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->''Apparently she wrote this about an ex-boyfriend who broke her heart; I'm guessing not the only song she wrote about it either.''
-->-- '''WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows''' about "Jar of Hearts" by Music/ChristinaPerri

One thing that writers of SillyLoveSongs don't like to mention is that love usually ''doesn't'' last forever. People break up all the time for reasons both good and [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup lousy]], and when someone writes a song about it, it's called a BreakupSong. Although not as omnipresent as SillyLoveSongs, if you turn on a radio station and listen for a while, there's a good chance that you'll hear a BreakupSong or two mixed in with the endless stream of SillyLoveSongs. Many times it emerges from [[CreatorBreakdown the songwriter coming from a breakup himself.]]

Breakups inspire all different kinds of emotions in people, so there's a lot of variety among Breakup Songs. Songs written from the perspective of someone who has been dumped tend to be different from songs written from the perspective of the person doing the dumping. Please sort examples by the general category they fit into.

Compare AntiLoveSong, GriefSong. Contrast SillyLoveSongs.
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!Examples:

!!Needing sorting:

* Music/{{Beck}} - pretty much the whole of the ''Sea Change'' album.
* Music/ChelyWright - "Shut Up And Drive" (talking herself into going through with a breakup)
* Music/GeorgeStrait - "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye"
* Music/NellyFurtado - "In God's Hands"
* Zox - "Leaving Me"
* Level 42 - "Leaving Me Now"; "It's Over"
* Air Supply - "Goodbye"
* Honestly - "This Is Goodbye"
* Lou Barlow's written most of these kinds of songs.
* Brian May - "Too Much Love Will Kill You" ("Torn between the lover/and the love you leave behind.")
* Claude Demetrius - "Mean Woman Blues". The [[CoveredUp most popular]] version was sung by Roy Orbison.
* [[Music/VanDerGraafGenerator Peter Hammill]]'s solo album ''Over'' deserves a special mention. The album was written in response to his girlfriend running off with (and probably even marrying) his best friend, and so all the songs on the album (with the notable exception of "Autumn") are about how he deals with it. A consequence of this is that the album is so claustrophobic and sparse that anyone who has suffered a breakup will find the album an emotionally harrowing listen.
* Music/{{Rainbow}} - "Since You've Been Gone" (actually by Russ Ballard, this is also a case of CoveredUp).
** Presumably not to be confused with the Music/WeirdAlYankovic parody BreakupSong of the same title
* Music/TheMoodyBlues - "Go Now".
* Napoleon XIV - "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Haa" (a parody, naturally. [[spoiler:It was his dog that broke up with him.]])
** Josephine XV- “I’m happy they took you away- ha-haa!”
* 2Gether - The Hardest Part of Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff) is a rather, shall we say, "unusual" take on the subject.
* The entirety of Music/BowlingForSoup's album: A Hangover You Don't Deserve (except "1985") details a break-up, either one specific break-up or a variety of them. Special note to - "Ohio" a come-back to me song where the band says the entire state of Texas would rather have the girl in Texas than Ohio; "Down For The Count" where the guy's 'guard goes up and [he's] fighting dirty;" and "Next Ex-Girlfriend" where the singer just wants a quick rebound to get over his past love.
* The entirety of the Del Amitri album "Change Everything".
* American Hi-Fi's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Breakup Song]] and SR-71's Mosquito are two of the nastiest, and funniest examples. Not sure which folder they belong in.
* Hedley - "She's So Sorry"
* Music/TheJacksonFive: "Who's Lovin' You?"
* Music/{{Queen}} - "Love of My Life"
* Music/{{Blur}}- Most of the "13" album.
* The musical show [[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]] has a song by the character Sierra called 'Oui, my Friends,' where she sings about a boy who she thought loved her, but she finds out he didn't love her at all, and proceeds to sing about how all boys are just out to get girls and use them. (Or as she puts it, 'Break your heart and chew it up and spit it out and step on it and throw it down a sewer, call it names, and then, laugh!')
* Khonnor's "An Ape Is Loose" [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory can be interpreted]] to concern the singer instigating a breakup with a popular girl or celebrity.
* Music/KatyPerry:
** "Circle The Drain" is about her breakup with the drug-addicted Travis [=McCoy=].
** "Part of Me" was recorded in the aftermath of the dissolution of her marriage to Creator/RussellBrand. Take a guess on what it's about. Go on!
* Most of Music/FallOutBoy's earlier material consists of songs that fall into at least one of these categories. Examples include [[AntiChristmasSong "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out"]], where the singer spitefully tells his ex what she should do for Crhistmas and new Year's, and "Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today," where he basically tells her he hates her for breaking up with him for another guy and tells her to "stop burning bridges / and drive off of them / so I can forget about you"
* Music/EscapeTheFate's "Let It Go" consists of the singer asking himself if he lets his girl go, since she's not his to own, would the emotional scars and trauma she's inflicted go away or remain.
* Music/VanessaCarlton's "Carousel" is an unusual example. It's a third-person song advising people who've broken up not to dwell on it and to move on.
* Jack Johnson - "If I Had Eyes".
* Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend (coming from the interesting perspective of the "other woman", telling the guy that it's time to leave his girlfriend for her -- "Call your girlfriend/It's time you had the talk/Give your reasons/Say it's not her fault...")
* Sunny Sweeney - "Staying's Worse Than Leaving".
* Alison Krauss - "Forget About It".
* Music/ImagineDragons - "Pantomime". The singer spends a lot of time telling the ex not to touch him, and also boasts that he's become rather popular among her friends. However, he also says that he loves her "part time", instead of not at all, and also notices her crying over the lack of emotional commitment in her current relationship. The bridge seems to tell her that it's her choice whether or not to leave her current lover.
* Egyptian - "Fade". The first verse has the male sing to the female about how while she has a pure heart, society seems to forbid their love. The second verse has the female sing to the male about how he seems shady to others, including her, by leaving her alone at night. The chorus has him ask her to maintain positive memories of their romance, even after it ends.
* Music/JeffBuckley - "Forget Her"
* Music/{{Banks}} - Any song that isn't about a DestructiveRomance is this.
* Music/{{AFI}}'s album Burials is an entire album of these, in particular stand out the angry "I Hope You Suffer" and the melancholy "Heart Stops".
* "Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. It's about someone who realizes that he and his ex really were not meant to be, and that it's mostly his fault. He's sailing through Polynesia when he comes to this realization, and though he's having difficulty, he's made the decision to move on for both their sakes.
* Music/{{XTC}} - "That's Really Super, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}" and "1000 Umbrellas".
* Music/{{Good Charlotte}} - "Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Wanna Be In Love)"
* Music/BlackKids - "If My Heart is Broken"
* In the comic strip ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' Bambi is a professional singer. Her agent, Jenny, wants her to produce some of these because they're big money makers. Initially it didn't go over so well because Bambi sung about her breakup with Gerald, which had been an amicable one once they realized they weren't compatible anymore. Eventually, she did produce an album full of these songs...[[spoiler:after she had been catfished by the dodos.]]
-->'''Samantha:''' "Ground Sushi", "Chum Bucket", "Benihana My Love"...
-->'''Jenny:''' There's real pain there.
* The song "Invincible" by British {{BoyBand}} Five is about a boy who managed to get through it all following a breakup with his girlfriend. The boy also hoped that he and the girl will remain "Just Good Friends" forever, as "It doesn't work when we're together."
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[[folder:Relationship breakup]]
* ? and the Mysterians - "96 Tears".
* Music/{{ABBA}} - "The Winner Takes It All", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "One of Us", "When All Is Said And Done".
* ABC: "Poison Arrow", and virtually the entire ''Lexicon of Love'' album.
* Music/TheAcademyIs - "Everything We Had".
* Music/{{Adele}}'s album ''21'' is all about these ([[CreatorBreakdown thanks to her going through a rough breakup]]) and various songs can be found on the folders. It was the album that burst her into the United States charts and several songs have become HUGE hits.
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} - "What It Takes" and "Hole in My Soul".
* Music/TheAllAmericanRejects - "It Ends Tonight".
* Music/AmyWinehouse - pretty much the whole ''Music/BackToBlack'' album, but particular examples include, "Love Is A Losing Game", "Tears Dry On Their Own", "Wake Up Alone" and "Back To Black" itself.
* Music/AngelsAndAirwaves - "It Hurts".
* Anneliese van der Pol - "Cute Boys with Short Haircuts", from the musical of ''Vanities''.
* Music/AnnieLennox - "Walking On Broken Glass".
* Music/BarbraStreisand - "My Coloring Book".
* Music/{{The Beatles}} - "For No One".
* Music/TheBeautifulSouth - "A Little Time": the male singer has a trial separation from the female singer, saying he needs some space. When he tries to get back together, the female singer (who suspects "space" means "other women") isn't having it.
-->The freedom that you want so bad,
-->Is yours for good, I hope you're glad.
-->Sad into unsad.
