Breakups always bring a mixed bag of emotions: anger, sorrow, regret, confusion. Music, however, can get you through the tough times. Each of our lives has a unique soundtrack, chronicling both the good and bad moments, and the best breakup albums are essential listens for anyone with a broken heart.
Listen to our Love Songs playlist here and check out our best breakup albums, below.
20: Linda Ronstadt: ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ (1974)
From singing with the force of a storm to caressing the lyrics with the softness of a gentle breeze, Linda Ronstadt displays ultimate power and control over her voice on Heart Like A Wheel. Opening track You’re No Good is perfect for when you’re ready to release your anger: in this soulful song, Ronstadt uses strategic grit and vibrato to create a sense of frustration in the lines “I learned my lesson, it left a scar/Now I see how you really are/You’re no good”. It serves as a reminder to not dwell on someone who didn’t treat you right. Elsewhere, the grief-stricken ballad It Doesn’t Matter Anymore finds the title acting as a palliative phrase to help you move on, while, in true country fashion, Faithless Love has a self-reflexive strain: “Faithless love, where did I go wrong/Was it telling stories in a heartbreak song?” As Ronstadt processes her emotional reaction to love gone wrong, listeners benefit from the sorrow in her voice. With numerous examples of how the best Linda Ronstadt songs can heal a broken heart, Heart Like A Wheel gracefully engages with multiple genres, including blues, rock and country.
Must Hear: You’re No Good