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Top 10 Break Up Songs

  • Jul 28, 2009
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How do you pick just 10 best break-up songs? After all, disappointment in love is one of the most common themes in popular music. There's even a website devoted to the subject: breakup-songs.com. This is a list of my Top 10 favorite break-up songs.
An angry song, but with some vicious humor
A song by Bob Dylan
The narrator looks back with wistful regret at a lost relationship. From "Blood on the Tracks" - from which you could pick 2 or 3 other good "break up" songs
It's too late - Carole King (1971)
It's really sad when one party in a relationship has realized for a while that the relationship is doomed but the other party is taken by surprise and plunged into shock and grief. That seems to be the theme in this song from the all-time great album "Tapestry"
The best of my love - The Eagles (1974)
It's sad when both parties realize that things aren't going to work out and struggle to accept it. A sad mellow song from one of the greatest groups of the 1970's
A song by Dionne Warwick
This Burt Bacharach song reflects general cynicism about love, famously recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1969 and revisited by Elvis Costello in the 1999 Austin Powers James Bond spoof, "The spy who shagged me." “What do you get when you kiss a guy? You get enough germs to catch pneumonia. After you do, he’ll never phone ya.” “Pneumonia” and “phone ya” – that’s got to be one of the best rhymes ever.
A song by The Beatles
Listen to the lyrics - they're downright depressing. From the greatest rock group ever. Vocal by Paul.
Incredible String Band
Probably not a lot of people have heard of this one. It's a beautiful song in which the narrator remembers his first love. Also covered by Judy Collins.
A song by Ben Folds
Chosen for its unbridled anger.
Breaking up is hard to do - Neil Sedaka (1962)
I had to have at least one "up tempo" break-up song.
A song by Little Anthony and the Imperials
Slow paced, almost doo wop like song that carries you away in a salty sea

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September 09, 2009
I love the torch song version of "Breaking Up" that Sedaka recorded in the 70s. It works even better than the up tempo version did. No one ever thinks of the Beatles' song that you chose. I was playing "Revolver" in my car all last week. Several of my favorite songs are on that album.
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