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A recent survey by PRS for Music has revealed that R.E.M.'s 1993 single Everybody Hurts is the top song that makes men cry. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah follow in second and third, respectively.

"A well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathize with," Ellis Rich, PRS for Music's chairman said in a statement. "It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men."

Globe Music critic Brad Wheeler liked some of the choices, but has his own version of the list.

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1. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Elton John) 2. Please Come to Boston (Dave Loggins) 3. Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) 4. A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke) 5. He Stopped Loving Her Today (George Jones) 6. Cats in the Cradle (Harry Chapin) 7. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) 8. Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.) 9. Mad World (Gary Jules) 10. Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)

Readers: Join the conversation by posting a comment naming the song that always makes you cry.

Here is the full list from PRS for Music:

1. Everybody Hurts (REM) 2. Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton) 3. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) 4. Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O'Connor) 5. With or Without You (U2) 6. The Drugs Don't Work (The Verve) 7. Candle in the Wind (Elton John) 8. Streets of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen) 9. Unchained Melody (Todd Duncan) 10. Angels (Robbie Williams)

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