Top 5 Breakup Songs

When a breakup happens songs are necessary. That’s probably why there are so many songs written about breakup. I know heartbreak well so I believe I am someone with great knowledge on this topic. There are a lot of emotions that come with a breakup but mainly, at least for me, it’s usually sadness and anger.

These songs are probably at least 5 years old or more as it’s been like 7 or more years since I’ve had a breakup. Ahhh…that’s nice to say. I’m alright with never ever going through one again.

5. The Weakness In Me (Joan Armatrading) “Why do you come here, when you know Ive got troubles enough?/Why do you call me, when you know I cant answer the phone?/You make me lie when I do not want to,/And make someone else some kind of an unknowing fool?/You make me stay when I should not/Are you so strong, resolve the weakness in me.
4. Foolish Games (Jewel) “These foolish games are tearing me apart,/And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart.”
3. Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler) “And I need you now tonight/And I need you more than ever/And if you only hold me tight/We’ll be holding on forever”
2. Don’t Speak (No Doubt) “Don’t speak/I know just what you’re saying/So please stop explaining/Don’t tell me cause it hurts”
1. You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette) “And everytime you scratch your nails down someone else’s back I hope you feel it. Well can you feel it?!”

Ok, only one of these were particularly angry. I guess the angry/bitter songs really go on my angst songs list but You Oughta Know got me through a bunch of heartbreak.

  1. Mr. Fabulous

    December 13, 2007 at 9:13 am

    I guess I have been lucky, in that I have not experienced much in the way of heartbreak. Good or bad, I usually have been the one to end a relationship. Rather than heartbreak, usually I experienced kind of a thoughtfulness tinged perhaps with regret and/or wistfulness.

    Toward that end, I have always been partial to Wham’s Careless Whisper.

    And for some reason, this post puts me in mind of Billy Falcon’s Die Twice, which is not a breakup song, but rather a song about a man who had been dumped and is now trying to resist his ex’s attempts for a reconciliation:

    No I never knew love better
    Than the love we made together
    I probably never will
    So let that be my curse

  2. Mr. Fabulous

    December 13, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Wow…that was a much more verbose comment than I usually leave.

  3. themuttprincess

    December 13, 2007 at 11:10 am

    I know this is going to surprise you:


    I love the Alanis song. Bitterness bring me home!!!!

  4. Sandi

    December 13, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Melissa Etheridge has a version of The Weakness in Me. It’s not as good as Joans’ but still very awesome in it’s own right. I am going to the Alanis concert at the Palms in Vegas next March! Bring on the angst!

  5. cheri

    December 13, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    I know almost all those songs – great choices. Don’t Speak was my favorite song for a year – played it so much no one wanted to drive with me and year it again and again. lol

  6. DutchBitch

    December 13, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    OMG I LOVE Bonnie’s song: that’s the one I belt to when breaking up!!! Or just for the hell of it in the car…

  7. Robin

    December 13, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Mr. Fab – I enjoyed that…it was almost like a multiple orgasm but less sweaty. I shoulda known you were a heartbreaker :eyebrow:

    TMP – I think that’s the one thing that 95% of the time brings women together…most of us know bitterness oh too well.

    Sandi – Oh I’m a huge Etheridge fan and I know that version but the original is definitely better.

    Cheri – That song actually reminds me painfully of a breakup that quite possibly changed me forever. In fact, I remember hearing the song in my head as he was breaking up with me. To this day I have no idea what he actually said to me.

    DutchBitch – Me and my girls in college when we’d go for car rides used to love singing so loudly to that song :yawn:

  8. manda

    December 15, 2007 at 12:37 am

    I love all of those songs in an outrageously hardcore manner.

  9. Robin

    December 15, 2007 at 8:53 am

    I hear ya on that one!

  10. Heather B

    December 19, 2007 at 3:31 am

    One I always think of is “i can’t make you love me” written by prince performed by Bonnie Raitt

  11. Robin

    December 19, 2007 at 8:31 am

    That song had crossed my mind…definitely in the top 10.

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