Songs for Heartbreak?

What can I say, I’ve just been in a…somber mood lately.

So, going over my music library, I’ve come up with a list of a few songs that seem to reflect utter heartbreak pretty well. I was just wondering if anyone else has any recommendations.

So far, I’ve come up with…

Blue Moon by The Mavericks
Hallelujah by Rufus Wainright
He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
Hope Has a Place by Enya
About half a dozen different Patsy Cline songs. At least.
I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
If I Didn’t Care by The Ink Spots (Featured in The Shawshank Redemption)
I’ll Be Seeing You (I have Rebecca Kilgore’s version)
I Will Wait for You by Connie Francis
Tell Me on a Sunday by Sarah Brightman
This White Circle by Grey deLisle
Vesti la Giubba from I, Pagliacci (Natch)
Un Bel Di Vedremo by from Madama Butterfly (Ditto)

So…anyone else?

The winner and still cham-peen:

I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams

Roy Orbison has his share - Only Lonely, Cryin’, etc.
Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis

My all-time personal fave - different that the Official winner :slight_smile: mentioned above - is How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore by Prince. And it must be his version off the B-Sides collection; Alicia Keys doesn’t do it justice on her first CD…

Dont Speak - No Doubt
Cant Rain all the time - Jane Siberry
Ballad for Dead Friends - Dashboard Prophets

A few from Led Zeppelin:[ul]
Measuring a summer’s day
Only find it slips away to gray
The hours, they bring me pain

[li]“Ten Years Gone”[/li][quote]
On the wings of maybe, down in birds of prey
Kind of makes me feel sometimes, didn’t have to grow
But as the eagle leaves the nest, it’s got so far to go

[li]“Tea for One”[/li][quote]
How come twenty four hours, baby sometimes seems to slip into days?
A minute seems like a lifetime, baby when I feel this way.

[li]“Since I’ve Been Loving You”[/li][quote]
Working from seven to eleven every night,
It really makes life a drag, I don’t think that’s right.
I’ve really, really been the best of fools, I did what I could.


My Immortal by Evanescence

Blues In The Night
One For My Baby
Only The Lonely

All from Frank Sinatra’s album, For Only The Lonely.

“Song for the Dumped”, Ben Folds Five

and don’t forget my black t-shirt…

No,no. The winner is “Messages” by OMD, courtesy of the most angst-ridden theme this side of The Wall. Perfect for someone who stomps on your heart and goes out of your life, only to pop back in every once in awhile to remind you how bad they hurt you.

Wordman, I think I love you.

Also by Prince: 17 Days and Nothing Compares 2 U

Dido: White Flag

Gladys Knight: I Wish That It Would Rain

Gary Moore: Still Got The Blues

Terence Trent D’Arby: Who’s Loving You

Elliott Smith should probably get his own category here…

“Miss Misery” and “Waltz #2” strike me as two good examples. Kinda understated in terms of bawling heartbreak, but the sentiment is very palpable in the lyrics and in Elliott’s gracefully sighing delivery.

Devil Got My Woman (Skip James)

Those Memories of You (Trio [ Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris])

I Still Miss Someone (Johnny Cash)

Yesterday (The Beatles)

Love in Vain (Robert Johnson)

It Hurt So Bad by Susan Tedeschi

Just about anything from Stabbling Westwards two middle albums: Wither, Blister, Burn and Peel, and Darkest Days

For those moments of truly black despair, the best thing is Evoken’s Quietus, played in it’s entirety with the volume up at 11.

I Don’t Care If Tomorrow Never Comes by Hank Williams Jr. and George Jones

"Flame Trees" by Cold Chisel - full lyrics are here

“But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway
Takes more than just a memory to make me cry”

‘You’re Breaking my Heart’ by Harry Nilsson once helped me get through a very bad patch.


The lyrics go as follows:

You’re breaking my heart
You’re tearing me apart
So fuck you!

I’d have to say pretty much all of Disintergration by The Cure. Not a good CD to listen to while depressed.

Once you’re past the heartbreak stage, “Take a Look at My Heart,” by John Prine always worked for me. It’s the only song I know that puts the singer on the side of his ex’s new lover.

Two songs by the incomparable Robbie Fulks:

The Buck Starts Here &
I Just Want To Meet The Man

Powerful stuff.

The classic one: Alone Again (naturally) by Gilbert O’Sullivan