In the words of Taylor Swift, “We are never ever ever getting back together!”

Call me Mr. Obvious, but not all songs are happy. I know. Some songs are about breakups. A lot of those songs about breakups are hypothetical of course, but some are about real life experiences. Then, among those real-life-experience songs about breakups, there are a select few that fall into the category concerning famous breakups. Here is a list of some songs about famous breakups.

Justin Timberlake: Cry Me A River (2002)

About his breakup with Britney Spears.

Britney Spears: Everytime (2004)

Her reply to Justin’s “Cry Me A River”.

Taylor Swift: Forever And Always (2008)

About her breakup with Joe Jonas.

Jonas Brothers: Much Better (2009)

Joe’s response to Taylor’s “Forever And Always”.

Miley Cyrus: 7 Things (2008)

About her breakup with Nick Jonas.

Eminem: Bagpipes From Baghdad (2009)

About his breakup with Mariah Carey.

Mariah Carey: Obsessed (2009)

Her response to Eminem’s “Bagpipes From Baghdad”.

Eminem: The Warning (2009)

His response to Mariah’s “Obsessed”. This one’s rough.

Taylor Swift: Dear John (2010)

About her breakup with John Mayer.

Taylor Swift (again): We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012)

About her breakup with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Katy Perry: By The Grace Of God (2013)

About her divorce with Russel Brand.

Coldplay: Magic (2014)

About Chris Martin’s divorce with Gwyneth Paltrow.

To find out more about these songs read these articles:

Our top 10 best (and worst) celebrity revenge songs ever (video)

Kiss-off and tell: famous breakups in son, from Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake


Glen Hartmann is a South African musician who writes, records and performs his music around the country. Check him out on Facebook and Twitter.


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