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Meaning itself is annihilated, leaving just a pile of forlorn verbiage.I wish I could write songs this good, but then, what difference would it make? Jeff Buckley, "Lover, You Should've Come Over" (1994) ### Jeff Buckley's more known for his epochal cover of "Hallelujah," but "Lover, You Should've Come Over" showcases the sophistication of his own songwriting.You can't hear it without feeling at least a little more badass, even if you aren't getting over someone.The reprise says it all: "So don't forget what I told you / Don't come around, I got my own hell to raise." Preach, Fiona, preach. Stone Temple Pilots, "Interstate Love Song" (1994) ### That monster riff might not immediately scream "breakup" — to me, it screams "bitchin'" — but with lyrics like "You lied, goodbye" prefacing "Leavin' on a southern train," it's not hard to assume it's about 11.
This is the lament of someone who wants something more, but is too paralyzed to reach for it. Elliott Smith, "Oh Well, Okay" (1998) ### In a discography full of gorgeous, devastating breakup songs, it's hard to pick just one.
Again, we limited it to one song per songwriter (not necessarily per band).
Come back next week for the best breakup songs of the '00s, and let us know what we missed in the comments. You're going to get through this, and to help with that, here's a Spotify playlist of this week's list, and here are the greatest breakup songs of the '60s, the '70s, and the '80s. ), but this is one of the best, a barroom epic about the end of a suffocating relationship.
Aimee Mann, "Amateur" (1997) ### Over a carnivalesque instrumental track, Mann sings about hoping against reason to find something better in a person (and by extension, their relationship) than there actually is.
Articulating disappointment, but forgoing bitterness, Mann acknowledges her own blind spot: "I thought you'd be better, but I've been wrong before." 23.