The Finale "Lento/Ala breve" of Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #3 may be the most uplifting piece of music ever composed.
From Gustav Holtz' "The Planets": Most of "Saturn: The Bringer of Old Age" is dissonant and fearful, representing the fear of growing old and dying. The climax of the piece could very well represent the moment of death. then it dies down, as if the departed has resigned themselves to fadingaway, but then a peaceful tune comes in and swells, as if the departed sees the light at the end of the tunnel and enters it.
"Cryin' For Me" by Toby Keith...
Papa Roach's "No Matter What" if you understand the meaning behind it. Jacoby Shaddix wrote it for his wife, they've been together since they were seventeen. It's also for his bandmates, how much they've been through together.
Three Doors Down "Citizen Soldier" is this and a good kind of Tearjerker. If all goes to hell, the Guard will have your back. The final line says it best "We'll always be ready, because we will always be there!" And the music video adds another layer onto it with "We are free, because of the brave."
"Here Without You": "I'm here without you baby, but you're still on my lonely mind / I think about you, baby, and I dream about you all the time."
Can I add a bit of Animal Collective? In particular their album "Sung Tongs" which cover gentle, warm feelings of being a child, when everything in the world and nature is a miracle to you, when you get to meet beautiful friends, when you feel like you're unstoppable, and that warm and cozy feeling of loving people.
Neil Innes' "Something To Say" is mostly a cynical going-through about how everyone talks without doing anything because of all the different types of media. And then, towards the end...
The Dragon's Heartbeat , by Randy Edelman, from Dragon The Bruce Lee Story. Brings hope and warmth to the heart like no other musical motiff can, giving one the courage to go out and take on the world.
Beyonce's performance of Halo to a young girl with leukemia in Sydney. The piano-only arrangement, Beyonce's in-tune better-than-studio vocals, and "Chelsey I can feel your halo" definesCrowning Momentof Heartwarming. Also doubles as Tear Jerker as evidenced by the audience both in Sydney and around the world.
"Last of the American Girls" could also count as this, saying as, rumor has it (according to Mike Dirnt, at least) that Billie Joe Armstrong wrote it about his wife Adrienne. And, even without considering that, the song is still very sweet in how simply amazing this guy thinks that this girl is
YUI's I Remember You is one on three different levels. The first is as a counterpart to her song Goodbye Days. Both songs are from the points of view of characters of the movie YUI starred in, Taiyou no Uta. I Remember You is written from Fujishiro Koji's perspective. The second level is the lyrics, which are amazing. And the third is the song itself, how longing and plaintive it sounds, and the utter heartwarmingness of the music.
Kamelot's song Don't You Cry, written by guitarist Thomas Youngblood in memory of his dad, who passed away while Thomas was very young. Just...oh my god.
Don't you cry, or suffer over me
I will be waiting for you
Don't you cry, angels never fade away
I will be watching over you, see you through
Love You to Death of the love you through adversity and painful situations, the music makes it that much better. Soft but with a punch!
"True Love Waits", by Radiohead, is a more bittersweet experience, but so very touching... "I'll drown my beliefs/To have you be in peace/I'll dress like a mess(?)/And wash your swollen feet/True love's/Gonna wait/Don't wait/". It doesn't hurt that Thom is like some kind of disaffected, cynical, scruffy, vision-impaired teddy bear, or something.
Also "Worrywort", with features some of the most uplifting lyrics in any Radiohead song: "There's no use dwelling on (x2)/ It's such a beautiful day (x2)/ Find yourself a moment / And go and get some rest". The jolly accompanying synth contributes to it being a rare moment of sunshine in the mostly angsty Radiohead catalogue.
"Flim" by Aphex Twin. And this is the song that directly follows "Come to Daddy, Pappy mix" on the Come to Daddy EP.
"Avril 14th" trumps it. esp when considering some of his more popular, slightly downbeat works...
Glaring Dream by Kinya Kotani is sososo heartwarming, especially when heard in context in Gravitation. You listen to it at the end of every episode and register it detachedly as a good song, and then the last episode you realize what it really is and consider your heart warmed.
Vitamin C's "Graduation song".
It's impossible to listen to this song without tearing up.
Keep Fishin' by Weezer. Come on! It's the Muppets! Even Rivers Cuomo is laughing!
Who could forget "If You're Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To)"? That song is pure smiles. "Your mom cooked meatloaf even though I don't eat meat. I dug you so much I took some for the team..."
The cover of "Show Must Go On" with Elton John and the surviving members of Queen, a loving tribute to Freddie Mercury.
The entire UK video for "All These Things That I've Done" by the Killers is this, devoid of Tear Jerking. Here, watch.
"Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman. The three verses are three vignettes of a father dancing with his 'Cinderella' and musing on the inevitability of her growing up and leaving home: 'So I will dance with Cinderella/while she is here in my arms/'Cause I know something the prince never knew... All too soon the clock will strike midnight/And she'll be gone.'
This is especially tragic considering the death of his daughter, about whom the song was written.
"Heaven is the Place" is also written about said daughter.
The story behind "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" makes one line and moment poignant — it's Bono's elegy for his father, who was always a big opera fan. During the line "Can you hear me when I sing/You're the reason the opera's in me," Bono hits this Beyond the Impossible high note — oh, and by the way, his father was a tenor.
The Sweetest Thing. A completely adorable little song written as an apology to Bono's wife Ali after he missed her birthday while recording The Joshua Tree. Awww.
The 12-minutes version of Bad in the 1985 Live Aid concert. Why so long, you ask? Halfway through the song, Bono noticed a teenage girl being pinned against the railings, and is in danger of getting crushed. He notified the audience and the security, who pulled her out and into the front of the whole audience, where he hugged the young lady and danced along to the song with her for a while. The way this matches up with the music makes it an incredibly beautifully surreal moment that helped define the concert and powered their rise to superstardom.
Where the Streets Have No Name, for all its lyrical beauty, manages to powerfully invoke this trope without a single word with one of the most gorgeously uplifting intros ever written.
