1tous 29 points30 points31 points 11 months ago*
Pyramid Song - Radiohead
The thought of being in total peace and a state of fearlessness, remembering everything you love before letting yourself go. Scary, but incredibly comforting in a haunting way. The music video really adds a lot to the song too.
[–]NKarman 28 points29 points30 points 11 months ago
The Ballad of Love and Hate
By The Avett Brothers.
[–]RickenRocker4001 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
I cover this song at open mic nights often. Never a dry eye in the audience.
[–]jasonissohandsome 26 points27 points28 points 11 months ago
Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens
[–]WinandTonic 23 points24 points25 points 11 months ago
Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. Don't even like opera, but damn...
[–]shmegadee 41 points42 points43 points 11 months ago
Fire and Rain by James Taylor gets me every time
[–]back2thafuture 16 points17 points18 points 11 months ago
Ever since hearing it on the Six Feet Under finale, Sia's Breathe Me gets me teary.
[–]polandpower 17 points18 points19 points 11 months ago
Queen - The show must go on
[–]PurpleHare 16 points17 points18 points 11 months ago
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
[–]elvisdotalive 33 points34 points35 points 11 months ago
All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem.
The River - Atmosphere. Preferably the live version when Slug starts crying.
Smile - Eyedea and Abilities.
Disorder - Joy Division.
[–]cuntunderground 16 points17 points18 points 11 months ago
It almost pains me to listen to All My Friends of recent.
Being in my twenties, I'm conflicted on college coursework and trying to make the best of probably the last years of my social life.
It also makes me sad that they broke up without getting to see them.
[–]obvious_karma_whore 4 points5 points6 points 11 months ago
Remember, they're North American.
[–]domremy7 63 points64 points65 points 11 months ago
I have three:
Defying Gravity from Wicked—You can't deny me some of this song. Never gets old, and never becomes any less inspiring to me.
Hurt by Johnny Cash—It's so haunting. And Johnny Cash.
Beauty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast—Yeah, I didn't expect something from a Disney movie to bring me to tears, either. I like the song as it is in the movie, and anything but the Celine Dion version (seriously. Why is she on so many soundtracks?), too. Combined with the movie scene especially, the song is impossibly beautiful and moving.
[–]muthrnaturesson 8 points9 points10 points 11 months ago*
FYI, Hurt was originally a Nine Inch Nails song that was later covered by Johnny Cash. Both versions are overpoweringly artful and well-done. You probably already know this, but from your phrasing I couldn't tell.
[–]nickdanger3d 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
as a NIN fan, I have to say that Johnny Cash owns this song now.
[–]Gonoan 29 points30 points31 points 11 months ago
Soothsayer. Buckethead says more with his guitar than any lyrics could.
[–]3Lii7e 4 points5 points6 points 11 months ago
Padmasana also says a lot. There are some things words cannot do, that his melodies just bring out consistently
[–]microminimalist 16 points17 points18 points 11 months ago
"Take Care," by Beach House. Hands down.
"I'll take care of you / in a year or two / if you ask me to..."
[–]viveron 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
Beach House is one of the most beautiful and powerful bands I have ever listened to. One of those bands that you will never get sick of.
[–]DrSterling 31 points32 points33 points 11 months ago
I'm nearly brought to tears each time I hear Debussy's Clair de lune
[–][deleted] 11 months ago
[–]Thecallofthekraken 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Try the original by The Magnetic Fields, and tell me what you think of the two in comparison.
[–]flamingtangerine 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
yes, this. Stephin Merrit is an underappreciated dude.
[–]sirjash 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Loved it at first, but over time I grew more fond of the original version
[–]jsm1 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Originally a Magnetic Fields song. I'm not sure which version is better.
[–]mentalmystics09 14 points15 points16 points 11 months ago
Sigur ros - glosoli
Chills every single time.
