10 Sad Break Up Songs

When you've said goodbye and are left with a broken heart, why not listen to ten sad break up songs? This playlist will help you move through the stages of grieving. Some of the songs are a bit silly, others are gloomy and a few might help you to get on your feet and dance a little. Why not?

  1. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" by Elton John. This song is a perfect example of the ten sad break up songs. Elton John croons about lost love, remembering good times and how those memories bring up sadness. A great song when you feel melancholy but want to smile while reminiscing.
  2. "Twice As Hard" by The Black Crowes. It really is harder to say goodbye the second time around, but The Black Crowes make it easy to sing along. This groovy, hard hitting sad break up song is good to play in the car, and may help you get past a few tears.
  3. "Since You're Gone" by The Cars. This song has followed many break ups since its release in 1981. With Rick Ocasek crooning over the airways, you might tap your foot a bit, but you feel the pain of love gone bad. It surely is hard to carry on, making this one of the ten sad break up songs.
  4. "Never Going Back Again" by Fleetwood Mac. Lindsey Buckingham penned this song following his break up with longtime girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. "Never Going Back Again" reveals the pain of breaking up yet in the end, triumphs (in a depressing way) as Lindsey asks his audience: "You don't know what it means to win; Come down and see me again."
  5. "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You)" by A Flock of Seagulls. Recorded during the New Wave, lead singer Mike Score dreams of having a picture of the girl he misses to remind him of her. When your love is gone and you really want to feel depressed, watch this video, taking special note of Score's hair. Can you imagine what it took to do that 'doo?
  6. "Don't You Want Me" by Human League. This song was a dance club hit in the 1980's. The theme follows a break up between two successful people where the guy is obviously peeved that the chick he discovered left him eating her dust. Take it for what it's worth-you can dance your butt off to the tune and be happy, or realize that women leave. Your choice.
  7. "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor. Suzanne Schnerr, Taylor's good friend, died while he was out of the country. "Fire and Rain" speaks of the tragedy and Taylor's surprise at the event. While the song isn't a true sad break up song, it's one of the bleakest songs ever written, especially when you realize what the song's about.
  8. "Reconsider Me" by Stevie Nicks. Nicks admits when Warren Zevon brought this song to her, she wasn't in the mood. The song wavers between being sorry for losing your lover (and wanting them back) and outright begging. After all, isn't there a reason why she's called your "ex"? If you wish to be reconsidered, listen up because this song will tell you how to grovel.
  9. "Love Hurts" by Nazareth. An oldie but goodie, Nazareth's rock and roll style shines through this ballad of how much love hurts. It burns, wounds, mars, scars and tears you apart. Right? Who would want it, anyway? When you've been dumped, this is the song for you. It won't make you feel better, either.
  10. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor. O'Connor hit the charts in 1990 with "Nothing Compares 2 U," a haunting melody that effortlessly makes it to the ten sad break up songs list. When listening to the song, it's easy to believe that O'Connor was dumped. Her voice, the slow rhythm, and how the tune plays out will stick in your head. Just like a break up, it's hard to get over.
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