Listening to a sad song has reduced seven out of ten men to tears, according to the study.
And almost 90 per cent of women admit listening to an emotional song or passage of music has made them cry.
The research shows one in five females ‘often’ shed tears when they hear a sad tune.
And ‘Everybody Hurts’ by American band REM was named as the saddest song of all time, beating Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’.
Mike and the Mechanics’ ‘The Living Years’ came third in the poll.
The survey was commissioned by theatrical producer David King to discover more about what he described as “the power of music.”
It revealed 84 per cent of men men aged between 18 and 24 have become tearful to music.
But in the 55 plus age group the figure dropped to 74 per cent.
The study also asked people where they were most likely to cry to a sad song.
Most broke down at home, but another emotional trigger was songs or music played at weddings with four in ten women admitting they had cried.
For men, music at nuptials proved less emotional – only 20 per cent said they had shed a tear when a song was played while friends or family tied the knot.
It seems a sad song on the car radio can also reduce many of us to tears, with 23 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women admitting to crying behind the wheel.
King, 55, of north London, said: “I was really interested in finding out a bit more about the power of music and how it affects us all.
“To be honest I wasn’t one bit surprised that men have such a strong reaction to music.
“I have been in and around music all my life and I know just what a powerful effect it can have on people.”
TOP 20 SAD SONGS (as voted in survey)
Everybody Hurts – REM
Candle in the Wind – Elton John
The Living Years – Mike and the Mechanics
I will always love you – Whitney Houston
Nothing compares to you – Prince/Sinead O’Connor
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen/Alexandra Burke/Jeff Buckley
My heart will go on – Celine Dion
Fix You – Coldplay
Seasons in the sun – Terry Jacks
Without You – Harry Nilsson
Yesterday – The Beatles
All by myself – Eric Carmen
My Way – Frank Sinatra
Sound of silence – Simon and Garfunkel
Aint no sunshine – Bill Withers
Love will tear us apart – Joy Division
Leaving on a jet plane – Peter, Paul and Mary
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
Annie’s Song – John Denver
Everybody’s got to learn sometimes – Korgis
Source: The Telegraph