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28 Songs That Are Guaranteed To Make You Cry

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1. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build a Home

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What you'll need:

- A deep, deep sense of loss.

- An empty home.

- Literally nobody to talk to.

2. Michael Andrews, Gary Jules - Mad World

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What you'll need:

- A rainy afternoon.

- A wistful sense of hopelessness.

- A copy of Donnie Darko.

3. Frightened Rabbit - Keep Yourself Warm

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What you'll need:

- A debilitating breakup.

- A bank of humiliating and degrading sexual experiences.

- A box of tissues. (Purpose unspecified.)

4. Bat for Lashes - Siren Song

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What you'll need:

- An overwhelming loneliness.

- Someone who will take you back.

5. Big Star - Holocaust

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6. Beck - Guess I'm Doing Fine

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What you'll need:

- An unfortunate inability to effectively lie to yourself.

- A pack of smokes.

7. Bright Eyes - Something Vague

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What you'll need:

- A tiny apartment in an overcrowded city.

- An angry but impotent feeling that the walls are suffocating you.

- Fluorescent lighting.

8. The Replacements - Here Comes A Regular

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What you'll need:

- An empty bar.

- An incurable alcohol problem.

- Money for tips.

9. The National - About Today

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What you'll need:

- The ability to neglect basic hygiene.

- Access to your ex's Facebook profile.

- A comfortable mattress.

10. Slowdive - Dagger

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What you'll need:

- A profound sense of insignificance.

- A dash of agoraphobia.

- Quaaludes.

11. Portishead - Roads

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What you'll need:

- An inability to find fulfillment.

- Liberal guilt.

12. Richard and Linda Thompson - Walking On A Wire

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What you'll need:

- A broken marriage.

- No kids.

- A demonstrative ability to really slam a door.

13. Johnny Cash - Hurt

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What you'll need:

- The shadow of death looming over you.

- Years and years of substance abuse behind you.

- Just one last fix.

14. Ben Folds Five - Brick

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What you'll need:

- A genuinely loving relationship that's falling apart through no fault of your own.

15. Radiohead - Exit Music

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What you'll need:

- Two warring households.

- A star-crossed lover.

- Two vials of poison.

16. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See A Darkness

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What you'll need:

- A sleep mask.

- Black-out curtains.

- An unendurable existential anxiety.

17. Tori Amos - China

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What you'll need:

- A long-distance relationship.

- A lack of commitment.

18. Modest Mouse - Bankrupt On Selling

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What you'll need:

- Disposable income.

- A fast car.

- An expensive house.

- An empty life.

19. Leonard Cohen - Famous Blue Raincoat

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What you'll need:

- A hopeless love triangle.

- A skeleton in the closet.

- Reluctant acceptance.

20. Cat Power - Good Woman

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What you'll need:

- A frankly surprising ability to get to the really good part of this song where the kids sing without killing yourself.

21. The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work

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What you'll need:

- Some bunk ecstasy.

- A cat in a bag.

22. Red House Painters - Katy Song

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What you'll need:

- Tons more Red House Painters.

23. PJ Harvey - The River

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What you'll need:

- An overwhelming urge to shower.

- Regret.

24. Cat Stevens - Trouble

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What you'll need:

- A love interest who is 50 years your senior.

- An extended hospital stay.

25. Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day

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What you'll need:

- An extensive knowledge of Illinois state history.

- A healthy fear of death.

26. Elliot Smith- Kings Crossing

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What you'll need:

- A secondhand grand piano.

- A bottle of Mad Dog 20/20.

27. Bruce Springsteen - The Promise

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What you'll need:

- A union membership.

- The keys to your daddy's car.

28. Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me

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What you'll need:

- Unrequited love.

- A Nicholas Sparks novel.

- A train ticket to anywhere.

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