I don't like Coldplay, but I have a particular weakness for piano-driven ballads, and who among us can't identify with "take me back to the start? Maybe the "someone" is a guy's new lover, maybe it's the old lover who's been left behind, and maybe it's about a failed pregnancy.
" Besides, no less an authority on heartbreak than Willie Nelson has covered "The Scientist," so there's that. Regardless of the song's subject, when someone great leaves your life, you'll find yourself surprised by the weird things you miss about them. Lily Allen, "Smile" (2006) Finally, a breakup song that doesn't incite days of sobbing in the fetal position.
Again, we limited it to one song per songwriter (not necessarily per band).Come back next week for the best breakup songs of the '00s, and let us know what we missed in the comments. You're going to get through this, and to help with that, here's a Spotify playlist of this week's list, and here are the greatest breakup songs of the '60s, the '70s, the '80s, and the '90s. Lady Gaga, "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" (2009) While most of Gaga's tracks are about a romance she knows will eventually go bad, this early tune is about actually breaking up.It captures the contradictory realities of indifference and volatile emotion. Brightside" (2004) Jealousy and infidelity are the death row and lethal injection of every relationship, respectively — and "Mr."If you still want me, please forgive me" is all you can say to someone when you've moved on before they have. Coldplay, "The Scientist" (2003) I'm not made of stone. Brightside" reminds you to move on ASAP when you get cheated on. Brightside" is a true story; when paired with a hot riff, that story reminds us that anger, envy, and sadness can actually be danced away. LCD Soundsystem, "Someone Great" (2007) The meaning of this particular breakup song has been under debate for while.
We recently assembled the greatest love songs of all time, but let's face it: while love has inspired some great songs, the majority of classics come from a darker place.Our rules this time were simple: a breakup song can be vengeful, dignified, devastated, or whatever else, as long as the lyrics make explicit reference to a relationship that is ending or has ended.