If you're sitting around with a box of tissues contemplating how she could leave such a spectacular man, put on a few of the top 10 break up songs. You might not feel any better, but at least you'll know that there's other lonely losers out there just like you.
- “You Can Go Your Own Way.” This is the theme song for band members who think they should get involved. Lindsay Buckingham sings “Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do,” in Fleetwood Mac’s classic single “You Can Go Your Own Way,” breaking up with vocalist Stevie Nicks via break up song.
- “Since U Been Gone.” American Idol Kelly Clarkson broke the pop mold with this anthemic rock single about being better off breaking up. “Since you been gone, I can breathe for the first time,” sings Clarkson, an independent success singing a song of independence.
- “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” Neil Sedaka says it plain-and-simple in this oldie classic: breaking up really is hard to do. This break up song, clocking in at under three minutes, is nothing but effortless, sing-along pop.
- “Against All Odds.” Apparently, the members of Genesis really didn’t know Phil Collins. “You’re the only one who really knew me at all,” sings the soft-rock maestro to his ex-wife in this string-laden '80s break up song.
- “Heartbreak Hotel.” Elvis wastes no time in “Heartbreak Hotel,” cutting in with words of misery and loss before the music even kicks in. The King sings this song, one of the best break up songs, with such conviction, you start wondering if there really is a Heartbreak Hotel.
- “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Prince penned this break up song by everyone’s favorite Irish Pope picture-ripper, Sinead O’Connor. “Since you’ve been gone I can do whatever I want / I can see whoever I choose,” sings O’Connor, reflecting on the misery of too much free time alone.
- “Ordinary World.” 1980’s pop-rockers Duran Duran had a brief comeback with this epic ballad, quite a break from their cutting-edge dance hits of earlier years. “I won’t cry for yesterday,” sings Simon Le Bon, letting the girl know he’s alright and the world know that he’s not bitter over being a semi-has been.
- “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” Jim Steinman, the man responsible for epic Meatloaf hits like “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” wrote this odd break up song sung by Bonnie Tyler. If you’ve just broken up with someone, go sing this at karaoke. You won’t be the first.
- “You Oughta Know.” Who knew that a former “Full House” cast member could be so rotten? Alt-pop queen Alanis Morrissette wrote this break up song about comedian Dave Coulier, singing “I’m here to remind you of the mess you left when you went away.” She turned out okay though: Her album “Jagged Little Pill” was a huge success.
- “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production combined with The Righteous Brothers’ amazing harmonies make this one of the most classic break up songs ever about a guy who actually sees the signs before the break up.
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