As BBC Four get ready to replay Top of the Pops from 1990 we thought here at Daily Nightly we’d ponder what may well be the most favourite songs to let out a little bitty tear to.
Top of the Pops repeats next week head into the decade of hip-hop and dance – with hits from the likes of Adamski, Orbital, 808 State and Snap! dominating the early part of the ’90s – there was still time for songs that could bring a tear to the eye with the big balladeers including Sinead O’Connor and Maria McKee.
With the latter in mind, a little research found that the place people love to cry the most is in the shower with 74% of people polled noting they save their sobs for the bathroom. Other popular places to weep while tuned to a hit record include in bed (68%), in the car (54%) and in the work toilet (36%).
With the winter blues drawing in and the pandemic still lurking in the darkness, it’s safe to say we’ve all warranted a cry over the last few months, but what artists do we turn to when we’re feeling the need to let it out and then perk up?
After trawling through nearly 10,000 songs from Spotify’s playlists researchers found that 74% of people said that if they need to have a sob, they’ll save it for the shower – at least you’re saving on tissues.
The Top Three Songs to Listen to When Crying
Number 1: Jealous. The top song to listen to when you need a good old cry is Jealous by British singer and songwriter Labrinth.
This song was listed 26 times across all playlists – making it the top tearjerker.
Number 2: Say Something and Someone You Loved. In joint second place is Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, and Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi. Even though Lewis missed out on the top five most popular artists to cry to, both he and A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera appeared 25 times across all playlists.
Number 3: Stay With Me, Say You Won’t Let Go and Dancing On My Own. Sharing the third spot is Stay With Me – Sam Smith, Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur, and Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott. All three of these tearful tunes had 23 placements across all playlists.