Heartbreak Music

Enter the Vault of Broken Heart Oldies

Through the decades broken heart love songs were always “solid” on the Billboard Charts. We can all relate to lost love, bad love or cheating love.  Perhaps you went on the blind date from hell. Perhaps your first high school crush didn’t turn out so well.  Maybe your best friend stole your boyfriend.  When it came to love gone wrong, I can guarantee you, there was a song to cover it!

Leslie Gore sang her tale about her boyfriend ruining her party when he hooked up with another girl, Judy (It’s My Party—and I’ll cry if I want to).  At least Ms. Gore got her revenge when she turned the tables later that year and it became Judy’s Turn to Cry.  But it didn’t stop there.  Her tales of romantic woes kept her riding high on the charts with other hits like You Don’t Own Me, Maybe I Know and She’s A Fool.

And speaking of fools, there was a lot of “foolish” love going on in the 60’s and 70’s.  In 1965, two hit wonder group Dino, Desi and Billy hit a home run with I’m a Fool.  Dino was the son of legendary Dean Martin, Des, the legendary son of Lucy and Desi – Billy was a high school classmate from Beverly Hills.

Aretha belted out that she was sadly, just a link in a Chain of Fools and The Main Ingredient concurred when they proclaimed Everybody Plays a Fool.  Even hair metal band Cinderella rocked a slow, hard grind as they wailed that, they indeed, were Nobody’s Fool.

There were songs that were so incredibly tragic, they can still rip our hearts out on the oldies airwaves.  Gilbert O’Sullivan’s tale of being Alone Again (Naturally) doesn’t get much sadder – although Skeeter Davis lets us know that when love is over, it could be The End of the World.  The Carpenters’ Superstar with its slow, depressing melody simply crushes us with a love story from so long ago and so far away.

All-American boy next door (or at least we wanted him to be), Bobby Vinton probably had more notches on his belt for 60’s heartache songs than his competition.  His devastating songs of heartbreak brought him Billboard fame.

Lastly, we can learn a lot from brokenhearted love songs…some actually provided good advice:  Paul Simon gave us 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and Dionne Warwick tells her Ex, don’t stop, just: Walk On By.

So join me in the vault (bring your own tissues) and revisit some of these blasts from the pasts – have a favorite?  Check it out on UTube, share them or load them on your listening devices:


Bye Bye Love – Everly Brothers  (’57)

What’s A Matter Baby – Timi Yuro (’62)

TRIPLE BILLBOARD HIT:  Sealed With a Kiss – Brian Hyland   (’62)  Gary Lewis and the Playboys (’68)  Bobby Vinton (’72)

She’s A Fool – Lesley Gore (’63)

End of The World – Skeeter Davis (’63)

Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton (’63)

Blue on Blue – Bobby Vinton (’63)

Mr. Lonely – Bobby Vinton (’64)

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – Gerry and the Pacemakers (’64)

World Without Love – Peter & Gordon (’64)

Walk On By – Dionne Warwick (’64)

Where Did Our Love Go – Supremes (’64)

Yesterday’s Gone – Chad and Jeremy (’64)

TRIPLE BILLBOARD HIT:  Red Roses for a Blue Lady – Vic Dana (’65)    Bert Kaempfert (’65)    Wayne Newton (’65)

I Go to Pieces – Peter & Gordon (’65)

I’m A Fool – Dino, Desi & Billy (’65)

We Can Work It Out – Beatles (’65)

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted – Jimmy Ruffin (’66)

Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me) – 4 Seasons (’66)

Nowhere Man – Beatles (’66)

Black is Black – Los Bravos (’66)

Crying Time – Ray Charles (’66)

Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin (’67)

Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vinton (’68)

Shame Shame – Magic Lantern (’68)

Smile A Little Smile For Me – Flying Machine (’69)

Tears of A Clown – Miracles (’70)

Two Divided by Love – Grassroots (’71)

Superstar – Carpenters (’71)

Everybody Plays the Fool – Main Ingredient (’72)

Everything I Own – Bread (’72)

White Lies, Blue Eyes – Bullet (’72)

It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love) – Partridge Family (’72)

Have You Seen Her – Chi-Lites (’71)

Along Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan (’72)

Break Up to Make Up – Stylistics (’73)

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do – Neil Sedaka (’75)

(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song- BJ Thomas (’75)

Best of My Love – Eagles (’75)

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon (’76)

Tragedy – Bee Gees (’79)

Heartache Tonight – Eagles (’79)

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty (’81)

Don’t You Want Me – Human League (’82)

Cuts Like a Knife – Bryan Adams (’83)

Getcha Back – Beach Boys (’85)

Can’t Shake Loose – Agnetha Faltskog (’83)

How Bout Us – Champaign (’83)

Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes (’84)

All Cried Out – Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam (’86)

There’ll Be A Sad Song to Make You Cry – Billy Ocean (’86)

Goodbye – Night Ranger (’86)

What Have You Done For Me Lately – Janet Jackson (’86)

Nobody’s Fool – Cinderella (’87)

Don’t Know What You Got (till it’s gone) – Cinderella (’88)

Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi (’88)

Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton (’96)

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