Dan Fogelberg's "Run for the Roses," a sweet, pretty ballad about the life of a Kentucky Derby racehorse definitely causes WAFF: "It's the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance/And it's time that you joined in the dance..."
It's sweet and heartwarming until you watch two horses in three years go down in the Triple Crown races (Barbaro in the Preakness, 2006, and Eight Belles in the Derby, 2008), and then you bawl every time you hear it.
The finale of the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert, when the entire cast plus 17 different Valjeans from around the world sing One Day More and go a cappella for the final "One more dawn...one more day...one day more".
Most of Viva La Vida is this, but the anthemic ending of "Death And All His Friends" takes the cake.
A word of advice: Don't listen to this song while reading through the Real Life Heartwarming entries. I made the mistake of having the song on repeat, and the lyrics I had once perceived as pessimistic and saying "We're all going to die some day" turned into the most glorious example of "But this life has so many lovely things within it, why would I ever want to leave?"
Apocalyptica's Farewell feels more like a re-encounter. An amazingly epic, "just floated down from heaven to help again" re-encounter.
Ayreon's Come Back To Me - especially the The Human Equation album version, Day Seven: Hope, in which Best Friend talks to the coma-struck Me and reminds him of their happiness when they were young. Especially touching if you remember Me stabbed him in the back. If that doesn't make you go 'Awwwww...', you are not human. I mean, don't you wish YOUR best friend was telling you 'Deep down inside I think you know you are free, come back to me' while you were in coma?
The "Can you see the fire in their eyes..." part of "Unnatural Selection" in 01011001. Sure, the song is about humans destroying Earth and themselves and even that part of the song shows the Forevers getting too attached to humanity and interfering too much, but dammit, humans aren't all bastards.
"Better Days", by Goo Goo Dolls — "I wish everyone was loved tonight/ and someone would stop this endless fight/ 'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again..."
And you can't not mention "Iris" here. I've give up forever to touch you/ 'cause I know that you feel me somehow/ You're the closest to Heaven that I'll ever be/ and I don't want to go home right now.
In its own way, "Big Machine". Yes, it's basically a song about unrequited love, but it's still amazing:
I'm torn in pieces I'm blind and waiting For my heart is reeling I'm blind and waiting for you I'm blind and waiting for you And I can't believe it's coming true.
Pretty much all of the Concert for George would qualify, there are so many lovely moments.
Ravi Shankar's beautiful introduction.
Paul McCartney's version of "Something" on the ukelele.
And of course, the finale, I'll See You in My Dreams, when the rose petals start to fall.
If you watch closely, there are a few moments where one musician or another steals a glance at George's son Dhani, who's also playing with them — and who looks so much like George it's eerie — and they choke up for a second and have to turn away.
On a related note: "Here Comes the Sun". Little darling, the smile's returning to their faces...
A different song, but "Float On" by Modest Mouse. Bad things happen, but what the hell! Life keeps going. "And we'll all float on, all right..."
"You Are the Moon" by the Hush Sound is a touchingly beautiful song that sounds like (I'm not sure) someone telling another person that yes, they are imperfect, but they are beautiful anyway and they should see that.
David Cook's "Permanent". Doubles as a Tear Jerker as it was witten about his older brother who had brain cancer and eventually died. The song is about watching his brother suffer. At one point he even says he wanted to take his place so his brother wouldn't have to suffer.
I know he's living in hell every single day.
And so I ask "Oh God, is there some way for me to take his place?"
Praan by Garry Schyman, a song mostly known for its appearance in a "Where The Hell Is Matt?" video. The song alone is gorgeous.
And the translation from Bengali is equally beautiful: "I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment".
Yeah, it's '80s pop/rock schmaltz, whatever. Anyone who doesn't like Rod Stewart's Forever Young...
But whatever road you choose I'm right behind you, win or lose
They were there the night the wall was drowned In the surging of that tidal crowd: An old world made new On the same holy ground. She found him standing, looking lost In the shadow of St. Stephen's cross, And he closed his eyes and heard no sound But her breathing warm against his mouth.
Bebo Norman's "Into the Day" is very meaningful, both on a general and, to many listeners, on a personal level.
The guitarist Buckethead recorded an entire album (Colma) of soothing music so his mother had something nice to listen to whilst recovering from colon cancer.
Made even heartwarming due to Buckethead's normal fare - he's well known for his experimental, weird, and sometimes downright terrifying music, as well as his incredible shredding guitar solos. Hardly soothing. He then completely breaks his style to make a calm, beautiful album for his mom. Aww.
How can "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" be described as a CMoH? It's one of the greatest Tear Jerker songs there is!
"Do You Realize??" by The Flaming Lips manages to be both the saddest and happiest song in the world. Although it's a song about the inevitably of death, it's also about facing up to this and enjoying the good times with friends.
"Psalm", by Hey Rosetta never fails to make my heart clench. "And the air goes into your lungs, and around in your heart and on through your blood."
In Count Zero's Did You Decide Yet, a song about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, at the very end, she gets a chance to free herself from his abuse, and Peter whispers "you make a wrong move, you don't lose/ but if your game is true, you make the right move, and you'll win/ so let the games begin."
How it took this long not to mention We Are The World I do not know. It definitely belongs here, even when you ignore the cause of the all star union.
Connie Talbot. YouTube her. Try not to melt, please, you'll make a mess.
The Beach Boys "Forever": "If every word I say could make you laugh, I'd talk forever..."
How about Surfer Girl? Don't Worry Baby? God Only Knows? In My Room?
Oddly enough, "Morgenstern" by Rammstein. Yes, it's German industrial rock. Yes, Till Lindemann sounds like he's on a diet of cigarettes and gravel. Yes, the lyrics can be loosely summarised as "you're so ugly." But then he reaches the last lines...
"And the star will shine
On this love of mine;
Warms the breast and shakes me
Where life is beating,
To see with the heart
How beautiful she is."
No mentions of Seemann? That song just moves something inside.
