February 14, 2014

What Are The 10 Best Songs About Getting Dumped?
by Tom
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What Are The 10 Best Songs About Getting Dumped?

Your inboxes and Twitter feeds are probably full of love and schmaltz today, so we've come up with an antidote to Valentine's Day: we present the 10 Best Songs about Getting Dumped, all of which you can preview by clicking on the song title. 


10. J. Geils Band – 'Love Stinks'

Probably most famous for Adam Sandler’s drunken, angry version delivered after being unceremoniously dumped in The Wedding Singer, the J. Geilis Band’s ‘Love Stinks’ has all the ingredients of a good break-up song: it’s angry, it’s bitter and the title doesn’t beat about the bush. It’s hard to believe that this came from the same band that did ‘Centrefold’, but it did, and it’s as good a start to our list as any…


9. Jilted John – 'Gordon Is A Moron'

Graham Fellows is better known these days as John Shuttleworth, a fictional struggling singer-songwriter from Sheffield whose comedy-infused writings include ditties like ‘I Can’t Go Back To Savoury Now’, written about the dramas of eating a shepherd’s pie. Before that though, Fellows had another alter-ego, Jilted John, who in 1978 released this little beauty about being dumped for a guy named Gordon. Featuring the lyric "I was so upset that I cried all the way to the chip shop", the single reached No.4 in the UK charts and condemned every kid at school named Gordon to years of misery, which is what this list is all about.


8. Peaches – 'F*ck The Pain Away'

As the saying goes, “the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody else”, and nobody took this to heart more than Peaches, who released this single in 2000, taken from her second album, The Teaches of Peaches.

Fun fact: Peaches used to be a teacher before finding success with a career in music. We can only imagine what her students made of this…


7. Green Day - 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)'

A relatively downtempo song from the usually noisy pop-punkers Green Day, this song from their 1997 album Nimrod was so out of character it went to the top of the Billboard Country Rock chart. Originally recorded during the Dookie sessions, producer Rob Cavello admitted that he initially didn’t know what to do with the track, but then he had the idea of adding strings and boom! Instant hit. It’s about as romantic as Green Day get, which is fine by us.


6. Fleetwood Mac – 'Go Your Own Way'

Rumours, the album this was taken from, is quite literally the sound of not one but two couples breaking up. Written by Lindsay Buckingham, this song was a late inclusion to the album, which the guitarist wrote in response to the song 'Dreams', written by his wife Stevie Nicks, about him. Ouch. Buckingham wanted his own back, so he insisted on this being added to the album, which paid off, with the tune becoming the first single from the album and one of its highlights.


5. Cee-Lo Green – 'F*ck You'

As song titles go, it doesn’t get much more direct than this. After successful stints in The Goodie Mob and as one half of Gnarls Barkley, Cee-Lo followed up with solo album The Lady Killer in 2010. The album’s undoubted highlight, the title was a bit too direct for radio, but the record label still wanted to release it, hence a more radio-friendly version titled ‘Forget You’ was released instead. We prefer the album version...


4. The Walker Brothers – 'The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)'

Nobody does maudlin quite like Scott Walker, but he also happens to be in possession of vocal chords lined with solid gold, and there are fewer better examples than this hit from The Walker Brothers. Taken from the album of the same name, the song was originally recorded by Frankie Valli in 1965, but this version released a year later was a much bigger hit, topping the Billboard charts with a song whose opening gambit is “Loneliness is a cloak you wear…”
It’s a truly great song, but is it sad or bitter enough to break into the top 3 of our list? Not quite…


3. Cosmic Rough Riders – 'Baby, You’re So Free'

We could have chosen either of two songs from Cosmic Rough Riders’ third album, Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine, as ‘The Pain Inside’ also has all the right ingredients, but in the end we went for ‘Baby, You’re So Free’, pretty much solely on the back of this lyric: “He fell in love with the cousin of my friend / Who said he’d be there ‘til the end / He was a lying hippy fiend / A vegetarian, and you can’t trust them.” That’s more like it.


2. Joy Division – 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'

If there’s anyone who could give Scott Walker a run for his money in the Misery Olympics it’s Ian Curtis, whose heartbreaking lyrics to this classic include the lines: “Why is the bedroom so cold? / Turned away on your side / Is my timing that flawed? Our respect run so dry?” It’s not pretty, but for heartfelt, bleak emotion there really aren’t too many songs about a failing relationship that are illustrated as well as this. If this was The Quietus, it would probably top the list. But it isn’t…


1.Ben Folds Five – 'Song For The Dumped'

For sheer, unadulterated, emotionally under-developed rage, it just doesn’t get any better than this. Ben Folds recounts the frustrating experience of being dumped by someone you’ve just bought dinner for, and as if the chorus lyric “give me my money back, you b*tch” wasn’t direct enough, he follows up with “and don’t forget to give me back my black t-shirt.” Look and learn people, relationships are all about priorities…

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