Okay, okay – so maybe they’re not YOUR favorite break up songs, but they’re songs that a very VERY esteemed panel of internet personalities came up with (read: Tracey’s friends), and therefore, ergo, SHAZAM and voila! – the Top 10 Break Up Songs. (Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain and just play along, alright?) Back in February I told you all about some of my favorite Divorce Anthems, so now it’s ALL YOU, ZERO ME. Because we’ve all had a truly depressing or awful break up or two (or, uh, TWELVE) in our lifetimes, and so have alternately needed sad, angry, and/or bitter tunes to make us feel like we aren’t alone in our exquisite, newly loveless misery. So without further ado, here are some of the bestest songs of love, loss and heartbreak ever sobbed, sung or warbled:
Ben Folds Five – One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces 1 of 10From Kelly Q (aka Mme Surly): "HERE IS MINE BECAUSE I AM A SPITEFUL PERSON."
Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright 2 of 10From Bonnie Stewart: "...when you're still bitter."
Carole King – It’s Too Late 3 of 10From Travis Morrison: "...there is only one #1 and that's "It's Too Late" by Carole King. It's like picking the Yankees to win the world series, I know but it's the best and that's that."
Coldplay – The Scientist 4 of 10From Melissa: "I'm going to go there and I just don't give a shit what you think of me as a result... Coldplay's The Scientist has always been one of my favorites. Chris Martin can do no wrong (besides marry Gwyneth), and it's just such a hauntingly beautiful song."
George Michael – Careless Whisper 5 of 10From Christine Stephens: "Why? Take heart out, insert in jar of WHAM, feel so bad you almost feel good."
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive 6 of 10From Miss Zoot: "I'm still an "I WILL SURVIVE" Gloria Gaynor fan b/c it's of the Be Strong variety as opposed to Broken Heart variety. (For the record - I loved the Cake version of the same song.)"
GWAR – Sick of You 7 of 10From Jamie (aka The Grumbles): "I can only think of one song that has gotten me through several (ancient) breakups, and it serves dual purpose as the soundtrack for every moment with my mother, ever.
Pink – So What 8 of 10From Snarky Amber: "...basically the silly and fun version of that song that you listen to when you're very newly separated and wanted to trick yourself into believing you're better than fine."
Third Eye Blind – How’s It Gonna Be 9 of 10From Jive Turkey: "For breakup songs, allow me to share that I have wept repeatedly over 'How's It Gonna Be' by Third Eye Blind."
Toby Keith – You Ain’t Leavin’ (Thank God Are Ya) 10 of 10From Jim Lin (aka Busy Dad): "...chock full o' delicious f*ck you."
So lay it on me, people. Your own personal favorite break up song of all time. In comments. Ready? GO.
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