It seems that almost everyone has a song that hits them in an emotional spot, and the Stern Show staff is no different. So we decided to compile a list of the songs that force us to pretend we just have something in our eyes.
Howard is so in touch with his emotions that he has two songs that get him teary. "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand" by Primitive Radio Gods is one, though he doesn't respond emotionally to the song as a whole, but rather just the BB King sample from in the chorus. The other song is Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt."
The Fifth Dimension song "One Less Bell to Answer" gets Robin Quivers going because it reminds her of a baby named Jimmy that Robin grew to love when the Quivers family was fostering him. Jimmy was eventually placed in a home permanently, and Robin felt that this song put her feelings to music.
As many listeners will remember, Stern Show producer Gary Dell'Abate cries like a baby when the Elton John song "The Last Song" plays because it gets him thinking about his brother who died of AIDS. Gary refused to come in and perform it though, because there's already tape of him breaking down in studio.
Stern Show writer Benjy Bronk broke down and cried while dancing with his girlfriend to Willie Nelson's version of "You Were Always on My Mind."
Scott DePace cited Terry Jacks' "Season in the Sun" as his tear-jerker.
SCOTT THE ENGINEER
Scott the Engineer cries at Billy Joel's "So It Goes," but you have to wonder why Scott the Engineer ever stops crying.
TV expert Jon Hein responds emotionally to an instrumental Ingrid Michaelson song called "Sort Of" that is featured in a Google Chrome commercial about a girl leaving home for college. Jon's daughter, Rachel, is about to go away to school.
J.D. Harmeyer has been obsessed with the band Queen since watching Wayne's World, and their song "These Are The Days of Our Lives" gets him weepy because he thinks about lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died shortly after its release.
Finally, Richard Christy broke down in studio, while the song "Power to Believe" by The Dream Academy played, because it got him thinking about the end of his faaaavorite comedy movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles and the death of John Candy from overeating.
Oddly enough, the always expressive Stern Show head writer Fred Norris doesn't have a song that makes him cry.