The Most Popular Break-Up Songs from Mainstream Artists

The Most Popular Break-Up Songs from Mainstream Artists
Shaun M Jooste

Shaun M Jooste

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Some people cry a lot when their hearts are broken. Of these people, many find solace in having some activity like songs to distract them from the pain, both constructive and destructive. And others simply say “What the heck? Let’s make money out of this!”

This seems to be the case with the average world-famous pop artist, judging the many songs they’ve released about their broken hearts, like Shakira. Most interestingly, some go beyond a general sadness tone and seem to target a specific individual, as is the case with some recent hits.

It’s also worth knowing that many artists don’t actually write their own songs, they pay songwriters to do it. One can’t help but wonder how angry you can get, to hire someone to write songs about your ex. 

Shakira’s latest collab with Bizarrap

Shakira’s breakup with former soccer superstar Gerard Piqué was highly publicized, as is the case with most millionaires. After the initial grieving period, Shakira decided to do something about it: why not do some collab song with rap artist Bizzarrap, thrashing her former darling? 

You don’t want to get on Shakira’s bad side, either. Here’s an example of what more than 50 million people enjoyed on the first day of its release:

“You left me as a neighbor to the mother-in-law

With the press at the door and the debt at the IRS

You thought you’d hurt me, but you made me tougher

Women don’t cry anymore, women invoice”

Ouch. Incidentally, Argentina won the World Cup, which probably didn’t influence Shakira’s decision to collaborate with Bizarrap, who is also from Argentina. 

Miley Cyrus’ release on ex’s birthday

Miley Cyrus is no stranger to controversy, and even though her latest song is not as blatant as Shakira’s, it’s still very convenient. The song in itself has lyrics that apply to anyone such as “I can love me better than you can”.

But the fact that she decided to release the song, titled “Flowers”, right on the date of former husband Liam Hemsworth’s birthday is a bit suspicious, to say the least. At least she’s taking a positive attitude, claiming that this is a New Year and a New Miley. 

Popular Break-up Songs from Top Artists, Revenge Included

Other notable heartbroken people raking it in

There are many examples of top performers releasing songs after a highly publicized breakup. One of them is Justin Timberlake with his song “Cry Me a River”. His producer confirmed the song was inspired by an event between Timberlake and Britney Spears, his ex, at a concert.

Another example is Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber with her releasing “Lose You To Love Me”. This song is actually more focused on moving on and getting your grip instead of whistleblowing your former lover to the IRS, so it doesn’t feel so vindictive.

There are many songs about breakups and moving on, so these examples are nothing extraordinary when looking at song themes. From sad country songs about breakups and drinking to the ephemeral nature of love in Purple Rain by Prince, you can create a never-ending Spotify playlist.

Shaun M Jooste

Shaun M Jooste

I live in South Africa, Cape town, as a father of two children. I've been gaming almost all my life, with plenty of experience writing reviews and articles on the latest titles. With 15 years of experience in local government performing Facilities Management functions, I moved towards becoming CEO of my own company, Celenic Earth Publications, which serves to publish author's books, including my own. I'm a published author of horror and fantasy novels, while I also dabble in game and movie scriptwriting.

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