* Music/BenFolds - "Song for the Dumped", which has become an anthem for mishandled breakups.
* Blackbear - "I Needed You" (both versions).
* Music/BobDylan - pretty much the entirety of his mid-70's album ''Music/BloodOnTheTracks''.
* The Bouncing Souls - "Wish Me Well (You Can Go to Hell)".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Tara's side of "Under Your Spell/Standing Reprise" in the show's MusicalEpisode.
* Catatonia - "Blues Song".
* Music/ColePorter standard "Just One Of Those Things". Interestingly, this one may be the TropeCodifier, but is suprisingly amicable.
--> So goodbye, dear, and amen.
--> Here's hoping we meet now and then.
--> It was great fun, but it was just one of those things.
* Commodores - "Easy". It overlaps a bit with the AntiLoveSong, in that the singer is overall quite relaxed and happy about breaking up with his girlfriend since the relationship has apparently been unhappy for a while.
* Music/CaroleKing - "It's Too Late" (also covered by Music/GloriaEstefan).
* Music/TheCorrs - "Goodbye".
* Music/TheCrystallineEffect- "Poetry".
* Music/TheCure - "The End of the World".
* Dannii Minogue - "It Won't Work Out".
* Music/DavidBowie - "Something in the Air."
* The ThemeSong to ''DearJohn'', sung by Wendy Talbot.
* Music/DeltaGoodrem - "Not Me Not I".
* Music/DireStraits - "When It Comes To You".
* Music/DragonForce - "Seasons".
* Music/DreamTheater - "Space-Dye Vest", this is truly one of the most haunting examples of the genre ever recorded. The emotional breakdown of the one whose SO left, ending in the emotional collapse & shutdown in the final verse is a real tear jerker.
-->And I'll smile and I'll learn to pretend / And I'll never be open again\\
And I'll have no more dreams to defend / And I'll never be open again.
* Music/TheDresdenDolls - "The Jeep Song".
* Music/DuranDuran - "Ordinary World".
* Music/{{Edguy}} - "Trinidad", effectively "you don't give me respect because you're taller than me, so I moved to Trinidad without telling you".
* Epica - "Never Enough".
* Music/EricCarmen - "Boats Against the Current".
* Music/TheEverlyBrothers – "Born Yesterday". The lyrics strongly imply a breakup, but the song's video tells a slightly different story, showing a married couple on the brink. Subverted at the end of the video, with the couple getting back together.
** "Crying in the Rain", famously covered by Music/{{Aha}}.
* Faderhead - "Atoms and Emptiness".
* The Flirts - "Jukebox".
* Music/{{Garbage}} - "It's All over But the Crying".
* [[Music/ThinLizzy Gary Moore]] - "Empty Rooms".
* Music/GloriaGaynor - "I Will Survive".
* Music/{{Halestorm}} - "Apocalyptic", about the singer and their SO, who've reached the point where they can't stand each other so their breaking up, but first they're going to have some [[TitleDrop apocalyptic]] DestructoNookie.
* Music/{{Halsey}} - "Haunting".
* Music/HoneyWorks - "Nakimushi Kareshi" is about Miku and Len breaking up. It has a sequel "Hajimeshi no Sayonara", which is about Miku wanting to get back together with Len, but realizing that he's already with someone else.
* Hoobastank - "I Don't Think I Love You".
* Jerry Reed - "She Got the Goldmine, I Got the Shaft".
* Music/JoanJett - "Soulmates To Strangers", which is about the couple realizing that things just didn't work between them (with maybe a hint of TakeThat in the line "I know that we were intimate, but that's the part I don't recall at all").
* Johnny Logan - "Hold Me Now".
* Music/{{Jojo}} - "Leave".
* Music/{{Journey}} - "Separate Ways".
* Music/JustinTimberlake - "What Goes Around..." (also covered by Alesana).
* Music/ImagineDragons - "Leave Me".
* Music/ImeldaMay:
** "Too Sad to Cry", on the album ''Mayhem'', is about being emotionally wrung out following a breakup.
** All of ''Life Love Flesh Blood'' has been seen as a break-up ''album'', but actually, it's a bit more complex than that. Still...
*** "Black Tears". Nothing says "relationship gone bad" like [[YourMakeupIsRunning mascara running]].
*** On the other hand, "Leave Me Lonely" has been mistaken for a breakup song, but it isn't; WordOfGod is clear that it's about [[IntercourseWithYou a passion so intense that any brief separation leaves the singer lonely]].
* Music/InformationSociety - "Running".
* Music/KatMcSnatch - "Fuck You".
* Music/KeithUrban - "You'll Think Of Me".
* Keyshia Cole - "I Changed My Mind", "(I Just Want It) To Be Over".
* Music/KylieMinogue - "Where Has The Love Gone?" and "So Now Goodbye".
* Music/LeonaLewis - "Better In Time".
* Local H - "The One With 'Kid'" (and, to an extent, every song on ''Twelve Angry Months'').
* Music/MandyMoore and [[Music/{{Switchfoot}} Jonathan Foreman]] - "Someday We'll Know".
* Music/{{Marillion}} - "The Web".
* Martina [=McBride=] - "When Love is Gone", from ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol''.
* Music/MelanieMartinez - "Alphabet Boy" and "Dead To Me".
* Music/MileyCyrus - "Wrecking Ball".
* Melotron - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAihD-3Owys "Du Bist Es Nicht Wert]] (You Aren't Worth It)".
* Music/TheMonkees - "She".
* The Nails had two:
** "88 Lines About 44 Women" was about all the women the singer had slept with and/or had relationships with
** "These are the Things You Left Behind" is about all the stuff still in the singer's house after the departure of the girlfriend.
* Music/NickCave, being a bit broody, is partial to these. "Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?" and "It Ain't Gonna Rain Anymore" are two of the lighter, happier example. Note that this is not a joke: they get darker.
* Music/NoDoubt - "Don't Speak".
** ''Tragic Kingdom'' may very well count as a break-up album. Most of the songs on there were written after Gwen Stefani's break-up with the bassist (see also: Hey You, Sunday Morning, Happy Now?)
* Olivia Newton-John - "Please Mister Please".
* Music/PetShopBoys - "Love Is A Catastrophe".
* Music/PhilCollins - "Against All Odds" and "In The Air Tonight".
* Phildel - "The Wolf".
* Music/ThePolice - [[LyricalDissonance "Can't Stand Losing You"]]. Also, "Someone To Talk To" (''But I fucked it up and now it's too late'').
* Music/RelientK - "This is the End (If You Want It)".
* Music/{{Robyn}} - "With Every Heartbeat".
* Roxette - "It Must Have Been Love" - the breakup theme from ''Film/PrettyWoman'', written by Per Gessle.
* Neil Sedaka - "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do".
* Music/SelenaGomez - "Middle of Nowhere".
* Music/{{Sia}} - "The Girl You Lost To Cocaine".
* Music/{{Skyclad}} - "You Lost My Memory".
* Music/{{Space}} - 'There's No You', "Begin Again".
* Music/{{Suede}} - "Barriers", "The 2 of Us".
* Music/SufjanStevens - "I Walked".
* Music/Sum41 - "Blood in My Eyes" and "Time for You to Go".
* Music/TheSupremes: "Reflections".
* The Swell Season - "Lies".
* Music/TaylorSwift - "Breathe". (Swift is, in fact, a particularly infamous example of an artist specializing in breakup songs.)
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants:
** "Cyclops Rock"
--->''I taught you how to Cyclops Rock\\
And then you go and turn around and break my heart\\
And waste my cyclops time\\
And mess up my cyclops mind''
** "They'll Need A Crane"
--->''Lad looks at other gals\\
Gal thinks Jim Beam is handsomer than lad\\
He isn't bad\\
Call off the wedding band\\
Nobody wants to hear that one again\\
Play that again''
** "Narrow Your Eyes"
--->''Now we'll toast the sad cold fact\\
Our love's never coming back\\
And we'll race to the bottom of a glass\\
Narrow your eyes''
** "Broke in Two"
--->'''I would go back to the top of the day from scratch\\
If I thought this thing could be fixed\\
Though sadly I'd do exactly the same thing as when\\
We broke in two''
** "Say Nice Things About Detroit"
--->''Say nice things about Detroit\\
The way you left, you were a big big jerk\\
There I was anticipating\\
Some kind of love, I'm still waiting''
* Music/{{Train}} - "50 Ways to Say Goodbye," which details how the singer intends to tell his friends that his ex died in various freak accidents rather than admit that they've broken up.
* Vanessa da Mata/Ben Harper - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSTWcsU91ZY "Boa Sorte (Good Luck)"]].
* Music/TheVeronicas - "Leave Me Alone" "In Another Life".
* ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' has an unfinished BreakupSong the protagonist wrote after his girlfriend cheated on him the night before their wedding.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic - "One More Minute". Oddly enough, this is a completely straight example, despite being a Weird Al song; he wrote it to help himself through an ''actual'' breakup.