[–]SirSisyphus 14 points15 points16 points 11 months ago
Mine would have to be "There's No Home For You Here" by The White Stripes. I was going through a huge breakup with my daughter's mother and was feeling angry and depressed for my 6th month in a row. I never got into The White Stripes or Jack White, but this song encapsulated EXACTLY what I was going through. It was like Jack White lived the last year of my life and put it into song. I've been an avid fan ever since.
[–]Gryphy 14 points15 points16 points 11 months ago
Cats in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
No matter how many times I hear it it seems to get more depressing each time.
[–]Bringlogic 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
My friend's dad came home drunk one night crying. He had listened to the song earlier and really wanted to apologize for being such a shitty father and never being there for him and talking to him about his troubles.
[–]FromTheHood 27 points28 points29 points 11 months ago
Nine inch nails - right where it belongs
[–]elduud 92 points93 points94 points 11 months ago
I will follow you into the dark by death cab for cutie.. this fucking song, man. This goddamn song..
[–][deleted] 19 points20 points21 points 11 months ago
Same as Bixby Canyon Bridge, Transatlanticism, What Sarah Said, A Lack Of Color...
DCFC is pretty money usually
[–]americanslang59 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
I always felt like WSS was one of their most under-rated songs. It contains (what I consider) one of their best lyrics: "I knew that you were the truth I would rather lose than to have never lain beside at all."
[–]TheSim1derful 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
"And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time." I never realized how brilliant that lyric was until listening to the song for 1000th time.
[–]elduud 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
"love is watching someone die. so who's going to watch you die?"
[–]TheSim1derful 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Basically every Death Cab song ever written. Transatlanticism definitely stands out, though. Their lyrics are so great.
[–]HerpDerpHerpy 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Came here to say this, both of my best friends died this year, honestly this song has been the one thing that let's me breakdown and cry, but also lends me strength to power through.
[–]oh_whattodo 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Brothers in a Hotel Bed is another one. Makes me so sad.
[–]_windfish_ 12 points13 points14 points 11 months ago
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones always does it for me, especially the live version with the different lyrics.
Also Eleanor Rigby, Stan by Eminem, and Porcelain by Moby.
[–]a7xrob87 5 points6 points7 points 11 months ago
Elenor Rigby always creeps me out. Everytime I hear it.
[–]ipster76 1 point2 points3 points 11 months ago
A Day In The Life is kind of like that for me, too - so morbid at times, yet so relaxed.
[–]thewetcoast 13 points14 points15 points 11 months ago
I'd have to say For Emma, Forever Ago in it's entirety by Bon Iver. The lyrics are kind of vague like Vernon is holding back something, but when the dude sings, and especially live, he totally conveys this sadness. If I had to pick a single one though, I'd probably go with Flume. That song is incredibly dense if you get around to trying to understand what it's really about.
[–]RoflCopter726 13 points14 points15 points 11 months ago
Gone Away by The Offspring. Its the idea of losing someone close to me that scares me, and this song pretty much portrays how I would feel.
[–]dupemaster 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
The chorus always reminds me of Mad World.
[–]theartofgettingby 86 points87 points88 points 11 months ago*
probably sound of silence by simon and garfunkel and eleanor rigby by the beatles. in my life by the beatles and drops of jupiter also really comfort me in bad situations, especially with the passing of a friend. also, moment of truth by gang starr. there are just so many haha
[–]sam_x 12 points13 points14 points 11 months ago
I can't listen to Sound of Silence without thinking of The Graduate and my boring professor that ruined it for me by over analyzing it :(
[–]AlphaSwizz 8 points9 points10 points 11 months ago
Upvote for Gang Starr
[–]OneKindofFolks 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
[–]Workslayernumberone 33 points34 points35 points 11 months ago
We used to vacation-Cold war kids
[–]JerryHatrick1924 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
Passing the Hat by CWK is great, as is Hospital Beds. Really underrated band.
[–]emohipster 11 points12 points13 points 11 months ago
Dry Your Eyes Mate by The Streets gets me every time.
[–]NKarman 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Broseph. Yes. This whole album is amazing.