And "Ohne Dich" and Till and Texas' Sharleen Spiteri's duet on "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)"
Or by Ruthie Crenshall in the Tenth Anniversary concert. The way her voice cracks at "...but he was gone when Autumn came!" ...* sniff* ...
Also from Les Misérables, "Who Am I?" Jean Valjean has to choose between remaining the mayor of a town and doing the right thing. Anyone who bothered to note what page this is can guess what he chooses.
"The Dream of a Normal Death" by Murray Gold, played over a montage of the happy life with Joan that the Doctor is rejecting in order to stop the Family of Blood.
Although subverted when used to underscore the montage of characters who died in the Doctor's name in "Journey's End"...
It's curious just how many of these correspond with tearjerkers.
On the Bruce Springsteen album "Live 1975-1985" is an eleven minute live track of one of Springsteen's most famous and beautiful songs, "The River". The first five minutes of the track are Springsteen talking about his difficult relationship with his father as a teenager, including how his father told him at one time that he couldn't wait for the army to get him (Bruce), so they would "Make a man out of you." He then talks about how when he got his draft notice for the Vietnam War, he hid it from his parents and disappeared with his friends for several days before going to take his physical. After failing the physical, Springsteen returned home to find his worried parents waiting for him. When he told his parents where he'd been, and that the army hadn't taken him, his father only replied "That's good." Springsteen then jumps into an incredibly soulful and emotional performance of "The River." DAMN.
"Secret Garden" is another beautiful example of the Boss's work.
"Terry's Song" is the hidden 12th track on the album "Magic." It was written the day before the memorial service of Terry Magovern, who was a close friend and personal assistant of Bruce Springsteen. Obviously, it doubles as a Tear Jerker, but the sheer depth of emotion will bring a tear to your eye and make you glad it's there. "Love is a power greater than death/ just like the songs and stories told/ and when she built you, brother/ she broke the mold"
Yes, it's a total Ear Worm, but "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers will make any listener feel all warm and fuzzy.
And if I grow old/well I know I'm gonna be/I'm gonna be the man who's growing old with you/And I would walk 500 miles...
On the subject of the Proclaimers, the no less Ear Worm-ishnote pretty much every Proclaimers song is an Ear Worm after all "Let's Get Married" and "I'm On My Way" also belong here.
Utada Hikaru's song Final Distance can be heartwarming (when translated, the lyrics are basically about coming to accept and embrace the distance between people), but the story behind the song is even more so. Utada first released Distance on her album of the same name. She had planned to release it as a single, but then heard about Rena Yamashita, a 6-year-old girl who was killed in a school stabbing rampage. Rena previously had won an essay competition by writing about how she wanted to be a singer like Utada. Utada rearranged Distance into a ballad and called it Final Distance, and released it as a single instead.
Is it overexposed? Sure, maybe. But Elton John's "Your Song" deserves it:
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind
That I've put down in words...
How wonderful life is, now you're in the world.
Also "Can you Feel The Love Tonight". It's enough to make kings and vagabonds/Believe the very best...
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" by Dawn. It's about a someone coming home to their loved one after "doing time" and asking their lover to tie a yellow ribbon around the oak tree by their home if they still want them to come back:
Now the whole damn bus is cheering
And I can't believe I see
A hundred yellow ribbons round the old oak tree
"Sleeps with Butterflies" By Tori Amos. A song about a girl's daydream and faith with her lover.
This combination of a stop-motion animation and a song by Tool is the first combination of a crowning moment of heartwarming and nightmare fuel I have seen. I guess the mileage may vary then.
Hearing the chorus of "Bring The Boys Back Home" sung by the Military Orchestra of the Soviet Army, during Pink Floyd's Roger Waters' legendary 1990 Berlin Wall concert, was a Heartwarming Moment Of International Harmony that wonderfully captured the worldwide relief at the end of the Cold War.
In Nickelback's music video of "Come For You", a daughter went off with her boyfriend, one who her father doesn't approve of. As he's eating dinner alone, you can see that he's worried and anxious about his daughter. Then, we see that the boyfriend is trying to kissing the daughter. When she pushes him away and tells him to stop, he doesn't listen and continues, much more aggressively. In her desperation, the daughter quickly text-messages to her father, typing only the numbers "77". The father gets the message and is confused for a moment, until he glances at a picture of him and his daughter in their baseball uniforms, the two separate 7s on their shirts making "77". Quickly, knowing that his daughter is in trouble, the father quickly rushes out of the house to find his daughter. And also her message allows him to find her in a baseball field. Just in turn to grab her boyfriend off of her and give him a good punch for messing with his daughter. Then both father and daughter head back together home.
Nickelback's video clips tend to tread this territory a lot. Listen to the lyrics in Savin' Me and watch in the video clip when the man rescues the girl. Or the final seconds in the video clip in Far Away, when the firefighter returns to his wife. You wouldn't think you could rely on Nickelback for Crowning Moments of Heartwarming, but they're good for those.
Never Gonna Be Alone... just Never Gonna Be Alone.
Five Iron Frenzy's last ever performance of Handbook for the Sellout. Reese, the lead vocalist, sticks the microphone into the audience during every live performance of this particular song and they sing the first stanza. While most live recordings you can't make out much, this particular show... you could hear every last person, shouting their hearts out to a song by a band that, after that night, would no longer be together.
Rascal Flatts' song "Skin (Sarabeth)" is quite heartwarming. Girl discovers she has cancer, afraid to go to the prom because of the treatment, boyfriend comes to pick girl up, and she discovers he shaved his head to show it doesn't matter to him...makes me misty every time.
Mention Rascal Flatts without mentioning American Living? It's absolutely impossible to listen to this song without feeling all light and happy, trust me.
Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard never fails to give me the fuzzies.
'The Warrior Inside' by Dragonforce. Quite cheesy but the chorus just makes me warm and fuzzy.
In you head is the answer; Let it guide you along. Let your heart be the anchor And the beat of your song.
Or from the Spirit of Radio
"Begin the day with a friendly voice/A companion unobtrusive"
This verse from "Everyday Glory:"
If the future's looking dark, we're the ones who have to shine If there's no one in control, we're the ones who draw the line Though we live in trying times, we're the ones who have to try Though we know that time has wings, we're the ones who have to fly.
