The Most Emotional Songs

Do you love emotional songs that just make you almost tear up right in the middle of them? Maybe it’s a certain lyric that get’s to you, or a vocal melody, or a chord? Maybe the song reminds you of someone you miss dearly, or a time in your life you want to go back to. Whatever the reason, if you’re a fan of songs that just pour with emotion, here’s a list of some of the most emotion packed songs.

I included lyrics to each one of these songs because you can really get deep into the emotion of the song when you know what the singer is saying and you don’t have to work to try and figure it out. I want you to just sit back and listen to each one of these and let them hit you. If you’re a fan of singer/songwriters, acoustic music, and music that just goes right to your heart, this short list will give you a good half an hour of some of the most emotional songs that you’ll ever hear.


Gary Jules – Mad World

Gary Jules was relatively unknown until this absolutely haunting version of the classic Tears for Fears song. This song was featured on the other-worldly soundtrack from “Donnie Darko”.

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you,
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very, very
Mad world, mad world
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
And to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me, what’s my lesson?
Look right through me, look right through me
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you,
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very, very
Mad world, mad world, enlarging your world, mad world


Martin Sexton – In The Journey

Martin Sexton has the voice of an angel….or a trumpet….or an angel trumpet. He his a completely distinct falsetto that is just one of the most beautiful noise makers on this earth and you can hear him use showcase his amazing upper register on the second verse of this song and hear his angelic falsetto towards the end. Martin has seen some dark days and you can hear his triumphant victories over those days in his singing.

Met an old friend last night, had a cup of coffee
We talked about all the things that had been going on
We talked about the old days, we talked about the new days
We talked just about anything but what was really going on

After ten long minutes that slowly passed us by
The tension in the air I could cut it with a knife
Staring out the window and gazing at the menu
Suddenly he called my name and he looked me in the eye

He said, “I don’t know where I’m going and I don’t know where I’ve been.
And there’s one long road that I traveled just to see you again.
I said I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know where I’ve been.
And it seems I got a little trouble and I need you my friend.”

And then he talked to me, he really talked to me
He said, “I’ve been thinking about all of my drinking.
About all those good things I’ve just let slip away.
First it was a good job and then it was the woman that I loved.
Then it was my car and all the material things.”

And suddenly tears welled up as he did surrender
He cried, “I finally lost the only thing I ever really had.”
He said, “I lost myself in the madness.”

And now I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know where I’ve been
And it’s one long road that I traveled to see you again
No, I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know where I’ve been
And it seems I got a little trouble and I need to talk to you again

Oh, it’s in the journey that we see there’s no destination
It’s in the journey that we find our true love
It’s in the journey that we learn we can do it alone, can do it alone
Still gotta dig deep down inside and lose my pride

Well we don’t know where we’re going
We don’t know just where we’ve been
We gotta dig deep down inside
Can’t do it alone
We gotta dig deep down inside


The Soldier and the Oak – Elliot Park

Elliot is a completely honest and unassuming storyteller. No ego, no smoke and mirrors. Just melody, harmony and story. Well generally trees don’t make people cry, but this song might be your first.

This is a story that began long, long ago
I was a young oak the in dark Missouri soil
And like all other saplings
I had dreams of growing strong and tall

One day a rebel with a bullet in his chest
Hung his rifle on my limbs and laid to rest
And there beside me as the blood soaked to my roots
The soldier sang, a song of grace

The heavy rifle bowed me over to the ground
Two years I stayed this way until the rifle fell
And in this manner for a hundred years I grew
All my dreams, not meant to be

Then one day two men came with a crosscut saw
They spoke of how my arch would hold a weight so strong
And I feared not the blade for such a worthy cause
And so I fell, I gladly fell

Three winter days aboard a northbound train
Three more beneath a hewer’s careful blade
And while he worked, he praised my rich, red grain
Perhaps it was the soldier’s blood that day

Now I’m the wooden arch that holds a mighty bell
Three stocks before me cracked, but I shall never fail
Up in a tall cathedral high above my dreams of long ago

And on Sunday mornings when I hear that sweet refrain
I see the soldier’s face like it was yesterday
Calling angels down from heaven with that hymn
He softly sang,

Of God’s good grace.


Ray Lamontagne – God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise

This song is completely unique in that it’s form isn’t a song form, but a letter. According to Ray Lamontagne himself “it was a letter from a cow-punch back to his gal. He’s writing back to her wondering if he can see her again. Once that revealed itself, the music followed that this time, which is a little different than how it’s been in the past. The music flows like a letter as well. There’s no repeating chorus; it just reads top to bottom. It was an interesting experiment to try”


In the mountains the sun sets up in ribbons so high, it’s like I don’t never wanna get old… don’t ever wanna die. We been seein’ steady rain, ’bout to drive us all insane, nearly lost a few head up in the pines. At night, when some of the boys get to talking up their girls back home, you know I tell ’em there ain’t none as fine as mine. I can hear old Chapman sayin’ come morning we’ll break the range, be pushin’ hard now for the plains.

I close my eyes and I can see you… I close my eyes and I can feel you here. God willin’ an the creek don’t rise, I’ll be home again before this time next year.

Though I fear this fever won’t break…

-All my love


Colin Hay – I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You

Sometimes you have lovers who you forget easy. Sometimes you don’t. Sometimes they stay with you year after year after year….and not matter how much you try, you just can’t get them out of that part of your soul they once were in. This song couldn’t sound any more like the emotion of that situation. This is a song from a seasoned songwriter, Colin Hay….you know the guy from “Men At Work”? The ones who sing…..”I COME FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDAH!” Same guy. He can do a whole lot more than just that. Get a tissue.

I drink good coffee every morning
Comes from a place that’s far away
And when I’m done I feel like talking
Without you here there is less to say

Don’t want you thinking I’m unhappy
What is closer to the truth
If I lived till I was a hundred and two
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you

No longer moved to drink strong whiskey
I shook the hand of time and I knew
That if I lived till I could no longer climb my stairs
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you

A face that dances and it haunts me
With laughter still ringin’ in my ears
I still find pieces of your presence here
even, even after all these years

I don’t want you thinkin’ that I don’t get asked to dinner
Cuz I’m here to say that I sometimes do
And even though I may seem to feel a touch of love
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you

If I lived till I was a hundred and two
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you


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