REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ tops poll of ‘songs that make men cry’

The Verve, U2 and Bruce Springsteen also feature in the Top 10 list

R.E.M‘s ‘Everybody Hurts’ has topped a poll of songs that make men cry the most.

According to a survey by PRS for Music, the group’s 1993 single came top of the list, followed by Eric Clapton‘s ‘Tears In Heaven’ and Leonard Cohen‘s ‘Hallelujah’.

“A well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathise with,” Ellis Rich, PRS for Music‘s chairman, said in a statement. “It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men.”


Earlier this year, ‘Everybody Hurts’ was chosen by Simon Cowell as a charity single to raise money for the Haiti earthquake appeal.

Other songs that featured in the Top 10 include U2‘s ‘With Or Without You’, The Verve‘s ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’.

The Top 10 songs that make men cry are as follows:

1. REM – ‘Everybody Hurts’
2. Eric Clapton – ‘Tears In Heaven’
3. Leonard Cohen – ‘Hallelujah’
4. Sinead O’Connor – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’
5. U2 – ‘With Or Without You’
6. The Verve – ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’
7. Elton John – ‘Candle In The Wind’
8. Bruce Springsteen – ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’
9. Todd Duncan – ‘Unchained Melody’
10. Robbie Williams – ‘Angels’