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The Best '80s Breakup Songs  

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From "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" by Poison to "Separate Ways" by Journey, there are many good '80s breakup songs that are perfect to listen to when you're going through a split of your own. Let's rank the best breakup songs from the '80s with the help of votes, and determine which lovesick tracks deserve to be called the greatest.

"Missing You" by John Waite is a fantastic '80s breakup songs that describes what it's like to be in denial about missing someone after being dumped. "Love Is a Battlefield" is a Pat Benatar classic that describes the hardships of love, while Scandal's "Goodbye To You" is an '80s song about breaking up from the perspective of the initiating the breakup. Other great '80s breakup songs are "Don't You Want Me" by Human League, "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" by Naked Eyes, and "Careless Whisper" by George Michael.

Add your favorite tracks to the list if they're not already here, so other people can vote them up along with the existing entries. The song must be a song released in the 1980s that's about breaking up with someone.

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Alone Heart
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Don't You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett
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Missing You John Waite
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Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford
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Don’t You Want Me Human League
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Soft Cell
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Broken Wings Mr. Mister
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If You Leave Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
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Should I Stay or Should I Go The Clash
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The Breakup Song Greg Kihn Band
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Scandal