One of the best things about music is its versatility. There really is a song for every mood we feel. There are songs that pump us up ("Eye of the Tiger"), songs that make us dance (anything by the Killers) and songs that make us want to stick our head in the oven (thanks a lot, REM).
When it comes to breaking up with the love of your life, well, there's even a song for that. But, not just one song, many songs! Take a look at our list of some of the best breakup (and getting back together) songs on an airwave near you:
- "Never Gonna Let You Go" by Rick Astley: Okay, this song has something that just sort of screams "stalker vibe turned Lifetime Movie," yet, it's still fitting. A song about perseverance, it teaches us that breakups can be temporary, particularly when set to a catchy melody.
- "Reunited" by Peaches and Herb: I once had a hamster named "Peaches," yet she wasn't much of a singer. But I digress: "Reunited" includes lyrics such as "I was a fool to ever leave your side. Me minus you is such a lonely ride. The breakup we had has made me lonesome and sad. I realize I love you cause I want you bad." It essentially acts as the theme song for reconciliation and it's probably played during makeup sex everywhere.
- "Always on My Mind" by pretty much everyone: Whether you listen to the version by Willie Nelson, Pet Shop Boys, Elvis, or whomever else covered it (how about it, Metallica?), "Always on My Mind" is a song about a man who has realized the error of his ways, and set out to amend them. It really teaches us what reconciliation is all about: Realizing where you went wrong, and making a point to set things right.
- "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins: A song that truly attests to the devastating effects a breakup can have on a person, Phil bares his soul in this ballad. And yet, he reminds us that getting back together is always a possibility, even when the odds aren't in our favor. It's almost always worth a shot.
- "I Ain't Missing You" by John Waite: This song, perhaps, belongs on the Top 10 list of "Best Songs About Denial," because that's essentially what it is: A song about a man trying to convince himself that he's not missing his ex. Still, at the end of the song, we aren't convinced, and neither is he.
- "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift: Okay, I know what you're thinking: Miss Swift (aka Kanye West's biggest fan) makes it pretty clear that there will be no reuniting (like never ever ever ever). But, I don't buy it. If she is writing an entire song about her ex, there are still a lot of feelings there. Maybe she really meant to say, "We are never ever getting back together unless I change my mind." But, alas, that might not have been as catchy.
- "Return to Me" by Dean Martin: Dean Martin didn't really seem like one to beg: As part of the Rat Pack, he redefined cool in the 50s and 60s America. Still, "Return to Me" sees him describing his loneliness and imploring his love to return. While the song seems to be more about a love who is away on a trip, it is still applicable to a breakup. It shows us that, if Dean Martin can swallow his pride, anyone can.
- "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston: Many of us relate to "I Will Always Love You" because, at least in part, of our deep affection for Kevin Costner (come on admit it). But this song can apply to exes everywhere. The thing is, a breakup doesn't severe the feelings of love—at least not most of the time. Love exists long after the relationship has ended, making reconciliation not only a possibility but a likelihood.
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