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What song(s) give you the feels?

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So I thought I'd try my hand at one of these open ended, feel-good questions because they always cheer me up a little. Looking for the songs that overwhelm you, leave you awash in feelings or bring a tear to your eye. I can think of a bunch but the first that comes to mind is Sting: Shape of My Heart. What's yours?

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I will always love you.

Agreed. That one note in the chorus sends chills up my spine lol.

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Isinatra in reply to live-2021

I cry every single darned time I hear that. Theme song to The Bodyguard. 💖

Lost Boy by Ruth B. I don't know why but it always makes me emotional.

Wasn't familiar with this one so I looked it up. Jesus... i wasn't ready for it. "Soared above the town that never loved me...". Great lyrics... loved it. Thank you for this!

Isn't it both wonderful and so sad. It always catches me near the start when it says "Peter Pan, that's what they call me, I promise that you'll never be lonely" and I just feel emotional right away. Very beautiful though.

Wonderful and sad sums it up perfectly. I was hoping when I posted this question to find good music I haven't heard before. This song is a gem and exactly the sort I was looking for!

"You Say" by Lauren Daigle. Very spiritual. Also "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten.

Both are beautiful songs. You Say is one that just takes me back to a certain period of my life, simpler times you might say. Thanks for the reply!

You're welcome.

My song choice changes all the time. But for right, now I've been listening to these three when I go to sleep.

In Your Eyes by the Weeknd ft. Kenny G.

Leave a Light by Belinda Carlisle

Save Your Tears by the Weeknd

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RupertBrown in reply to LadyZen

Haven't heard that first one, going to have to look it up. I like the Weekend, so I'm sure it's good. It's probably just my age, but I love their synthy 80's sound. Good picks!

I love the song waving through a window 😊

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RupertBrown in reply to Hb2003

Do you know the artist? I'd like to give it a listen.

Here it is:


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RupertBrown in reply to Hb2003

This was a little too relatable lol. The first couple of lines in particular really resonated with me. I feel like that a little too often! Thanks for sharing this!

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Hb2003 in reply to RupertBrown

You’re welcome ☺️


Bob Marley ft Lauryn Hill Turn your lights down low

Tony Braxton Just another sad love song

Whitney Houston How will I know and I have nothing

^ Throwback Thursday

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RupertBrown in reply to Imaaan

Marley is truly one of the greats of his generation. Haven't heard the version with Lauryn Hill though. Definitely going to look this up. Also a big fan of Buffalo Soldier, Exodus and Woman No Cry.

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Imaaan in reply to RupertBrown

My faves are :

Stir it up

Waiting in vain

Africa unite

Is this love

Could you be loved

Rat race

Natural Mystic

No woman no cry

Who the cap fit, let them wear it


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RupertBrown in reply to Imaaan

Ahhh! How could I forget Could You Be Loved? So good!

Bob Marley 🇯🇲

Harvest Moon by Neil Young. I feel too much when I hear that one.

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RupertBrown in reply to Isinatra

Ahhh, classic. Mr Young has a way with words. Haven't heard this song in a while, guess it's time to revisit it!

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Isinatra in reply to RupertBrown

A song to counter melancholy…….a remake of I Can See Clearly Now by Jimmy Cliff……….everythang’s gonna be all right!

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RupertBrown in reply to Isinatra

This one is going on my "to listen" list. Thanks!

When I met my husband 17 years ago Katy Mellua had a song we loved. It still makes me think of when we met, it was on the first C.D. he bought me. I think it was called "feeling Kind of Crazy. That is how we felt when we first met, still feel the same 17 years later.

Just gave this a listen. Thanks for sharing it. My wife and I met in the fall of 1996 and we had a song we both absolutely loved in the earliest days of our relationship. Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root. Neither one of us ever outright said it, but I think it captured that euphoric feeling of meeting and getting to know your soul mate. If I could bottle that feeling and sell it I'd be richer than Jeff Bezos. Or maybe I'm just an old guy wistfully reminiscing lol.


This was a new one to me, only familiar with their bigger radio hits. I really liked this though. Also, you really can't go wrong with Sir Paul!


Good song! They sometimes catch some flak for making "arena rock". But so what? A banger is a banger and some of their songs are definitely bangers! I particularly like Radioactive.

P.S. I've seen your username on here before and always wondered if it was from the song, guess now I know lol.

Well,there's couple I have 🤭 my all time favourite singer is Whitney Houston ,singing the Star spangled banner, at the super bowl, boy, that woman had some lungs!!! ❤ and my second one,is Chicago ,hard to say I'm sorry, hope you didn't mind slipping 2 in😉

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RupertBrown in reply to Cb1963

The more, the merrier, I say. Chicago is one of my wife's favorites. We saw them in concert about 10 years ago with Earth, Wind and Fire. I wasn't expecting much, but it turned out to be one of the best shows I've ever seen! And yes, Whitney was one of a kind. Incredible voice.

