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8 Tracks That Should Be On Your “Breakup Songs” Playlist

Lindsey Buckingham celebrates his birthday today (October 3), and while his entire body of work should be celebrated, we’ve decided to single out one song he wrote in particular that in the years since its release remains one of the best breakup songs ever.

That got us thinking about all of the other incredible breakup songs in the classic rock genre (and there are A LOT), but we’ve narrowed down our favorites to a tight eight-track playlist that we hope you’ll enjoy in honor of Buckingham’s birthday or if you find yourself working through a breakup of your own.

 

“Go Your Own Way”

“Packing up shacking up’s all you wanna do.”  BURN!

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (HQ)

Go Your Own Way is written by Lindsey Buckingham and performed by Fleetwood Mac for their Grammy Award winning, dimond selling album Rumours in 1977. It is ranked No. 120 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

“The Breakup Song”

This list certainly would be incomplete without this ridiculously hooky Greg Kihn Band track.

Greg Kihn - The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) - 7/6/1981 - unknown (Official)

Greg Kihn - The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) Recorded Live: 7/6/1981 - unknown - , More Greg Kihn at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault on YouTube: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF

 

“I Hate Myself For Loving You”

Easily one of Jett’s strongest tracks and that riff? Killer!

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Hate Myself for Loving You (Video)

Joan Jett's official music video for 'I Hate Myself For Loving You'. Click to listen to Joan Jett on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/JJettSpot?IQid=JJettHM As featured on Up Your Alley.

 

“Love Stinks”

Can anyone else think of this song without thinking about The Wedding Singer?  Because we can’t.

J. Geils Band - Love Stinks

Official video of J. Geils Band performing Love Stinks from the album Love Stinks. Buy It Here: http://smarturl.it/l4quek Like J. Geils Band on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thejgeilsband Official Website: http://www.jgeilsband.com/

 

“It Ain’t Me Babe”

As beautiful melodically as it is lyrically biting.

It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan (5/4/65) Bootleg

5/7/65 - Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England

 

“With Or Without You”

Haunting and painful, whenever U2 play this one live, it always brings the house down.

U2 - With Or Without You (U2 At The BBC)

In an exclusive performance at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry play one the classic With Or Without You accompanied by an orchestra for U2 At The BBC - a special programme for BBC One. Subscribe now: http://bit.ly/2fKbxWg Watch more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jxnlg

 

“Angie”

The perfect song for capturing that moment when two people in a relationship both realize it’s time to go their separate ways.

The Rolling Stones - Angie - OFFICIAL PROMO (Version 1)

One of the two official promo videos for the Rolling Stones' 1973 single "Angie". It reached number 5 in the UK singles chart, and number 1 in the US Billboard chart. The track features on the 1973 album Goats Head Soup, and was composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and was produced by Jimmy Miller.

 

“Drive”

*Sniffs* I’m not crying…YOU’RE CRYING!

The Cars - Drive (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Check out our killer New Wave playlist on Spotify! http://spoti.fi/1pbPsuI - - - - Watch the official video for The Cars - "Drive". Release in 1984, it is the third single from the band's Heartbeat City album and their biggest international hit. Lead vocals are sung by bassist Benjamin Orr.

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.