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10 Best Break Up Songs

Sometimes the best thing to help get through the aftermath of a relationship is a good break up song. No one wants to get their heart broken, but sometimes it just happens. After you read the list, soak up those tears by tunning into AOL Radio's Break Up Songs station.
'Since U Been Gone'
Kelly received a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 'Since U Been Gone.' Shooting for a more rock-oriented image, Clarkson added more drums to this track.
kelly clarkson since you been gone
'With or Without You'
This was the band's first American No. 1 hit and their second song to enter the Billboard Hot 100. The song was listed at number 131 by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
u2 joshua tree with or without you
'Here Without You'
Lead singer Brad Arnold has said this break up song is about missing his now ex-wife -- and the loneliness he feels when dreaming about her: "I'm here without you baby / But you're still on my lonely mind / I think about you baby / And I dream about you all the time."
three doors down here without you
'Against All Odds'
This break up song -- featured on Collins' 1981 debut solo album 'Face Value' -- is just one of dozens written about Collins' ex-wife who left him. The song took two days to record, one day in New York and one day in California. The mixes for the song were done over the phone.
phil collins against all odds
'All Out of Love'
Reaching No. 2 on the US charts and No. 11 in the UK, this song about breaking up is easily Air Supply's signature song.
air supply all out of love
'Hard to Say I'm Sorry'
Chicago has always been known for their use of horns, but this song was a departure from that sound. The deviation worked for the band, gaining a No. 1 hit.
chicago had to say im sorry
'Nothing Compares 2 U'
The song was originally written by Prince in 1985 for the funk band Family. The song received little recognition until Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor recorded the song in 1990. 12 years later, VH1 ranked the break up song as the 18th greatest one-hit wonder.
sinead o connor nothing compares
'Total Eclipse of the Heart'
At its peak, this 1983 song was selling 60,000 copies per day. According to Meat Loaf, the Jim Steinman-penned song was originally offered to him but his record label was not willing to pay the hefty fee.
bonnie tyler total eclipse of the heart
'What Hurts the Most'
Originally recorded by Jo O'Meara in 2005, this break up song was written by Steve Robson and Jeffrey Steele. While the writers had originally intended the song to be about the loss of a father, they decided the universal theme of lost love was more suitable.
Rascal Flatts what hurts the most
'You Give Love a Bad Name'
Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi and Desmond Child wrote this break up song for the band Loverboy. Bon Jovi ended up recording it, making it the band's first No. 1 hit. In 2009, VH1 named it the 20th Greatest Hard Rock Song of all Time.
bon jovi
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