[–]_Thesis_ 12 points13 points14 points 11 months ago
That children's choir always gets me...
[–]strongbadiophage 28 points29 points30 points 11 months ago
Time by Hans Zimmer. Just makes you reflect on life and existence itself.
[–]dabezian 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
This song doesn't have as much of an effect if you haven't seen Inception. My friend wasn't very moved by it before he saw the movie.
[–]98thRedBalloon 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
The montage accompanying this track in the film is the best part about it. I can't listen to it without picturing it in my mind.
[–]t_snily 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
If I ever have any kind of stressful event coming up (final exam, interview, etc.) and I need calming down, this is pretty much my go-to track.
[–]__circle 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
One Simple Idea is also fantastic. Same soundtrack. Have it loud.
[–]ritzkurd 30 points31 points32 points 11 months ago
gymnopedie no.1 by Erik Alfred Leslie Satie
[–]SquidRoll 64 points65 points66 points 11 months ago*
Eric Clapton-Tears in Heaven
[–]MooCwzRck 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Considering the reason this song was originally written, I don't think you'll find a more emotionally touching song ever...definitely not one quite so personal. The loss of a son is something I couldn't even kind of imagine relating to until I have my own, but Clapton gets as close as humanly possible in letting me feel his pain for a few minutes. Great choice, this should be at the top.
Wiki explanation of the song's origin
[–]dabezian 48 points49 points50 points 11 months ago*
Ben Folds Five - Brick
I never really considered how tough abortion was before I listened to this song. I always just thought if I got a girl pregnant, abortion, easy.
Now I don't think the decision would be so easy...
A Better Place, A Better Time - Streetlight Manifesto
Every single time I know a close friend of mine is a suicidal, I MAKE them listen to this song.
[–][deleted] 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
A Better Place, A Better Time, I couldn't agree more. It's just so perfect.
[–]NoGardE 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
If anyone is ever considering ending things, they should absolutely listen to Better Place Better Time. Also, Big Sleep is good, though a bit faster and harder to understand lyrically.
[–]new_zealand 20 points21 points22 points 11 months ago
Pearl Jam - Black mtv unplugged 1992
[–]mkay0 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Black is too good. Great version of it.
[–]new_zealand 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
No matter how many times I listen to it the hair on the back of my neck still stands
[–]snipawolf 22 points23 points24 points 11 months ago
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 second movement
[–]VestaDear 11 points12 points13 points 11 months ago
This one I think would be hard for others to understand but it holds a lot of power for me personally
Los Campesinos - Who Fell Asleep In
[–]cardena2717 54 points55 points56 points 11 months ago
Blue in the Face - Alkaline Trio - A great song by an, IMO, under-appreciated band.
Tautou - Brand New - Just listen.
Poison Oak - Bright Eyes - listened to this when my girlfriend and I went through some tough times... Powerful, powerful stuff.
Cape Canaveral - Conor Oberst - Hard to explain. Just makes me feel.
Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros - Tears of joy every damn time.
Existentialism on Prom Night - Straylight Run - Mine and my GFs "song."
[–]DrDestructeaux 8 points9 points10 points 11 months ago
"Sing like you think no one's listening. You would kill for this."
I don't know you sir, but the wave of immense nostalgia that just hit me makes me want to hug you. And upvote for Alkaline Trio. Because, they were fucking awesome.
[–]norova 14 points15 points16 points 11 months ago
You have fantastic taste in music. So much nostalgia listening to Tautou again.. and Conor Oberst's self-titled album is one of my favorite ever. Every time I hear Cape Canaveral I feel like taking a random road-trip.
[–]Darkone06 5 points6 points7 points 11 months ago
Existentialism on Prom Night is such a good emotional song any Straylight run is emotional but I guess thats why they were called emo.
Regardless I love that band but there most emotionally charge song is Now It's Done
[–]Lundus_Maximus 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
Good to see Alkaline Trio on this thread, they really don't get enough praise and it's nice to see I'm not alone on this one.