"Closer To The Heart". It is nothing more than a simple message asking people to put aside their differences and work together for a better future.
Mais Que Nada was covered by the Black Eyed Peas, and like all covers you can argue whether the original was better or not. But then there's the music video, which begins with a young Sergio Mendes in an airy room, at his piano, playing the quiet and subtle intro bars. The rhythm then kicks in, and we're shown a vibrant Samba party, with the Black Eyed Peas singing and playing on stage and Mendes playing the piano and singing throughout the rest of the video. The Crowning Moment of Heartwarming itself comes at the very end of the video - we're back to Mendes in the white airy room (with palm trees and a beach in the background) as he's reading a newspaper with the headline "Mas Que Nada: Timeless!". He gets up, satisfied, takes his straw fedora, and walks off screen. "Homage Homage Homage", indeed!
The very first Naruto ending, Wind. You know the one.
Stop (Stop!) Bein' so hard on yourself; It's not good for your health! I know that you can change, So clear your head and come round. You only have to open your eyes, You might just get a big surprise! And it might feel good, And you might want to smile, smile, smile!
Tokio Hotel's occasionally-overlooked "By Your Side." It's about acknowledging a rough situation, and telling the girl You Are Not Alone. I'll just let the chorus speak for itself; hearing it feels like getting a hug:
Turn around I am here If you want it's me you'll see Doesn't count Far or near I can hold you when you reach for me.
''Hawaii'' by Mew. Just what about this song makes it so beautifully uplifting? The vibraphones and samba rhythms? Quite possibly. The lyrics - for example: "Good luck trying to be someone, If you make it then you've won, You'll grow up to be someone"? Certainly. But best of all is the chorus - as soon as the "Aaaaaahs" comes in with the swirling synths, and the lead singer declares "And we all make mistakes once in a while!".
Elvis Presley had a few good songs for this, but one of his best was "Can't Help Falling in Love."
Considering it's a song based on a video game about a robot blasting the everloving snot out of other robots, Lamentations of a War Machine by The Megas can really get one welling up.
If I have a heart made of steel, then does that mean I cannot feel
Remorse for everything I've done? My hand's a smoking gun!
What purpose am I to fulfill? Was I built just to kill?
Is there a soul beneath this shell? And will it go to robot hell?
Tell me Doctor Light, why did I fight?
Tell me Doctor, tell me Doctor, was I right?
How many must fall until there's peace for all?
Tell me was I wrong before we get to the end of this...
And let's not leave out the narrated part in the middle.
He walked away from the castle left in ruins, a path of destruction in his wake. The clouds parted and the warmth of the sun brought the question..."Is this what you were made to do?" He removed his helmet, dropped it into the soft grass. Would this quest ever end?
A fair amount of Cat Stevens Yusuf Islam music counts, but especially "Peace Train" and "Roadsinger".
"Wild World" has always read to me like a father watching his daughter grow up—bittersweet and beautiful. I'll always remember you like a child, girl.
Oh, and we can't forget Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle".
Or the lesser-known "Work," especially with the video of all the college students getting interviewed.
Voltaire's "Goodnight Demon Slayer". It's about a parent reassuring his child that if the monsters try to attack him, the kid is more than capable of kicking their butts.
I won't tell you there's nothing 'neath your bed
I won't sell you that it's all in your head
This world of ours is not as it seems
The monsters are real but they're not in your dreams
Learn what you can from the beasts you defeat.
You'll need it for some of the people you meet.
This song was originally written by Voltaire for his son when he had nightmares and had trouble getting to sleep. Heartwarming indeed.
"And whenever I'm closing my eyes it is you that I have on my mind
Echoes of what I had to leave behind
Ten thousand miles of torture
Ten thousand miles of pain
But nothing, nothing is keeping me from you
I'm coming back to you again"
"Jump Rope" by Blue October; for a band whose songs are usually angsty and depressing, this one is cheerful, bouncy, and about staying optimistic through everything bad that happens to you, because it will get better.
As long as you're near to me, as long as you're close to me
Now that I'm alright, (as I'm tryin')
I can help you out (just to make things right, I)
I'll be what you need (kill myself to make ev'ry-)
I'll do anything (-thing perfect for you)
So don't you stop...pushing me!
I can take so much!
So goodbye apathy (as I'm tryin')
So long, fancy-free (just to get things right, I)
Goodbye apathy (kill myself to make ev'ry-)
I don't wanna be... (-thing perfect for...)
American Pie, written by Don McLean as a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, three of his favorite musicians who died in a plane crash in 1959.
Bathory's Hammerheart, the closer to the album Twilight of the Gods. A warrior makes his peace with the world and ascends into Valhalla, all set to Holst's Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity. Suffice it to say, for a band who made a name for themselves writing songs about raping angels and scalping God to produce a track like this is a tremendous achievement.
And you're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
Why must you be such an angry young man
When your future looks quite bright to me
Another Styx example: "Come Sail Away".
Van Halen's song Dreams. It's 80s rock, but that final guitar riff after the last chorus — you know which guitar riff I'm talking about — makes my whole body tingle out of sheer awesome every time I hear it.
Paul Simon's The Boy in the Bubble. These are the days of miracle and wonder indeed.
"Father and Daughter" is another example—it might have been created for a Nickelodeon movie, but There could never be a father loved his daughter more than I love you is beautiful.
I'll Tryfrom Return to Neverland. A song about rediscovering the magic in the world, specifically concluding "The whole world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust." Makes me smile and tear up every time I hear that line.
"Bittersweet" by Within Temptation.
Stolen by Dashboard Confessional. The sped-up version is nice, but you absolutely need to hear the acoustic version for the full effect—the violins, the guitar, and most of all Chris Carrabba's gushingly sweet voice are like distilled heartwarming serum. People say that Chris Carrabba changed their perceptions of the word stolen from negative to positive—if that's not heartwarming, nothing is.
