Mike Rutherford celebrates his birthday today (October 2), and in addition to all of his work with Genesis, he also co-wrote one of the best tear-jerker songs of all time.

“The Living Years” is many things. Besides being one of the most majestic songs ever about a guy not talking enough to his dad before he died, it was Mike & The Mechanics’ biggest hit.

And you’d hard-pressed not to get emotional when you hear it

Of course, it’s not the only song that makes reach for a tissue. Scroll through the gallery below for more songs that will make you cry.

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