10 Greatest Breakup Albums of All Time

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6. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks

Even if Dylan himself is quick to dismiss the idea, Blood on the Tracks is a classic breakup album. Ever the master of obfuscation, Dylan denies that it's autobiographical, stating that the record isn't about his divorce -- it was inspired by the writings of Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov's works. At any rate, in a few hundred years, "Tangled Up In Blue" and "Simple Twist of Fate" are bound to be as renowned as "Chekhov's gun." Plus, the Ruskie never wrote "If You See Her, Say Hello."

5. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago

Songwriter Justin Vernon's was doing okay when a breakup and a bad case of mono sent him into the woods, where he holed up in a cabin for three months after his breakup to write this masterpiece. Bon Iver's bio sums it up pretty well: "All of his personal trouble, lack of perspective, heartache, longing, love, loss and guilt that had been stockpiled over the course of the past six years was suddenly purged into the form of song." In the album's title track, Vernon emotes "Go find another lover to string along with all your lies, you're still very lovable." We'd say "poor guy" if the record didn't launch him all the way to the Grammys, Kanye West collaborations, and Katy Perry knowing who he is.


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13 comments
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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