10 Greatest Breakup Albums of All Time

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8. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Just like a bad breakup jump-started Adele's career, a breakup album helped build English songstress Amy Winehouse's career. In an interview with The Sun, she said "Back To Black is when you've finished a relationship and you go back to what's comfortable for you. My ex went back to his girlfriend and I went back to drinking and dark times." That certainly makes sense in the context of "Rehab" and the vicious nature of "You Know I'm No Good." "Upstairs in bed with my ex-boy, he's in a place but I can't get joy." Ouch.

7. Beck, Sea Change

Wow, who would have expected the follow-up to 1999's Prince-fied and funky Midnite Vultures to be so beautiful and heartfelt? Sea Change, with its sweeping strings, overcast atmosphere, and reverb-drenched vocals is an album about transformations, right down to its title. Beck was inspired to write the album after his fiancée ended their nine-year relationship. While that sucks for Beck, songs like "Lost Cause" and the slyly hopeful "Golden Age" are tender and absolutely gorgeous.

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stay_straight
stay_straight

Some good choices here but the lost great breakup record remains 97 seminal ignored classic The Jayhawks - Sound Lies

Alison
Alison

While I'm a little sad Domestica didn't make the list, at least TIm Kasher was recognized in one form or another

David Corpus
David Corpus

Bile Technowhore, specifically "You can't love this" and Type-O negative Slow Deep & Hard, specifically "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity."

Adal Robles
Adal Robles

The Poison by Bullet for My Valentine

Scott Hecker
Scott Hecker

Earned major point for putting Fleetwood Mac first.

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