Ten songs proven to make you cry -- if you're British
Hey, ladies, think your male friends are resilient to emotion? Perhaps you've never seen them tear up, save for that lone teardrop that forms at the end of Rocky IV. Well, if you're looking to evoke a little emotion from a partner, a recent study suggests you can do it with a song.
The study, titled "Songs to make a grown man cry," surveyed 1,757 respondents in the U.K. for their responses. A few surprising songs show up, but nothing from way out in left field. It's not like you'll find a John Cage composition on here (some of those will certainly make us cry). Let's take a look at the scientifically proven tear-jerkers.
10. Robbie Williams - "Angels"
Are you kidding? Was this written for The Notebook soundtrack or something? This is the kind of crap that gets played at a wedding when the bride and groom don't give a rat's ass about the music.
9. Todd Duncan - "Unchained Melody"
Okay, this one is certainly a bit of a tear-jerker; we'll give it that. Of course, the usual version of the song people associate with is the Righteous Brothers' version used in Ghost.
8. Bruce Springsteen - "Streets of Philadelphia"
Look, we get that Philadelphia wasn't a movie about sunshine and puppies, but of all the songs in Springsteen's catalogue that might make a man cry, "Streets of Philadelphia" seems the least likely. How about "The River?" We'd venture a guess that it's not the song that makes men cry so much as the images associated with the film.
7. Elton John - "Candle in the Wind"
Er, this one probably doesn't really apply to Americans. Sure, the original was recorded for Marilyn Monroe, but we're pretty sure it turns English blokes into crying babies because of the dedication to Princess Diana.
6. The Verve - "Drugs Don't Work"
"Drugs Don't Work" was released the day after Princess Diana died, and we're pretty certain her death is the only reason it's on the list. It's sure as hell not because it's a good song.