DON'T DIVORCE a song from the perspective of a child https://youtu.be/FFbSR5OLcQs
Papa was a Rolling Stone - Temptations (Got to haunt countless "fathers")
Reach Out (I'll Be There)   - Four Tops (The sound of burning anguish in a time of burning anguish)
"I shouted out who killed the Kennedys, when afterall, it was you and me"  You either know the song or you don't.  
Amazing Grace. When my grandmother sang it.. Still hear it to this day. Playing the piano and singing in Moody Texas Local Baptist Church
1966 (close).

Her last words to me "It's not what you know, It's who you know" Scotty
She is waiting for me right now.. God bless her!
She was born in 1889 to 1988 99 yeas old. Never wavered!!

"I shouted out who killed the Kennedys, when afterall, it was you and me" 

You divil you.

For me it’s “Who knows where the time goes” Sandy Denny 
Desperado & Reprise - Eagles
Gimme Back My Bullets - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Amazing Grace - John Newton
The Road Goes on Forever - Joe Ely
(and the Party Never ends)
He’s Alive - Don Francisco

@ oldhvymec

She was born in 1889
Interesting life when you grow up with OLD people. My step pappy was born that yr as well. He was a different breed and left quite a mark on me as well.
I'm having a tough time choosing between Harry Belafonte Danny Boy and George Thorogood and the Destroyers I Drink Alone.
@philjolet -- The Star Spangled Banner is one of my favorite tunes. Rousing and filled with heart. It truly gets a bad rap. It just really helps if it is played straight-up and briskly, without dramatic pauses at every phrase. It's one of my go-to tunes when I pick up my fiddle.
"Anthem" by Leonard Cohen. The chorus goes like this:

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in."

That song inspires me to always keep an open mind.

The song that evokes the most romantic feelings in me is George Harrison’s "Something".
Michael Bolton. For my money, when he sings “When a Man Loves a Woman” it doesn’t get any better. I celebrate the guy’s entire catalog. 
White Punks on Dope by the Tubes always brings a tear to my eye.

When they flush the toilet at the end of the song...I just lose it....

The first time I saw your face 
every time we say goodbye
ava Maria Joan surherland
what a wonderful world
sitting on the dock of the bay
jealous boy
It's either Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" or "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen.
Joanie Mitchell - California,
Joanie Mitchell - Carey    - both from BlueSarah Mclachlan - River
Difficult question, there is so much wonderful music out there, my choice would depend on the day and my mood.
OP: 'touches your heart'.

Many people see The Carpenters as pretty much pulp, but Karen's plaintive but confident aspiration in 'We've Only Just Begun' is cast into harsh focus with her death just a few years later from anorexia.

That is an extreme example because of the reference in the lyric to the terrible ending but listening to the end-scene work of musicians who died young brings out the emotion. There are so far far too many of them but for me it's Sandy Denny, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, George Harrison.

And Roy Orbison whose soaring high tenor, intact to the end, on his final album and the Wilburys somehow evokes the pain of facing early death.

Amazing Grace. When my grandmother sang it.. Still hear it to this day. Playing the piano and singing in Moody Texas Local Baptist Church 1966 (close).

 That a great story! Amazing Grace is as good as a heart touching song gets. And to hear your grandma sing it in church. What a memory! Are you familiar with John Newton, the author of the song? That's a story as amazing as the song. He was the captain of a slave ship. On a particularly rough journey he believed it was God's wrath poured out on him. He gave his life to Christ. The song was a result of his conversion. The original title was "Faith's Review and Expectation"

Every time we say good bye Ray Charles & Betty Carter        (Vocals)                                               Love theme from Spartacus Yusuf Lateef on Eastern Sounds     (Jazz instrumental).   Hallelujah. Leonard Cohen. 
"Letter Never Sent" - REM"; Carpet Crawlers" - Peter Gabriel era Genesis; " Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" - Ralph Vaughan Williams; "The Past and Pending" - The Shins"; Casimir Pulaski Day" - Sufjan Stevens;
"Carry Me Ohio" - Sun Kil Moon";  Symphony No.3" - Henryk Gorecki; 
"Nessun Dorma" from Turandot.....to name a few
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World....has brought tears to my eyes for 30+ yrs when it was played at my college buddy's funeral after he died in an accident.
Joni Mitchell's "Wish I had a River"
Joni Mitchell's  "The last time I saw Richard"
Johnny Cash covering "Hurt"...The music video adds to understanding his take on it.
I'll get to the sweeter side of emotion eventually, 

just happened to be listening to Ani Difranco, 'To The Teeth',


btw, that whole album is a great one to dust your dust caps with!