** It's not completely straight, since it's set to the tune of a slow dance and the lyrics are turned UpToEleven. Weird Al also had "You Don't Love Me Anymore", which is definitely ''not'' a straight example.
** He also did "Since You've Been Gone", which starts out sounding like a straight depressing breakup song (albeit comparing his lovers absence to several outlandishly painful and masochistic acts). This being Weird Al, there's of course a twist at the end.
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[[folder:Warning others about the ex]]
* Anuna - "If All She Has is You".
* Music/TheBeachBoys - "Here Today".
* Bel Biv Devoe - "Poison", which warns to never trust a big butt and a smile.
* Boyzone - "Picture of You" is a song warning people about {{False Friend}}s.
* Music/CarrieUnderwood - "Cowboy Casanova", "Good Girl".
* Music/CeeLoGreen's "Fuck You" - which also has some "I Want You Back" elements.
* Music/ClanOfXymox - "She is Falling in Love"
* Music/PhilCollins and [[Music/EarthWindAndFire Philip Bailey]] - "Easy Lover".
* Consider Me Dead - "The Island" switches perspectives from a "you drew me in, I was captivated and now I know better so screw you" tone in the verses to a chorus warning anyone romantically interested in the antagonist:
-->''she swims in a sea of diamonds / she is numb to the touch''\\
''she left me here on this island / she didn't leave me with much''
* Music/{{Dion}} - "Runaround Sue":
-->''So if you don't want to cry like I do''\\
A-keep away from-a Runaround Sue.''
* Elastica - Stutter (Unlike most of these, this one isn't about the ex's personality, it's about his [[TheLoinsSleepTonight "performance"]]).
* Music/EltonJohn - "Slow Down Georgie (She's Poison)"; "Don't Trust That Woman".
* E-Rotic - "Max Don't Have Sex With Your Ex"
* Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons - "Walk Like A Man".
* [[Music/GirlsGeneration SNSD]] - "Lost In Love"..
* Music/GunsNRoses - "You're Crazy" and "Better".
* Hall And Oates - "Maneater" (the singer's previous involvement with the titular "maneater" is ''strongly'' suggested, but never explicitly stated).
* La India - "Ese hombre" ("That Man"), vía a long list of his defects, capped by "unbearable as a friend/ insufferable as a lover".
* Måns Zelmerlöw - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOvzuTbghFo Brother Oh Brother]]", where the singer's brother gets together with the singer's ex
* Brazilian band Matanza has a PlayedForLaughs example, with a song that has the self-describing translated title [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BJtgM0jDWM "She Stole My Truck"]].
* Music/MatchboxTwenty - "She's So Mean". It's basically saying "Beware: my ex is a selfishly {{Jerkass}} HardDrinkingPartyGirl".
* Music/NoDoubt - "Ex-Girlfriend".
* Music/PaulaAbdul - "Cold Hearted".
* Music/ThreeDaysGrace - "Last To Know" starts out with the singer wanting the girl who cheated then dumped him back, but when the electric guitar kicks in halfway through the song, he switches to warning her new boyfriend that when she leaves him for dead, he too will be the last to know.
* Tony! Toni! Tonè!- "My Ex-Girlfriend Is A Hoe".
* Toni Braxton - "He Wasn't Man Enough".
* Music/{{Usher}} - "You Make Me Wanna", "U Remind Me".
* Music/VelvetUnderground - "Femme Fatale".
* Music/TheZombies - ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cYdH46HqpE Tell Her No]]'', the main message of which boils down to "She said she loved me too".
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[[folder:Non-romantic, between friends]]
* Music/AlStewart - "Angel of Mercy".
* Music/BringMeTheHorizon - "Go To Hell For Heaven's Sake" , "True Friends", and "Throne".
* Coal Chamber - "Friend"
* "Hard To Say Goodbye, My Love" from ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'', since the Dreams sing it when they're about to disband.
* Music/GreenDay - "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".
* Music/NickCave and the Bad Seeds saw off their long-time guitarist, Blixa Bargeld, with "The Fable of the Brown Ape"...which...let's just say there's reason to assume it wasn't a smooth transition.
* Not The Nine O’Clock News – [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLgeiRO63mE Kinda Lingers]].
* Music/OzzyOsbourne - "Goodbye To Romance" (The booklet for the ''Blizzard of Ozz'' rerelease says Ozzy wrote it about his departure from Music/BlackSabbath.)
* Music/{{Pink}}'s "Who Knew" mourns lost friendships.
* Anime/{{Pokemon}} : "The Time Has Come (Pikachu's Goodbye)" and "Together We'll Make A Promise".
* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" is a very thinly-veiled farewell from Paul to Artie. ("All of the nights we harmonized till dawn...").
* Music/SpiceGirls - "Goodbye", the first single after then former band member Geri Halliwell's departure (she returned nine years later).
* Music/{{Starflyer 59}}'s ''Gold'' was almost an entire album of breakup songs of this type.
* Music/TakingBackSunday- "There's No 'I' In Team".
* Former Music/{{tATu}} member Lena Katina's debut solo single "Never Forget" is about the fallout of her friendship with former t.A.T.u. partner Julia Volkova.
** The last song of t.A.T.u.'s last album, "Don't Regret", is also about the group's break-up.
* Vanities - "Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be".
* Vitamin C - "Graduation (Friends Forever)"
* Theater/{{Wicked}} - "For Good".
* You Me At Six - "Bite My Tongue" (either against his friends or his parents)
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[[folder:Please Don't Go / I Want You back / I Wish We Were Still In Love]]
* A7(later Akira) - "Piece of Heaven".
* Music/{{Adele}} - "Rolling In the Deep". [[WomanScorned Despite that it's not a pathetic as it seems.]] As [[WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows Todd]] said, "It's a song to load ammo to. It's the kind of breakup song that precedes a serious ass-kicking." The fact that one of the lines in the chorus is "You're going to wish you never had met me" is a big clue as to what this song is about.
* Music/TheAlanParsonsProject - "If I Could Change Your Mind".
* Alejandro Fernández - "Si Tú No Vuelves," "Pájaro Perdido"
* Alice Deejay - "Back in My Life".
* Angelina - "Without Your Love".
* Annie - "Anthonio".
* Music/ArcadeFire - "Crown of Love".
* Music/ArcticMonkeys - "Do I Wanna Know?" teeters between singing about unrequited love and this.
* The Avett Brothers - "If It's the Beaches" (The song's basic message is "I would do anything to keep you". Sample lyrics: "Don't say it's over / 'Cause that's the worst news I could hear / I swear that I will / Do my best to be here just the way you like it / Even though it's hard to hide / Push my feelings all aside / I will rearrange my plans and change for you".)
* Music/AvrilLavigne:
** "Wish You Were Here".
** "Let Me Go", a duet with her then husband [[Music/{{Nickelback}} Chad Kroeger]].
* Music/BackstreetBoys - "Back to Your Heart", "Shape of My Heart", "Incomplete", "I Still", "Inconsolable".
* Music/TheBand - "It Makes No Difference"
* Basshunter - "Now You're Gone," "All I Ever Wanted," "I Miss You," "Please Don't Go," "Camila" ([[WhatSongWasThisAgain but only the English version]]).
* Music/TheBeachBoys - "The Warmth of the Sun", "Wendy", "Caroline No", "Getcha Back".
* Music/TheBeatles - "Yesterday".
* Music/{{BIGBANG}} - "If You".
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre - "To Die For".
* Music/BlocParty - "Like Eating Glass".
* Boyz II Men - "Please Don't Go," "End of the Road," "On Bended Knee".
* Music/BraveSaintSaturn: "Binary".
* The Break Up - "Come Undone", "Heartstrings".
* Cary August - "Wish You Were Here".
* Music/{{Cascada}} - "Miracle", "One More Night", and "Love Again"
* Music/{{Celine Dion}} - "Pour Que Tu M'Aimes Encore"
* Music/{{Cher}} - "If I Could Turn Back Time"
* Music/CherLloyd - "Want U Back," about a girl who dumped her boyfriend because he "never had much game" and then got all pissy because he got together with someone else instead of crawling back to her like she expected.
* Music/{{Chicago}} - "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love," "If You Leave Me Now", "Hard Habit to Break"
* Music/TheClash - "Train in Vain."
* Music/{{Coldplay}} - "Warning Sign" from the album ''Music/ARushOfBloodToTheHead''.
* Music/TheCorrs - "Radio," "Long Night," "Old Town," "Give Me A Reason," ...suffice it to say, they like this one.
* Crystal Gayle - "You Never Miss a Real Good Thing ('Til He Says Goodbye)"
* Cynthia - "Thinking About You".
* Music/DaftPunk - "The Game of Love".
* Music/DanielRomano - "Old Fires Die". A rarer example of a song about a presumably once-happy marriage that burned out.
* Dannii Minogue - "I Don't Wanna Take This Pain", "So Hard To Forget", "Kiss And Make Up", and "I Begin To Wonder".
