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The Cure "Boys Don't Cry" (1979)


Softest Lyric: "I try to laugh about it, hiding the tears in my eyes"

When this song came out in 1979, it was a widely held belief that boys didn't cry. They were expected to be men—manly men who suppressed their emotions and developed drinking problems. However, we've now seen that urban prophets like Lil B, Soulja Boy, and Ja Rule are leading a campaign to change that mindset and let the world know that men crying is acceptable. We all need a good cry.

In this case, if you are exhausted from the burden of hiding all your tears behind smiles, you just gotta close the shades, crank this catchy Cure tune and hop along while you belt out the lyrics. Let your tears rain freely. Let your tears break levees. Let your tears raise the sea level of the East Coast and accelerate claims of global warming.

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