Most of the songs from the "Panic at the Disco" album "Pretty.Odd" qualify, but "That Green Gentleman" in particular.
A Better Place, A Better Time by Streetlight Manifesto. A six and half minute rally against suicide set to bright, blasting horns. The whole mood of the song is just so upbeat and if the melody doesn't stir the cockles of your heart, then the lyrics will
The final verses of Guns N' Roses, "Rocket Queen", ("I see you standing, standing on your own, it's such a lonely place for you for you to be..."), a great contrast to the overtly sexual lyrics that come before.
January Wedding by The Avett Brothers is basically one giant Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. It's just so completely sincere and sweet:
She's talking to me with her
Voice down so low I barely hear her
But I know what she's saying, I understand because
The entirety of Don't Wanna Miss A Thing is a Crowner, but....
From the same movie, the Journey song "Remember Me". Not as widely known, but just as heartwarming.
Relient K's Must Have Done Something Right. "I'm racking my brains for a new improved way/To tell you you're more to me than what I can say..." "If anyone could make me a better person you could/All I can say is that I must have done something good.
More Than Useless as well. "I'm a little more than useless / When I think that I can't do this / You promise me that I'll get through this..."
The Best Thing. "The best thing is that it's happening to you and me."
The song Boys (Lesson One) by Jars of Clay. It's father to child. You Are Not Alone, ever. "If you have questions, we can talk through the night... You can run, you can hide, this will still be your home... not to undermine the consequences, but you are not what you do...And when you need it most, I have a hundred reasons why I love you."
"Vito's Ordination Song" by Sufjan Stevens. Also many of the songs from the Christmas album.
Iron and Wine's "Each Coming Night", which is also a Tear Jerker because of its subject material, but is heartwarming in that the singer is asking his loved ones to remember all the good things about him after he's gone. "The Trapeze Swinger" is also a good one.
"Belated Promise Ring" is another one, especially the last verse. So is "Fever Dream." Basically, any song off of Our Endless Numbered Days is likely to be this, Tear Jerker, or both.
We laid on the mattress and tumbled to sleep Our eyes aligned, swaddled in our civvies Cradled in our dungarees
John Martyn dedicated the song (and album) "Solid Air" to his friend Nick Drake, who was suffering from depression (and would, tragically, die of an overdose of antidepressant medication a year later).
I know you, I love you I'll be your friend I could follow you, anywhere Even through solid air.
And may you never lay your head down Without a hand to hold May you never make your bed out in the cold.
You're just like a great strong brother of mine You know that I love you true And you never talk dirty behind my back And I know that there's those that do.
"In the Dark of the Night", by E-Rotic, is a sweet song about finding love, but a My Little Pony fan vid catapults it to a whole new level of adorable.
Jumper by Third Eye Blind. But made all the more heartwarming in the movie Yes-Man, as Jim Carrey's character tries to coax a man from jumping off a building and the whole crowd below joining in to help.
"Baba Yetu" by Christopher Tin and sung by the Stanford University a cappella group Talisman. It's a setting of The Lord's Prayer in Swahili. And paired with a montage of the world's greatest landmarks being built (taken from cutscenes from Civilization IV)...hey, maybe we humans aren't so bad after all.
Starlight, the fifth and final act of Christopher Lee's biographical metal rock opera album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross ends with the historical king dying with his wife by his side and finally finding peace within himself for the atrocities he committed; both of them looking towards the better future he has strived for throughout his entire life. Considering this is a metal album with lyrics that also include the words "I spilled the blood of 4000 saxon men'', the fact that the final act can be so heartwarming and hopeful is an incredible accomplishment.
Believe by Elton John. Yeah, it's The Power of Love spiel, which may turn some people away, but it's done so beautifully, illustrating that you can have faith in something so basic, even when it appears the world is dying.
Hold On by Good Charlotte. Also serves as a Tear Jerker.
For me, Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King is a nice, but I didn't feel much when I heard it. However, the 'sequel's version': Love Will Find a Way, as sung by Liz Callaway and Gene Miller, really brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my face.
Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken Your best friend always sticking up for you Even when I know you're wrong Can you imagine no first dance, freeze-dried romance Five-hour phone conversation The best soy latte that you ever had, and me
You be my Princess, And I'll be your Toad, I'll follow behind you on Rainbow Road, Protect you from Red Shells wherever I go, I promise, [...] And the finish line is just around the bend, I'll pause this game, So our love will never end...
If you ever need a quick cheering up, Me Hele No Lilo from the opening of Lilo & Stitch will put a smile on your face for sure.
Amazing Freaking Grace. Holy cow, how has this one been missed? Regardless of wether you agree with the religious message, there's something about this song that tugs at the heartstrings, namely the themes of hope and redemption.
British rap/grime/performance poetry outfit The Streets bring us Never Went To Church, which was written in response to the death of frontman Mike Skinner's father. It starts out deep in Tear Jerker territory, but ends on an uplifting and deeply touching note.
Edwin Mc Cain's "I'll Be", full stop. The most heartwarming line, "I'll be the greatest fan of your life", would be creepy, except for the fact that you'd have to be made of stone not to feel the pure love in Mc Cain's voice.
What, no love for Scorpions? If you live in Europe, especially Central Europe, "Wind of Change" certainly qualifies. It is the perfect song that celebrated the end of the Cold War that divided a continent with mutual hate and fear until enough people found the courage and wisdom to bring it to a peaceful end.
Attack Attack! is christian metalcore/techno (makes sense when you hear it) band, so you wouldn't expect them to have any, but they do! My personal favorite is near the ending of the song Dr. Shavargo Pt. 3 has this line "I will always refuse to take you for granted" which always gets me.
Mumford & Sons The Cave. "And I will hold on hope, and I won't let you choke, on the noose around your neck. And I'll find strength in pain, and I will change my ways. I'll know my name as it's called again." Wow.
Winter Winds is great too. Feel the horns just wash over you...
Also, Timshell. "You are not alone in this. You are not alone in this. As brothers we will stand and we'll hold your hand."