* Dawes - "All Your Favorite Bands".
* Music/DeadOrAlive - "Turn Around and Count 2 Ten", "Baby Don't Say Goodbye".
* Debbie Gibson - "Foolish Beat".
* Deborah Cox - "Things Just Ain't The Same", "I Never Knew", and "House Is Not A Home".
* Deep Blue Something - "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
* Music/DeltaGoodrem - Lost Without You, I Can't Break It To My Heart.
* Music/{{Dido}} - "White Flag".
* Dierks Bentley - "Settle for a Slowdown" (although in the end he resigns himself to her leaving, and only wishes she would show some sorrow over it)
* Music/DollyParton - "I Will Always Love You" (famously covered by Music/WhitneyHouston, and also listed under "It's Not You, It's Me").
* Most songs by Double You. [[LyricalDissonance Dissonantly]], their music style is bouncy Eurodance.
* "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," from ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}''.
* Music/EdSheeran - "Sunburn", primarily about the narrator’s regret that an old relationship didn't work out: "We never even tried / We never even talked / We never even thought in the long run". The new-girlfriend-who-reminds-him-of-the-old is a secondary aspect of the song.
* Elliot Yamin - "Wait For You".
* Music/ElvisPresley - "Are You Lonesome Tonight" (though Creator/SamKinison's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJKg4TXf6PQ version]] drifts into "don't want you back" with hilarious results).
* Music/EscapeTheFate - "Harder Than You Know".
* Music/{{Expose}} - "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me".
* Music/FooFighters - "Walking After You".
* Music/FrouFrou- ''Hear Me Out''.
* Galaxy Hunter - "Thousand Miles Away", "When I Close My Eyes", "I Miss You So Much"
* Music/GloriaEstefan - "Can't Forget You".
* Gotye - "Somebody That I Used To Know" is arguably a deconstruction. It seems like a song in this vein, but then in the second part we hear the perspective of the ex and it could from her angle be a "Don't Want You Back" song.
* Music/{{Halsey}} - "Is There Somewhere". This is an interesting one because it is written from the perspective of the former other woman (whom the boyfriend has chosen his partner over)
* Music/HarryNilsson - "You're Breakin' My Heart" and "Without You" (CoveredUp by Music/MariahCarey).
* Music/TheHumanLeague - "Don't You Want Me?" (Phil Oakey's verse)
* Music/HumanNature - "Don't Say Goodbye" ("There's no reason why/this part of us should die./Don't say goodbye.")
* Music/{{Hurt}} - "Falls Apart," "On the Radio", "Aftermath" (with shades of a passive ObsessionSong)... They like these.
* Ian van Dahl - "Will I" and "Where Are You Now?"
* Music/ImagineDragons - "Darkness" and "My Fault" play this straight. "Shots" fluctuates between the singer wishing he and the lover stayed together, and him admitting that maybe he'd screw up their relationship again.
* Music/InformationSociety - "Tomorrow", "Over the Sea", "Back in the Day", "Where Were You?"
* Jackson Five - "I Want You Back"
* Music/JacquesBrel's "Ne me quitte pas" deserves a special mention: that song is so full of RomanticHyperbole that [[MisaimedFandom people often believe it is a love song]].
* Jazmine Sullivan - "Need U Bad"
* Jaya (later Stevie B) - "If You Leave Me Now"
* Jennifer y Los Jetz - "Contigo Otra Vez," "You Say," Vuelve".
* Music/JessicaSimpson - "Where You Are" (A DistantDuet between her and then-love interest Nick Lachey).
* Music/{{Jewel}} - "You Were Meant For Me".
* Jodeci - "Stay", "I'm Still Waiting".
* Joey Kid - "Counting the Days".
* The Music/GeorgeJones classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is one of the greatest BreakupSongs ever written, and boy howdy is it a doozy. Told from the point of view of a friendly third party, this song is an absolute tearjerker from start to finish. It tells the story about a man who, as his wife is leaving him for good and not looking back, swears to her that he'll love her till he dies. And he does.
* Music/{{Journey}} - "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"
* Music/KateBush - "You're the One"
* KC and the Sunshine Band - "Please Don't Go"
* Music/KellyClarkson - "My Life Would Suck Without You".
* Music/KennyRogers - "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town)".
* Keyshia Cole - "Love".
* Music/KidRock & Sheryl Crow - "Picture" (Two ex-lovers both realize they can't live without each other).
* Kristine W. - "One More Try".
* Kumbia Kings - "Con El Tic Tac Del Reloj," "Se Fue Mi Amor," "Why Did You"
* Music/KylieMinogue - "I'll Still Be Loving You", "Hand On Your Heart", "Never Too Late", "Better The Devil You Know", "If You Were With Me Now", "No World Without You", "Where In The World?", "Put Yourself In My Place", "Disco Down", and "Soul On Fire"
* Laura Branigan - "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (co-written, and later covered, by Michael Bolton) (singer's love for other person apparently unrequited, other person has found love of his/her own life)
* Music/LeonardCohen - "Coming Back to You"; "Ain't No Cure for Love".
* Les Fatals Picards - L'Amour à la française
* Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"
* Loudness- "Ares' Lament/So Lonely" and "Never Again"
* [[https://soundcloud.com/lovelife Lovelife]]'s songs are almost exclusively about breakups and longing for the other person back. The most notable examples being "Your New Beloved", "Dying to Start Again" and "Nova"
* Lifehouse - "Whatever It Takes"
* Luis Fonsi - "Se Supone," "Te Echo De Menos," "Viviendo En El Ayer"
* Music/MariahCarey:
** "Can't Let Go," "Just to Hold You Once Again," "My All", "Love Takes Time", "I Still Believe"
** "Always Be My Baby" is a variant, saying "[[LoveWillLeadYouBack I don't mind if you leave, because I know you'll come back]]." Forever is another variant, where she acknowledges the time between them is over but if he ever wants her back then all he has to do is call her back. Butterfly is, yet another, example. Its main message is very similar to Always Be My Baby except it's more, "If you truly love me, you will come back but, until then, I have to set you free."
** "Don't Forget About Us" and her exceptionally famous "We Belong Together" definitely do count.
** Candy Bling, Angels Cry and Inseparable off of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel count. H.A.T.E.U. is an odd variant where she wishes for him back, but, at the same time, wishes that she didn't so she can hate him.
* Music/{{Marillion}} - "Kayleigh"
* Music/MaroonFive - "Won't Go Home Without You", "Payphone"
* Music/MatchboxTwenty - "If You're Gone"
* Music/MichaelJackson - "She's Out of My Life".
* Mike Mareen - "Don't Leave Me Now". Uses LyricalDissonance, setting the breakup lyrics in a dancy Hi-NRG song.
* Mike Posner - "Please Don't Go".
* Music/MileyCyrus, "7 Things".
* Music/MyBrightestDiamond - "Gone Away".
* Naked Eyes - "Always Something There to Remind Me"; a particularly harsh because it has the beloved's wedding bells as part of the background music..
* Music/NeilSedaka - "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do".
* Music/NewEdition - "Is This the End?"
* No Mercy - "Where Do You Go" and "Please Don't Go"(not a cover)
* Music/{{NSYNC}} - "I Drive Myself Crazy," "I Thought She Knew", and of course, "I Want You Back"
* Os Paralamas do Sucesso - "Quase Um Segundo" ("sometimes I hate you for [[TitleDrop almost one second]], then I love you more...")
* Passenger - "Let Her Go".
* Patsy Cline - "Faded Love," "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," "So Wrong", "Crazy"
* Peabo Bryson - "Can You Stop the Rain".
* Music/PearlJam - "Black", from ''{{Music/Ten}}''.
* Music/KatyPerry - "TheOneThatGotAway".
* Music/PetShopBoys:
** "The Way It Used To Be".
** "What Have I Done To Deserve This", for both singers.
* Music/{{Prince}} - "Nothing Compares 2U" ([[CoveredUp famously sung]] by Music/{{Sinead O Connor}}).
* Music/{{Pink}} - "Please Don't Leave Me".
* Player - "Baby Come Back".
* Music/RascalFlatts / Music/{{Cascada}} - "What Hurts The Most".
* Regina Belle - "Make it Like it Was".
* Robert Knight - "Everlasting Love" (Covered by many, many other performers).
* Music/TheRollingStones - "Miss You".
* Music/RoyOrbison - "Crying".
* Sally Shapiro - "Sundown".
* Music/SarahBrightman - "The Second Element" and "Colder Than Winter".
* Music/TheScript - "Breakeven", "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" & "Six Degrees Of Seperation".
* Music/{{Seether}} and [[Music/{{Evanescence}} Amy Lee]] - "Broken".
* Music/SelenaGomez - "The Way I Loved You", "Ghost of You".
* Music/{{Sisquo}} - "Incomplete".
* Music/SleaterKinney - "One More Hour".
* Music/{{Space}} - "Love You More Than Football".
