Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Don't Go Breaking My Heart...

Not much makes me happier than a good list. In the interest of making me happy and to provide you with something to read, I have compiled a list of some of my FAVORITE break up songs of all time. I had intended on dedicating each song to a past boyfriend or ex-friend, but fortunately there are more songs than failed relationships in my life so I went ahead a made a few playlists. So click on over to the videos and dedicate one to someone from your past today.

Top 5 Angry Break Up Songs
This one goes out to Matthew Johnson who broke up with me in an email Sophomore year and got engaged three months later.

5.These Boots were Made for Walking//Nancy Sinatra
"You keep lying when you ought to be truthin'/ you keep losing when you ought to not bet/ You keep samein' when you ought to be changin'/ Now what's right is right/ but you ain't been right yet"
Listen Here

4.You Oughta Know//Alanis Morissette
"It was a slap in the face how quickly I was replaced/ Are you thinking of me when your (with) her?"
Listen Here

3.No Children //The Mountain Goats
"I hope that our few remaining friends/ Give up on trying to save us/ I hope we come out with a fail-safe plot/ To piss off the dumb few that forgave us"
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2.Song for the Dumped//Ben Folds Five
"Give me my money back, you b---ch/ I want my money back/ And don't forget to give me back my black T-shirt."
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1.Call Tyrone//Erykah Badu
"I think you'd better call Tyrone/ And tell him come on help you get your sh--/ You need to call Tyrone Hold on/ But you can't use my phone."
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5 Songs for When You Just Know It's Over
This one goes out to Andrew Duffle who I dumped between classes in the cafeteria b/c I heard he made out with this girl on a band trip. He later told me that was the worst day of his life.

5.It’s Not Right,But It’s Okay//Whitney Houston
"Pack your bags up and leave/ Don't you dare come running back to me/ It's not right but it's okay/ I'm gonna make it anyway/ Close the door behind you/ Leave your key/ I'd rather be alone than unhappy"
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4.It's Too Late//Carol King
"And it's too late, baby, now it's too late/ Though we really did try to make it/ Something inside has died/ And I can't hide and I just can't fake it"
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3.Don't Speak//No Doubt
"It's all ending/ I gotta stop pretending who we are.../You and me I can see us dying...are we?"
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2.I will Always Love You//Dolly Parton
"Good-bye, oh, please don't cry/ Cause we both know that Im not/ What you need"
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1.Don't Think Twice//Bob Dylan
"I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind/ You could have done better but I don't mind/ You just kinda wasted my precious time."
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5 Songs to Help You Navigate the Post Break-Up Emotional Roller Coaster
This one goes out to R.J. Atchley who I dated twice, loved never, but who had me convinced my life was over after we broke up for the last time over the high school pay phone before firt period.

5.Ex Factor//Lauryn Hill
"It could all be so simple/ but you'd rather make it hard/ loving you is like a battle/ and we both end up with scars/ tell me, who i have to be/ to get some reciprocity/ no one loves you more than me/ and no one ever will"
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4.Everybody Knows//John Legend
"I still can’t believe you found somebody new/ But I wish you the best, I guess./ ‘Cause everybody knows, that nobody really knows/ How to make it work, or how to ease the hurt"
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3.The Winner Takes It All//ABBA
"I don't wanna talk/ About the things we've gone through/ Though it's hurting me/ Now it's history/ I've played all my cards/ And that's what you've done too/ Nothing more to say/ No more ace to play"
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2.Not 'gon Cry//Mary J. Blige
"Eleven years out of my life/ Besides the kids I have nothing to show/ Wasted my years - a fool of a wife/ I should have left your ass long time ago."
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1.She’s Got You//Patsy Cline
"I've got your picture that you gave to me/ And it's signed "with love," just like it used to be/ The only thing different, the only thing new/ I've got your picture, she's got you"
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INTERACT: I could go all day, but I would LOVE to hear YOUR favorite break-up songs. Leave 'em in the comments!


Tiffani R said...

What fun. There is nothing so good as a good breakup anthem. I am a big fan of sort of "you'll regret this later" songs:

* One Fine Day by the Chiffons (but co-written by Carole King... I should have known)
---- "One fine day, you're gonna want me for your girl..."

* Someday by Mariah Carey
---- "Maybe now you just can't conceive that there'll ever come a time when you're cold and lonely.
... But when your down in your time of need and you're thinking that you might be coming back to own me
Just think again 'cause I won't need your love anymore!"

* What I'd Say by Earl Thomas Conley
-----"hows it going might be what i'd say, you broke my heart you know, or it looks like rain today,
or maybe god i missed you since you went away, your lookin well,
or go to hell might be what i'd say."

Two of the playlists on my ipod are: "Love Songs," and "Down with Love." Despite my chipper behavior, I listen to the latter much more frequently. There is just awesomeness associated with a good broken-hearted song!

alicemusic said...


"Let 'er Rip" by the Dixie chicks

"Water Runs Dry" Boyz II Men

Love you!

The Boyds said...

Ummm, might I add "Ex-Girlfriend" by No Doubt because, (maybe you can guess who, Mel?), I totally called it before it even got started. I guess I DID think of that before we kissed. :D

Also, to apply to my collegiate English major romance, The Decemberists' Engine Driver with soul-wrenching lines such as, "I am a writer, writer of fictions, I am the heart that you call home. I've written pages upon pages trying to rid you from my bones...and if you don't love me let me go."


Continuing the English major drama with, "Bird Stealing Bread" by Iron and Wine. "tell me, baby, tell me are you still on the stoop watching the windows close? i've not seen you lately on the street by the beach or places we used to i've missed you lately and the way we would speak and all that we wouldn't say..."

Also, "Promising Light" by Iron and Wine and pretty much everything on Richard Buckner's Devotion and Doubt album.

And...maybe "White Flag" by Dido belongs on the list somewhere. Yeah. It definitely had a hand in dragging out the pain of a major breakup much, much longer than it needed to last.

J.T. said...

well done... my personal favorite post break up song kiss your love goodbye - brian mcknight. "i won't ask you why/give me back my pride/ cause time will mend the heart that you broke baby." classic =)

A-Roy said...

Awesome lists! I really love that you did this, I am going to listen to all of these that I don't already know. Three break-up songs I love that just came to my head while reading this: "Like a Tattoo" by Sade, "Slowly Surely" by Jill Scott, "Til It Happens to You" by Corinne Bailey Rae-gotta listen to these if you haven't heard 'em.


Missouri said...

Love your list. Great stuff.

Missouri Johnson

Anonymous said...

The dredg song that goes, "And when you wake up from your vanity, you won't find me because I'll be on top a mountain... pissing on your grave" COLD!

-Beth C.

Grumbler said...

'I'm not Crying' by the Flight of The Concords - a funny one, it helps. A lot.
'F*ck you' by Cee Lo Green - The title says it all.
And something for the masochistic type: when you want to feel even worse listen to 'Stuck with you' by Voltaire.

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juliamundane said...

I have an entire play list of break up songs, and it would take forever to name them all.

Anonymous said...

Let's get some cowboy up in this bitch.


This ain't no temporary, typical, tearful good-bye, uh uh uh
This ain't no breakin' up and wakin' up and makin' up one more time, uh uh uh
This is gone (gone) gone (gone) gone (gone) gone

Gone like a freight-train, gone like yesterday
Gone like a soldier in the civil war, bang bang
Gone like a '59 Cadillac
Like all the good things that ain't never coming back
She's gone


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