10 Greatest Breakup Albums of All Time

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2. Marvin Gaye, Here My Dear

Two years after the sensual Let's Get it On was released, Gaye's wife Anna Gordy filed for divorce. Gaye's extravagant lifestyle prevented him from paying alimony, so his attorney proposed that he gave half of the royalties from his next project to Gordy. Gaye considered making a horrible record, but instead wrote Here My Dear, which has been described as "the sound of divorce on record." The lyrics read like tormented scrawls from a diary entry. "If you ever loved me with all of your heart, you'd never take a million dollars to part," he emotes in "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You." The songs go through all stages of a breakup, from doubts in "Anna's Song," anger issues ("Anger") and agony ("Sparrow").


1. Fleetwood Mac, Rumors

Like Blood on the Tracks, Rumours remains one of the greatest breakup albums of all time. Couple-swapping, loads of coke, and seething jealously bled into the songs. The McVies divorced, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks fought, and drummer Mick Fleetwood also found out that his wife, Jenny Boyd, was cheating on him, All in all, it was bad news. The album chronicles relationships gone sour from all sorts of perspectives, from Nicks' battered optimism in "Dreams" and Buckingham's snide, yet brilliant "Go Your Own Way." Christine McVie tries to brighten spirits with her jaunty "You Make Loving Fun," but the song's placement, between the crushing "The Chain" and "I Don't Want to Know" suggests that everyone knew the soft rock classic would go down with a grain of salt.

See also:

-10 Greatest Love Songs (That Aren't Actually Love Songs)
-10 Greatest TV Themes of All Time


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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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