Many songs from the old 2B A Master Pokemon CD, 'Together Forever'.
Even though we've never said it There's something that the two of us both know Together forever, no matter how long From now until the end of time We'll be together, and you can be sure That forever and a day, that's how long we'll stay Together, and forever more.
Not to mention "Flying Without Wings" by Westlife, as it appeared on the Movie 2000 soundtrack.
You can't mention Pokemon tearjerkers without mentioning We're a Miracle from the first movie soundtrack.
How can Hoobastank's "The Reason is You" NOT be on here?!
Death Cab for Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" and "Talking Bird." Hell, Ben Gibbard singing a soft song just MAKES this trope...
Now we have "Stay Young, Go Dancing."
"Wrapped Up In Books" by Belle & Sebastian. It evokes images of a shy couple having a date in a library. The harmonizing voices are beautiful by themselves. But then, halfway through, the music slows down, as presumably, one of them is worried about something. Then, the saxophones come in, which are already uplifting and reassuring, but just to hit the point home:
I will say a prayer, just while you are sitting there.
And I will wrap my hands around you, 'cause I know it will be fine.
Johnny Clegg and Savuka's "Dela (I Know Why the Dog Howls at the Moon)". Just a deeply sweet and joyful song.
In 2010, Chris Brown performed a tribute to the late Michael Jackson at the BET Awards, after performing his own rendition of Smooth Criminal and Billie Jean, complete with the songs' respective dances, Brown broke into "Man In The Mirror", only to become choked up by tears. If this wasn't enough, the ENTIRE AUDIENCE began singing FOR HIM when it was apparent he was too choked up over his former mentor's death.
The Last Night, by Skillet. How come this isn't here already? And no, I don't care if you don't have the same religious beliefs, it's a good song anyway.
Good Enough, by Evanescence. It's about how the singer's finally happy and feeling good enough. Amy said that she was almost afraid to show it to the rest of the band, it was such a happy song.
The song may be played like hell and this may be a bit cheesy, but "Umbrella" by Rihanna. Sentimental, maybe, but the chorus always registers as a light but straightforward and smile-inducing expression of at least possibly platonic love.
Life Is Like A Boat by Rie Fu. As it was put on the Bilingual Bonus page, in English, it's about someone who's alone in the world and feels like no one understands them, but soon finds a lover/Heterosexual Life Partner. In Japanese, it's about how hard life is, but you must endure to another day if you want to get anywhere. But if you speak both (or get subtitles), the true meaning of the song becomes clear - You can't go it alone, no matter what, we all need someone to lean on. Thus, the ending lines, which are basically the opening lines in Japanese, with the following at the end- "It's a beautiful journey, they're all beautiful journeys".
"Pot Belly," from South African band Freshlyground, is CMOH in about a jillionty billion ways. The song itself is a soft, gentle love song about how "a pot belly still gives good lovin'," but the music video ups the ante with the downright Adorkable romance of two awkward-but-earnest individuals as they colorfully bumble through love. Makes you want to hug both of them, doesn't it?
Joe Diffie's "John Deere Green." Those huge letters on the water tower, and the sheriff's not mad, the mayor's not mad, the guy who owns the tower isn't mad. The most flak Billy Bob catches is that "he should have used red." Then he and Charlene get married, have kids, run their farm, and if you stand in the right spot you can STILL see the writing. Nobody wanted to wipe it off.^^
"Everlasting Love" from the We Love Katamari soundtrack. It's a happy song whether or not you understand the words.
Robert Burn's iconic song, "Is There For Honest Poverty", popularly known as "A Man's A Man". Written in an age of opression and poverty, it asserts the fundamental equality and, more importantly, humanity of all people. Not only is every "belted knight" ultimately no more than human, every impoverised peasant, worker and slave is no less. Also a Crowning Moment of Awesome, given how unreservedely the song flew in the political and social estbalishment of the day, and an anvil which certainly needed to be dropped.
Modest Mouse's song "Float On" is so uplifting, reminding you that things don't have to be terrible. Good things happen, and it's okay to brush it off when they don't. Just be optimistic.
"Alright, don't worry, even if things end up a bit too heavy, we'll all float on..."
Practically every Australian knows the iconic song I Am Australian, and it can be this for many on its own, but it became both this and a Tear Jerker when it was played during the memorial service for the devastating bushfires in Victoria last year, with two new verses added just for the occasion. Never have I felt so proud to be Australian.
When you're ready to go and your heart's left in doubt
Don't give up on your faith
Love comes to those who believe it
And that's the way it is.
Garth Brooks, "Belleau Wood." During a World War I Christmas truce, soldiers on both sides spontaneously join in singing "Silent Night," followed by the narrator getting a good look at someone from the other side:
Then he raised his hand and smiled at me as if he seemed to say,
"Here's hoping we both live to see us find a better way."
Every single song from the Lion King soundtrack. Except for the villain songs (My Lullaby and Be Prepared). Special mention to He Lives in You, We Are One and Circle of Life
The Day I Died by Just Jack is either this or a Tear Jerker, depending on how you interpret the video.
You were there, the ending theme of ICO. It's both sad and triumphant at the same time. It perfectly emcompasses the themes of the story, and the shared experience of a strange boy with horns, and an ethereal girl with skin as white as snow.
The band Lifehouse has a couple of mentions above, but I really want a note specifically dedicated to them. I adore their music. It just makes me feel so good inside. In an age of so much great music, it's hard to pick a favourite song, but Hangin' By a Moment is a piece of music that I just never grow tired of listening to. You and Me has a habit of moving me to tears, Almost Gone is (despite the narrative within the song's lyrics) really upbeat and awesome, and then there's All In. I know it's corny to say so and I apologise in advance, but this music is how I feel when I'm in love, you know? I can't sing their praises enough.
Who We Are is another heart-warmer of Lifehouse's, especially when set to a music video that celebrates the friendship of the original Ice Age trio.
