Tear Jerker / Sarah McLachlan

This Canadian songbird can write some very moving songs.

  • Oh, god. "Angel". If you don't want to be finding yourself lying face down on your bed all day, avoid it at all costs.
    • "Angel" is a prime One-Woman Wail. Especially when the song plays over a montage of sad animals during that ASPCA commercial.
    • Made a bit more tearjerking when it's played in the last few minutes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager's Season 3 finale, "...Or Not To Be".
  • There is another ASPCA commercial with "Answer" playing over it — "Cast me gently into morning, for the night has been unkind" — combined with a montage of abused animals.
  • "I Will Remember You" is probably one of the saddest "goodbye" songs one could ever listen to, and has been used for two different series finales: Melrose Place and Felicity. It can be a very powerful tearjerker for people who have lost someone.
  • And for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans everywhere, "Full of Grace". Although, even without that association, this song is sad enough. Add in that ending, and it only gets worse.
  • Then there is "Fallen".
  • And "Hold On", which came about when she was hearing about a HIV-negative woman who was watching her lover's slow death from AIDS.
  • "When She Loved Me" fits way too well with the scenes that accompany it.
  • "Man-Erg".
  • "I Love You", to those who fell in love with someone, but was/is too scared to tell them.
  • "Plenty" is plenty tear-jerking, as anyone who's been lied to can relate.
  • "Wait" can hurt your heart. "You know if I leave you now / It doesn't mean that I love you any less / It's just the state I'm in / I can't be good to anyone else like this..."
  • Ben's Song (no, not that one) is desperately melancholy.