Agreed on Sigur Rós. The video to 'Untitled #1' is heartbreaking.
[–]mmatique 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
I wouldn't call it Conors best song by any means, But it makes me feel something that no other song can do.
[–]gueriLLaPunK 43 points44 points45 points 11 months ago
Immortal Technique - Dance With the Devil
This song will give you goosebumps. Don't read the comments; it will spoil the ending for you.
[–]Londron 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
Was thinking of posting this one.
Amazing song and one I listened to over and ovedmr for weeks.
I would like to add "you never know" from immortal technique, another song where at the end you can only really say something along the lines of "damn...".
[–]sharts_mcgee 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
Oh shit. This song, words can't describe it.
[–]Nathonamore 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
The first time I heard this song I cried silently in my freshman math class.
Definitely hits you hard.
[–]kroos 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Came to post this, by far the most powerful song i have heard
[–]Aakumaru 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
This song. One of the best stories told.
[–]madhatter703 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Damnnnnn, did not even think about this one. Good call. Winner right here.
[–]mitchvicious 10 points11 points12 points 11 months ago
Us and them - pink Floyd
Brendan's death song- red hot chili peppers
It's a tie.
[–]BaldyPants 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
A lot of people don't seem too fond of it, but Brendan's Death Song is probably my favorite off the whole album. It somehow manages to make me sad and happy at the same time
[–]karlamorgan 9 points10 points11 points 11 months ago
Brand New - Limousine
Especially knowing the true story behind it.
[–]Bill_Clintons_Choad 9 points10 points11 points 11 months ago
Times They are a-changing by Bob Dylan
[–]lordalch 9 points10 points11 points 11 months ago
One Hundred Years - Five for Fighting
[–]MisterMet 9 points10 points11 points 11 months ago
Keep Me in Your Heart--Warren Zevon
He wrote this song after receiving a terminal lung cancer diagnosis, and it's a haunting goodbye to the people he loved.
[–]SynisterBaconLord 97 points98 points99 points 11 months ago
I'm going to get some hate for this, but I feel the original by Trent Reznor is the most emotionally powerful song I've heard. My reasoning is Johnny Cash's feels more like a collection of old scars, he's filled with regret. Trent Reznor's on the other hand feels like fresh open wounds, and he sounds like he's going into shock from it. That speaks to me more, but Cash's is powerful and beautiful too.
[–]parineum 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
To me, the change in the one lyric 'crown of shit' to 'crown of thorns' completely changes the meaning of the song.
In Reznor's version, crown of shit indicates a great self-loathing and tints the entire song in that fashion.
Crown of thorns changes all that and makes me think the song is about someone who is misunderstood and had good intentions at some point.
[–]ryann2795 15 points16 points17 points 11 months ago
I've been attacked by the hivemind for saying the same thing on more than one occasion.
Cash's rendition is great, but Reznor's voice cuts through that instrumental growl with the ferocity of a thousand serpents.
[–]Mister_Famine 41 points42 points43 points 11 months ago
I do believe that Trent Reznor said that when he heard Cash's version, he felt like someone stole his girlfriend and that this song no longer belonged to him. No one's angsty youth can compare to Cash's over half a century of misery.
[–][deleted] 86 points87 points88 points 11 months ago*
Better man- Pearl jam
Comfortably Numb- Pink Floyd
Wish you Were Here- Pink Floyd
Soundtrack to my life- Kid Cudi
Wake Up- Arcade fire
Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
These songs have consistently hit me.
[–]Blipblipbloop 31 points32 points33 points 11 months ago
Pink Floyd always makes me super emotional. Especially Great Gig in the Sky, and Time. "And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you; no one told you when to run you missed the starting gun"
Always makes me feel so old. And I'm not!
[–][deleted] 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
This post would be ridiculously long if added every powerful Pink Floyd song.
[–]PhoneCar 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Every time, it makes me want to achieve, instead of drinking cola and watching cartons today.
