Numbers 20 to 11…
The Best Breakup Songs Part 4
20. Smoke Rings In The Dark – Gary Allan
Gary Allan broke out with this hit a few years back. The songs was unique at the time. There was an emotion and sound Gary captured on record that nobody else had. It’s a song about a guy that had tried to make a woman love him as much as he loved her. It didn’t work out and their flame of love burned out and turned to smokes rings in the dark. The album for Gary sold a ton and Gary became one of the biggest stars of the ’00s in country music. He’s a great singer with a unique niche in country music and his biggest run of success came with this country breakup song.
19. Nothin’ But the Taillights – Clint Black
Clint Black is one of the greatest songwriters in country music history. His songs often have a wit and humor that make for great country tunes unlike most others on the charts. With this one Clint dug into the area of breakups. The songs finds the narrator on the side of the road after being left by his lover. She burns rubber and spins some gravel on the road to get away from him. It’s an upbeat song with plenty of lyrics that make you smile even though after things are over you’re wondering what’s gonna happen to that guy sitting there on the side of the road seeing nothing but the taillights of his past relationship.
18. Two Pink Lines – Eric Church
This isn’t the traditional breakup song you probably think about, but it’s one of my favorites and I had to include it on the list. Eric Church released this song as his second single. It gained attention as people wondered if this was really a song about a pregnancy test. For the young lovers enjoying life and having fun there is nothing that could be more frightening than thinking there might be a chance of a little bundle of joy in your near future. When things come back negative the two go their separate ways immediately and never look back. It’s a big sigh of relief and a breakup that’s amicable.
17. We Both Walk – Lorrie Morgan
I realize now that Lorrie Morgan dominates this list of country breakup songs. It’s easy to forget how many great songs she has had in her career to this point and I’m sure we’ll be surprised at some point when she comes back with yet another huge hit. This song is a bit upbeat. It has the classic music of great country. Lorrie’s signature vocals are there. The guy is trying to come back to his woman after being an idiot once again. Finally the woman tells him to walk right back where he came from. It’s time for him to walk away and for her to walk alone. They both walk to their new lives without each other.
16. A Little Too Late – Toby Keith
Toby Keith is a master songwriter. He proved many folks wrong by coming up with clever, well written country songs that people love. With this song Toby touched again on the feelings of lovers that are breaking up. Here we have the narrator, in this case a guy, breaking up with his girl. He tells her he’s sick of everything and it’s a little too late to save their relationship. He’s over her and he’s ready to move on for good. There is nothing either of them can do to salvage things. It’s a little too late.
15. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone – Brooks & Dunn
This was a classic breakup song from Brooks & Dunn. Everyone that’s been wronged in a relationship or even been the one on the receiving end of a breakup has probably felt this way. You may think you’re making the right decision, but over time you’re going to come to realize I was the best thing you ever had. You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. It’s a great song. It captures the feeling, the emotion of the moment it discusses. I already miss B&D and they’ve only bee apart for a short while. They made some great music.
14. Fast Movin’ Train – Restless Heart
This song may be a bit of a wild card on this list, but I had to include it and I had to put it in the top 15. The song has this amazing sound. It’s the kind of sound that defines the way music sounded in the late ’80s – both country and pop. Restless heart had such unique sounds during their run of hits. Their fanbase crossed musical genres. The song is about a guy that falls for a one night stand. She wants nothing to do with him beyond their one night together. It’s not really a breakup, but even after one night there are similar feelings. It’s not the most well known Restless Heart song, but it’s probably my favorite of theirs for the sound alone.
13. I Wonder Do You Think Of Me – Keith Whitley
Sometimes there are the artists you wish could have kept their run of hits going forever. In the mid ’80 Keith Whitley finally broke through as a country superstar. Then, all of a sudden, at the peak of his success Keith succumb to alcohol poisoning and passed. Country music fans were left with a saddened heart and a collection of great country songs. I Wonder Do You Think of Me was released shortly after Whitley’s untimely death. The song became a number one hit. It’s about a high school love that went distant through the years. Now the guy wonders if his old flame still thinks of him even after their breakup. The music. The lyrics. This is one of my personal favorite country songs of all time.
12. Wish I Didn’t Know Now – Toby Keith
Toby Keith showed up on Nashville’s doorstep back in the early ’90s with a cassette of songs he thought were hits. The story goes he was turned down by every label and one of the execs even told me he had no chance of becoming a songwriter. Perhaps a singer, but not a songwriter. A little while later Toby recorded his first album and one of the songs from that original cassette – Wish I Didn’t Know Now – became a number two hit on the charts. The song has an incredibly catchy chorus. It’s about a poor guy that wanted to love his woman even though he knew she was running around. He didn’t want to know the truth, but now that he knows he finally has to move on. It’s hard to imagine this caliber of song was ridiculed by anyone with interest in country music.
11. Goin’ Through The Big D – Mark Chesnutt
This rousing track from traditionalist Mark Chesnutt raced up the charts back in the ’90s. It’s an uptempo song about the divorce. It’s not the song you’d expect to hear when it comes to breakup up, but it somehow works. I guess it’s alright to take a light hearted approach to breakups. After a time if things get drawn out in a breakup it can get a bit comical I suppose especially when it comes to breakup the possessions you and your former love had. Usually the gal will get the palace while the guy is left with a simple trinket. At least the sense of humor is there.