PRS for Music has named R.E.M.’s classic single Everybody Hurts as the number one song for reducing men to tears.
Coming out top, R.E.M. beat off some strong competition including some classic songwriting.
Eric Clapton’s track Tears in Heaven – written after the death of his son also appeared on the list. The song provided Clapton with a form of therapy after the incident.
Everybody Hurts was originally released in 1992 from the album Automatic for the People and reached a high of number three in the UK singles chart at the time.
“A well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathise with,” Ellis Rich, PRS for Music’s chairman said. “It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men.”
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