"Stop Crying Your Heart Out" was written solely by Noel Gallagher, and was produced by Oasis. Noel and his brother Liam are the lead vocalists on the track. The song was recorded at Wheeler End Studios and Olympic Studios in England, and was mixed by Mark Stent. It was engineered by David Treahearn, Jan "Stan" Kybert and Paul "P-Dub" Walton. Several instrumentalists were used for the song's melody, including Andy Bell as the bass player, Oasis drummer Alan White, Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer on guitar, and Mike Rowe on piano. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" is a motivational power ballad which lasts for a duration of five minutes and five seconds, Its melodic structure bears strong resemblances to "Slide Away", one of their songs from their debut studio album Definitely Maybe (1994), while its hook is reminiscent of the chorus of their 1996 song "Don't Look Back in Anger". Liam Gallagher "croons" the lines "All of us stars/ We're fading away/ Just try not to worry/ You'll see them some day"[A] as an orchestra plays in the background. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" was composed in the key of B minor using common time at 76 beats per minute.
Jason Fox for NME felt that "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" was Oasis's return to the "long lost humanism" of their 1996 single "Don't Look Back in Anger", because of Noel Gallagher's ability to lighten the mood of his audience when they are in need. He further wrote that the listener is transported back when "Don't Look Back in Anger" was released. Simon Evans for musicOMH also compared the song to "Don't Look Back In Anger", writing it they have the same "defiance". Stephen Thomas Erlewine for Allmusic was brief in his review of the song, simply writing that it is a "pretty good power ballad". Evan Chakroff for Stylus Magazine wrote thought that the song was forgettable, adding that while writing his review of the album, he could not remember the melody of "Stop Crying Your Heart Out". Victoria Segal for NME wrote a single review when it was released, and believed that it was difficult to take the song seriously. Segal wrote that it is a "disappointing" song that when "looked at in the sober light of day, it's nothing but a lachrymose slur through the Big Noel Book Of Emotional Cliches and some truly shameless piano, but you just know that come closing time, it could make a breeze block cry".
"Stop Crying Your Heart Out" debuted and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 29 June 2002. The following week on 6 July, it fell two positions to number four, and again down to number 13 in its third week. It charted at number 23 and 28 in its fourth and fifth weeks, respectively. In 2009, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 71 on 14 November. It remained on the chart for a further week. In 2010, it re-entered the chart for a third time at number 50 on 9 October. On the UK Indie Chart, the song leaped from number 192 to number 30 on 10 October 2009. The following week it rose to number nine, but fell to number 26 the week after. On 14 November 2009, "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" rose from number 85 to number nine again. It feel to number 25 again the following week. On 26 December 2009, it ascended from number 51 to a new peak of number six. On 2 January 2010, it fell from number six to number 22, but rose to number 18 the following week. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 12 July 2002, denoting shipments of over 200,000 copies.
In Europe, "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" debuted and peaked at number 41 on the Austrian Singles Chart on 7 July 2002. It fell to number 45 in its second week, and to number 62 in its third. However, it ascended to number 56 in its fourth week. It psent a total of five consecutive weeks on the chart. In the Wallonia region of Belgium, the song peaked at number 13 on 3 August 2002, remaining on the chart for three weeks, and re-entered the chart for one week at number 44 on 26 February 2011. The song charted for one week on the Danish Singles Chart at number 17 on 28 June 2002. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" debuted at number 11 in on the Finnish Singles Chart and fell to number 17 the following week. It peaked at number 48 on the German Singles Chart and at number six on the Irish Singles Chart. In Italy, the song debuted at number one on 20 June 2002. It fell to number five in its second week, and to number 17 in its third week. It spent a total of nine weeks on the chart. In the Netherlands, it spent a total of two weeks on the chart: it debuted at number 76 on 6 July 2002 and rose by three positions to number 73 the following week. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" peaked at number 23 on the Swedish Singles Chart and peaked at number 48 on the Swiss Singles Chart. In 2012, the song debuted and peaked at number 135 on the French Singles Chart for one week. Outside of Europe, the song peaked at number 48 on the Australian Singles Chart.
"Stop Crying Your Heart Out" is a song recorded by British singer-songwriterLeona Lewis for her second studio album Echo (2009). Originally written by Noel Gallagher of rock band Oasis, the song was produced by Lewis and Steve Robson. Lewis decided to cover the track as she is a fan of Oasis and rock bands in general, and she really liked the song's sentiment. The strings were performed by London Session Orchestra, who were organised and arranged by Will Malone. The musical structure of the song is different to the conventional style which is normally used, as the song's melody does not gain momentum until the end of the song instead of by the first chorus.
