LOVE HURTS: Love songs that make me cry. Everytime.

THE RULES:  In no particular order, limiting this list to 20 {because I can be quite a crybaby} and allowing only one per artist, (although I must admit certain artists and bands could have their own lists full of songs) here are some songs that can make me cry.  They are not necessarily the top 20, just the first 20 that came to mind when I decided to make this list.  WHY?  Because, like Elton sings, “Sad songs say sooooo much.”


“Still” by Lionel Richie

But then most of all, I do love you,  {spoken softly}  s t i l l…” 

“At this Moment” by Billy Vera and the Beaters

I cannot explain why this song did me in, but when it came out in the 80s, I cried my eyes out every single time I heard it.  I was amazed at the idea of loving some one so much you’d be willing to give up “20 years” of your life to have them stay, have them not leave you.  I know that is impossible to achieve, but he sang it so well, I really believed he was willing.  Still kills me.

“The Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me” by Gladys Knight and the Pips

I sang this to Dave walking down a street in Dallas, Texas in 1982, just after our first anniversary.  After almost 29 years of marriage, he has no choice but to be “there, between each line of pain or glory,” whether he wants to or not. 

“Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro

She dies.  There is a tree that grows (you know how I love gardening).  He misses her.  I hope to be sorely and grieviously missed when I die.  After I am at least 87.

“Superstar” by the Carpenters

It’s about song bringing love…”Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby..” {those lyrics!}

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones

I don’t want to spoil this for you if you haven’t heard it…boo hoooooo….

“I Will Remember You” by Amy Grant

Our love is frozen in time…”  They didn’t allow an inbed on this song, but it is a good one you can catch it on   HERE:

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt

The raw pain in her amazing voice, “I will lay down my heart, and I’ll feel the power, but you won’t…”  Whyyyyyyyyyy?  Why can’t he feel the power of it?  Is he absolutely just an unfeeling, cold-hearted jerk?

“Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and Alison Kraus

She put him out like the burning end of a midnight cigarette, she broke his heart…”   Brad has the words.  He writes the songs….

“Vincent” by Don McLean

I guess I love this because I suffer for my sanity, too (just kidding…sort of).

“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” by The BeeGees

I can think of younger days…”  You just run out of resiliency when you get to the middle…and past it.

“If” by  Bread

And when my love for life is running dry, you come and pour yourself on me…”  That?  Is being loved.  That is loving.  (BTW~I super hate the slides on this video…this is posted purely for the song)

“Weekend in New England” by Barry Manilow

Eyes meeting, touching, strong yearning.  Don’t be critical of Barry, now.  The man can tear your heart out with his songs.  I had trouble between this one and “Even Now” or “Somewhere Down the Road.”


“I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton from the early 70s

I was 14.  She was leaving Porter Wagoner (I have to admit I loved that Saturday afternoon show sponsored by some powedered laundry detergent).  I didn’t know what they were going through, but that woman’s pure voice expressed words so powerful that I knew, even then, I was hearing a song I’d never forget and would love my whole life through.  And oh, I get it so much more, now.  It is one of the greatest songs of all time.  One of THE greatest.  Ever.

“I Wanna Run to You” by Whitney Houston

From “The Bodyguard.”  The lyrics reveal our feminine vulnerability.  We’ve learned to take care of things ourselves, be tough.  The truth is we need to be covered, protected.  We need heroes.

“My Eyes Adored You” by Frankie Valli

I was 14 when this came out, too.  Being 14 was a big deal, apparently, in my romantic notions.  I just daydreamed about somebody adoring me, I guess.  Such a pretty melody, sweet words, innocent and lovely.  Remember when?…

“You’re a Part of Me” by Kim Carnes and Gene Cotton

Longing. Don’t leave me, and if you do: come back.   “You’re a part of me I can’t live without…”

“Rest Your Love on Me” by Olivia Newton John and Andy Gibb

Deep down, I am a caring person.  I am an INFJ – a “protector.”  That is what I like to do.

“Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver

The soundtrack to the ABC Movie-of-the-Week, “Sunshine,” the fall of 1973 (I had just turned…can you believe it?  14!).  I think it was based on a true story of a young woman married to a struggling musician who has cancer and as she is dying, she talks into a tape recorder to be able to leave her thoughts and story behind for their baby girl.  John Denver sang the title track.  Beautifully.  His voice was very important to me during this era – all of his words and melodies touched something deep inside me.


“I’d Do It All Again” by Corrine Bailey Rae

Love does hurt sometimes.  But this girl is not going to let it stop her faith in love.  Me, neither!

REMEMBER:  Valentine’s Day is Sunday!

3 thoughts on “LOVE HURTS: Love songs that make me cry. Everytime.

  1. Don’t know how many times I scrawled the words to “I Will Remember You,” in 14-year-old bubble letters, to Sean. I adored Amy Grant (still do) and this song is SO us. Made me cry a LOT. I had the same reaction to Billy Vera and Co. What a great list! Made me wanna listen to them all again… along with Hard Habit to Break. No truer words spoken (sung) than those about My Hubby. I’m still addicted. :)

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