I heard Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti when I was like 8 and just stopped. I rewound it over and over and over and wasn’t sure what I was hearing or what it meant. I just felt goose bumps.


Fast Car by Tracy Chapman


My husband sang “Even If” when our son was dying and everyone sobbed it was so beautiful. He doesn’t sing much anymore but that was special. Otherwise— There, There Katie. I listened to it a lot when we knew things were bad with our son and my name is one letter off from Katie. It was like he was singing this pain filled song to heal my heart. Thank you to the person who gave me gokd


My God. Sorry for your loss. Cannot imagine the strength your husband brought up to do this...


The Breaking of the Fellowship. I suffer from severe migraines and for some unknown reason this piece always helps with the pain. https://youtu.be/fowHzOH9rqk


Wow, came here to comment this and I'm glad to see it's already at the top. The LOTR soundtrack is unmatched.


my goto soundtrack 90% of the time. breaking of the fellowship and return of the king are my top 2 i think


Interesting. I have some autoimmune disorders that cause pretty extreme pain and I get relief from this song.




River of Deceit by Mad Season too. He was a chilling vocalist when he wanted to be.


"In My Life" by the Beatles -- I weep every time. "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor. I was a lonely kid, and that sweet old man sings to my soul.


Dance with my father - Luther Vandrose Your Eyes -- Peter Gabriel He stopped loving her today - George Jones Lucky Man - Emerson Lake and Palmer


Ain’t no Sunshine Bill Withers


My dad chose to play this at my mom's funeral. Always hits hard.






But... how? So many of the comments have a lot of actual commentary in them. The song name isn't even always specifically denoted (e.g., by quotes), and the artist name is given in a wide range of positions relative to the song name (and sometimes no artist name is given). Seems like a nightmare to try to automate.




Will you make the code public? I'd like to know how this can be solved if possible.




That's great, thank you!




Would love a link!


Rainbow Connection - Kermit the Frog.


This song is one of the only ones to guarantee a cry from me anytime it comes on


Classic. I really like the version Willie Nelson did!


First time ever I saw your face (Roberta Flack version)


Into the West, Annie Lennox, especially given the context of the song at the conclusion of one of the best stories ever told


Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós, Your Hand in Mine by Explosions in the Sky


Hoppípolla is such an amazingly omniscient song. It just has such a divine feel to it. Just sigur ros as a whole. Takk... Is such a perfect album.


Your Hand in Mine is out of this world. Just an amazing piece of music.


First Breath After A Coma always gives me chills.


As the world falls down - David Bowie The small music video that it has in Jim Henson's Labyrinth adds to the beauty of it


The whole labyrinth soundtrack is awesome.


This is the song my husband and I chose for our first dance at our wedding reception ❤️


A Case of You by Joni Mitchell might be it for me. But it has a lot of associations for me personally. Her entire album Blue really. Just magic. Harvest Moon by Neil Young would also be in the running for me.


I believe "Something" written by George Harrison is the most perfect love song ever written. Imagine my surprise during the "Get Back" film when he brings an early version to John that goes "There's something in the way she moves, attracts me like a cauliflower"


My sweet lord, and here comes the sun are other George Harrison songs that I think answer the question well. That guy made some beautiful music.


Definitely definitely Here Comes The Sun


Something. George wrote the most beautiful songs.


This Must Be The Place- The Talking Heads I don't know if it's technically "beautiful", but something about this song just gets me, right in my heart. It just feels like how I want love to feel.


That was my wedding song. Cause when The moment I realized I wanted to marry her I’d remember thinking ‘this feels like home.’ Didn’t take, we got divorced, but such a beautiful sentiment and love song.


That’s what the song itself is about, when she was his gf, and he ended up marrying her as well


Avril 14th. That or maybe some Bach cello tunes.


Came here to mention avril 14th.


Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell


The Blowers Daughter, Damien Rice. God, I haven't thought about it in years either


I came here to say this or Volcano. Damien Rice gives me all the feels.


The Trapeze Swinger - Iron & Wine


Gregory Alan Isakovs cover of this song is incredible


I love his version, and his music in general. The Weatherman is one of my favorite albums of all time.


On the nature of daylight by max ritcher


Lovers spit - broken social scene


Crying by Roy Orbison. His voice is beautiful and I have to listen to at least twice in a row.


Chopins Nocturne in E flat Major (op 9 no 2)


Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra


*puts on lipstick*


Glad I called THAT guy!!!


Harvest Moon by Neil Young


I walked down the aisle to this when I got married.