[–]DrPaulProteus 13 points14 points15 points 11 months ago
Links for all!
Pearl Jam - Betterman
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Kid Cudi - Soundtrack 2 My Life
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Fleetwood Mac - Landslide
[–][deleted] 14 points15 points16 points 11 months ago
Pink Floyd man. Those songs are amazing.
[–]untaMe610 11 points12 points13 points 11 months ago
Upvote for Kid Cudi, he puts alot of emotion into his music, always gets to me.
I feel rap/hip-hop is a genre typically looked down upon or stereotyped in terms of musical depth. It has some very powerful songs that many people wouldn't expect.
[–]thedieversion 41 points42 points43 points 11 months ago
Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
Transatlanticism - Death Cab For Cutie
[–][deleted] 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
Opened this thread to upvote whatever Sufjan Stevens song got posted, but was not expecting it to be this one. "Concerning..." is great though. The Christian imagery in that song hits me pretty hard every time.
[–]oh_whattodo 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
He writes some of the best Christian music I have ever heard.
[–]sambowilkins 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
From the same album Sufjan Stvens - Casimir Pulaski Day
[–]tgcp 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
speaking of Sufjan, John Wayne Gacy Jr. always gets me going too.
I love Sufjan Stevens. He is the most talented and... unique artist out there.
[–]Trapped_in_Reddit 105 points106 points107 points 11 months ago
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
[–]ImNotJesus 33 points34 points35 points 11 months ago
Debating over which Jeff Buckley song is the most emotional is like trying to work out what the best blowjob you've ever had is. There might be on that sticks out but there's no wrong answer.
[–]PrettiestGrlOnReddit 11 points12 points13 points 11 months ago
I absolutely agree. Hallelujah is moving but nothing is as heartbreaking as the lyrics of Lover, You Should've Come Over.
[–]ImNotJesus 9 points10 points11 points 11 months ago
I went with Grace but Hallelujah is up there.
[–]thisisludicrous 15 points16 points17 points 11 months ago
What Sarah Said - Death Cab for Cutie
[–]gsn42 9 points10 points11 points 11 months ago
Every time, goosebumps. happy as shit it is on, sad as balls when it ends.
Clair de lune gets me pretty good because i know how to play it on the piano and if you don't put that emotion into the piece its just a damn shame.
[–][deleted] 10 points11 points12 points 11 months ago*
Opeth's The Leper Affinity. Very soulful and sad. It really conjures the images of pain that a leper must go through, the stages of agony, anger, despair and death. Epic song - if you can get past the death growls. The section starting at 4:00 and the outro are my favorite parts. Opeth has a lot of good material like this.
[–]VoroVoraxVorago 9 points10 points11 points 11 months ago
[–]MikesKitiKat 8 points9 points10 points 11 months ago
Shinedown's cover of Simple Man
[–]iChoy 8 points9 points10 points 11 months ago
Mad World by Gary Jules.
It was in Donnie Darko. So perfect... makes me cry every time.
"The dreams in which I'm dying, are the best I've ever had..."
Gets me every time.
Also Nothing Else Matter. That song is just pure beauty.
Who Wants to Live Forever by Queen
Creep by Radiohead
On the other side of the emotional spectrum, Walk by Pantera makes me want to fuck shit up
[–]MacheteJ 10 points11 points12 points 11 months ago
Maggot Brain by Funkadelic. The guitar solo is a rocket-propelled roller coaster ride through the spectrum of human emotion. And the backstory makes it that much more powerful.
Also, Time by Pink Floyd is a close runner-up.
I was tempted to put Time, but then I remembered Shine On You Crazy Diamond. If you haven't sat yourself down, closed your eyes, and listened to all of "Wish You Were Here" straight through, you haven't lived.
[–]youngs0945 51 points52 points53 points 11 months ago
Hero of War - Rise Against
[–]the_goat_boy 9 points10 points11 points 11 months ago
Swing Life Away is good too.
