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  • ariez

    What about the Commodores “Easy”, that is a beautiful break-up song.

    • Just added this one to the playlist – I’ll add more later tonight, so please keep your suggestions coming. And also happy thanksgiving from Canada (mmmmm turkey!)…

  • Clive

    Fantastic list. Some great bands mentioned especially the Beatles song I’m Looking Through You. Very underrated. Great job, sir!

  • ParusMajor

    Nice songs. Here’s a classic country break-up tune by George Jones “She Thinks I Still Care”:

    • Deciding whether or not the suggested songs fit into this list or not was giving me a migraine, so now I am adding songs that are about break-ups.

      • Dennis

        Elvis had the biggest hit on this beautiful song and yes Tanya,that’s my opinion along with thousands more who bought his version. And when you delete comments you lose all credibility. Your list is also your opinion and nothing more.

        • I deleted my previous comment to replace it with a new one when I decided to just add everyone’s break-up songs to this list, so that it wouldn’t be confusing. And just to be clear, I didn’t write this list, I am an editor at TopTenz and I posted the list and created the YouTube playlist.

  • schuyler

    I would have put Third Eye Blind’s “Motorcycle Drive By” on that list personally. I also would have slipped in just about any song from Bob Dylan’s album Blood on the Tracks.

    • I added it, as well as Relient K’s version. I picked Tangled Up In Blue and If You See Her Say Hello to add from Blood on the Tracks…

  • Nathan

    Love Done Gone by Billy Currington is a good breakup song depending on how things went. It can be very comforting if you’re feeling like it was all your fault.

  • Bane

    this list was ok, but it was not evil enough. I need songs to to listen to while i plot the destruction of the batman and Gotham city.

    • Batman

      Wheres Temptations – Wish it would rain? hmm…. Missing quite a few really good ones.

      Gotham Will Fight You BANE!!!!!!

  • Jack

    Listen to She Cried by Jay and the Americans..Saddest breakup song ever……

  • Peter Boucher

    “Misunderstanding” by GENESIS

  • Dan

    I’d go with “Still in Love with You” – Thin Lizzy

  • dkanes

    I can’t believe you forgot Jackson Browne’s song Late for the Sky

    c’mon man it’s in Taxi Driver

    • Just added the Genesis, Thin LIzzy, and Jackson Browne songs –

  • brakewater

    Good list. I don’t know if Wicked Games constitutes a break up song or a longing song, but it is good too.

    Can we do a “hateful” break up song list next? I’ll start – Somebody That I Used To Know

  • Johnny Canuck

    What about:

    I Hate Everything about you – Theory Of A Deadman
    Santa Monica – Theory Of A Deadman
    Since You ‘ve Been Gone – Theory Of A Dadman
    How You Remind Me – Nickleback
    She Hates Me – Puddle Of Mud
    Love Bites – Deaf Leppard
    I’ll Be Alright Without You – Journey

  • Tom

    What about “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division?

    List could also use some Blue Nile:

    • Is the first one a break up song? I think it is more about an existing relationship, if I’m wrong let me know and I’ll add it. I added the Blue Nile song you provided the link for.

  • jman

    Umm Black by Pearl Jam trump all of these

  • Caveman200

    THis is the last day of our aquaintance-Sinead Oconner

  • Jay

    daughtry – No Surprise

    • I think the Daughtry, Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback and some of the other suggestions could fill up their own list – they don’t really fit with the songs that the writer selected. I added it anyways…

  • skywatcher

    The silence of a falling star
    Lights up a purple sky
    And as I wonder where you are
    I’m so lonesome I could cry
    —Hank Williams

  • Dennis

    What about Johnny Cash’s “You’ve Flushed Me From The Bathroom Of Your Heart” ?

  • Dennis

    What about Roger Miller’s “I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving But I’ll be A Long Time Gone”–and Roy Clark’s “Thank God And Greyhound She’s Gone”–I’ll have to give this list a F-. Not only have I never heard of any of the songs on the list, all the best ones were omitted.

    • This is obviously not a list of country songs or even classic break-up songs – it is the writer’s opinion and based on his musical knowledge.

  • Dennis

    1. Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth Cause I’m Kissing You Good-bye.

    2.. If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You.

    3. If The Phone Don’t Ring, You’ll Know It’s Me.

    4.How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away.

    5. I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well.

    6. I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better.

    .7. I Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dog Fight, Cause I’m Afraid She’d Win.

    8. I’m So Miserable Without You; It’s Like Having You Here.

    9. My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend and I Sure Do Miss Him.

    10. You Done Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat.


  • KB

    An excellent Break-Up song is Roads, by Portishead.

  • Chad

    Little Motel-Modest Mouse

  • Mirage

    Lame list. A whole lotta song can pass up as break up songs. The list was prolly written by some teenager who stole and mixed his father’s playlist with his own.


    • Tom

      That stupid song? Good grief. I have to endure that repeatedly throughout my working day.

      My father’s generation had better music. FACT.

  • Stephen Davies

    Sorrow perfect choice for number 1. but my number 2 would be “Guess I’m Doing Fine”, Beck. wonderful.

  • Malamute

    Everyone has their own favorite, but Elvis Costello’s “Good Year For the Roses” has to make a list of the best break-up songs.

  • Chad

    Open Heart Burglary- Coastline Pilot