Top 10 Breakup Albums

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Top 10 Breakup Albums

 

Justin Bieber is not a happy camper following his high profile break-up with Selena Gomez.

The boy wonder is apparently channeling that negative energy into his upcoming break-up album release, Believe Acoustic, expected in stores January 29th. According to one report on the album, an original featured track on the release called “Nothing Like Us” features Selener trouble-inspired chorus:

“There's nothing like us / There's nothing like you and me together through the storm.”

The news has inspired us to journey down memory lane and dwell on some of the best break-up albums of years past. Here they are…

1.  Amy Winehouse — Back to Black (2006): The album that went on to be called her breakthrough release and won a Grammy for best pop vocal album of the year, landing hits like the catchy “Rehab.” She explained her addiction at the time to The Sun, saying, “I'm in love and have f---ed up the relationship. Then I walked out.”

2. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (1975): Look up any “Best Break-up Albums” list and you’ll probably find this album on it. Many have attributed the album’s inspiration to his separation from then-wife, Sara Dylan. In his memoir, Chronicles, Vol. 1, he denies the claims. 

3. Madonna — Erotica (1992): Warren Beatty was connected to the original pop diva for about a year. The couple split after suspicions that Madonna was unfaithful to him. This single girl power album resulted. 

4. No Doubt —Tragic Kingdom (1995): The group’s third studio album came after members Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal’s split. The album’s single “Don’t Speak,” perhaps the most recognizable song in the group’s history, was a tribute to their break-up. 

5. Maroon 5 — Songs About Jane (2002): As many super fans will tell you, the album titled Songs About Jane is referring to front man Adam Levine’s ex-girlfriend Jane, his high school sweetheart. 

6. Justin Timberlake — Justified (2002): Remember the JT-Britney Spears relationship that came with WAY too much drama? Justin certainly did when he penned this album. We have Brit to thank for such hits as “Cry Me a River.”

7. Usher — Confessions (2004): This lengthy, 17-track-deep album was largely influenced by Usher’s break-up with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. “Burn,” a charting single from the release, directly dealt with the end of their two-year romance. 

8. Kanye West — 808s & Heartbreak (2008): Before he was able to lock down his “Perfect B*tch,” Kanye West struggled with break-ups too. This 2008 release, which pictured a torn heart on its cover, dealt with his break-up with ex-fiancée, Alexis Phifer.

9. Taylor Swift — Speak Now (2010): With how much buzz this country music crossover has caught in the past couple years, I don’t even need to tell you who “Dear John” is about. Fellas beware: Cross Tay Tay and be smeared all over Billboard charts…

10. Adele — 21 (2011): She’ll break your heart with her lyrics, over and over again. 21 told the tale of a scorned woman. Among the inspiration was Slinky Winfield, the man that left her for a model. It went on to win Album of the Year at the Grammys. Eat your heart out, Slinky.

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