Jazz musician Ester Rada is often compared to Alicia Keys. Jazz musician Ester Rada is often compared to Alicia Keys. Jazz musician Ester Rada, whose song graces this list, is often compared to Alicia Keys. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

6 songs that you can cry to

Everyone from Hootie and the Blowfish to Frankie Valli have sung about crying. Find out which tunes made our list.

Do it. Don’t do it. Let it out. Hold it in. Some encourage crying as a normal expression of emotion. Others suggest bottling it up and pushing it down. This is the playlist you need when getting a little emotional. Here are six songs you can cry to, or not.

'Let Her Cry' by Hootie and the Blowfish

This song, which advocates for a good cry, is one of Hootie and the Blowfish’s most popular hits. It comes from the band’s debut album, 'Cracked Rear View,' which was released in 1994 and has become the 16th bestselling album of all time in the United States. The song won a Grammy for the Best Pop Performance by a Group, and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Hootie’s advice: “Just let her cry, if the tears fall down like rain. Let her sing if it eases all her pain."


'Big Girls Don’t Cry' by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

This song is about a breakup and instead of crying, the fabulous girl replies, “Big girls don’t cry.” The song was recorded by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. It was the band’s second No. 1 hit, behind 'Sherry.' The Four Seasons were a famous American pop band in the 1960s and '70s. They have recently been brought back into the spotlight with the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys," which tells their story.


'Cry for Me' by Ester Rada

Ester Rada is an Israeli singer with a powerful and emotional voice. She has performed at a number of large music festivals around the world and opened for Alicia Keys in Israel. Rada released her first album, 'Life Happens,' in 2013. Rada followed that up with a self-titled album in 2014, which received significant radio airplay. The following year, Rada released 'I Wish,' another album. The R&B soul song, 'Cry for Me,' was released in 2016. “Cry for me,” she sings. “Cry for yesterday.”


'Don’t Cry for Me' by Cobi

The opposite advice comes from American musician Cobi, in his song "Don’t Cry for Me." The black and white music video features dark imagery of running from the law, mixed with the symbolism of cutting down the trees of injustice. When interviewed by NPR, Cobi shared that the song is a “reflection of the times we are living in.” The song is Cobi’s first solo single and was released in 2016. He grew up singing the blues and was formerly part of a band called Gentlemen Hall. His soulful sound is frequently compared to Irish musician Hozier. “Words never cut me down," he sings. "Oh, don’t you cry for me.”


'Cry to Me' by Skip Marley

Grab a box of tissues. Skip Marley lets you know that it's alright to cry. “The hurting heart is the most painful. So let it all out then, oh cry.” This multi-talented Jamaican singer and songwriter is the grandson of the legendary Bob Marley. 'Cry to Me' is his first single, and was released in 2015. Since then, his fame has increased. Skip Marley’s music was used in the infamous Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial earlier this year and is currently featured in Katy Perry’s hit “Chained to the Rhythm.”


'Don’t Cry' by Guns N’ Roses

We end this list with a power ballad by the famous American rock band Guns N’ Roses. They have released six albums and sold more than 100 million records, so it's no surprise that they've been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This song has the distinction of appearing on twin albums: "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II," both released in 1991. The song reached the No. 10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Axl Rose sings “Don’t cry tonight, there’s a heaven above you.”

There you have it: a playlist about the contradiction of crying in music. So grab a box of tissues or throw it across the room. Whatever your emotions, we hope this playlist helped you express them!

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