And let's not forget the end of Rolling Girl. After trying and failing at reaching her dreams, she's told "Are you all right? It's okay, you must be so tired of this." That one line is one of the most wonderful reminders that, no matter what, there's always someone in your life that loves you and cares for you. Feel the happy tears flow!
Pierrot (a Miku Hatsune song, but linking to a Japanese fandub), which is also a pretty hardcore Tear Jerker. About a clown who ignores his own pain in order to make people smile, and the one person who, depressed by his hiding his emotions, begs that he not lie about his emotions. She wins through in the end. In a single line: "It's okay if you can't bear it alone— I'll cry with you." Awwwwww.
"Your Guardian Angel" by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Even if it Tastes Like Diabetes, it still warms you from the inside out. And when set to this beautifully animated Warrior Cats AMV...*collapses on keyboard*
This rendition of "Rue's Lullaby" from the first The Hunger Games book created by a member of Mockingjay.net. Words cannot describe.
As a native New Yorker, this toper gets very emotional during both "New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel and "Empire State Of Mind" by Jay-Z, easily the two best songs about the greatest damn city on earth (and don't get me started on that stupid Frank Sinatra song).
We can all agree that most SpongeBob SquarePants episodes haven't been that good post-movie, but the song during "Where's Gary?" is quite moving, especially to those of us who may have lost a pet in real life.
"Still", Alanis Morissette's theme song from Dogma. Maybe a little touchy for those not to fond of the g-word, but the lyrics are great at depicting a forgiving G-d who loves his/her children in spite of all the horrible things they do.
The Spinner's "Rubberband Man" is already a very upbeat and fun song, but then you learn that the band's producer wrote it to cheer up his son —who was picked on by his classmates for being overweight— and it becomes damn-near impossible to not to feel good while listening to it.
"A Little More Homework," from the obscure broadway show "13." A charming song about growing up.
The song "After Hours" by We Are Scientists. The combination of the upbeat guitar and the lovely string pieces is impeccable, and makes a song about always wanting to be with someone near perfect. There's a violin swell near the middle that simply steals the breath.
This night is winding down
but time means nothing.
As always at this hour
Time means nothing.
Let's buy our final round 'cos
Time means nothing.
Say that you'll stay; say that you'll stay.
Home By Now/No Matter What by Meat Loaf. What starts out as downright depressing music, suddenly becomes uplifting, telling of how the woman he's singing to, despite all odds, has saved him. It hits its peak here:
You Are More can bring tears, too, especially if you watch the music video.
You are more than the choices that you've made You are more than the sum of your past mistakes You are more than the problems you create You've been remade.
"Delaney Talks to Statues" by Jimmy Buffett. Otherwise known as "dawwww!"
Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream"
Queensryche's Silent Lucidity.
Hush now, don't you cry/Wipe away the teardrops from your eyes...
Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, especially the songs 'end of an era' and 'open at the close' along with pretty much all their other stuff. So moving, especially for Potter fans. They just capture the essence of the books in song form. Very nostalgic...
Journey's "Only The Young": During the initial recording sessions for their Raised on Radio album, the Make A Wish Foundation let Journey know of the plight of Kenny Sykaluk, a young boy in Cleveland dying of cystic fibrosis. Journey flew that day to the boy's bedside, gave him a Walkman with a copy of the then-unreleased "Only The Young" and other memorabilia items. Being at the boy's deathbed greatly affected the bandmembers, to the point that even years later, they'd still break down in tears recalling it. Full story here, with the Behind The Music retelling here at 5:13.
Roy Orbison was best known for his songs of lost love and broken hearts. But he still had a few songs that were more upbeat, with "Running Scared" being among the best examples. It starts slow, his anxiety building over his love's ex-boyfriend. Then he's right there, the tempo building and the song ending with his love turning away from her ex, and leaving with him. The climax being a perfect example of the power and range of The Big O's voice. Goosebumps material.
That's nothing compared to You Got It. It's one of the purest and most beautiful (yet also the simplest) love songs I've ever heard, and it's very much connected to when I was first falling in love with my partner of over 2 years now. It's also very sad, though, since Roy died not long after its release.
Edward Sharp's Home definitely warms the heart, especially the exchange at 3:12
Alex Ebert: Jade? Jade Castrinos : Alexander. Alex Ebert: Do you remember that day you fell out of my window? Jade Castrinos : I sure do, you came jumping out after me. Alex Ebert: Well, you fell on the concrete and nearly broke your ass and you were bleeding all over the place and I rushed you off to the hospital. Do you remember that? Jade Castrinos : Yes, I do. Alex Ebert: Well, there’s something I never told you about that night. Jade Castrinos : What didn’t you tell me?! Alex Ebert: While you were sitting in the backseat smoking a cigarette you thought was going to be your last, I was falling deep, deeply in love with you and I never told you ‘til just now. Jade Castrinos (and me): DAAAAW!
Lady Gaga's song "Born This Way". "I'm beautiful in my way, 'cause God makes no mistakes ... Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you're set. I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way." The later lines regarding sexual orientation ("No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered-life...") made it even more heartwarming that the song was assuring that "God makes no mistakes."
If you like your Heartwarming mixed with some Inspirational and wrapped in a groovy early '70s pop/rock package, you can't do much worse than "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent. It's the perfect song to absorb into your system when you're in a situation where you're being bullied or forced to be someone other than who you truly are. "And if they stare, just let them burn their eyes on you moving"? Hell yeah.
Sweetest Goodbye-Maroon 5, was part of this song doesn't warm the heart and give a girl hope.
How could you forget "Drive" by Incubus? The message of the song is essentially following your heart and not being lead astray, since you are the one controlling your life. No one else can change that.
So if I decide to waiver my chance to be one of the hive
Will I choose water over wine and hold my own and drive?
It's driven me before
And it seems to be the way that everyone else gets around
I Fall Asleep by K's Choice captures its subject in a way that for anyone feeling the way it describes it can potentially cross the line from a Tear Jerker to something akin to an arm around the shoulders and an "I understand - it's all right, it's all right...". A Better Son/Daughter by Rilo Kiley is another equally-effective side of the same coin.
