Stories Behind 10 More Epic Break Up Songs

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“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra

The Story Of The Song: “Somebody That I Used To Know” struck a major international chord last year with its infectious hook. In the song, Gotye admonishes a former lover for cutting him out of her life. Kimbra chimes in a response that makes it clear that the romance was doomed because the male was still hung up on yet another ex-girlfriend.

The Story Behind the Song: Gotye started writing the song once he got his hands on a sample of Brazilian jazz guitarist Luiz Bonfá‘s “Seville.” He added the percussion next, and the lyrics and melody followed.

However, the song was still missing something. After putting the song aside for a few months, Gotye listened back and decided that it needed a female voice. After an extensive search, and after one unnamed famous singer backed out, Gotye arrived at Kimbra.

As for the lyrics, the song isn’t about a specific relationship. Gotye was actually in a healthy relationship at the time. He told Rolling Stone that’s it’s about “multiple past relationships.” The song won the 2013 Grammy for Record of the Year.


“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

The Story Of The Song: A girl tries to get through to her ex-boyfriend that they are going to stay broken up, insisting that “we are never, ever getting back together.”

The Story Behind the Song: Taylor Swift has become known for using her high-profile romances as fodder for her pop songs. This hit is supposed to be about actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The two were seen on a date after their initial break up, but didn’t stay together for long. There are references in the music video to a scarf Gyllenhaal was seen wearing with Swift and a bracelet he reportedly gave her.

That’s all speculation, though…

When Swift did VH1’s Storytellers, she said this song was inspired by a song-writing session that Swift did with Max Martin (remember him from “Since U Been Gone?”) and Shellback. One of Swift’s ex-boyfriend’s friends came into the room and told her that the ex said they were getting back together. Swift’s reply was this hit song.


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