[–]Squidicide 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
La Dispute - I See Everything
Coheed & Cambria -The Light & The Glass
Both songs give me chills every time without fail
[–]Colori 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Upvote for Coheed. there are so many powerful songs from their first 2 albums. They are a severely under rated band
[–]babambam 15 points16 points17 points 11 months ago
Switchfoot "DARE YOU TO MOVE"
This song captures all the problems teenagers deal with. I cry ever time I watch this amazing video.
[–]cameronxcrazy 20 points21 points22 points 11 months ago
Lupe Fiasco - Words I Never Said
[–]PrettiestGrlOnReddit 13 points14 points15 points 11 months ago
"Land Locked Blues" by Bright Eyes
"Helplessly Hoping" by Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Blue" by Joni Mitchell
"The View" by Modest Mouse
"This Place is a Prison" by The Postal Service
"Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeah's
And this is my narrowed down version. All of these songs are so meaningful to me and all in such different ways.
[–]sillyokio 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
Land Locked Blues has plagued me for years. I'm all teary-eyed just thinking about that song!
[–]vingverm 13 points14 points15 points 11 months ago*
Wings for Marie Part 2 by Tool (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU7H3zy__os). Especially moving when you consider the song Judith by A Perfect Circle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTgKRCXybSM).
Both songs written about his mother and her illness and faith and finally her death.
[–]KTrout17 4 points5 points6 points 11 months ago*
Cry Baby by Janis always struck me fairly strong.
[–]mustlovecash 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
Ave Maria - Schubert
[–]Vigdisofvadin 5 points6 points7 points 11 months ago
Somewhere over the Rainbow by "Brudda Iz"..
[–]kr262 16 points17 points18 points 11 months ago
Make it Stop - Rise Against
[–]bluelikejazz 13 points14 points15 points 11 months ago
"With or Without You" by U2
[–]four_toed_dragon 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
"Silent Night" by Simon and Garfunkel. Their recording also has an overlay of a 7 o'clock newscast.
[–]PhilA75 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
For some reason, every time I hear Sugarland's "Stay" I have a huge up swelling of emotion. I do not know if it has to do with my romantic past, but there is just something so powerful about the shift of the words in it. I can proudly admit that more than once I have found myself in tears while listening to it.
[–]iheartoreos 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
I had to take Stay off of my iPod because I found myself wanting to burst into tears in public when it came on. I'm really not into country but this song is amazing. And the video, holy hell, her eye contact through the whole thing is heart breaking.
[–]KARMAV0RE 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
Mine is Untitled by Simple Plan, because one of my best friends was killed in a drunk driving accident, and the song just reminds me of him...
[–]kymmenen 4 points5 points6 points 11 months ago
Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin is up there. Also, The Loneliness and the Scream by Frightened Rabbit has a pretty powerful video.
[–]meowkittycat7 10 points11 points12 points 11 months ago
Any song by Florence+The Machine. She never reveals the stories behind her songs and leaves you to interpret them for yourself. Dog Days is her most popular, but the rest of her album Lungs is amazing, so is Ceremonials. Also, After Midnight by Blink-182 makes me cry every time.
[–]animousity692 50 points51 points52 points 11 months ago
This is probably considered too mainstream but fuck it I'm young-- My immortal by Evanescence can make me tear up every time.
[–]phlawless808 47 points48 points49 points 11 months ago
There is nothing shaming about a song that touches your emotions and makes you react honestly.
[–]7487_6114 14 points15 points16 points 11 months ago
Imagine - John Lennon
[–]logically 5 points6 points7 points 11 months ago
Cloud Cult - Love You All : Lead singer and cellist tribute to their young son who passed.
[–]xdonutx 4 points5 points6 points 11 months ago
Cloud Cult is amazing.
[–]youthagainstfascism 5 points6 points7 points 11 months ago
Tori Amos - Me & a Gun
[–]shcotty 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Hush Yael - Oh, Sleeper
[–]fizzbatch 5 points6 points7 points 11 months ago*
Hard to pick one over all, but one that's stuck out in the past few years is "After the Storm" by Mumford & Sons.
