Break-up songs

Have you been through your CD collection recently?  I have and there were some absolute clangers in there.

Uh-huh.  Dido’s White Flag.  Laugh all you like but I’m in good company – apparently in the UK alone, 152,000 people bought it in ONE day.  I’m not sure if they were nursing broken hearts too but there’s a reason I can make an impression at a karaoke party by scoring over 9,000 points on Singstar with this song and I blame my husband.

In 2003 we parted ways for about four months.  I could be wrong but it might have had something to do with him getting over a broken engagement and working in the same small, confined office.  I learnt how to eavesdrop on telephone conversations from 14 feet away and only occasionally get crucial words wrong “She said ‘sweep’ together, not ‘sleep’ together!”  I had visions of us eating sandwiches in the park on our lunch break and that’s not how it went down at all.

It all turned out great though and we can really laugh about it now “Haha remember that time you ripped out my heart??!”  Well okay, maybe not.  I actually forgot to eat for about three days and gave myself crippling heartburn.  I once walked in front of a tram because I saw him heading in my direction.  The man crushed me like a paper cup and I like to remind him of it when I don’t feel like changing a nappy or I need to distract him during an argument.   Because I’m female I’m pretty sure that’s allowed.

So Dido stays.  She sits alongside Jeff Buckley’s Lover, You Should Have Come Over, Ben Harper’s Beloved One and Stevie Wonder’s I Don’t Know Why I Love You.  They are classics and I hope I never have to listen to them on repeat ever again.

 Have you got a favourite break-up song?



  1. Deb_BrightandPrecious says

    Oh dear – what a story! I seemed to have temporarily forgotten all the songs I cried myself to sleep with in my 20s. There were many! Avalon (Roxy Music) rings bells… and maybe that ‘Sometimes When we Touch’ song. *cringe*

  2. Mumabulous says

    Dreams by Fleetwood Mac because “Thunder only happens when its raining. Players only love you when they’re playing”.
    Love Mumabulous

  3. says

    I never broke up with anyone. How can that be?! Oh right, I kept the first one that came along. Stalked him all the way to New Zealand, but he was a willing victim.

    Anyway, just wanted to say I love your writing, am making it official by giving you a blogging award. Take part or not, I really don’t mind. I just wanted you to know that I love your work.

  4. Simone - honeyandfizz says

    I had a little giggle at this as it brought back my own memories of a weekend spent listening to “Hootie and the Blowfish – Let her Cry!!” . Can’t stand to hear the song now! xx

  5. jouljet says

    I rather embarrassingly remember playing over and over again “Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton…I think it was…..ha! How sad! I don’t even remember the guy I was all sooky over!

    • says

      I think we can blame the radio for whatever happens to be on high rotation at the time of break-up! I can’t laugh because I know most of the words to that song :)

  6. says

    Love a good ‘white flag’ rendition on singstar! As for break up songs, what about ‘Careless Whisper’ George Michael, cried a few times to that one and love the soulful ‘Aint No Sunshine, from Bill Withers.

  7. Cherie says

    My breakup was in 2007, so my breakup song is very embarrassing.

    It’s ‘no happy ending’ by Mika.

    “this is the way you left me, I’m not pretending, no hope, no love, no glory, no happy ending”.

    It was … awesome! Only, not.

    Why do we do it to ourselves?!

  8. PhemiEology says

    Doing some blog catch up on your site, so forgive me for
    commenting on older posts….
    Sigh breakup songs. Actually Jeff’ here- his “Last
    Goodbye”, was a big one for me when I was a teenager. Introduced to me
    gracefully to help me get over “that boy” by my bestfriend, who
    ended up being the same ‘next girl’ to date that “that boy”…

    *Shrugs*… well, at least at the time I could understand what she saw in him!

    Sadly I never let another boy get close enough after that to ‘enjoy’ melodic melancholy.
    Not because he was anything special mind you, just because I was so scared of
    such raw and uncontrollable emotion. But ironically ended up instead mourning
    (to most of the songs mentioned here, yes, dido included, actually missy higgins does some good ones too) NOT being able to
    allow myself to experience ‘love’ again.

    Happy ending though? The next one I DID
    let in again, was the one I married ;-)

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