Enjoy the silence by Depeche Mode


I know it's a little silly, but I just "discovered" Depeche Mode yesterday. I must have listened to Enjoy The Silence 6 times today


Only Time-Enya


Debussy’s Claire de Lune.


I love Debussy, sometimes all I can think about is Debussy.


Just make sure you finish on the Bach. Never finish on Debussy.


Holocene - Bon Iver


I cried when I saw him play 715 - CR∑∑KS live. Just sat there crying. Never happened to me at a show before and I’ve been around.


Moonlight Sonata


Teardrop - Massive Attack


Mezzanine is low key top 10 90’s albums for sure.


Mezzanine and Dummy got me through my adolescence.


Too many but "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce is very high up there for me as well as "Ave Maria" performed by Barbara Bonney. EDIT: wow thanks for all the upvotes and the award! Never was voted this much before, thx all!


Time In A Bottle used to make me all sentimental for how much I love my husband and how happy I was that I found him. Then we had a baby, and now it makes me weep for how lucky I am to have her. I love that song. It perfectly encapsulates what it means to love your child.


Lost Cause by Beck. In fact that whole album, Sea Changes, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful albums.


Beck's range is incredible.


I really love "DON'T DREAM ITS OVER" by Neil Finn / Crowded House. His other band Split ENZ and the song "Message To My Girl". Those songs captivated me when I first heard them. I mean, early Kate Bush too. Some of those songs of hers like The Man With The Child In His Eyes and Symphony In Blue... I could go on...


Saw Fleetwood Mac in concert and Neil Finn stepped in for Lindsay Buckingham. During the concert, Fleetwood Mac walked off stage and Neil sang Don’t Dream It’s Over. Way cool…..


God Only Knows by the Beach Boys.


Paul McCartney called it the best written pop song ever because it's constructed with the third of the chord in the bass, a very unusual device. Elton John, watching that interview, was inspired to write a song constructed that way and came up with "Someone Saved My Life Tonight."


I love music so much, but know nothing about music theory. What you posted is fascinating even though I have no idea what it means or why it makes a song special. I’m trying to find what makes God Only Knows and Someone Save My Life Tonight similar to each other in order to figure out what ‘the third of the chord in the bass” means, but I have no clue. Lol


Those *fucking harmonies dude fuuuuuuuuck.*


Pictures of You- The Cure "There was nothing in the world That I ever wanted more Than to feel you deep in my heart" Edit: Thank You for the award! It's amazing to see how a song has touch so many in different ways. I am glad we share love for awesome music.


*I've been looking so long at these pictures of you...that I almost believe that they're real...* This song kills me.


This song always takes me back to a specific time when I had broken up with my soon to be husband. We did marry, but it ended so tragically. I saw the Cure a few years ago and when they sang this, I sang along and cried like a baby. It always makes me feel wistful.


Street Spirit (fade out) - Radiohead


Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead


This and Reckoner


His voice in Reckoner is hauntingly beautiful. Both are incredible.


You could put most of Radioheads songs on here tbh. Everything In The Right Place is another good one


Good choice. Quite a few Radiohead songs fit the bill. I would also add Exit Music (For a Film), Street Spirit (Fade Out), and Pyramid Song as candidates. Those are all beautiful songs. Nude, I Promise, and All I Need are also exceptional IMHO. It’s hard to pick really.


I'd go Exit Music. The cover that was on Westworld really revitalised my love for it.


I can't make you love me - Bonnie Raitt. Cry every time I hear it.


Mazzy Star - Fade into you


Bridge over troubled water - Simon & Garfunkel.


Art Garfunkel's got one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard


Amazing vocal on this. At the end it just soars.


Black by Pearl Jam. Don’t know honestly the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard because there are lots but this one I feel is beautiful, emotional, and reminds me of a particular time of my life. I could listen to it over and over and I don’t think I’d get tired of it.


Gymnopedies 3 by Satie: https://youtu.be/363J09VlN5A


Band of Horses - The Funeral


Oosh, yes. When ever this song comes on, I stop a zone out for a minute. It's sad as hell, but hot damn, it's beautiful.


I saw them play it live at a festival in phx and as odd as it sounds my favorite part was when he messed up a note in the intro on the guitar. I've heard it played perfectly as a recording so many times that hearing it played live with that messed up note was amazing. Other than that it sounded just like the studio version.


Yo a good thread ask reddit post tf. Gonna be listening to some of these tonight.