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Cb1963 in reply to RupertBrown

Lucky you!!! I bet that was awesome 👌

Aerosmith..... I don't want to miss a thing. We had a big screen where I working in Oxford street and Mtv played all day. I heard this song and had just got engaged. The words touched my heart. Haven't heard this song for years.

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RupertBrown in reply to Zara0123

Certain songs always get tied up in our memories with periods or events in our lives. Sounds like a nice memory. Always liked Aerosmith, though because I'm an old guy I like their older stuff a little better. I've heard Dream On a million times but can't help singing along every damn time!

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Zara0123 in reply to RupertBrown

I'll have to listen to his other songs as I'm only familiar with this one. The other two were released even before I was born. Your right certain songs do take us back to past events in our life 😊

Though it often depends on the moment, there are also those songs that work their emotional magic on me every time I hear them, like "Waterloo Sunset" by The Kinks.

For deeply personal reasons I won't discuss here, there are three songs written by the same songwriter/poet, John K. Samson, that make me cry or sob every single time I hear them -- the Virtute the Cat trilogy (I'm already welling up at the thought). The first two were written with his band, The Weakerthans, and the last (which wrecks me every time), is a solo recording:

- "Plea From A Cat Named Virtute"

- "Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure"

- "Virtute at Rest"

Other songs that move me would include the six track suite that makes up side three of Pink Floyd's The Wall (old timers like me will remember it was originally released as a double album on vinyl):

- "Hey You"

- "Is There Anybody Out There?"

- "Nobody Home"

- "Vera"

- "Bring the Boys Back Home"

- "Comfortably Numb"

Assorted other songs that often leave me choked up include:

- "Let Down" by Radiohead

- "No Distance Left To Run" by Blur

- "If It Be Your Will" by Leonard Cohen (as performed by Antony Hegarty)

- "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails (as performed by Johnny Cash)

- "Say Something" by A Great Big World (ft. Christina Aguilera)

- "I Will Follow You into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie

- "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel

- "Asleep and Dreaming" by The Magnetic Fields

- "No Need to Argue" by The Cranberries

- "Nothing Compares to U" by Sinead O'Connor (well, Prince, actually, but...)

- "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone" by Lykke Li

- "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper

- "Maps" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

- "When the Party's Over" by Billie Eilish

- "I Lost A Friend" by FINNEAS

- "The Scientist" by Coldplay

- "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane

- "Run" by Snow Patrol

- "Let It Be" by The Beatles

...the list goes on and on...

Singer/songwriter Vienna Teng has a number of songs from her less than a handful of albums that are very close to my heart, too; among them:

- "Gravity"

- "Harbor"

- "Recessional"

- "Nothing Without You"

- "The Last Snowfall"

- "Eric's Song" (which was played during the procession of my wedding)

Finally, there's the song (and video) that encapsulates my failed marriage and my feelings at its dissolution, "You're My Waterloo" by The Libertines":


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RupertBrown in reply to mrmonk

Ok, so this is going to be a two part reply, lol. I have to comment on a few that you listed. But I want to listen to the ones I'm not familiar with, which might take a while. Say Something and Time After Time are two of my faves. Look for Chris Cornell's cover of Nothing Compares to You. I love both versions, but Chris' is infused with so much bluesy soul. It hits harder after his passing. Finally; let's take a moment to talk about I'll Follow You Into The Dark. This song. This song tears me apart every time I hear it. It's so simple and stripped down and pure and beautiful and... I don't even have words to do it justice. Death Cab is probably in my top 5 all-time list, and this song is one of their best. Anyway... I'm off to start listening to some of your other choices. Got some homework lol.

P.S. i think my original post was me subconsciously reaching out for new music reccomendations, so thanks!

That should keep me busy for a while. Thanks.

Tried to pick the most generic name I could think of for my username. Now I kind of like it and I started using it in games on my phone.

Nutshell by Alice in ChainsCover Me Up by Morgan Wallen

Broken Window Serenade by Whiskey Myers

Love Nutshell! Though there isn't a bad song on that album. I said it on another post, but I'll repeat it: Layne Staley was my spirit animal for a few years in the 90's. His lyrics were dark and his singing was raw yet he had a kind of swagger. I'm not familiar with the other two but I'll give them a listen, thanks!

So much music, so little time! I think I’ve been in a coma for the last 15 years.🎶💖

I would mention the Gary Jules version of "Mad World"...


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RupertBrown in reply to _Alex_

That is such a good song. Never heard this version before, Love his vocals, very quiet and very intimate, leaves lots of room for the listener to really feel the lyrics. Haunting, really. Thanks for this.

Also, "Something I can never have" by Nine Inch Nails...


