Loss is one of those things everyone experiences at some point. As a result, it makes sense that letting go of loved ones is a popular topic for singers and songwriters. Sometimes, these songs are about breakups. Other times, they are about different kinds of partings. Either way, some of these songs are downright legendary.
Here are ten awesome songs about letting her go:
10. “Goodbye My Lover” – James Blunt
James Blunt tends to be known because of “You’re Beautiful.” However, he has had other hits. For instance, You’re Beautiful” was followed by “Goodbye My Lover,” which is more or less what one would expect based on the name. It wasn’t as successful as its predecessor. Still, no one would consider “Goodbye My Lover” a flop by reasonable standards. After all, it went platinum in the United Kingdom and gold in the United States, meaning it was a respectable seller in its own right.
9. “I Will Remember You” – Sarah McLachlan
Many people will recognize Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You” because of ads from animal welfare organizations. Those ads work because the song can be interpreted to mean that animals in need aren’t forgotten. With that said, “I Will Remember You” is a much broader song than that. It is melancholic but stops short of being dour and depressing. That is because “I Will Remember You” stands firmly by the position that it is better to endure the loss of love than to have never experienced love.
8. “Not Afraid” – Eminem
Eminem’s “Not Afraid” debuted at the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010. That made it just the 16th song to do so, which says much about the enthusiasm of its reception. Technically, “Not Afraid” is about Eminem overcoming his problems. Even so, it isn’t hard to see how people might apply that sense of strength in adversity to their woes, including those of the relationship kind.
7. “Carry On” – fun.
“Carry On” is another song about overcoming hardship. Specifically, it starts with suicide before moving on to discussions of death. Despite this, “Carry On” possesses the kind of perseverance that can see people through a sea of troubles. There is a reason why the song starts with an almost beleaguered sound before building up to more optimistic phases.
6. “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth performed “See You Again” to honor Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle collision in 2013. As such, it is a song of love and loss. Something that makes it easy to connect with in other contexts. “See You Again” is a surprisingly hopeful song. That is because it maintains the belief that the narrator will one day be reunited with their loved one, which may or may not be applicable depending on the situation.
5. “Hurt” – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash released “Hurt” a short while before he passed away in 2003. It is a sad song filled with sentiments of regret. That might make “Hurt” seem a strange choice for this list. However, some people find venting their negative thoughts and feelings helpful for moving on from heartbreak.
4. “Everybody Hurts” – R.E.M.
R.E.M. made “Everybody Hurts” to prevent people from committing suicide. That said, its core message is something everyone should keep in mind. Everyone suffers sometimes. Even so, there is hope because things can improve. The end of a relationship is painful. Still, the pain will pass with time, meaning people will have the chance to move on.
3. “Say You Love Me” – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac saw more than its fair share of relationship issues during its most iconic phase. “Say You Love Me” is a product of those issues. After all, Christine McVie wrote it when she was still married to John McVie, which has caused people to speculate that it is about her feelings for the latter. Regardless, “Say You Love Me” is a better choice for this list than interested individuals might expect based on its name. The lyrics make it clear that there is a point when people should move on because what was can no longer be.
2. “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
“Don’t Stop Believin'” is one of Journey’s best-known songs. It expresses the idea that everyone experiences relationship woes at some point. Despite this, they shouldn’t retreat into themselves when they are hurt. Instead, they should maintain their belief in love by holding onto its memory. Simply put, “Don’t Stop Believin'” is the perfect song for someone feeling down and defeated because of a painful breakup.
1. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
Dolly Parton wrote, “I Will Always Love You.” She did so when she parted ways with her one-time mentor Porter Wagoner. Supposedly, the two were on bad terms when this happened, so people have read various things in “I Will Always Love You” over the years. Parton had the opportunity for Elvis Presley to record the song. That fell through when she learned it was customary for songwriters to sign away half of the publishing rights for that honor.
Many people did so. As far as they were concerned, retaining partial ownership of a sure hit was better than maintaining full ownership of an unknown. Parton was torn but decided to hold onto her song. Her decision paid off in 1992 when Whitney Houston made her work a massive, record-breaking hit. On the whole, “I Will Always Love You” is just a very classy song. It acknowledges the feelings that will always be there but decisively bids farewell anyway, thus making it mature while still raw with emotion.
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