Each of our lives has a unique soundtrack, chronicling both the good and bad moments. And while we all know “breaking up is hard to do”, music has always there to help us get through it. The best breakup albums are essential listens for anyone with a broken heart.
Listen to our Love Songs playlist here and check out our ten best breakup albums, below.
10: Carole King: ‘Tapestry’ (1971)
One of the best breakup albums of the 70s, Carole King’s Tapestry is mélange of soft rock and jazz that weaves together the highs and lows of life in order to create a deeply personal album. So Far Away deliberates on the strains of a long-distance relationship (both physically and emotionally) while It’s Too Late discusses how, sometimes, relationships just don’t work (“One of us is changin’, or maybe we just stopped tryin’”). King’s jazz leanings allow her to not only express emotion lyrically, but also musically. The piano becomes an extension of her body, with syncopation creating tension in the underlying melody while the free-form horn and guitar solos organically express the things that go unsaid – the musical equivalent of a flickering flame that ultimately burns out. Avoiding anger or bitterness, it’s a breakup song that acknowledges the pain but also recognises that it’s important to remain optimistic. In You’ve Got A Friend, meanwhile, Carole King reminds us that, should love go wrong, she will always be there for us, in the form of Tapestry.
Must hear: It’s Too Late