As a proud member of the Sad Songs Make Me Happy Club, I can’t say that the so-called sob-inducers listed in last week’s survey of UK men really brought me down. Novelist Jonathan Franzen’s favorite tear-jerkers, however, are proving to be a formidable opponent to these dry eyes. In an interview with Irish Times (via Crumbler), the Freedom author revealed that the Mekons are his “favorite band over the long term” and listed three “songs that bring tears to [his] eyes”: Sufjan Stevens’ “Casimir Pulaski Day,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s amazing take on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and “John Riley” by the Byrds.
Find a box of Kleenex and give them a spin:
Sufjan Stevens – “Casimir Pulaski Day”
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
The Byrds – “John Riley”