4Radiohead - High and Dry
While Radiohead has released a lot of depressing songs, it’s actually pretty hard to find an actual break up song in their discography. High and Dry is one of the rare ones that they’ve ever done and it’s a classic.
It's the best thing that you've ever had
The best thing you've had has gone away.
3Damian Rice - Rootless Tree
It’s a little bit weird hearing Damian Rice cuss in his albums, so we were quite shocked when we listened to Rootless Tree. Women, you don’t want to break this man’s heart, ever.
What I want from us is learn to let go
But we fade the forests, fracture the tide
We go blind when we needed to see
And this leans on me, like a rootless
So fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
2No Doubt - Don't Speak
Don’t Speak is the song that helped put No Doubt on the map back in 1996. While some may argue that this isn’t exactly a break up song, it is about the final stages of a relationship when all hope is lost so we’ve decided it was a good fit and well worth a listen.
I can't believe this could be the end
It looks as though you're letting go
And if it's real well I don't want to know
1Green Day - Good Riddance
It seems to be a pattern where the first break up song that your band releases is the one that makes you popular. For Green Day, that song was Good Riddance. It’s a short song but it gets the point across fairly well.
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.