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RupertBrown in reply to _Alex_

I was a big NIN fan back in the day. I always liked Trent's "quieter" stuff. Somehow when he stripped the music down it lent so much more weight to his vocals and lyrics. Haven't heard this song in over 20 years and I forgot how good it was. Thank you for the link.

If you'll allow me one more. This one is particularly emotional for me.


I really enjoyed this. To me it comes across as a thoughtful lament. I like the slow build where you have an inkling where it's going then gets sort of bittersweet at the end. In my mind it plays to the concept that we get wiser as we get older, but no less immune to life's hurts. Beautiful song, thanks for sharing this. If you get a chance, I highly recommend Sting's Shape of My Heart. Different style and era, but it lays out, (somewhat similarly I think), themes of persistence and futility. You might enjoy it. Thanks again for sharing this.

I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

I listened to "Shape of My Heart". Making out the lyric was no trouble, but it was meaningless to me; I feel like a dolt. Your words don't connect at all to what I hear. Is it life experience? I don't know. I'll try again later and hope I catch on.

Could be life experience, sometimes things resonate with one person and not another. I also tend to read too much into stuff so it could be that. I have been known to ascribe meaning where there was none as well, (my wife can attest to that).

Um... well, must admit, also guilty of the above. A life shared with books. Downside: I can make myself crazy looking for meaning I ain't gonna find no how. For instance, South American writers. I've decided my analytic mind won't get me there, and I don't know any other path. Hell on wheels with a good mystery though. Drive my family crazy figuring out the dénouement long before the film is over.

Always look on the bright side of life ;Eric Idle [Monty Python]🤗🤗

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RupertBrown in reply to Adlon57

Nice! "Life's a piece of sh*t, when you look at it...". Love it! They performed this during the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. Everyone in the stadium sang along, icluding the queen. What a fantastic moment!

46 and 2 by Tool.

This is a geeat song. I love the time signature changes and that driving bass line, they give the music a kind of plodding, lumbering feel. There's even a spot or two where it almost sounds like the bass and guitar are about to slip out of time for a second. Subtly contributes to the feel of the song. Tool definitely had one of the better rhythm sections of that era.

omg i have way too manyyyy lol so ill just name a bunch of em

let down by paris jackson ( BEAUTIFUL SONG OMG)

Together again by janet jackson (my fav song ever)

spirit by beyonce

paradise by coldplay

class fight by melanie martinez

woman by doja cat

pride in the name of love by U2

wouldnt it be nice by the beach boys

lead the way by jhene aiko

like a rolling stone by bob dylan

earth song michael jackson

my girl the temptations

love shack the b-52s

california dreamin mamas and the papas

the pleasure principle janet jackson

in my room beach boys

and tons moreee

these are my favs rn

Some really nice ones on your list! Not familiar with all of them, but I'm slowly working through my "to listen" list. Thanks for the reply!

I added a new song my repertoire, My Universe by ColdPlay and BTS.

This is a great thread.

I love songs by Never Ending White Lights.

My topic picks that make me cry like a baby are: This Longing, The Grace, From What I Once Was

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RupertBrown in reply to Laurier1

Hi. I listened to these quick on my phone, but I feel like this music needs to be heard on real speakers to be appreciated. I can tell I'll love this mood, but crappy phone speakers don't do it justice!

I was curious your thoughts on the songs. Yes, definitely a must listen on good speakers. To be honest, I almost deleted my post…. I thought maybe the songs were too heavy. Please keep me posted once you re-listen. I’d love to know which you like the most….

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RupertBrown in reply to Laurier1

Heheh, you don't have to worry about too heavy for me lol. At various points I've been into some pretty heavy stuff. Tool, Primus, Faith No More, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Corrosion of Conformity, The Jesus Lizard and many more. Even went through a death-metal phase! (Sepultura was my favorite) Will give these a listen after work.

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RupertBrown in reply to Laurier1

Okay, so I finally got a chance to listen to these properly. I liked all three, but the last one stood out for me. The music just kind of sets a mood, very atmospheric and kind of somber. I also liked the lyrics to the last one the best. Overall, very calming and a soothing in it's way. Thanks for the suggestions! Sorry for the delay, I'm slowly working my way through all the music on this thread that I haven't heard before.

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Laurier1 in reply to RupertBrown

Hey there, please don’t apologize. I totally understand, as there are lots of great suggestions on here. I’m glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

Llamada de emergencia by Daddy Yankee. First heard it when I was learning to speak Spanish and it got me into reggaeton music.

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RupertBrown in reply to Falco1

Thanks for the reply, this one's going on my list. I'm getting through the ones i haven't heard before slowly but surely. I've been listening to the same stuff for quite a while and I figured it was time to broaden my horizons a little!

Hi. Will have a listen to your choice aswell, as have never heard of that Sting song.

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