The top ten…
The Best Country Breakup Songs Part 5
10. I Can’t Reach Her Anymore – Sammy Kershaw
Here we have a guy that can’t really get over his breakup with his former lover. He calls her to talk. She talks a bit, but anytime he starts talking about getting back together she lets the conversation go cold. It seems like she knows things need to move on and he can’t get past that fact at all. It’s tough when there’s a breakup. Not always will both parties be ready. Sammy Kershaw did a great job with this song as he does with all of his songs. It’s a great, emotional breakup song.
9. What Mattered Most – Ty Herndon
I love this song. It shot the newcomer Ty Herndon straight to number one with his very first single. He later would look back on the time in his life and recall that he had barely gotten to Nashville to record and the next thing he knew he had a top hit on the charts. The reason the song connected so fast with so many people was how well it was written. The song is about a guy that has lost his woman. He knew everything about her, but he didn’t listen to the dreams she had. He went on living the life he wanted and ignored her dreams. She eventually left and he found himself all alone.
8. Let Me Let Go – Faith Hill & Vince Gill
I love Faith Hill. She’s beautiful and she has a voice like an angel. Her music in the ’90s and into the ’00s was great. She seemed to top the charts just about every time with her songs. Back in the early days she had one song that still remains a favorite of mine. With Vince Gill on background vocals Faith nailed this breakup song. It’s about a woman that can’t let go of her former lover. He seems to have moved on. She wants to let go, but she just can’t. It’s a great track that captures a strong emotion. Adding Vince Gill who was at the top of his game at the time was awesome. He’s still joining newcomers on tracks even today. Two greats making a classic country song.
7. Five Minutes – Lorrie Morgan
Here we have the wonderful Lorrie Morgan again with perhaps her signature song. More than even the great breakup lyrics of the song I love the melody and the passion Lorrie put into the lyrics. You can feel how she felt when she was telling her man that he was on his last chance. Just five minutes to try and convince her not to leave. It’s easy to feel the authenticity in this song. Lorrie has been married and divorced numerous times in her life. She’s a great country artist and this was one of her biggest hits.
6. What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am – Lee Roy Parnell
Lee Roy Parnell is great. He had a few big hits back in the ’90s and he’s still going strong on the touring route each year today. This was probably his most well known song. It’s about a guy that has been burned by his former love. Now he sees her trying to come back into his life. He knows it’s a fool’s game to get back with her though. Does she really think he’s going to let her back in? The classic breakup dilemma.
5. Can’t Be Really Gone – Tim McGraw
This song came out fairly early in Tim McGraw‘s career. It’s one of my favorites of his. I like the sound of the song. It’s got a cool groove even if it’s mellow and a bit sad. A guy notices that his woman is gone, but he notices she left some things she really cared about. He’s trying to convince himself this is the sign that she’s going to come back. As a listener you know better. She’s not coming back. It’s sad to see him trying to convince himself knowing it’s a lost cause. Did she breakup with him? Did she die? Maybe that’s too harsh, but it’s possible. A great song.
4. Famous Last Words of a Fool – George Strait
George Strait has covered just about every emotion a person can feel and his songs have stood the test of time on top of that. This song is still one of my favorites of George’s. It’s got a great melody and the emotion is common for those in a breakup. The guy tries to be tough and tell his former lover that he’s not going to feel anything for her once she’s gone. As soon as she leaves he knows he’s probably made a mistake. He knows he’s a fool for telling her that he wouldn’t care. The famous last words.
3. Sticks and Stones – Tracy Lawrence
Tracy Lawrence is one of my favorite artists. He hasn’t had as much luck on the charts of late, but in the ’90s he was near the top of the singles and albums charts with regularity. Tracy’s first hit way back in 1991 was this single and it went all the way up to the top spot on the charts that year. A woman is breaking up with the guy in the song. He doesn’t really care if she takes all the material things, the sticks and stones that made their home. That isn’t what’s breaking his heart. What really hurts him are the words she’s using to tell him that it’s over for good. It’s tough handling this breakup. A great traditional country song from the ’90s.
2. Learning To Live Again – Garth Brooks
This is my favorite Garth Brooks songs. It’s not well remembered it doesn’t seem…at least in the mainstream. The song actually rose to the #2 spot on the charts during its run. The song is about a guy going out on a date with a new woman his friend set him up with. He’s trying to move on with his life by heading out on this date. It seems he’s having a hard time trying to live again and start a new life. I’m not sure if he lost the woman he was previously with by perhaps a death or maybe a breakup. Either way I think this song captures such an important aspect of a lost relationship I had to include it.
1. Give It Away – George Strait
When this song came out it was so different from any song I had heard before. The song is about a guy and gal breaking up. They’re dividing up their things. The woman has had it with the entire situation. She wants no reminders of the relationship at all. She tells the guy to get rid of it all. He tries, but he can’t get over her and thus keeps all the stuff for the memories. Performed by George Strait, the song was co-written by Jamey Johnson and it eventually won awards for Song of the Year. A great track and a great breakup song.