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17 heart-wrenching songs about breakups

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« It’s not you, it’s me », « things moved too fast », « I don’t think we’re the same anymore ». Everyone who had been in a relationship must have heard one of this all-timers of breakups, but nothing will ever compare to the lyrics of heart-wrenching songs.

To help you get over a breakup or give you the musical background to your streaming tears, here’s a list of 20 songs, that in our opinion, are the best to describe this horrible feeling of loss.

-Land Locked Blues-Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes have a way with words and it’s no surprise that Conor Oberst, the lead singer, was named best songwriter in 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine. In « Land Locked Blues », a song with a personal and political meaning, the duet can bring you to your darkest times.


Selected lyrics :

« First, tell me which road you will take
I don’t want to risk our paths crossing someday
So you walk that way, I’ll walk this way »

-Littlest things-Lily Allen

The british singer always hits the nail on the head with her record singles, and « littlest things » is no exception.

Selected lyrics :

« Dreams, dreams
Of when we had just started things
Dreams of me and you
And it seems, it seems
That I can’t shake those memories
I wonder if you feel the same way too »

-Only love can hurt like this- Paloma Faith 

Needless to say, the title is self-explanatory.

-Skinny love-Bon Iver

Justin Vernon, the one-man band known as Bon iver, said in an interview the song was about the pain of past relationships making their way into new ones. Like this song wasn’t as depressing before this bit of information.

-Somebody that I used to know-Gotye 

Funny how Gotye actually became somebody we used to know.

-Where I stood-Missy Higging

Selected lyrics :

« See I thought love was black and white
That it was wrong or it was right
But you ain’t leaving without a fight
And I think I am just as torn inside »

-These foolish things-Ella Fitzgerald

If you’re nostalgic of a love that once was, « These foolish things » should be your companion for the evening.

-Go your own way- Fleetwood Mac

The angry part of every breakup is beautifully embodied by the classic « Go your own way » by Fleetwood Mac.

-I and love and you- The Avett Brothers :

Selected lyrics :

« Three words that became hard to say

I and love and you »

Cheb Hasni – Mchat Alia Ou Khalatni

Gone but never forgotten, Cheb Hasni is still, 24 years after his death, an artist we turn to for healing our inside wounds. With « Mchat alia ou khalatni », it’s another piece for the hopeless romantics that is given to us by the king of romantic raï.

Kamel Messaoudi – Rah El Ghali Rah 

Another huge loss for algerian music gives his take on breakups.

-L’amour ne dure pas toujours- Feist

The canadian singer covers a Françoise Hardy’s original to tell us that « Love doesn’t always last ».

-Coeur perdu-Renaud

French music rebel opens up about his divorce and 20 years of relationship. Brace yourself for an emotional rollercoaster.

-La résiliation-Ben Mazué

If you understand french and you’re going through a bit of a bumpy road with your partner, DO NOT listen to this.

-Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux-Georges Brassens

-Les feuilles mortes-Yves Montand

La rouille-Maxime Le Forestier

Comparing the end of a relationship to rust should have been illegal. Being as poetic about it than Le Forestier is should too.