* Music/{{Steps}} - "One for Sorrow" and "Deeper Shade of Blue".
* Music/SonataArctica - "Tallulah".
* Stevie B. - "Spring Love".
* Steve Winwood - "Valerie" (SampledUp by Eric Prydz in "Call on Me").
* Music/SufjanStevens - "Enchanting Ghost".
* Sugar Ray - "When It's Over".
* Music/TakeThatBand - "Back For Good".
* Music/TaylorSwift: "Back to December," "Haunted".
* The Temptations - "Ain't Too Proud To Beg".
* Tiffany - "Could've Been," "Should've Been Me".
* Music/TomPettyAndTheHeartbreakers - "The Best of Everything," "Trailer".
* Trisha Yearwood - "When a Love Song Sings the Blues," "When We Were Still in Love"
* Toni Braxton - "Unbreak My Heart", "I Don't Want To".
* Travis Tritt - "Tell Me I Was Dreaming".
* Music/{{Usher}} - "You Got It Bad".
* Music/TheVeronicas - ''Someone Wake Me Up”, “Worlds Apart”, “Don't Say Goodbye”, “In Another Life”, “We Are One''.
* Music/VioletUK:
** "Amethyst". The breakup is due to the death of one of the partners, and the song is pure I Want You Back GriefSong from the widowed partner's perspective.
** "Unnamed Song/7th" is also a GriefSong about a relationship ended by death.
* Music/WarrenZevon - "Empty-Handed Heart".
* Music/WithinTemptation - "What Have You Done Now" (about two lovers who are [[FoeYay also mortal enemies]])
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[[folder:We're About To Break Up Because I Know You're Cheating]]
* Ace - "How Long".
* Angus and Julia Stone - "I'm Not Yours".
* Creator/AnnaAkana - "Screw You".
* Music/BackstreetBoys - "Quit Playing Games With My Heart".
* The Band Perry - "You Lie".
* Music/{{Beyonce}} - "Me, Myself and I". Also features elements of "warning about others" and "over you", mentioning that the guy's family and friends tried to warn her about him and that it's just "me myself and I" now.
* Brandy - "Tomorrow".
* Music/TheByrds - "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better".
* Music/CarrieUnderwood - "Before He Cheats".
* Music/ChristinaAguilera - "You Lost Me"
* Music/TheClash - "Train in Vain".
* Dannii Minogue - "Mystified".
* Deborah Cox - "It's Over Now".
* Music/DestinysChild - "Bills, Bills, Bills" (cheating with her money).
* Music/TheEverlyBrothers - "Cathy's Clown"
* Music/GarthBrooks - "The Thunder Rolls" (particularly extreme example, if you listen to the live version).
* Music/GirlsGeneration - "Run Devil Run".
* Music/HankWilliams, Sr. - "Your Cheatin' Heart".
* Hey Monday - "How You Love Me Now".
* Music/{{Hurt}} - "Unkind".
* Jason Derulo - "Whatcha Say": the narrator is the one caught cheating.
* Jill Jones - "I Used To Worship The Ground You Walk On" from ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy'', which led to a great DefenestrateAndBerate scene.
* Music/JoanJett- "I Hate Myself For Loving You".
* Joe - "Stutter".
* Music/{{JoJo}} - "Leave (Get Out)".
* Kelis - [[strike:[[RefrainFromAssuming "I Hate You So Much Right Now"]]]] "Caught Out There".
* Music/{{Kesha}} - "Kiss 'n' Tell".
* Keyshia Cole - "I Should Have Cheated" A song where the singer states that she should of cheated on her boyfriend after the multiple times he accused her of doing so, which he has been suspected of as well.
* Music/KylieMinogue - "It's No Secret" and "Word Is Out".
* Kumbia Kings - "U Don't Love Me".
* Laura Bell Bundy- "Giddy On Up (Giddy On Out)" (Wife caught husband sneaking out and kissing another woman).
* The Like - "Wishing He Was Dead"
* Music/MariahCarey - "Standing O", "It's A Wrap", and "Betcha Gon' Know" from ''Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel'' count. "Shake It Off" from ''Emancipation of Mimi'' counts too.
* [[Music/TellMeOnASunday Marti Webb]] - "Take That Look Off Your Face"
* Music/MaydayParade's ''When I Get Home, You're So Dead''.
* Music/{{Ministry}} - "I Wanted to Tell Her".
* MarkMorrison - "Return Of The Mack".
* Music/TheOffspring - "Spare Me The Details".
* OneHitWonder Sarah Connor's "Bounce" is a particularly vicious example of this.
* Music/PanicAtTheDisco - "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"
* Music/PetShopBoys - "So Hard" (''both'' partners are cheating on each other) and "Domino Dancing".
* Music/{{Rihanna}} - "Unfaithful"; in this case, the singer is the one caught cheating.
* Sanford and Townsend - "Smoke From A Distant Fire".
* Music/SelenaGomez, "I Won't Apologize".
* Sergio Mendes - "Alibis"
* Music/{{Showbread}}'s "Check Yes If You Like Me (If You Don't I'll Die)".
* Music/SimplePlan - "Your Love is Just A Lie," "You Suck at Love".
* Skye Sweetnam - "Fallen Through".
* Music/TakingBackSunday - "Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team)".
* Music/TaylorSwift - "White Horse", "Should've Said No".
* Theory of a Deadman - "Little Smirk".
* Music/VanessaAmorosi - "Sleep With That".
* Music/TheVeronicas - "Revenge Is Sweeter", "Everything I'm Not".
* Music/TheWho - "I Can See For Miles".
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[[folder: You Cheated On Me So I'm Ruining Your Stuff]]
* Blackhawk - "Goodbye Says It All" (the narrator comments on '''his partner''' having ruined '''his''' stuff).
* Bowling For Soup - "Two Seater".
* Blu Cantrell - "Hit'em up Style (Oops)" (more specifically, ruining his credit.)
* Music/CarrieUnderwood - "Before He Cheats" (except she has no real evidence of him cheating, she just thinks he is).
* Music/{{Garbage}} - "Vow" (actually, not so much the lover's stuff as the lover himself... it's {{yandere}} overdrive).
* Theatre/{{Hamilton}} - "Burn," about Eliza's real-lie destruction of her and Alexander's love letters in the wake of the Reynolds affair, with the specific intent of ruining any attempts he could make to redeem himself in the public eye.
* Jazmine Sullivan- "Bust Your Windows".
* Music/NataliaKills - "Acid Annie".
* Music/{{Pink}} - "Funhouse".
* In the video for Music/{{Shakira}}'s "Don't Bother", she sends her boyfriend's Ford Mustang to the crusher.
* She Daisy - "Little Goodbyes".
* Music/{{Space}} - 'Now She's Gone' (not so much breaking the woman's stuff as ''spiking her food with cyanide'').
* Theory of a Deadman - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHUdLyshWfI "Little Smirk"]]
* Music/VanessaAmorosi- "I Thought We'd Stay Together.", "Sleep With That".
* Music/TheVeronicas - "Revenge Is Sweeter".
* Music/VictoriaJustice - "Begging on Your Knees". Also has elements of the warning others type.
* Music/ZZWard has a few breakup songs of different tones, but ''365 Days,'' one of her singles, is in this category. There's even a line about giving the guy's money to the poor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Teetering On The Brink Of A Breakup]]
* Music/AceOfBase - "Don't Turn Around"
* Music/AlyAndAJ - "Potential Breakup Song". It's a pretty GenreSavvy version, especially with lyrics like "This is the potential breakup song: our album needs just one".
* Music/AvrilLavigne - "My Happy Ending".
* Music/{{Beyonce}} - "Ring the Alarm".
* Music/BlocParty: Intimacy is a goldmine of these. It was written after a bad breakup of the lead singer, Kele Okereke. We've got: "Trojan Horse", "One Month Off", "Your Visits Getting Shorter", "Zephyrus" and "One More Chance".
** Arguably" Letter to My Son" "We Were Lovers" as well.
* Music/BrooksAndDunn - "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone"
* Music/TheCardigans, "My Favourite Game".
* Music/{{Cascada}} - "Can't Stop The Rain".
* Music/CelineDion - "Think Twice"
* Sort of inverted in ''Heaven Help my Heart'' in Theatre/{{Chess}}. The singer enters a relationship knowing that it will end with the guy leaving her despite all that's she's done and how much he loves her.
* Music/TheClash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go".
* Music/TheCranberries - "Linger".
* Dan Hill (with Vonda Shepard) - "Can't We Try".
* Dannii Minogue - "Be Careful" and "Who Do You Love Now".
* Music/ADayToRemember - "If It Means A Lot To You".
* Dean Geyer - "If You Don't Mean It".
* Debbie Gibson - "Goodbye," "How Can This Be?".
* Eden's Crush - "Let Me Know"
* [[Music/ElectricLightOrchestra ELO]] - "The Fall", from ''Film/{{Xanadu}}''.
* Emilio Navaira - "Lo Dice Tu Mirada".
