Breaking up is hard to do, they say, but rock ‘n’ roll has long been a sounding board used to mine the emotional impact of the breakup for artistic returns.
After all, romance — or just plain lust — is a motivating factor for many rock songs. So it stands to figure that the unraveling of a romantic relationship would provide just as much creative fodder.
For those listeners interested in the harder-edged rock songs that deal with such subject matter, the 10 tunes below pretty much have you covered — from pumped-up kiss-offs to some of the most tragic-sounding breakup ballads ever conceived in rock.
Are some of them just a touch dramatic? Sure, but what’s a breakup without a little bit of angst in between the cracks? Here are our top 10 picks for the best hard rock breakup songs.