The Ultimate Breakup Songs Quiz

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Let's start with a breakup song that has spawned loads of gossip. Who is "You're So Vain" about?
who knows?
While Carly Simon won't reveal who the song's about, lots of us can see our own ex in the lyrics.
Warren Beatty
Cat Stevens

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Who got a smash hit with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine?"
Aretha Franklin
Marvin Gaye
Gladys Knight and the Pips also released it as a single, but it was Gaye's version that launched the song into pop culture.
Otis Redding

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When did Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" come out?
1992
1995
The mid-90s song became an anthem for jilted lovers everywhere.
1998

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Let's match the lyrics to the breakup song: "Loving you/Isn't the right thing to do/How can I ever change things/That I feel."
"Maggie May"
"Cathy's Clown"
"Go Your Own Way"
Fleetwood Mac had a lot of collective experience with breakups.

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Who sang the plaintive "I'm Sorry," released in 1960?
Peggy Lee
Brenda Lee
Brenda Lee was only 15 at the time, so she probably didn't have much to be sorry for.
Doris Day

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"I should've changed that stupid lock/I should've made you leave your key/If I had known for just one second/You'd be back to bother me"
"Respect"
"I Am Woman"
"I Will Survive"
Gloria Gaynor may have been broken up with, but she was not about to go back to that dirtbag.

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Who sang "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'?"
The Everly Brothers
The Righteous Brothers
It's gone. Gone. Gone.
Prince

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What bouncy breakup song's lyrics (and title) were cleaned up to edit out the original four-letter send-off?
"Forget You"
Cee Lo Green had a pretty simple message for his girl and her new man.
"Go to Heck"
"Sorry My Elbow"

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"How can you stop the rain from falling down?\How can you stop that old sun from shining?/What makes the world go round?"
"You Send Me"
"Try A Little Tenderness"
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
Al Green's hit has been the soundtrack for many a broken-hearted soul.

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The Magnetic Fields took a different approach with their breakup song. What's the title?
"No, It's Fine, I Was Going to Leave Anyway"
"I'll Just Die Now"
"I Don't Want to Get Over You"
Although Stephen Merritt should clearly write songs based on those other titles, too.

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What breakup classic is on Carole King's album "Tapestry?"
"Back To California"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"It's Too Late"
You can't beat a saxophone solo on a breakup song.

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Something tells me we'll be hearing from Beyonce again, but where does she instruct her ex he'll find all his possessions in "Irreplaceable?"
at Becky's house
in the dumpster
in a box to the left
Everything you own is in that box, sir.

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"I was alright for awhile/I could smile for awhile/But I saw you last night/You held my hand so tight."
"Bawling"
"Crying"
Roy Orbison makes it very clear he was crying. Crying. CRYING.
"Sobbing"

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Who promises that although they may have not treated their girl right, she was "Always On My Mind?"
Willie Nelson
Cold comfort, perhaps, to the girl who he might've "treated second best."
Johnny Cash
Garth Brooks

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What R&B singer needs her ex-lover to "Un-Break" her heart?
Toni Braxton
Many a broken heart would like to be pieced together again by the person who broke it in the first place.
Kelly Rowland
Michelle Williams

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"I heard that you're settled down/That you found a girl and you're married now/I heard that your dreams came true/Guess she gave you things I didn't give to you."
"Rolling in the Deep"
"Someone Like You"
Adele knows her breakups.
"Shake It Off"

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"There's a fire starting in my heart/Reaching a fever pitch, and it's bringing me out the dark/Finally, I can see you crystal clear."
"Skyfall"
"Hello"
"Rolling in the Deep"
Sometimes a breakup is a woman scorned, Adele will also have you know.

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What's a lyric from Bonnie Raitt's classic breakup song "I Can't Make You Love Me?"
"Lay down with me/Tell me no lies/Just hold me close, don't patronize"
But you're WELCOME for the lyric ideas, Miss Raitt.
"Don't be a jerk/just leave me be/I love you/you don't love me"
"Give me a break/you take take take/I'll give what I get/so take my hate"

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"Wait, they don't love you like I love you."
"Since U Been Gone"
"Maps"
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit single was a quiet departure from their usually avant garde indie punk rock.
"Roar"

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Whitney Houston made "I Will Always Love You" a monster hit, but who first wrote and recorded the song?
Aretha Franklin
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton's country version is worth a listen.
Cissy Houston

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Bob Dylan wrote and recorded "It Ain't Me Babe" but what couple added their own spin on the breakup song?
Beyoncé and Jay Z
Johnny Carter and June Cash
Although I think we'd all kill to hear Tay and Harry duet.
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles

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What powerful breakup ballad was actually recorded for a forgettable film of the same name?
"Sad Story"
"Against All Odds"
Take a look at me now, Phil Collins begs.
"Empty Space"

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Who sings the original version of the country standard "I Fall to Pieces?"
Patsy Cline
Patsy is seriously not interested in being friends, buddy.
Martina McBride
Tammy Wynette

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"You keep saying, you got something for me/Something you call love but confess/You've been messin' where you shouldn't have been messin'/And now someone else is getting all your best."
"Walking After Midnight"
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
Let's not forget that Nancy Sinatra doesn't stand for "lyin' when you oughta be truthin'."

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What devastated crooner would "Rather Go Blind" than see her lover walk away?
Sarah Vaughan
Nina Simone
Etta James
When Etta says she was JUST sitting there thinking of his kiss, you can't help but curse the jerk.

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Who wrote the Beatles' "For No One?"
Paul McCartney
You stay home; she goes out. Sigh.
John Lennon
George Harrison

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"Back beat, the word is on the street/that the fire in your heart is out/I'm sure you've heard it all before/but you never really had a doubt."
"New Partner"
"La Cienega Just Smiled"
"Wonderwall"
Who hasn't wanted to yell at someone, "I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now?"

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"But he's driving and striving and hugging the turns/And thinking of someone for whom he still burns."
"A Man of Constant Sorrow"
"Romeo and Juliet"
"The Distance"
There's nothing like driving, guitars and Cake.

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Who wrote the Sinead O'Connor hit "Nothing Compares 2 U?"
Sinead O'Connor
Prince
Sinead made it a hit and helped a lot of folks cry through their breakup.
Elvis Costello

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"He better call Becky with the good hair."
"Sorry"
Beyonce says "Boy, bye."
"Thinking About You"
"Bootylicious"

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