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Heartbreak Music

Step into the oldies vault: broken heart songs – list #5

Since the beginning of time there’s always been songs about heartbreak, especially in country music.  But along came the sixties heartthrobs, and they really cashed in on sad and tragic love songs.  Through the years, tons of singers still carried the torch when it came to relationships gone bad, but there were no answers for Whitney when she asked:  Where Do Broken Hearts Go or the Bee Gees when they asked:  How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

Maybe it helps to wallow a bit in self-pity and sing along with Linda to Poor Poor Pitiful Me or go with David Gates’ advice on the whole Never Fall In Love Again thing.  Just don’t get carried away like Kenny who had gun-control issues when his Ruby took her love to town.  Better to tell them to Hit the Road Jack than get sent up the river to the big house!

Four artists and groups all agreed Ain’t That A Shame when love went bad, but it sure wasn’t shameful when each of them charted the Billboard of Top 40 Hits with that song.

So wallow away in the oldies vault of broken hearts with these songs:

Ain’t That A Shame:   Fats Domino (’55)    Pat Boone (’55)   Four Seasons (’63)    Cheap Trick (’79)

Donna – Ritchie Valens (’58)

Turn Me Loose – Fabian (’59)

Mr. Blue – The Fleetwoods (’59)

Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis (’60)

This Time – Troy Shondell  (’61)

Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles (’61)     Stampeders (’76)

Stop The Wedding – Etta James – ‘62

Blue Velvet – Frankie Avalon – ‘63

She’s A Fool – Leslie Gore – ‘63

Mr. Lonely – Bobby Vinton – ‘64

It’s Over – Roy Orbison – ‘64

World Without Love – Peter and Gordon – ‘64

I Go To Pieces – Peter and Gordon – ‘65

Woman – Peter and Gordon – ‘66

Where Were You When I Needed You – Grassroots – ‘66

Stormy – Classics IV – ‘68

She’s A Heartbreaker – Gene Pitney – ‘68

Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town – Kenny Rogers – ‘69

Na Na Hey Hey (kiss him good-bye) – Steam – ‘69

It’s Too Late – Carole King –  ’71

(I Know) I’m Losing You – Temptations  (’66)    Rare Earth (’70)    Rod Stewart & Faces (’71)

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – Bee Gees (’71)

Oh Girl – Chi-Lites  (’72)

Lyin’ Eyes – Eagles (’76)

Kiss and Say Good-bye – Manhattans  (’76)

Never Gonna Fall In Love Again – David Gates (’76)

Lost Without Your Love – Bread (’77)

Angel In Your Arms This Morning – Hot (’77)

Looks Like We Made It – Barry Manilow  (’77)

Poor Poor Pitiful Me – Linda Ronstadt  (’78)

Jesse – Carly Simon (’80)

I Know There’s Something Going On – Frida  (’83)

Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler (’83)

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John  (’84)

Someday – Glass Tiger  (’87)

Foolish Beat – Debbie Gibson (’88)

Where Do Broken Hearts Go – Whitney Houston (’88)

Heart of Stone – Taylor Dayne (’89)

Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton (’96)


And if you can’t get over your heartbreak funk, toss Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive on the turntable and check out the Happy, Fun and Motivational music category for a list of upbeat music from our past.


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