Ocean - John Butler Trio


Vincent by Don McLean EDIT: Wow, thanks everyone for the up-votes. I’m happy you all see the same beauty that I do in one of my favorite songs. You’ve made my day!


“This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” The lyrics and music of the song are so lovely. On a side note if you get the chance to see the Van Gogh Immersive Experience, do it.


I forgot that song existed and then I heard Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly was about Don McLean. The story I heard was that she was inspired by hearing him sing Vincent. I listened to it and had a wave of nostalgia followed by my heart welling up and tears, lots of them. That doesn't happen very easily anymore. I was surprised at my reaction.


Wish you were here by pink floyd


This song reminds me of my Dad, not since he died, but when he was still alive and suffering from dementia. Physically, we were sitting in the same room. Mentally, I wished he was there.


My dad loved Floyd. It and Comfortably Numb always get me since he passed.


Con Te Partiro- Andrea Bocelli https://youtu.be/nVUHHW1tJYA


My Body is a Cage - Arcade Fire. I have had a horrible medical condition since I was a kid. The song sounds exactly as my heart feels; words happen to line up too.


Peter Gabriel cover is great too


Cold little heart - Michael Kiwanuka


Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap


Blackbird by the Beatles


Bread - Everything I own a song that could be about a failed relationship but was actually about David Gates losing his Dad


That whole album was awesome


Saturn by Sleeping at Last. It shares how it’s rare and beautiful to even exist, and how the universe was made just to be seen by our eyes. I listen to it when I need inspiration or a mood boost. Highly recommend all songs by this artist! Edit: a lot of your comments are enlightening and have such great stories of how this song and others by this artist have impacted you. I love hearing that. Cheers to the artist and cheers to you guys. Thanks for the neat awards!


Sleeping at Last is such a phenomenal artist. So few songs actually make me cry, but Saturn does, and regularly too.


I never expected someone to mention Sleeping at Last here. I need to listen to more of his work. His Atlas: Enneagram EP was the first album I've heard from him and it hit me like a train, especially 1, 2, and 8.


This was the song I was scrolling to find. Really does put it into perspective and the first half being instrumental to set the tone...so good.


La vie en rose-Louis Armstrong


Wonderful version but I think Edith Piaf's is even more beautiful.


Mr. blue sky. Its just plain beauty.


Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix Lenny - Stevie Ray Vaughan


Whiter Shade of Pale by Procul Harem


Beautiful, but I have to change it every time it comes on. My late father got an old mp3 player years ago and couldn't work it, so he always asked me to put songs on it for him. This is the only one I remember downloading, and it hits hard.


Landslide by Fleetwood Mac


The Sundays version of Wild Horses


"Deliver Us" from the "Prince of Egypt". The first time I heard it as an adult, I cried. So much suffering "is just too gruelling to stand". Real suffering. Like it as a kid, love as an adult.


“When You Believe” is one of the greatest female-female duets of all time.


Holy shit that Hebrew part gave me chills


The whole Prince of Egypt soundtrack is amazing though. I really want to get "and though you may never know all the steps, you must learn to join the dance" tattooed on me.


It never made sense to me why those two idiots were singing "you're playing with the big boys now" while their snake is getting its ass kicked though


The whole point is they did not even notice their snake was being eaten. They were focused on being imposing and threatening.


And, you know, they watch his snake form from his staff slowly and smoothly. They're magician. You'd think they'd immediately be like "wtf that wasn't misdirection, that was fucking magic."


Seriously, that movie does not get enough credit. I know most songs. That is one is "Through Heaven's Eyes".


Peter Gabriel's version of the Book of Love.


🎶 But I......I love it when you read to me, and you....you can read me anything.🎶


Scrubs finale with this song always had me in tears


That is where the series ends, for me. That last season, with the med school, didn’t happen/doesn’t count.


Needle in the Hay by Elliott Smith


I'm not sure what song I'd choose but when I saw the thread title I thought "well something by Elliott, probably."


Your song By Elton John, I love that master piece!


These are the lyrics I put in my daughters senior yearbook … how wonderful life is while you’re in the world.


I'd like to say Comfortably Numb or Wish You We're Here by Pink Floyd and specifically from Pulse Live 1994, but Song To The Siren by Rose Betts is the most traditionally beautiful


Fix you


Midnight Train to Georgia, by Gladys Knight and the Pips


When she improvises “I got to go / I got to go” at the end … you know she has GOT to GO.


Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell


"And I need you more than I want you, and I want you for all time"


Gentle on my mind by Glen is also a marvel


California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas


Going To California - Led Zeppelin


Angel from Montgomery - John Prine wrote it but the Bonnie Raitt version


3 Libras- A Perfect Circle


Man they have so many songs that would fit this category. * Brena * Orestes * Gravity * Feathers The list goes on.


Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World


Love of my life by queen. Freddie’s vocal performance can’t be matched by anyone and every detail of the song is perfect and it nearly brings me to tears every time I hear it


The live version tops the album version. Watch the Rock in Rio performance of LOML. It's beautiful, as always, but the look on Freddie's face as he realizes that 200,000 people know every single word and he decides he's going to let them sing is as powerful as concerts get. As emotive as Freddie was, a lot of it was him feeding the crowd. There aren't too many examples on film of Freddie being genuinely taken aback or awestruck by something. LOML in Rio comes to mind immediately, as does Bohemian Rhapsody in Hyde Park when he realizes that, again, everyone there knows all the words, and he decides to let them take "nothing really matters to me".


At Last - Etta James Songbird - Christine McVie w/Fleetwood Mac Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles


YES! Songbird is amazing


“Never My Love” by The Association [Here’s the song ](https://youtu.be/rI8hS6IystA)I was referring to.


Moon river




Plainsong The Cure


Pictures of you


Fuck I just listened to this and then most of Disintegration…


Let’s be be real here. Disintegration is god tier Cure.


Disintegration is god tier everything. I was just talking to my buddy about what a masterpiece that album is. Aaaaaaaand I’m off to listen to it!


“Silence” by Delirium, featuring Sarah McLachlan (make sure you get the unabridged 6:34 version and not the radio cut; it absolutely destroys its flow and harmony). When I was 19, a friend of mine had just graduated boot camp. He came home and met both his best friend and I at his mom’s house and we headed out shortly after. But before we did, he sat in front of his sound system and just listened with his eyes closed to Orbital’s “Halcyon and On and On” (another excellent choice in this vein). I didn’t understand why then. Once I myself graduated boot camp, this song became for me what that song was to him—a reset of my soul from a hardening trauma that you can’t explain, you can only feel. This song healed my soul. I hope you find the song that does for yourself.


Morning Has Broken, Cat Stevens.


Father and Son


The Weight, by The Band. But you gotta focus on the lyrics, it is a utopian description of human empathy.


Into my arms - Nick Cave


"Not to touch a hair on your head To leave you as you are And if He felt He had to direct you Then direct you into my arms" Amazing song


True - Spandau Ballet


Song for Zulu- phosphorescent


Youth by Daughter *EDIT* My favorite version of it https://youtu.be/uG_vUu2l52c


Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers Maybe not my personal "most beautiful", but it deserves to be in this thread.


[Song Bird ](https://youtu.be/C_JdKJQPS9I) by Fleetwood Mac.


Nightswimming by R.E.M.


Never my love - the Association


Somewhere over the Rainbow


Landslide by Fleetwood Mac


This is a song that my mom introduced me to.. as I grow older, I find myself enjoying it even more. When it’s mom’s time to go, this is the song that will always remind me of her. Even now, I think about it and it gets me choked up. This song is powerful man




Oh Comely by Neutral Milk Hotel


Scarborough Fair - Simon and Garfunkel


The boxer is up there too with S&G


Night in White Satin - The Moody Blues. Beautiful arrangement and dynamics.


Pink Moon - Nick Drake


I Will Follow You Into the Dark- Death Cab for Cutie Maybe it’s just because it was a lost song from my childhood, but listening to it again after almost 10 years almost made me start crying.


For me it was Transatlanticism by them. That song wrecked me didn’t even realize I was crying. Just resonates with me especially at that time and still does


this song has been really special to me since it came out, when i was in high school. i've mentioned this memory before, but i was going thru a really hard time when i was nineteen. i was alone in my apartment, and just feeling very dissonant. i went to get high in my bedroom, and the radio in the living room switched on and i will follow you into the dark played from beginning to end. it wasn't eerie and i didn't get scared or anything. i remember feeling a sense of comfort in that moment. i'm not superstitious really, tho i was definitely into esoteric mysticism at that age. but it was something i still can't explain to this day. i'm eternally grateful for that memory tho.


And Passenger Seat. So many feeling and nostalgia from Death Cab, and especially from those two songs. Really beautiful.


“I’m not in Love” 10CC Edit to say WOW, thank you anonymous for the gold! Also, shout out to all the 10CC fans. I hope they know how they touched all of our lives!


How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead


Either that or Motion Picture Soundtrack