* Music/EscapeTheFate - "Something".
* Music/GordonLightfoot - "If You Could Read My Mind".
* Music/AGreatBigWorld - "Say Something", in which the speaker begs his lover to say something, anything, that will impel him to continue the relationship.
* Music/HavalinaRailCo: For the ConceptAlbum ''Space, Love, & Bullfighting'', the Love theme is entirely about a relationship on the brink.
* Music/HumanNature - "Last to Know" ("I don't know why I keep hanging on./Even love's got the message, and it's already gone./Tell me why/am I always the last to know?").
* Music/{{Hurt}} - "Assurance," "Et Al"
* Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews - "If This Is It"
** "Girl, don't lie and tell me that you need me...girl, don't cry and tell me nothing's wrong...I'll be all right, one way or another...so let me go or make me want to stay..."
* Music/ImagineDragons - "Hear Me," "Every Night"
* Music/InformationSociety - "What's On Your Mind".
* Jennifer y Los Jetz - "Si Tú Te Vas"
* Jazmine Sullivan - "My Foolish Heart".
* Music/JohnFrusciante wrote "Song to Sing When I'm Lonely" during his relationship with Creator/MillaJovovich. She had put so much faith in him, almost to the point of naivety, and the song mostly talks about how she lost interest in him when she began to see him as a human being.
* John Mayer - "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room".
* Music/JoyDivision - "Love Will Tear Us Apart", which is about Ian Curtis's failing marriage.
* Music/{{Kerli}} - "Love Me Or Leave Me" is Kerli asking her partner to either make their relationship great again, or just end the pain and let her go.
* Music/MariahCarey - "I Don't Wanna Cry," "If It's Over", "Forever" could be interpreted like this but the more common interpretation is listed above.
* Music/{{Marillion}} - "Jigsaw".
* Music/KateNash - "Foundations".
* Music/KellyClarkson - "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
* Music/KylieMinogue - "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi", "Tell Tale Signs", and "Trippin' Me Up"
* Music/LaurynHill - "Ex-Factor", which is supposedly about her tumultuous relationship with former Music/TheFugees bandmate Wyclef Jean.
* Luis Fonsi - "Te Vas".
* M:G - "Sweet Honesty"
* Music/NewEdition - "Is This the End?"
* Music/{{NSYNC}} - "Tearin' Up My Heart"
* Olivia Newton-John:
** "Hopelessly Devoted To You".
*** Reprised in ''Series/PushingDaisies'' by Olive Snook, who knows it isn't presently working out but harbors hopes for the future.
** Suspended in Time", from ''Film/{{Xanadu}}''.
* Orianthi - "According to You"
* Music/Patsy Cline - "Leavin' On Your Mind"
* Music/PaulSimon's ''50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'' and ''Overs''. Paul describes the latter as being 'about that point in a relationship where you both know it's going nowhere'.
* Music/PearlJam - "Parting Ways" ( "...She knows their future's burning, but she can smile just the same...").
* Music/PetShopBoys - "One More Chance", "Left To My Own Devices".
* Music/{{Pink}} - "Just Give Me a Reason" is about a relationship falling apart, yet neither participant wants to break up.
* Music/PoetsOfTheFall - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3rYhyIk8jM&list=PLjACqN5i5sDV1jkUkrNCzytFOlYdQN8rM The Ultimate Fling]]," a hypercombative song that dares the listener to "GiveMeAReason" for the breakup while dropping references to dialogue from Film/DirtyHarry.
* Music/PussycatDolls - "I Hate This Part".
* The Righteous Brothers - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (cover versions by lots of people).
* Music/RobThomas - "This Is How A Heart Breaks".
* Ross Hannaman - "Probably On Thursday".
* Sally Shapiro - "What Can I Do?"
* Music/SarahBrightman - "Tell Me On a Sunday," from the Creator/AndrewLloydWebber musical of the same name. Knowing that their relationship is doomed, the singer details how she wants her lover to finally end things.
** "Let me down easy/ No big song and dance/ No long faces, no long looks/ No deep conversation..."
* Selena - "No Debes Jugar".
* Music/{{Space}} - "Disco Dolly".
* [[Music/FleetwoodMac Stevie Nicks]] and Music/TomPettyAndTheHeartbreakers - "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around".
* Music/SufjanStevens - "All of Me Wants All of You".
* Music/TaylorSwift: "Forever And Always".
* Music/TheVeronicas - "All I Have", "Don't Say Goodbye", and "In Another Life".
* Music/ViennaTeng - "Between".
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps".
* Zee Avi - "Concrete Walls".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Don't Want You Back]]
* Music/{{Aborted}} - "Your Entitlement Means Nothing" (Sven's not saying anything, but it most likely is about his ex-wife, and it is definitely a "I don't regret leaving you one bit, stay the fuck out of my life and eat a bag of dicks while you're at it" kind of song).
* Music/AceOfBase - "The Sign".
* Music/{{Adele}} - "I Found A Boy." (She's happily dating someone else.)
* Music/TheAllAmericanRejects song "Gives You Hell" is a hard-hitting "screw you" to the singer's ex. The entire song is one long gloat about how he's living the rock star life now, and where the hell is she? It includes a clever interlude line where the singer says, "The truth be told, I miss you/And the truth be told, I'm '''''lying!''''' and he goes right back to describing what a bitch she was and how glad he is that she's out of his life.
* Angelina - "I Don't Need Your Love" and "Love Ain't Here No More"
* Ariya - "Go Away And Never Come Back" ("Уходи и не возвращайся")
* Music/BackstreetBoys - "Don't Want You Back"
* Avant - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9241X9sm0qo "Separated"]].
* Music/{{The Beatles}} - "Not A Second Time".
* Music/BenFolds - "Smoke", a particularly melancholy example even for the genre comparing unloading your emotional baggage to burning a book, before taking a particular bitter turn towards the end.
* Music/{{Beyonce}} - "Irreplaceable".
* Music/BigSean - "I Don't Fuck With You".
* Music/{{Blink182}} - "Dammit".
* Music/BowlingForSoup's "Life After Lisa" is an odd example. The singer clearly misses the girl, and is saddened by the end of the relationship, but to his surprise is doing okay without her; the song focusses on that last part.
* Music/BraveSaintSaturn: "Enamel".
* Music/BritneySpears - "What U See (Is What U Get)" "Lonely" "Rock Star".
* Music/{{Cascada}} - "Bad Boy"
* Music/CharliXCX - "You (Ha Ha Ha)".
* Music/SamanthaFish - "Go to Hell" is about a boyfriend who thinks too much of himself; not only does she not want him back, she has a suggestion for what he can do instead.
* Chris Isaak - "Wicked Game"
* Christina Perri - "Jar of Hearts".
* Cynthia - "I Never Said"
* Dannii Minogue - "Get Into You", "Someone New", and "Goodbye Song".
* Eamon - "F*** It (I Don't Want You Back)".
** And the follow-up song, from the woman's perspective, Frankee's "Fuck You Right Back".
* Electronic - "Reality".
* Music/{{Epica}} - "Never Enough".
* Music/{{Evanescence}} - "Call Me When You're Sober", "Sweet Sacrifice" "Going Under" "Lacrymosa", "The Change", "Oceans" and "Made Of Stone".
* Music/Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
* Music/GammaRay - "Leaving Hell".
* GeorgeMichael - "Faith".
* Gloria Gaynor - "I Will Survive".
* The Grass Roots - "Where Were You When I Needed You?" (later covered by the Bangles).
* Music/GunsNRoses - "Dead Horse" (there are shades of the next folder - "I'd like to think that our love's worth a tad more" - but mostly fits here).
* The Guess Who - "No Time" (the relationship is even compared to a slaughterhouse at one point).
* "Take Back Your Mink" from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'.
* Jim's Big Ego's ''I'm Lucky'', the chorus of which is the line "I'm lucky you left me" repeated about six dozen times, and which includes the line, "Now here's the part of the song where you'd expect to find a little ''irony''/About how I'd really much rather have you back... Well '''''SORRY!'''''"
* Music/JoanJett - "Jezebel" (From the ''Bad Reputation'' album).
* Music/JoDeeMessina - "Bye Bye".
* Music/KatyPerry - "Part of Me".
* Music/KellyClarkson - "Never Again" (the bitter variety).
* Music/{{Kimbra}}'s part in "Somebody That I Used To Know" gives her ex TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* Krypteria - "You & I", "Too Late, Game Over And Goodbye".
* Music/KylieMinogue - "I'm Over Dreaming Over You", "What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before)", "Through The Years", "Dancefloor", "Baby", "Promises", "Obsession", and "Someday".
* Music/LinkinPark - "Don't Stay".
* Music/LOHess has several - "Take You Back Again", "Crocodile Tears", and "Price Of Love"
* Music/MariahCarey - "Someday", also, her, "You cheated on me so get out" songs count. H.A.T.E.U. is an odd mix between this and, "I really do still want you back". She goes back and forth between longing to be with them, and stating she can't wait to hate them. Up Out My Face is another example.
