Living 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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21 5
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett
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22 6
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Don't You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds
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22 7
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22 7
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Pat Benatar
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24 9
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Soft Cell
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19 5
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Alone Heart
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20 6
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20 6
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Missing You John Waite
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17 4
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18 5
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18 6
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16 5
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17 6
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21 10
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George Michael, WHAM!
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17 7
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Don’t You Want Me Human League
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13 4
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If You Leave Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
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11 3
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10 3
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22
10 3
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Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford
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13 7
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Bananarama
24
14 8
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Should I Stay or Should I Go The Clash
25
12 7
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Broken Wings Mr. Mister