Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cry Me A River: The 20 Most Heartbreaking Songs Of All Time!

Sometimes the song you associate with the person (and it may not even be a love song) becomes the eulogy for the doomed relationship. Shania Twain makes me want to cry
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1 George Jones:
"He Stopped Loving Her Today," single (Epic, 1981)
"He said I'll love you 'til I die..." Curly Putnam and Bobby Braddock wrote the shamelessly weepy lyric and melody; producer Billy Sherrill coated the track in sumptuous Nashville surround-sound; and then the greatest country singer of all gave the performance of a lifetime--a vocal imbued with deep, knee-quaking compassion for the poor schmuck who never got over the love of his life... until now, when he's "all dressed up to go away". I don't care how hard-bitten you may be, I defy you not to get a lump in the throat from this 20-year-old classic of cornball liebestod. It's utterly transcendental--the most heartbreaking record ever made.

5 The Righteous Brothers: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," single (Philles, 1964)
6 Sinead O'Connor: "Nothing Compares 2 U," single (Chrysalis, 1990)
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