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 got a smash hit with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine?"
When did Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" come out?
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."
"Go Your Own Way"
Who sang the plaintive "I'm Sorry," released in 1960?
"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"
"I Am Woman"
"I Will Survive"
Who sang "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'?"
The Everly Brothers
The Righteous Brothers
What bouncy breakup song's lyrics (and title) were cleaned up to edit out the original four-letter send-off?
"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."
Who promises that although they may have not treated their girl right, she was "Always On My Mind?"
What R&B singer needs her ex-lover to "Un-Break" her heart?
"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."
"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"
Whitney Houston made "I Will Always Love You" a monster hit, but who first wrote and recorded the song?
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?
"Against All Odds"
Who sings the original version of the country standard "I Fall to Pieces?"
"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?
Who wrote the Beatles' "For No One?"
"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."
"La Cienega Just Smiled"
"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"
Who wrote the Sinead O'Connor hit "Nothing Compares 2 U?"