EDIT: And also "Sometime Around Midnight" By The Airborne Toxic Event
EDIT: "You Know You're Right" By Nirvana
"I will move away from here/
You won't be afraid of fear/
No thought was put into this/
I always knew it would come to this/
Things have never been so swell/
And I have never failed to fail"
[–]dark5ide 5 points6 points7 points 11 months ago
Aw man, I can't just pick one.
Well, being a nerdy, lonely kid in school (On reddit, who'd guess?), I connected a lot with video game music. Some of songs that really have a special place in my heart are:
Eyes on Me- Final Fantasy VIII
Blue Skies- Ace Combat 03 AMAZING music in that game.
Gravity- Enigma The FFIX AMV holds a special place in my heart.
[–]freeloder11 4 points5 points6 points 11 months ago
Hero of War by Rise Against, tears come to my eyes every time I hear it
[–]tuskedlemon 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Hero of War by Rise Against.
[–]ClusterBuck 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Box Car Racer - There Is
[–]eatingmaplesyrup 4 points5 points6 points 11 months ago
I was only 19- Redgum. Goddamn this can make me crack a tear when I hear it around ANZAC day every year.
[–]mr-satan 4 points5 points6 points 11 months ago
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
So, so, so moving to me.
[–]Epicureanist 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
[–]ImNotJesus 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
It has to be Grace - Jeff Buckley
The crescendo at the end is beyond magnificent.
[–]redditor29198 8 points9 points10 points 11 months ago*
Beirut - Scenic World (alt version from Lon Gisland EP) - no matter what is happening in my life, no matter how terrible, this song always fills me with joy and makes me smile. Sometimes through tears, but a smile nonetheless.
Mumford & Sons - After The Storm - the most depressing song I can think of, never fails to elicit real sadness. One of those go-to songs for when I'm really wrecked and just want to let it out. This unofficial video is even more depressing.
Colin Hays - Maggie - one of the saddest songs ever, you can feel such genuine emotion from the guy. There is one particular part that makes me cry every time.
Nine Inch Nails - Something I Can Never Have (still) - incredibly emotional, another one of those depressed mood songs. So powerful when he gets going.
[–]ipster76 19 points20 points21 points 11 months ago
I have so many, but my top one is probably Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve. To this day its difficult for me to listen to it, in part because it brings back memories of a period of my life in which I had to make a few decisions, some of which I regret...but also because its just so powerful - I mean, thats really what life comes down to, isnt it? Just one long, bittersweet symphony. I know at first glance it sounds cliched. But think about it - think of all the shitty situations you have found yourself in, and then think of how a lot of them might ultimately have helped you out in the long run. At least thats the way I interpret it.
[–]malenky 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
I'm going to nominate another Verve song History but different songs for different points in my life...
[–]RaptorMuhammad 12 points13 points14 points 11 months ago
snuff - Slipknot
[–]DGAF_rh 10 points11 points12 points 11 months ago
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus- Your Guardian Angel
[–]imalefty15 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Cryin' for Me (Wayman's Song)
[–]TheSourceWall 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Wow...nostalgia. Lose Yourself is what really got me into music. Not even just Eminem, or even rap, but just music in general. I think I was in 5th grade when I heard it, and not long before that I couldn't have cared less about music. Also, I fucking love Ecstasy of Gold. My father is Italian so he bought me a bunch of "Spaghetti Western" soundtrack CD's when I was in middle school. For whatever reason he always called that particular tune my "theme song" - probably because he thought I was a greedy bastard. It wasn't even my favorite tune at the time, it was kind of overshadowed by The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly theme, but as time passed it really grew on me.
NINJA EDIT: Jesus, I just went into a lot of detail
[–]iwantitalliwantitnow 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
"a better place to be" by Harry Chapin. A beautiful, sad story sung so well it makes you cry.
