The demise of any romantic relationship is painful; but both dumpers and dumpees can take solace in the fact that no matter what the terms of the breakup are, somebody has written a song about it.
Cheaters, loneliness, drunkards and beggars all have inspired some of the most memorable lyrics and rhythms in pop music. Lots of "baby," "please," "leave" and cries have sent artists to the tops of the musical charts while mirroring the real lives of listeners.
Check out the list below, which includes songs for specific breakup types, and see if any of them seem familiar to you.
Watch The Fray perform live on "GMA" as part of the Winter Concert Series on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
Step one you say we need to talk
If your relationship already rides along on a rocky road, "We need to talk" are probably the last words you want to hear, because you know there's no way that conversation is going to end well.
The phrase is a tried-and-true way to begin any breakup conversation as The Fray showed in its 2005 smash hit "How to Save a Life." It's also a sign of communication failure or breakdown.
Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
The band's chatty breakup tune features mellow alterna-teen melodies that also make it the perfect sob song, as "Grey's Anatomy" showed when it used the song during an episode in its second season.
So rest assured, you're not the first or the last person who's needed "the talk." Just ask Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy.
How could you be so heartless?
The accusation may be a loaded question sure to attain explosive results, but that doesn't stop it from being used in countless breakups.
Usually, the question is repeated more than once, as in Kanye West's hit song "Heartless." Maybe there's something about repeatedly uttering the same phrase that makes separation easier. Probably not, but that hasn't stopped people from using the technique.
What also sometimes follows is a description of why and how the other party is insensitive.
How could you be so
Cold as the winter wind when it breeze, yo
Just remember that you talkin' to me though
You need to watch the way you talkin' to me, yo
Being heartless has been a bonus in at least once instance. "Heartless" gave West a top 10 hit on the Billboard charts.
Ain't too proud to plead, baby, baby
A one-sided breakup is difficult enough; but when one person refuses to let the relationship die, things can get more complicated and sometimes a little whiny.
Think begging -- lots and lots of begging. The art of pleading may have reached its peak during the R&B era, and the Temptations helped make it sound so sweet.
I know you wanna leave me
But I refuse to let you go
If I have to beg, plead for your sympathy
I don't mind 'cause you mean that much to me
In "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" the quintet pleaded with its lost love to come back using a lot of high notes and soulful begging. Surely, the song helped revive some relationships even beyond Motown's heyday, but for some even the begging isn't enough to ward off a goodbye.
Sorry, Temptations, but sometimes being too needy isn't tempting at all.