"Everybody Hurts," the emotion-charged 1993 single by American rock band R.E.M, was voted the song most likely to reduce men to tears, NME magazine reported Thursday.
Eric Clapton's ballad "Tears in Heaven" and "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen were next in line as the most likely male tearjerkers, according to a survey by PRS for Music.
Ellis Rich, PRS for Music's chairman, pointed to the "lyrical connection" in the top songs chosen by respondents and added that sentimental songs "reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men."
"Everybody Hurts" was the song chosen by British music executive Simon Cowell to help raise money for relief efforts after the Haiti earthquake.
Music headliners including Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi and Michael Buble contributed to the single that became the U.K.'s fastest-selling charity record of the 21st century.
Read more: NME.com