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The Best Breakup Songs Part 2
40. Love You – Jack Ingram
I’m not really sure if the intention of this song is a breakup, but that’s the way I interpret it. Jack Ingram had a hit on his hands when Love You crashed on the charts and turned a certain four letter word into a tongue-in-cheek song. It’s about a guy that’s getting fed up with all the BS his woman is putting him through. He’s done with the fighting, the talking, and even messing around with her cat. I know I’ve felt this emotion before in the past. Sometimes you just want to get out.
39. My Give A Damn’s Busted – Jo Dee Messina
I love this song. It became yet another number one hit for the sassy Jo Dee Messina. The song was actually co-written by another country star Joe Diffie, but it worked perfectly for Jo Dee. The song sees the narrator – the woman in this instance – realizing that things aren’t going to work out with her man. He’s not right for her and no matter how much of a fight he puts up over the breakup she really doesn’t care at all anymore. The attitude and the sass in the song are really what make it a great country breakup song.
38. I Can’t Do That Anymore – Faith Hill
I love this song from Faith Hill. It’s about a woman that is doing all she can to support her husband. Now that he’s successful she’s happy for him, but she can’t help feeling a little sorry for herself. What about her dreams? What about the life she wanted to lead? She gave it all up to support her man and things worked out, but was it enough? It’s the kind of feeling that can lead to a breakup. The song was actually written by Alan Jackson and it’s hard not to think the song is autobiographical for him. I don’t know for sure, but I’m glad we have the song to listen to. It’s great.
37. Big Deal – LeAnn Rimes
This is one of my favorite LeAnn Rimes songs. She plays the narrator that lets a good guy get away. Now she knows the woman he’s ended up with and she’s a little jealous, but she won’t admit it. She sees them having fun and all the romance he’s giving his new woman. She tries to get over it though and says it’s no big deal. So what if they’re having fun. She’ll find her own fun. Even when we seemingly make a bad decision or two in life there is no reason to worry. Things can work out eventually. Here the bad decision may have been a breakup. Time always tells.
36. Brokenheartsville – Joe Nichols
Joe Nichols cracked through with this number one hit early on in his career. The song became an anthem of sorts for guys that had their woman cheat on them with some loser. The narrator in the song headed to the bar to be amongst friends and to enjoy his own Brokenheartsville. When we’re wronged in life and in a relationship especially it’s good to know that it may not be all bad. Go and be amongst friends and family and know that you can still enjoy life even after a breakup.
35. Watch Me – Lorrie Morgan
Lorrie Morgan knows how to sing a country song. It always seemed like the emotion she put in all her songs came from somewhere deeply embedded in her own life. This song is about a woman that finally realizes she’s been treated wrong by her man. She decides the jig is up and she’s walking away. Even as she’s packing up the guy doesn’t believe her. Well he’d better believe when he sees her finally walking out the door and out of his life forever. There is no time to waste on someone that doesn’t care.
34. Can’t Break It To My Heart – Tracy Lawrence
Tracy Lawrence is one of my favorite artists. He’s got the traditional country sound and his songs are always melodic with good stories to tell. This song is about a guy that’s realizing things are over. He describes the flame of love and how it’s gone out yet there is still the glowing ember in his heart that wants to get things back to the way they were. Moving on is one of the difficult things to do after a breakup. It takes time for a relationship to grow so it makes sense for it to take some time to move on after it’s over.
33. I’m Movin’ On – Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts was on the verge of reaching superstar status back with their first album. The guys and their label decided to release a fourth single from the successful album and it turned out to be a great call. I’m Movin’ On reached the top five and further established the group as a popular and talented band. The song has some ambiguous lyrics leaving it open for interpretation, but something you can pull from the story is that a guy has broken off with his past life (a relationship?) and is now moving on to the next phase.
32. Someone Else Calling You Baby – Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is emerging as a country star. Luke has become one of the best at telling great stories from the perspective of his Georgia roots. With this song Luke captures the emotion of a guy that thought he had something new and special going on with a girl. They hung out a few times and he thought things were going somewhere. He thought that until one day when he saw the girl out with another guy hanging around town. His world was crushed and the relationship was broken up before it had even got started.
31. She Thinks I Still Care – George Jones
George Jones is the star of country music. He’s my favorite artist of all time and it seems he’s covered every emotion possible with his songs. Here we have a song of heartbreak and denial. A guy has lost the love of his life. He’s trying to convince himself that he doesn’t care anymore. He asks his ex’s friends about her. He calls her number…by mistake…and accidentally mentions her name that is no reason to believe he still cares about her. When there is a breakup we all have our own ways to get over someone. It’s hard letting go sometimes.