10 Tear-Jerker Music Videos to Prepare You for “The Fault in Our Stars”



By Christopher Rosa

The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters this weekend, and we’re ready to wallow in tears as we watch two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort)— who meet in a cancer support group— fall in love. In fact, the thought of it is causing our eyes to swell. While we’re in this crying mood, we decided to do some digging and unearth 10 of the weepiest music videos in existence. Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Rowland and even Johnny Cash will make you feel all of the feels.

The feels defies genres, people, so boo-hoo clips are aplenty across the entire music sphere. It’s like Terms of Endearment set to a pop chorus. Yikes!

Here’s what we came up with. Let us know your top tear-jerkers in the comments below. And grab some tissues—you’ll need ‘em.

10. “We Exist” by Arcade Fire

While the ending to this video—starring The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield as a youth struggling with gender identity—is pretty euphoric, the journey there is sad, sad, sad. We open with a tearful Garfield shaving her hair off, changing into female clothes and going to a bar, where she’s harassed by ignorant jerks. However, Garfield gets the last laugh when she appears on stage with Arcade Fire (actually filmed at this year’s Coachella festival) and declares that she, indeed, does exist. Cue goosebumps. Cue tears. This is video is everything.

9. “I Know You Care” by Ellie Goulding

Dakota Fanning stars in this touching clip about a girl struggling to cope with her cancer. It’s quite subtle, but packs a powerful punch.

8. “Everytime” by Britney Spears

Perhaps Spears’ most honest and vulnerable track ever, “Everytime” was first seen as a response to ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” video, where a Britney look-a-like cheats on him. However, the video was something completely different: Spears gets in a fight with her on-camera man and drowns in a bathtub, only to be reincarnated in the end as a –gasp!—newborn baby. (But she emerges from the tub as a smiling Britney, so was it all a dream? The humanity!) We lose it when Spears sinks under water—a world without Britney is no world at all.

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