Lewis revealed that she decided to record a cover version of Oasis'(pictured) "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" as she is a fan of the band.
In an interview with Rick Edwards titled Under the Skin of Leona Lewis on 28 February 2010 for 4Music, Lewis revealed that she is a fan of Oasis and that "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" is a "great song" with a "beautiful sentiment behind it". She continued to say herself and label boss Simon Cowell discussed the possibility of Lewis recording a discussed cover version. Lewis cited her reason for wishing to record her own version as being a "massive" fan of rock bands, and that she wanted to put a "different spin on it". When asked the question of if she knew what Gallagher thought about her version, she replied saying that she had not spoken to them and that she did not know if they had listened to her version. Originally written solely by Gallagher, Lewis's cover version was produced by Steve Robson. Both Robson and Lewis were the vocal producers on "Stop Crying Your Heart Out". It was engineered by Richard Flack, who was assisted in the process by vocal engineer Seth Waldmann. It was mixed by Jeremy Wheatly at Twenty-One Studios, located in London, England. A range of instrumentalists were bought in for the song; Karl Brazil played the drums, while Luke Potashnick provided guitar. John Garrison played the bass and Robson the piano. The London Session Orchestra performed the strings on "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" and it was arranged by Will Malone, while the choir was organised and arranged by Lawrence Johnson. Background vocals were performed by Sara-Jane Skeet and Beverly Skeet.
"Stop Crying Your Heart Out" appears as the tenth track on Echo and lasts for a duration of four minutes and eight seconds. However, it is not included on the North American version of the album. The structure of the song is not conventional in its style, as most songs have gained momentum by the first chorus. However, Lewis's version of "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" remaining down-tempo for the majority of the song. Andy Gill for The Independent noted that it does not possess the "rapidly acquiring melodramatic heft and momentum by the first refrain".
Lewis's version of "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" garnered mostly negative reviews from music critics. Nick Levine for Digital Spy complimented her version, writing that it is "as satisfying as a sponge pudding on a chilly winter evening". Michael Cragg for musicOMH wrote that "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" is another song to be given the "Leona treatment", and compared it to her cover of Snow Patrol's "Run", which she recorded for her inclusion on her debut studio album, Spirit. He felt that her cover of Oasis's song appeared to serve as a "replacement" for covering Snow Patrol. He continued to criticise the production and vocal performance of Lewis's version, writing "On this occasion the kitchen-sink style production – stirring strings, acoustic strums, and inevitable appearance of a choir – feels hollow, like being aurally attacked by a (admittedly very impressive) karaoke singer". As part of his review of Echo, Matthew Cole for Slant Magazine wrote that too much of the album is dominated by "thoughtless" ballads, which he highlighted in the form of "Don't Let Me Down" and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out". While he noted that Lewis gives a "technically unimpeachable" vocal performance, he wrote that it does not compensate for the "dull arrangement" and lack of emotion in her delivery. Andy Gill for The Independent described her cover as "sententious". Neil McCormick for The Telegraph was critical of her decision to cover the song, writing that she is too emotive for the "direct and simple" lyrics, and concluded by saying that her version does not compare to Gallagher's "raw-thorated sincerity".
Upon the release of Echo, "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" debuted at number 55 on the UK Singles Chart due to strong digital download sales on 28 November 2009. Following Lewis's performance on The X Factor finale, the song re-entered the singles chart at number 29 on 26 December 2009, rising 101 chart positions from the previous week. On 4 September 2010, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart for a third time at number 63. On 19 December 2009, the song rose from number 41 to number 34 on the UK R&B Chart. The following week on 26 December, it ascended to number 11. On 2 January 2010, it fell to number 15, and again to number 34 the next week. It remained inside the top 40 R&B chart for a further two weeks. The same week on the UK Download Chart, the song leaped from number 114 to number 27 for the chart issue dated 26 December 2009. In Scotland, the song rose from number 74 to number 24 on 26 December 2009. In the first week of 2010, it feel to number 36. In Ireland, the song debut and peaked at number 31 on 17 December 2009. Over the following two weeks, it fell to number 33, and again to number 48 before exiting the top 50.