Sanctuary by Delta Goodrem, makes you think of your real friends and how they saved you.
The BBC versions of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" The original featured an orchestra and numerous celebrities singing a line (or two). The live version had celebrities, a boy soprano, an orchestra, a guy on drums, three guys on electric guitars, a guy on tinwhstle...and a few choruses of thousands- all over the UK (Plus Dublin and NYC.)
"Who Says" by Selena Gomez. You've got every right to a beautiful life...
David Gray's "Please Forgive Me" is such a perfect audiovisual representation of falling in love that it's downright painful to watch, happy or no. But god damn does it feel good.
"F**kin' Perfect" by P!nk. The basic theme is "don't feel you're worth nothing, because you're perfect to me." Also, the music video implies the singer is saying this to her daughter.
The singer, who at one point in the video is sitting in the tub contemplating slashing her wrists because of a lifetime of abuse. The images are hard for those of us who have dealt with abuse. But the implication that the daughter will not grow up with what the mother did has me in tears every time.
Chris Daughtry's "It's Not Over" is about someone who realized how much they screwed up an important relationship and want a second chance to make things right.
For The First Time by the Script, a song about finding love in times in adversity. Oh, these times are hard — yeah, they're making us crazy, don't give up on me, baby...
Night Falls, by the Browne Sisters and George Cavenaugh. It's a woman singing about her sailor husband who has gone out to sea, and his return to her.
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish
My childhood was graced in second grade by the work of Mr. Red Grammer. He sings songs about peace and values that every child should learn at a young age. "I Think You're Wonderful", "See Me Beautiful", "Teaching Peace", and "Places In the World". They all just make you wanna smile and do exactly what the song says. To whoever is reading this: I think you're wonderful...
Pink's "Fuckin Perfect", specifically the music video where the woman who was a troubled child and nearly committed suicide is shown at the end to be happily married. She takes the teddy bear she loved as a child and gives it to her own daughter, knowing she will give her a better life than she had.
The video for Atomic Kitten's "The Last Goodbye" has the Kittens separated around Liverpool, seeing all sorts of happy couples but feeling isolated and lonely themselves. At the end they find each other and all walk together much happier.
Animal by Ke$ha is heartwarming in a tear jerking way.
I am in love
with what we are
not what we could be
Protecting Me and Shine by Aly + Aj, dedicated to the power of friendship and love.
Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what's on the other side? 
Shriekback's Cradle Song.
"May the fire be your friend and the sea rock you gently
"May the moon light your way 'til the wind sets you free."
A band from Yellowknife, The Gumboots, has as a large part of their repertoire songs about the deep and abiding love for the north that many people from there feel. Anyone who feels that way about their homeland will find many of their songs to be moving.
Our Destiny by Epica is heartwarming because it acknowledges how hard it was to continue after their relationship ended and no matter how hard it was to continue on in the band after Simone and Mark broke up they keep on keepin on because its their destiny to do it.
Runes To My Memory by death metallers Amon Amarth is, despite its loud and brutal sound, very touching especially if you lost someone recently.
Here I lie, on wet sand
I will not make it home
I clench my sword in my hand
Say "farewell" to those I love.
Not actually a song, but a documentary for band known as Anvil called Anvil: The Story Of Anvil. It's impossible to not feel sympathy for those guys. Despite nearly 30 years of playing and being the instigators of one of the most popular form of Metal (Thrash Metal), the band never quite made it and still have to work jobs to make ends meet. Watching this made me run out and want to start up a big-name record company just to give those guys a break.
I only wanted to thank you for telling me just how it is
Never knew what to believe in till I heard the words straight from your lips
I only wanted to ask you not to give up on me yet
And I'll find my way through the darkness as long as your voice is there in my head
You get me through
You help me get by
You speak the truth
When everything else is a lie
"Brother" by Toad the Wet Sprocket. It's just beautiful.
Solange Knowles' song "6 O'Clock Blues" from her album, "Sol Angel and the Hadley Sweet Dreams", which is dedicated to her son, Daniel Smith.
As long as we got each other
There's nothing in the world that can steal my joy
Yeah, As long as we got each other
We can overcome the badness of the world
Imagine Dragons with It's Time. "Don't you understand/I'm never changing who I am"
Strays, by Tim Kasher, in which a man tells his significant other just how much he loves her, and reassures her that what he has with her is truly all he could ever want. "We're a family of strays, but together we've been found."
The Clash's Stay Free, about a lifelong friendship. The song is like a hug, and especially around big changes like graduations, when you feel the need to be reminded that your friends are sticking with you always.
''Forevermore'' by Katie Herzig is surprisingly good at bringing a happy tear to your eyes.
I will wear will wear a white dress, you will paint a sunset
Life will be a love fest, that's how it all begins
Say say, oh playmate, come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three, climb up my apple tree
Slide down my rainbow, into my cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends forever more
Macklemore's Same Love. One of the most beautiful, honest, and gutsy songs about LGBT equality.
It may not be the same but that's not important
No freedom 'til we're equal
Damn right I support it
The debut album for the rock band Black Veil Brides, We Stitch These Wounds, contains a beautifully written song titled "Carolyn." The song, while keeping in the band's overall message of Be Yourself and unity, is dedicated to the band's lead guitarist Jake Pitts. He wrote the song for his mother, who he is very close to and looks to her as a musical inspiration, who at the time was dealing with severe illness. Essentially the song says, at times life is hard. It's difficult and sometimes it's hard to keep going, but know that you aren't dealing with this alone, we will get through this together. Even if you aren't a fan of the band, you can't deny the love that went into making this song. Anyone dealing with hard times can listen to this song and feel uplifted by the chorus:
Anything by Hedley. It's very upbeat, and it basically makes you want to say— ... well, "Uh-uh, fuck that; I can do anything."
Aaron Lewis, frontman of Staind, called "Tangled Up In You" the 'sappiest song' he's ever written, but for anyone listening who's in a long-time relationship, that song is anything but narm. Anyone celebrating a milestone anniversary should skip the Hallmark card and just cue that song up.