Top 5 Break Up Songs
This week sees the release of Robin Thicke’s new single ‘Get Her Back.’ Inspired by his break up with wife Paula Patton. The usually sleazy crooner shows us his true feelings and creates possibly his most honest work to date. This could be another big moment for Thicke and with that in mind; we’ve decided to take a look at some of the most successful songs to come from heartbreak. Here are our top 5 career defining break-up songs.
- Adele – Someone Like You
“I’d hoped you’d see my face and then you’d be reminded that for me, it isn’t over.”
If Adele hadn’t suffered the heartbreak that inspired this song then she probably wouldn’t be the multi-millionaire she is today. There was never any doubt that the girl had talent but when she showed up on the Brits to perform ‘Someone Like You’ the world instantly fell in love with her and indentified with this heartbreaking track.
- Boyz II Men – End Of The Road
“I can’t sleep at night without holding you tight, each time I try I just break down and cry.”
Boyz II Men created the ultimate break-up song when they released ‘End Of the Road’ in 1992. It has proved to be one of the groups most successful hits and since its release millions of men and women have sat on their bedroom floors crying this song out at the top of their lungs – it’s sort of a done thing when you get your heart broken.
- Usher – Burn
“You hate the thought of her being with someone else but you know that it’s over”
Usher’s career catapulted to even higher heights when he released his ‘Confessions’ album in 2004. The LP charted Usher’s breakup and addressed allegations of his infidelity during his relationship with TLC member Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas. One of the LP’s highlights is the emotion filled ‘Burn’ that quickly became an R&B classic that earned Usher some serious critical acclaim.
- Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
“Now there’s just no chance, for you and me, there’ll never be.”
The break-up of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears broke the hearts of millions of pop fans across the world. They had it all going for them but after allegations that Britney had cheated everything fell apart. Justin took it hard but came out on top thanks to this Timbaland produced gem. ‘Cry Me A River’ was a genius move that cemented JT’s stellar career and is sure to be played by heart-broken teens for generations to come.
- Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
“The pain inflicted in this song ain’t even half of what I’m feeling inside”
Mariah Carey dominated the 90’s with her phenomenal vocals so it was important for her to stay relevant as the noughties crept in. Luckily, she did just that as ‘We Belong Together’ joined the likes of Usher’s ‘Burn’ to become a classic R&B break up song. If there was any doubt that Mariah was losing credibility it was squashed as 2 of her 5 Grammy awards came from this heartbreaking song alone.