Ok, I have carefully handpicked 10 radio songs from female artists with the best break-up lyrics IMO! Most of them are radio singles but there is one that is sold as a single on iTunes, so I gave it an exception. It was a tough selection process, but hopefully you will all have similar likes. Women are very unique at expressing their emotions! So starting at #10…
10. Dido: White Flag
“I will go down with this ship / And I won’t put my hands up and surrender / There will be no white flag above my door / I’m in love and always will be…” This comes from a woman who will always be willing to find love despite ending this relationship.
9. Alicia Keys: If I Ain’t Got You
A very strong reminder of how material things are insignificant compared to the one partner you can be with. Once your partner goes, the material things will NEVER compensate for the loss.
8. Sheryl Crow: My Favorite Mistake
I love that oxymoron of “favourite mistake.” Sometimes the worst breakup can stick the most in our minds and can be the one referred to the most in conversation; hence, the expression.
7. Melissa McClelland: Brake
“Quiet hearts are always bound to break apart.”
“And restless hearts are always bound to break…free.”
Yes, she uses “break” in the lyrics, but it’s very clever that she titled the song “Brake,” meaning slowing and stopping. Think of a relationship as a moving vehicle. Once it ends, both partners are forced to brake, and walk away with hearts that “break.” Ingenious word play!
6. Butterfly Boucher: A Bitter Song
Butterfly Boucher may not necessarily be popular, particularly due to a clash between two record labels who wanted to have her on. This song is from her second album, which was the center of this conflict. It consists of simple piano and guitar accompaniment, but nothing else is needed to support these very direct “bitter” lyrics. “All I need is a bitter song/To make me better, much better.” This song was also used in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
5. Martina McBride: When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues
Many women are driven to do reckless things after they are done wrong. Although the situations presented above are unlikely and are exaggerated, anything can happen! Lock up the malls, beauty shops, and whisky cabinets if you know what’s good for you!
4. Beyonce: If I Were a Boy
This hurt woman will put herself in the shoes of a boy and tell her partner how she would act differently compared to him, if she were in this shoes. Interesting theory of mind!
3. Carrie Underwood: Before He Cheats
Similar to the nature of McBride’s “When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues,” Ms. Underwood will resort to physical destruction of property to send a big shock to her ex’s system. A very successful crossover hit!
2. Adele: Rolling in the Deep
The largest crossover success in 25 years, this song has been getting A LOT of radio airplay lately. It was recorded immediately after her breakup with her boyfriend. That timing is very inherent in the lyrics. Love those multiple glasses of water (or tears) on the floor as well as that humongous pile of broken china!
1. Alanis Morissette: You Oughta Know
Unfortunately, nothing can quite top off this megahit by Alanis Morissette. This is still the angriest breakup song I ever heard. Many people may know that this was inspired by her breakup with stand-up comedian Dave Coulier. Even though the video and radio single censor her explicit language, they do not erase the passionate rage Alanis felt.
So there you have it. The top 10 female breakup songs IMO! But to celebrate brokenhearted female venting, here is a song dedicated to all those famous female singer-songwriters. It is called “Turn On the Radio,” by Reba McEntire!