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Top 10 Heartbreak Songs

Updated on May 29, 2020

Love Sucks: 10 Famous Heartbreak Songs

The proof of these 10 heartbreak songs is that not everybody associates Valentine's Day with positive thoughts of love and romance.

For people who have discovered Cupid's unkind streak, February 14 will no doubt offer up a painful souvenir that love sometimes really does stink. Of course, this reality has not been ignored by songwriters. For every uplifting song about the sincerity of romance, there's a plaintive composition citing its heartbreaking misery.

In no particular order, each song here extols the sadder side of love: breakups and heartaches just a couple of the examples. Grab a tissue. You may just need one..

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Righteous Brothers: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

One of the most played and best-loved songs of the rock era, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' crowned The Righteous Brothers as the kings of heartbreak.

Rose Royce: Love Don't Live Here Anymore

From 1978, Gwen Dickey's plaintive vocals contributed to making this one of Rose Royce's finest songs. Relatively unsuccessful in the band's homeland, Love Don't Live Here Anymore was the biggest hit in the group's career in the UK.

Elton John: Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word

The heartbreak of a broken relationship is the subject of Elton John's Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word. Included on his album Blue Moves, this one really tears at the heart strings.

Adele: Someone Like You

A highly personal song from Adele which describes the break-up and aftermath of a long term relationship and its consequences. It has resonated with millions, making it one of the most successful heartbreak songs of all time.

Lady Antebellum: Need You Now

Have you ever dumped a significant other, walked away and regretted it later? If so, then Grammy of the Year and Record of the Year winner Need You Now by Lady Antebellum is the perfect heart breaker for you.

Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

Most notably covered by Al Green, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart gave The Bee Gees one of their early #1 songs in the USA. It missed out on this level of success in the UK, where the heart break quota must have been a lot lower at the time.

Gotye: Somebody That I Used To Know

What has become one of the biggest selling songs of 2012, Somebody That I Used To Know is destined to become one of the classic break up songs of all time. A little piece of pop perfection.

Toni Braxton: Un-Break My Heart

Overblown? Slick? Haunting? This lush break-up song is possibly one the best recordings of its genre and probably responsible for a run on Kleenexes at the time.

Gilbert O'Sullivan: Alone Again (Naturally)

The Irish master of the story song recounts his suicidal thoughts after having been stood up at the altar and later the sad death of both his mother and father. Alone Again (Naturally) was his biggest song in the USA and one of a string of hits around Europe.

Whitney Houston: I Will Always Love You

Originally recorded by Dolly Parton, I Will Always Love You became Whitney Houston's signature song - its lyrical content made visual by its inclusion in the movie, The Bodyguard. I have you - no, you don't - yes, I do - no, you don't - he leaves.

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