* Music/MaroonFive - "Makes Me Wonder".
* Music/MaryJBlige - "Not Gon' Cry".
* Me & My - "Dub-i-dub".
* Melys - "I Don't Believe In You".
* M:G - "If You Think"
* Los Mismos - "No Quiero Volverte a Ver".
* Music/MutyaKeishaSiobhan - "Boys"
* Music/MyChemicalRomance - "I Don't Love You".
* Eurobeat Brony - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNzj85SfvrI "Fly"]], a [[FilkSong filk]] based on the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff "Griffon the Brush-Off"]].
* Music/{{NSYNC}} - "Bye Bye Bye".
* OMD - "So in Love".
* Music/PattyLoveless - "Blame It On Your Heart".
* Music/{{Pink}} - "There You Go"
* Music/PinkMartini sings "And Then You're Gone," a counterpoint to "But Now I'm Back."
* Music/{{Poison}} - "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" starts out in sad and melancholy mode, with the singer regretful about hurting his significant other and wishing that he could have known what to say in order to save the relationship -- and then the final verse turns bitter as hell with the revelation that she's found somebody new, and "that I never meant that much to you."
* Few would see the [[FoeYay characters']] [[RoboShip relationship]] as romantic, but ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'''s "Want You Gone" is a perfect example of this kind of song.
* Music/RayCharles and The Raelettes: "Hit the Road, Jack".
* Music/{{Restart}} - "Bye Bye" (Noticing a pattern there?).
* Rob Swift - "I'm Leaving" is of the "I Have to Leave" / "Don't Want You Back" variety.
* Rockell - "I Fell in Love" and "What You Did to Me".
* [[Series/HeeHaw Roy Clark]] - "Thank God and Greyhound" which starts out wistful then [[MoodWhiplash switches mid-chord]] to something far more cheerful.
* Music/SayAnything - "That Is Why", which is frontman Max Bemis exorcising his demons about his abusive ex by mockingly comparing her to his new beau.
* Selena - "Si Una Vez," "Ya No".
* Music/SelenaGomez - "Bang Bang Bang", "Sick of You".
* Music/{{Scandal}} - "Goodbye To You".
* Music/{{Shakira}} - "Don't Bother".
* Music/{{Space}} - "Influenza".
* Music/TaylorSwift: "Picture to Burn", "Should've Said No", and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
* Texas - "Strings of Life (Stronger On My Own)".
* "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" sung originally by Teresa Brewer, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m7bB-WtKow&feature=BFa&list=LL99E3ZhTOBPmYyc6aX5zA0A covered brilliantly by Aussie Pop Singer Tracey Dey]] and by the duo She & Him.
* Music/ThreeDaysGrace:
** "Gone Forever" (arguably, more denial). While it ''is'' a breakup song, it's not actually about a woman: WordOfGod says that it's about the lead singers addiction to a painkiller.
** From the same album is "Over And Over", which is about the same subject despite the generic break-up lyrics.
* T'Pau - "Thank You For Goodbye".
* Travis Tritt - "Here's a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares".
* Music/WhitneyHouston - "It's Not Right".
* Yvette Michele - "I'm Not Feeling You"
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[[folder:Claims To Be Over It But Is In Denial]]
* 10cc - "I'm not in love"
* Music/ArcticMonkeys - "Snap Out of It" from ''Music/{{AM}}''.
* Music/AvrilLavigne - "Let Me Go", a duet with her then husband [[Music/{{Nickelback}} Chad Kroeger]].
* Music/{{Ayria}} - Three Months
* Music/MichaelBuble - "It's a Beautiful Day", or, "You broke up with me, but joke's on you! I'm glad we're over, I'm definitely not thinking about you anymore, I doubt you can make it on your own, and I wouldn't get back together with you if you asked, hypothetically."
* Music/TheCab - "These Are The Lies".
* Music/TheCorrs - "I Never Loved You Anyway".
* DHT - "I Miss You".
* Eva Cassidy's [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning cover]] of Buddy Holly's ''It Doesn't Matter Anymore'' comes off as this.
* Music/GavinDeGraw - "Not Over You"
* Music/{{Gotye}}'s parts in "Somebody That I Used To Know" implies that the man is still hoping deep down that he'll be able to reconnect with his estranged lover.
* Go West - "The King of Wishful Thinking"
-->''I'll get over you, I know I will\\
I'll pretend my ship's not sinking\\
And I'll tell myself I'm over you\\
'Cause I'm the king of wishful thinking''
* John Waite - "Missing You"
* Macy Gray - "I Try".
* Marti Webb - "Your Ears Should Be Burning Now".
* Music/MatchboxTwenty - "Disease". It's about hating your ex so much yet you admit that you can't live without them.
* Music/MitchBenn's "Not Bitter" is a ''glorious'' example of denial, with every line of the chorus starting off as a derogatory term for a woman, before a LastSecondWordSwap turns it into a line about how okay he is about everything. "You bitch, you bitch, you betcha life I'll be okay" ... before finishing off with "Oh, 'cos I'm not bitter. You stupid, evil, selfish slag".
* Paul Davis - "I Go Crazy", also covered by DHT, mentioned below.
* Music/TheProclaimers - "What Makes You Cry?": the guy questions why his ex-wife doesn't seem so broken up by their divorce and suspects it's this.
* The Satler Brothers' "Flowers on the Wall" is a [[LyricalDissonance bright, cheerful song]] about how the singer isn't at all hurt by the breakup and is really enjoying a catalogue of lonely, mundane, depressing activities (like "playing {{Solitaire}} til dawn, with a deck of 51").
* Shiloh - "Remember" is about someone who clearly misses their ex but also regrets being with them. They're having trouble getting over them.
* Sunscreem - "Looking At You".
* [[Music/MarcBolan T-Rex]] - "Life's a Gas".
* Veronica - "Let Me Go...Release Me".
* Music/VerticalHorizon - "Best I Ever Had".
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic - "One More Minute".
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[[folder: I Have to Leave/It's Me Not You]]
* 98 Degrees - "The Hardest Thing".
* Music/AvengedSevenfold - "Unholy Confessions".
* Music/TheBeatles - "I'll Follow the Sun".
* Music/SarahBrightman - "Free".
* Music/KellyClarkson - "Already Gone".
* Music/BiffyClyro - "Opposite". [[WordSaladLyrics Well, it's most likely this, anyway]].
* Music/TheCorrs - "Don't Say You Loved Me". It's basically, "If you don't really mean what you say, then go away/let's not do this".
* The short story ''Literature/DeathOfAPopIdol'' has one, although it only goes into this category in retrospect, not because of the lyrics (Which fall under 'GriefSong').
* Music/CelineDion - "I Love You, Goodbye".
* Music/DuranDuran - "Someone Else, Not Me".
* Expose - "I'll Say Goodbye for the Two of Us".
* Fergie - "Big Girls Don't Cry".
* Fort Atlantic - "Let Your Heart Hold Fast".
* Gloria Gaynor - "Last Night".
* Missy Higgins - "Where I Stood".
* Music/TheHumanLeague - "Don't You Want Me?" (Susanne Sulley's verse)
* Music/ImagineDragons - "Demons".
* Ashley Jade - "Last Goodbye".
* Donell Jones - "Where I Wanna Be".
* Music/{{Kamelot}} - "Lost and Damned".
* Music/{{Kesha}} - "Last Goodbye".
* Music/LynyrdSkynyrd - "Free Bird".
* Music/{{Marillion}} - "Sugar Mice".
* The Osmonds - "Love Me For A Reason".
* Music/PapaRoach - "Scars".
* Music/DollyParton - "I Will Always Love You" (famously covered by Music/WhitneyHouston); also listed in the "In Denial" folder.
* Peach (Union) - "On My Own".
* {{Music/Radiohead}} - "Motion Picture Soundtrack".
* Rockell - "When I'm Gone".
* Music/RonnieMilsap - "I Wouldn't Have Missed it For the World."
* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel - "Wednesday Morning 3 A.M" .
* Music/ThreeDoorsDown - "Let Me Go".
* Music/VerticalHorizon - "You're A God".
* "For Good" from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''.
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[[folder:Over You]]
* Aaron Tippin - "[[VerbThis Kiss This]]"
* Music/{{Adele}} - "Someone Like You".
* Anthonio - "Annie".
* Music/{{Apocalyptica}} - "I Don't Care".
* Arab Strap - "Piglet".
* Music/{{Beyonce}} - "Irreplaceable".
* Boys Like Girls - "Love Drunk".
* The Break Up - "Who's Crying Now".
* Carolina Liar's "I'm Not Over" is an interesting example; while the singer isn't over his ex yet, the implication is that he just hasn't had quite enough time, and will be alright eventually.
* Music/{{Cascada}} - "Another You".
* Music/{{Cher}} - "Believe", "Strong Enough".
* Chris Daughtry - "Over You".
