Sometimes a good song can leave the hair on the back of our heads standing, a good song can leave us mesmerized, but a song has to touch the heart, to make the listener shed a tear.
This is my list of top 15 Rock songs, that will make you cry. Please note that even if the song is a ballad or under the generality of the rock genre it may be on the list.
#15 Cancer by My Chemical Romance
It’s sad in itself that this awesome band are no longer together but this song about a man suffering from Cancer is the saddest song by the band, and it can make anyone who can empathize with the patient cry their hearts out.
#14 Hurt Johhny Cash/ Nine Inch Nails
Though the original from Nine inch nails is sad in itself but the Johnny Cash’s version of the song that was released in 2003 is especially heartbreaking as it brings the memories of his past in the cold hard spotlight of his present. Cash died 7 months after the release of this song.
#13 How to save a life by The Fray
Band member Isaac Slade once worked as a volunteer in a substance abuse support group and there he realized the pains of a teenager who literally lost his best friend to his drug problem and this is what inspires this song and if you pay close attention to the lyrics you’ll be able to make out the pain hidden behind the words.
#12 Fake plastic trees by Radiohead
Radiohead’s most songs spoke about their general hatred for society around them but their change in style and serious lyrics in this one showed how gloomy the world and everything in it is through their perspective.
#11 Dear God by Avenged Sevenfold.
The chorus is enough to let pangs of longing course through the heart of the person who is away from his loved ones. Dear god by Avenged Sevenfold or A7x is a song dedicated to the ones who are away from their family or are longing for someone.
#10 Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
This song was powerful when Leonard Cohen sang it originally but when Jeff Buckley wrapped his magical voice around these lyrics, our throats became dry and noses runny. Buckley doesn’t just sing the lyrics he feels them and the listener can feel every ounce of pain for the love that went stale.
#9 Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
This was written by the infamous band’s infamous lead singer Keith Richards for his son Marlon whom he had to leave behind while going on tour. This ageless masterpiece is a brooding and subdued song which will enable the listener to empathize with Keith’s pain and share his loneliness.
#8 Yesterday by The Beatles
This song from one of the most successful and famous bands of all time instills the feeling of Nostalgia like no other. This song is about how sometimes we look back at how things used to be and long for those times to come back, but they don’t.
#7 Snuff by Slipknot
Snuff explores the elements of a relationship gone bad, big time. The singer feels the pain of all the memories and secrets and this pain is breaking him from the inside. Snuff is a break from Slipknot’s typical style and it is their most sold song on iTunes.
#6 Far from Home By Five Finger Death Punch
Yet another song where a band breaks away from their typical hard-rock style to a song that’s more like a ballad. Far From Home is dedicated to all the soldiers who leave their loved ones behind to fight at the enemy lines. The way the lyrics expose what a soldier goes through will make anyone breakdown in tears.
#5 Wish you were here by Pink Floyd
Though many people don’t know this but David Gilmour wrote this song for his friend Syd Barret who was reportedly suffering from Schizophrenia. Wish you were here is a song about how the singer is longing for the company of a long lost friend. When someone can relate closely to this melancholic Pink Floyd number they can’t help but shed a tear or two.
#4 So Far Away by Avenged Sevenfold
This is by far the most emotional song by the band. Dedicated to their late drummer Jimmy “The Rev “ Sullivan. The video depicting the band’s childhood days and the strong lyrics always makes the A7x faithful cry like a child for their awesome former drummer.
#3 In Loving Memory By Alter Bridge
Written by the band’s guitarist Mark Tremonti after his mother’s death, it’s a song right from the heart.Dedicated to the most holy person in our lives : our mother.It doesn’t matter if you like Alter Bridge or rock music in general, In Loving Memory is a song that would have anyone reaching for the tissues with it’s touching lyrics. The song is about how Mark Tremonti couldn’t be there for her because he was away on tour and now when he comes back he misses her.The line “I feel empty and alone, I can’t believe you’re gone” is enough to get anyone sobbing.
#2 Fix You By Cold Play
The inspiration for this song came when Chris Martin played a keyboard left behind by his late father-in-law Bruce Paltrow. This song is about how we try to find light in a dark situation. This critically acclaimed song leaves us feeling teary in the first half and has us singing the chorus defiantly in the second.
#1 Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
When one explores the meaning and dedication behind this classic they can realize the immense pain hidden behind the lyrics. Tears in heaven is dedicated to Clapton’s son Conor who died when he was only 4 years old. Clapton never touched a guitar after his son’s death and when he finally did,he came up with this masterpiece which can make even the toughest person feel Clapton’s pain.