[–]UngraspablePhantom 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Cry Me a River by Julie London.
[–]rsinghx 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Candle In The Wind always makes me kinda think and touches me in places that I didn't think would be touched. Also If Tomorrow Never Comes because my mom used to sing it to me while we were driving to school.
[–]Qaxt 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Don't think this is really what you're looking for, but
"Hands," by Jewel.
When I was little, the way she sings reminded me of my great-grandmother. Now that is one of the only clear memories I have of her, and it often makes me cry when I listen to it.
[–]paleal3 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
limousine by brand new
[–]modus-tollens 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Jesus Christ by Brand New
[–]tk_13 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Any time I hear the song Amazing Grace. I went to a memorial service a few years back for a soldier I knew, and they played it on bagpipes. Gave me chills.
[–][deleted] 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago*
1979 and it's followup Perfect by the Smashing Pumpkins have always resonated with me.
ETA: Everlong by Foo Fighters has special meaning to me too.
[–]Bill_Clintons_Choad 10 points11 points12 points 11 months ago
Flightless Bird American Mouth by Iron andWine
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Kids Aren't Alright by The Offspring
[–]kb13733 25 points26 points27 points 11 months ago
I know that this might be one of the most overrated songs right now but for me it's
Somebody that I used to know - Goyte
I'm going through a divorce right now and this fits exactly how our break up is going. And I sing it angrily as I drive home from work, I sing so that he knows I'm going to be okay after what he's done to me.
[–]TJ_McWeaksauce 16 points17 points18 points 11 months ago
Agreed. The song may be overplayed on the radio right now, but this is a case where the song deserves the attention.
I found the lyrics especially moving because of the line, "You can be addicted to a certain kind of sadness. Resignation to the end...always the end."
I'm dealing with depression, and this line sums up my problem when I'm low pretty well.
[–]onebadace 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
Dance With The Devil by Immortal Technique
[–]optical_mommy 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
There's a lot more, I need to give a shout out to the Gladiator soundtrack, both the first three and the last three tracks. I love Dido and her first album, even Bette Midler and Jpop. There are so many songs that I have strong emotions and memories surrounding.
After a second look, these are more my emotionally calming songs, but powerful for me at least.
[–]transpire 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
Alice in Chains - Nutshell
[–]Yakra 32 points33 points34 points 11 months ago
The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. Don't write it off - I'm not a big fan of theirs, but something about that song...
[–]iamesauce 21 points22 points23 points 11 months ago
The hook to Helena is pretty good, too...
[–]super_pimms 7 points8 points9 points 11 months ago
WHEN I WAS
[–]McBitch 11 points12 points13 points 11 months ago
My Immortal by Evanescence
[–]dumbchuck 6 points7 points8 points 11 months ago
[–]TheStrangeEli 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 by Avenged Sevenfold is definitely in my top three.
[–]bibimbab111 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Jay Ungar - Ashokan Farewell
[–]kmarndt 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Even Shadows have Shadows-Eyedea and Abilities.
[–]xscaralienx 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
The sound of silence by Simon & Garfunkel
Hurt interpretation by Johnny Cash
(Spanish song) In Memoriam by Mago de OZ
[–]n1i2e3 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
God be with you Ireland:
Working Class Hero
[–]Abtein 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Under Pressure -Queen
I usually get chills and I feel this euphoria towards the end when the magic happens.
[–]Glyderz 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
John Lennon - Imagine
[–]NaturalBornDrummer 3 points4 points5 points 11 months ago
Mine would have to be Space Bound by Eminem and L.E.S by Childish Gambino. I get the shakes whenever i listen to either. And Walk by Pantera gives me shit-tons of energy
[–]JerryHatrick1924 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
This will be lost at the bottom, but Between the Bars by Elliott Smith.
[–]Slain_Prophet_Ov_Isa 2 points3 points4 points 11 months ago
Way Out Of Here By Porcupine Tree. Anything by PT really.
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