The Ultimate Breakup Songs Quiz
by Staff
What becomes of the broken-hearted? Well, they usually wade back out into that big sea of fish, but not before wallowing in depressing — or occasionally empowering — breakup songs. Test your heartache with this quiz.

Let's start with a breakup song that has spawned loads of gossip. Who is "You're So Vain" about?

  • who knows?
  • Warren Beatty
  • Cat Stevens

Who got a smash hit with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine?"

  • Aretha Franklin
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Otis Redding

When did Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" come out?

  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 1998

Let's match the lyrics to the breakup song: "Loving you/Isn't the right thing to do/How can I ever change things/That I feel."

  • "Maggie May"
  • "Cathy's Clown"
  • "Go Your Own Way"

Who sang the plaintive "I'm Sorry," released in 1960?

  • Peggy Lee
  • Brenda Lee
  • Doris Day

"I should've changed that stupid lock/I should've made you leave your key/If I had known for just one second/You'd be back to bother me"

  • "Respect"
  • "I Am Woman"
  • "I Will Survive"

Who sang "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'?"

  • The Everly Brothers
  • The Righteous Brothers
  • Prince

What bouncy breakup song's lyrics (and title) were cleaned up to edit out the original four-letter send-off?

  • "Forget You"
  • "Go to Heck"
  • "Sorry My Elbow"

"How can you stop the rain from falling down?\How can you stop that old sun from shining?/What makes the world go round?"

  • "You Send Me"
  • "Try A Little Tenderness"
  • "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"

The Magnetic Fields took a different approach with their breakup song. What's the title?

  • "No, It's Fine, I Was Going to Leave Anyway"
  • "I'll Just Die Now"
  • "I Don't Want to Get Over You"

What breakup classic is on Carole King's album "Tapestry?"

  • "Back To California"
  • "Some Kind of Wonderful"
  • "It's Too Late"

Something tells me we'll be hearing from Beyonce again, but where does she instruct her ex he'll find all his possessions in "Irreplaceable?"

  • at Becky's house
  • in the dumpster
  • in a box to the left

"I was alright for awhile/I could smile for awhile/But I saw you last night/You held my hand so tight."

  • "Bawling"
  • "Crying"
  • "Sobbing"

Who promises that although they may have not treated their girl right, she was "Always On My Mind?"

  • Willie Nelson
  • Johnny Cash
  • Garth Brooks

What R&B singer needs her ex-lover to "Un-Break" her heart?

  • Toni Braxton
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Michelle Williams

"I heard that you're settled down/That you found a girl and you're married now/I heard that your dreams came true/Guess she gave you things I didn't give to you."

  • "Rolling in the Deep"
  • "Someone Like You"
  • "Shake It Off"

"There's a fire starting in my heart/Reaching a fever pitch, and it's bringing me out the dark/Finally, I can see you crystal clear."

  • "Skyfall"
  • "Hello"
  • "Rolling in the Deep"

What's a lyric from Bonnie Raitt's classic breakup song "I Can't Make You Love Me?"

  • "Lay down with me/Tell me no lies/Just hold me close, don't patronize"
  • "Don't be a jerk/just leave me be/I love you/you don't love me"
  • "Give me a break/you take take take/I'll give what I get/so take my hate"

"Wait, they don't love you like I love you."

  • "Since U Been Gone"
  • "Maps"
  • "Roar"

Whitney Houston made "I Will Always Love You" a monster hit, but who first wrote and recorded the song?

  • Aretha Franklin
  • Dolly Parton
  • Cissy Houston

Bob Dylan wrote and recorded "It Ain't Me Babe" but what couple added their own spin on the breakup song?

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z
  • Johnny Carter and June Cash
  • Taylor Swift and Harry Styles

What powerful breakup ballad was actually recorded for a forgettable film of the same name?

  • "Sad Story"
  • "Against All Odds"
  • "Empty Space"

Who sings the original version of the country standard "I Fall to Pieces?"

  • Patsy Cline
  • Martina McBride
  • Tammy Wynette

"You keep saying, you got something for me/Something you call love but confess/You've been messin' where you shouldn't have been messin'/And now someone else is getting all your best."

  • "Walking After Midnight"
  • "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
  • "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"

What devastated crooner would "Rather Go Blind" than see her lover walk away?

  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Nina Simone
  • Etta James

Who wrote the Beatles' "For No One?"

  • Paul McCartney
  • John Lennon
  • George Harrison

"Back beat, the word is on the street/that the fire in your heart is out/I'm sure you've heard it all before/but you never really had a doubt."

  • "New Partner"
  • "La Cienega Just Smiled"
  • "Wonderwall"

"But he's driving and striving and hugging the turns/And thinking of someone for whom he still burns."

  • "A Man of Constant Sorrow"
  • "Romeo and Juliet"
  • "The Distance"

Who wrote the Sinead O'Connor hit "Nothing Compares 2 U?"

  • Sinead O'Connor
  • Prince
  • Elvis Costello

"He better call Becky with the good hair."

  • "Sorry"
  • "Thinking About You"
  • "Bootylicious"