Emotional Music

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Got this idea from Pojo's thread on movies that make you cry and I got to thinking what songs make you cry?

For me:
Green Day
-Give Me Novacaine
-Wake Me Up When September Ends
-Last Night On Earth
-Restless Heart Syndrome
-21 Guns

Thousand Foot Crutch
-This is a call

Tokio Hotel
-Forgoten Children

Sum 41
-Handle This

Harry Chapin
-Cats in the Craddle


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hmmm, this is an interesting thread!

below is a list of songs that particularly extract emotion from me:

"Sleeps With Butterflies" - Tori Amos
"Dragon" - Tori Amos
"River" - Joni Mitchell
"How to Disappear Completely" - Radiohead
"For Today I am a Boy" - Antony and the Johnsons
"Hope There's Someone" - Antony and the Johnsons


Lovesong by The Cure

It's my favorite, and it makes me cry every single time.

Also, Hey There Delilah by The Plain White Tees


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The Cure
-Disintegration (Album)
-From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
-To Wish Impossible Things

Joy Division
-All of their albums

-Seasick, Yet Still Docked
-Life Is A Pigsty

-This Time Imperfect

Depeche Mode
-When the Body Speaks
-The Sun & the Rainfall

-Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun

Sigur Ros


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I've only gotten teary eyed from two songs... both poppy... white flag and you could be happy.

But the following have made me feel goose bumps :)

Movie scores...

Inama Nushif - Children of Dune soundtrack

Dead Reckoning - Clint Mansell - Smokin' Aces

Roslin and Adama - Bear McCreary - Battlestar Galactica Season 2

Journey to the Line - Hans Zimmer - The Thin Red Line

I Will Find You - Clannad - Last of the Mohicans (not the album version)

As far as "normal" songs go...

Sanvean - Lisa Gerrard

The Finish Line - Snow Patrol

Song to the Siren - This Mortal Coil

Ghost - Indigo Girls

Mad World - Gary Jules

The Trick is to Keep Breathing - Garbage

Bed of Flames, To Kill a King - Hungry Lucy

Dear Daniel - Ruby Throat


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An individual song needs to be amazing for it to stir my emotions. Often times, my musical attention span is greater than the length of a single song. This is one of the reasons I like classical pieces or scores, because it will often take a whole album to put me through a whole emotional gamut. Some of the more notables...

Transformers (2007) original score
This Binary Universe, B.T.
300 original score
Unleashed soundtrack, by Massive Attack
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children original soundtrack
Gabriel Faure's Requiem
William Shatner's Has Been

... Interesting that William Shatner can be right up there with Faure, but it's true -- Shatner's album honestly makes me hit every emotion. There's actually a "song" (a poem, actually) track that I need to skip whenever I listen to it that makes me instantly cry every time.

As for songs, there are several that I know I can turn to when I want to feel a surge of emotion.

The theme from HBO's John Adams
OneRepublic's "Apologize"
Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars"
"In a House, in a Heartbeat" from the 28 Days Later soundtrack
Killswitch Engage's "My Last Serenade"
Coldplay, "Yellow"
Any of Chopin's nocturnes

There are tons of other pieces out there that drive me to choke up, to feel triumph, or to feel like I'm soaring, but to list them all would be to bore everybody else!


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- Antony and the Johnsons
"Hope There's Someone" -

Depends on context, but Hallelujah in the west wing ep Posse Comitatus YouTube - Posse Comitatus Ending Part 1 - though you have to see the preceeding 6 eps to appreciate it... Same song in Shrek did not have the same effect...

Had a painful breakup... part of the soundtrack to that: Me & Bobby McGee
YouTube - janis joplin me and bobby mc gee and Wild World YouTube - Cat Stevens * Wild World 1970 live * and Purple Rain YouTube - PURPLE RAIN


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:Depends on context, but Hallelujah in the west wing ep Posse Comitatus YouTube - Posse Comitatus Ending Part 1 - though you have to see the preceeding 6 eps to appreciate it... Same song in Shrek did not have the same effect...

Sung by the late Mr. Buckley if I'm not mistaken. Love it.

For me I seldom crack up to music. I feel stuff through music, but it puts me in more of a thinking mood than an emotionally out-acting one. I kind of need something visual to go along with the music for that. Johnny Cash's version of Hurt is a rare exception, but even then the video makes it so much stronger.


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There have been several albums that have really hit me hard emotionally at one time or another, the most recent of which is Neon Bible by The Arcade Fire. The sound of the album as a whole brought me very close to tears. When music is perfect, reflects what I'm feeling inside or is just full of emotion, I absolutely love it.


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One song which immediately comes to mind, and also hits a particular chord with me; The Sound of Muzak, by Porcupine Tree. Particularly the version from their live DVD, 'Arriving Somewhere...'. But there really are too many to mention.

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The lyrics really hit close to home for me (on a larger scale than just an apology to a girl). I get a little choked up because of that personal aspect.

As RadGravity said, Johnny Cash's take on Hurt gets me because of where he was in his life and the poignancy of the strength of the lyrics vs. his fragile state.

The evidence of a life well lived always has a soft spot in my heart. The biggest tragedy in life would be to never have truly lived.


Depending on what mood I am in:

Your Guardian Angel - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Whiskey Lullaby - Brad Pasely (sp? Is that even the right artist???)
Pins and Needles - Billy Talent
Ohio Is For Lovers - Hawthrone Heights
Picture - Kid Rock ft. Sheryl Crow
(Sometimes, but hardly this song makes me cry) Gone So Young - Amber Pacific
Ain't Afraid To Die - Dir En Grey
Glass Skin - Dir En Grey
Kowarete iku Sekai - Girugamesh
Superman Remix (Wherever You go) - Eminem Vs. Dj Splash (Very rarely)
Surrender - Billy Talent
Try Honesty - Billy Talent ]
Try Honestly - Billy Talent ] ------- Rarely.
This Suffering - Billy Talent ]

There's probably more that I'm forgetting.


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Hmm well i would say

Smile Empty Soul - With This Knife
Tune it Up! - Ravers Fantasy
Nightwish - Bye Bye Beautiful

an a few other but i cant remember


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"The Freshmen"- Verge Pipe
"Nothing in My/Your Way"- Keane
"The Scientist"- Coldplay
"Never Too Late" - 3 Days Grace
"Hurt" - Johnny Cash (cover song)
"No Lies, Just Love" - Bright Eyes
"It's All Understood"- Jack Johnson
"Still" (Reprise) - Ben Folds
"Brick"- Ben Folds
"Wonderful"- Everclear
"Adam's Song" - Blink-182
"It Ends Tonight" - The All American Rejects
"Black Comedy" - Bright Eyes
"Time to Pretend" -MGMT (Good song, shitty video)
"Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh" - Bright Eyes
"Youth Of The Nation"- P.O.D.
"All Fall Down"- One Republic
"Wake Up" - The Arcade Fire
"A Perfect Sonnet" - Bright Eyes
"Delicate" - Damien Rice
"Lose You" - Pete Yorn (Like the line "I'll just have to wonder though this world...Alone" isn't emotional)
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