* Music/{{Clutch}} - "Electric Worry" (Not too straight of an example as it's implied he's trying to get her out of his head with sufficient success.)
* Crystal Gayle - "I'll Get Over You"
* Culture Beat - "Pay No Mind"
* The Cyrkle - "Red Rubber Ball"
* Dannii Minogue - "Someone New" and "Goodbye Song"
* Music/DeadOrAlive - "Brand New Lover"
* Music/DestinysChild - "Survivor"
* Music/EltonJohn - "I'm Still Standing", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
* Music/FrankZappa has a few of these. The doo-wop styled "Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder" is a good example.
* Music/{{Garbage}} - "Special"
* Music/GordonLightfoot - "Carefree Highway"
* Music/HermansHermits-"I Can Take or Leave Your Loving"
* Music/InformationSociety - "Walking Away"
* Julie London - "Cry Me a River"
* Jennifer y Los Jetz - "No Te Voy a Perdonar"
* Katherine Mcphee - "Over it"
* Music/KellyClarkson - "Since U Been Gone" (Also covered by A Day To Remember), "Stronger"
* Kimberley Locke - "Coulda Been"
* Kristine W. - "Land of the Living"
* Kumbia Kings - "Desde Que No Estás Aquí"
* Music/KylieMinogue - "I'm Over Dreaming Over You", "The World Still Turns", "What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before)", "Dancefloor", "Baby", "Promises", "Someday"
* [=LeAnn=] Rimes - "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)"
* Music/LilyAllen - "I Could Say"
* Music/{{Little Mix}} - "Shout Out To My Ex"
* Music/{{Madonna}} - "The Power of Goodbye" (also fits with "I have to leave")
* Lorrie Morgan - "I Didn't Know My Own Strength"
* Music/MirandaCosgrove: "Brand New You", "There Will Be Tears" and "Oh Oh"
* Music/{{Paramore}} - "Feeling Sorry"
* Music/PattyLoveless - "You Can Feel Bad"
* Peach Union - "Sorrowtown"
* Music/PetShopBoys - "I Get Along" ("...without you very well!")
* Music/{{Pink}} - "So What" (though it's also "It's over, so I'm gonna screw your - and probably other people's - life!")
* Music/ThePrettyReckless - "Since You're Gone"
* Music/{{Pulp}} - "Bad Cover Version" and "Razzmatazz"
* Music/RelientK - "Over It". Rare case where the girl dumped the narrator.
* Music/{{Restart}} - "[[SignatureSong Recomeçar]]"
* Music/RogueTraders - I Never Liked You
* Röyksopp - "Beautiful Day Without You" (it stresses that the memory will last, but still)
* Sally Shapiro - "All My Life"
* Music/SherylCrow - "Now That You're Gone"
* Music/{{Space}} - 'One O'Clock'
* Squeeze - "Black Coffee in Bed"
* Theory Of a Deadman - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2j7SH9Bc5U So Happy]]
* Two-Door Cinema Club - "Changing of the Seasons"
* Music/VanessaAmorosi - "Blow Me Away", "Sleep With That".
* Music/TheVeronicas - "This is How It Feels".
* Music/WeAreTheInCrowd - "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)"
* Yeasayer - O.N.E.
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[[folder:I Blew It, I Regret It, But It's Too Late to Apologize]]
* Music/ThreeDoorsDown - "Here Without You".
* Music/{{Aqua}} - "Turn Back Time", about regretting over a failed and unappreciated relationship.
* Music/ArminVanBuuren - "Another You" featuring Mr. Probz. The narrator realizes he's done something wrong by his significant other, but would rather start anew with someone similar to his ex.
* ATB feat. The Wild Strawberries - "Let You Go".
* Avett Brothers - "I and Love and You".
* Music/AvrilLavigne:
** "[=Sk8r Boi=]". However, this was sang from the point of view of the new girlfriend, who is saying, "[[UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo Sorry bitch, you couldn't appreciate him when he was the one chasing after you. Now he's mine, so deal with it and scram!]]"
** "Let Me Go", a duet with her then husband [[Music/{{Nickelback}} Chad Kroeger]].
* In Music/BowlingForSoup's song "A-Hole", the singer fully acknowledges that they were a dick and deserved to be dumped, and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy hopes their ex is happy with someone else now]].
* Music/BrunoMars - "When I Was Your Man". A lovely ballad about how he should have paid more attention to her, but [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy at least she's with someone]] who is doing for her now what the singer should have been doing for her all along.
* Music/{{Chicago}} - "Hard to Say I'm Sorry". He still loves her. He did her wrong. She left, and there's nothing he can do to get her back and he knows it.
* Music/{{Coldplay}} - "The Scientist".
* Music/TheCure - "Last Dance", "Boys Don't Cry".
* Cynthia - "If I Had The Chance".
* Music/GarthBrooks - "More Than a Memory." He blew it and she's gone. The knowledge that she left because of things he did and say are slowly killing him, as is the knowledge that she was the best thing to ever happen to him.
* Music/{{Gotye}} and Music/{{Kimbra}} - "Somebody That I Used To Know".
* Music/GracePotterAndTheNocturnals - "Apologies".
* Music/HumanNature - "Wishes" ("Sometimes I wish that I could turn back time/I'd kick myself 'cause I was way out of line.")
* Music/ImagineDragons - "Amsterdam". He apologizes for his problems and/or behavior leading to the end of the romance, but reminds her that now she has a chance of finding someone better.
* Music/JeffBuckley - "Last Goodbye" from ''Music/{{Grace}}''.
* Music/KatyPerry - "TheOneThatGotAway".
* Music/{{Marillion}} - "Script For A Jester's Tear".
* M:G - "No One Knows"
* Missy Higgins - "Where I Stood".
* Mortimer & The DNA Team - "Remorse".
* Music/NewOrder - "Age of Consent".
* Music/{{N SYNC}} - "Gone".
* Music/OneRepublic: "Apologize" (also covered by Silverstein).
* Music/RebaMcEntire - “Every Other Weekend,” a duet with Kenny Chesney, describes a [[AmicableExes divorced couple]] who only have brief contact with each other when they exchange kids. They’re still in love with each other and regret their divorce, but are convinced the other has moved on and say nothing. The video takes the emotions UpToEleven. The song has no timeline beyond the present. The video takes place over ten years, with the kids growing from preschoolers to teenagers. Both parents still in love with the other and wanting to be a family again, both saying nothing.
* Music/SamHunt: "Break Up in a Small Town" has shades of this in the chorus, but the main hook of the song is that he keeps running into her and being tormented by her memory because they live in a small town and are likely to cross paths.
* Music/TheScript - "Breakeven" is mostly about the man's HeelRealization, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy and how he wishes his ex to be happy with with her new found love]].
* Music/SnowPatrol - "You Could Be Happy".
* Music/ThomasRhett - "Crash and Burn".
* Music/TomPettyAndTheHeartbreakers - "Runaway Trains".
* Music/VerticalHorizon - "Best I Ever Had".
* Music/WarrenZevon - "Empty-Handed Heart"
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[[folder:Attempting To Convince Someone To Breakup With Their Partner]]
* Music/AvrilLavigne - "Girlfriend".
* Music/BackstreetBoys - "All I Have To Give", and "More Than That", both of which at least present the partner in question as treating her badly, both mentioning him making her cry in the first line.
* Music/TheBeatles - "This Boy".
* Gladys Knight and The Pips - "If I Were Your Woman"
* Music/HumanNature - "He Don't Love You", which makes a good case for their partner being controlling and borderline abusive. Also "Whisper Your Name," which really doesn't.
-->Do you know his friends?/Girl do you know the score?
-->Don't you think it's strange/they don't know who you are?
-->He takes you out to somewhere new,/then he leaves you alone
-->And if you talk to anyone/then he tells you to go.
-->Your forgive him then/he does it again.
-->Tell me how long will you take it?
* LFO - "All I Need To Know." {{Boy band}}s really liked this subject.
* Lou Bega - "Boyfriend".
* Music/Maroon5 - "Feelings".
* Music/MichaelJackson and [[Music/TheBeatles Paul McCartney]] - "The Girl is Mine".
* Music/MelanieMartinez - "Pacify Her".
* Music/ShawnMendes - "Treat You Better".
* M:G - "Someone Knows Better".
* Mortimer - "Gone".
* Nelly - "Dilemma"
* Music/NSync - "Girlfriend" follows in the footsteps of the Backstreet Boys' songs on this subject: "Hey girl, is your boyfriend treatin' you bad? Ditch him for me, cuz I can treat you better."
* Rick Springfield - "Jesse's Girl".
* One-hit wonders Steam (later CoveredUp by The Nylons) - "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
* Music/TaylorSwift - "You Belong With Me".
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants - "Take Out The Trash".
-->Girl, why not take out the trash\\
And once you get him out\\
Tell him not to come back again?\\
Girl, put that cat in the bin\\
After what he said\\
After everything he did
[[/folder]]
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