QotD: Top 5 Break-Up Songs

What are your top five break-up songs?

(originally posted on 5 May 2008. Replacing the videos, due to Vox closure, and updating because of – fuck it – two deaths.)

Break up songs.  Ambiguous, QotD, ambiguous.

Songs about the heartbreak of losing love?

Songs about how much of a bitch she was, the shit he did, how it ain’t your fault?

Songs that say Fuck You to the pain?

Surely, dear god, you did not want me to pick the five songs that I wanted to be playing, in the background, of that plush restaurant.  You know, the one you took me to, and I was all excited because I thought it was gonna be, like, down on one knee ring-time and the waiter took our orders and we had champagne – champagne! – and then you told me it wasn’t me, it was you, and you needed space, and a little time to think and don’t cry and don’t be upset…

In no particular order, here are five six songs I feel cover the spectrum of break up.

Oh Amy.  You have had the voice of an angel and the habits of – well, bad ones.

You went back to what you knew
So far removed from all that we went through
And I tread a troubled track
My odds are stacked
I’ll go back to black

A troubled track indeed.  I hope you survives to make more records of angst and pain. Well, damn. I still miss the fact no more music from Ms Winehouse.

I like Mike Skinner.  He can write some real stonking good music.

Then he turns out this beautiful ballad about when love ends, when She says goodbye.

Dry your eyes mate
I know it’s hard to take but her mind has been made up
There’s plenty more fish in the sea
Dry your eyes mate
I know you want to make her see how much this pain hurts
But you’ve got to walk away now
It’s over

Oddly, in the video the person delivering this homily is his dog.

He says I need a little time.  And she says Piss off.

Or words to that effect.

I’ve had a little time to find the truth
Now I’ve had a little room to check what’s wrong
I’ve had a little time and I still love you
I’ve had a little

You had a little time and you had a little fun
Didn’t you, didn’t you
While you had yours do you think I had none
Do you, do you
The freedom that you wanted bad
Is yours for good I hope you’re glad

A twist in the tail.  A satisfying one.


A Fuck You song with real attitude.

Tell that boy to leave. Right now.  And don’t pull any punches, either – he’ll just get the wrong idea.

To the left
To the left
Everything you own in the box to the left
In the closet that’s my stuff
Yes if I bought it nigga please don’t touch
And keep talking that mess, that’s fine
But could you walk and talk at the same time
And it’s my my name that is on that Jag
So remove your bags
Let me call you a cab.

Whitney, Whitney.  If only you could follow had followed your own advice.

It’s not right but it’s OK
I’m gonna make it anyway
Pack your bags up and leave
Don’t you dare come running back to me
It’s not right but it’s OK
I’m gonna make it anyway
Close the door behind you
Leave your key
I’d rather be alone than unhappy

(yes, I know that’s a Thunderpuss remix.  No, I have no idea why they are called Thunderpuss.  They just are,  And, fuck, Whitney can could sing when she wanted to)

And how could I end a post on Break Up Songs without this one.  The classic.  One New Years Eve, in a crowded pub, this came on and, with very little hesitation, every woman there stood and sang along.  Solidarity.  This is the song you play when you have just split with him, and you and your girl friends are sitting there, eating the comfort food of choice, drinking cheap wine, and calling him a bastard.


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6 Responses to QotD: Top 5 Break-Up Songs

  1. LeendaDLL says:

    wow – Vox bought you champagne then dumped you? Even C hasn't tried that one yet!did you see CupCate's "Amy Winehouse" pics? Awesomeness!!

  2. Bookmole says:

    not really Vox. but I was quoting from a life experience. it hurt then and it hurts now. odd, how some things just don't go away.

  3. W♥M says:

    I think that i will survive song pretty much sums it up 🙂

  4. LeendaDLL says:

    wait, this REALLY happened with someone? I figured you were just extrapolating the most insane situation possible. what a dek he must've been!

  5. Bookmole says:

    I was 20, going on 21. He was 35. He was cool, and rich, looked like an angel and was a bastard. And yes, champagne was bought and a delicious meal was eaten before he dumped me.Now I wish I had thrown my pudding over his head, slapped him, screamed – as it was, I left the restaurant, got a cab home (he did offer a lift – yeah, right, like I wanted to sit next to him for a single second that I didn't have to!) and got so drunk I woke in a pool of vomit.Nice, eh? You live, you learn. Pain teaches us shit. But it is never nice.

  6. LeendaDLL says:

    i'm sure he thought he was being all classy and generous. love your reaction – at that age, i might have done something similar (though I've never been able to vomit when drunk).one of my concerns about going to Pride this weekend is that I'll run into my "arch enemies" – a gay couple who ended our friendship overnight without explanation, while I was already in the midst of depression. now one of them acts all kissy face to me, like nothing ever happened. i have historically returned the favor, being out & about and all, but am determined not to do so ever again. only took me 10 yrs to get the balls – and i'm still not certain i'll actually follow through.

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