Goodbye Songs Part 4
20. Here Comes Goodbye – Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts chalked up yet another number one hit with Here Comes Goodbye. The song was written by former American Idol contestant Chris Sligh. The song is a slow tempo tune about a guy realizes his woman is about to tell him it’s over and they’ll both need to move on. The song has the classic sound of Rascal Flatts. The emotion in Gary LeVox’s vocal is one of the strong suits of the group and it shines through on this sad goodbye song.
19. Kerosene – Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert skyrocketed to fame with her single Kerosene. Up until this point she was known mostly as a singing contest contestant with just a few minor hits. This song about a woman scorned by love shot up the charts and became a huge hit while making Miranda a household name. It was the first time fans got to see the attitude Miranda could bring to the table. This song and future songs from Miranda changed country music in a way. It changed what female artists could sing about. It was awesome.
18. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton famously said goodbye to her mentor Porter Wagoner with the song I Will Always Love You. Porter didn’t take the goodbye well but the two remained friends near the end of his life. Dolly was destined for bigger things and needed to spread her wings. She let go of Porter and the rest of her career is history including leasing the song to Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner for the film The Bodyguard, which took the song to even higher heights in popularity.
17. Undo It – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood described her Undo It song as being mean spirited. The song is certainly full of anger and attitude. The lyrics are about a former relationship and wanting everything that happened to go away and never be remembered. Those are some strong feelings of goodbye especially when you don’t even want to remember what happened or even remember the person at all. The song is catchy with a great melody to boot and it rocked the country world in 2010.
16. Picture To Burn – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is known for taking breakups hard, but what teenager doesn’t take a breakup hard? She writes songs about where she is in her life and that’s how teens react. For her song Picture To Burn she sings about a guy she’s saying goodbye too after realizing he loves himself more than he’ll ever care about her. Sure, things may get more civilized in breakups as we get older, but there is a part of us that still wants to burn that picture of the ex.
15. Kiss This – Aaron Tippin
Aaron Tippin actually wrote this kiss off song with his wife. She made the comment to him in a slight argument that lead to the song. It’s not really a permanent goodbye song in a sense, but more of a get out of here you pig kind of song when a woman has had enough of the BS for one day. She needs a little time to be alone and gather her thoughts before she can take anymore of her man. I’m sure a few out there can relate.
14. Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) – Travis Tritt
Travis Tritt had his signature goodbye song with the one everyone remembers him for – Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares). The song is about a guy whose girlfriend is having second thoughts about ending their relationship. The guy in the song is more than ready to move on and say goodbye. He wants none of her sorries or take me backs. He gives her a quarter and tells her to go cry to anyone but him.
13. Break Down Here – Julie Roberts
Julie Roberts had her biggest hit up to this point with Break Down Here – a song about breakup and relationships. The song is a haunting story about a girl trying to drive away from her past. She realizes the guy she was with was a dead end road. She knows she needs to say goodbye and move on. She hopes things don’t break down while she fights the last bit of urge to go back. The song is crafted perfectly and it’s a big reason for Julie’s success.
12. Never Had It So Good – Mary Chapin Carpenter
One of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s breakout hits was Never Had It So Good – a great song about breakups, heartaches and saying goodbye. The song has a great country melody. I’ve always loved when this song comes on the radio. The combination of music and great vocals makes it a great country song in general and one of the best goodbye songs of all time. Mary Chapin Carpenter is a talented artist and she left her mark here with this song about letting go.
11. Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks has a few songs that could be named as his most well know, but my vote is for Friends In Low Places – the ultimate kiss off goodbye song. In the song the narrator is feeling a bit lonely after his former lover leaves him. He then realizes he’s got all the friendship he needs even if those friends are in low places as described by the woman. This song appears on just about every jukebox and playlist in America and for good reason – it’s one of the best sing along songs of all time and one used for many, many goodbyes.