Why do people break up, then turn around and make up?

If we knew the answer to that question and could do something about it, pop music would be dead. And we wouldn’t have the special Make-up and Break-ups stream that launches today for Love Month. (Yes, CBC Music celebrates hearts, flowers and lovelorn misery all month long.) You can listen to the stream on our web radio stations, on the right side of the page.

Meanwhile, since we’re in the thick of movie awards season, we hand out some prizes for make-up and break-up songs (all of which you can hear on the new stream) that are truly deserving of being singled out.

1. The "can't let go despite all evidence suggesting you should" award: Etta James, "I'd Rather Go Blind."

2. The “foolish optimist” award: the Beatles, “We Can Work It Out.”

3. The “apparently you did find someone like him” award: Adele, “Someone Like You.”

4. The “sheer anguish” award: Harry Nilson, “Without You.”

5. The "nyah nyah nyah" award: Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

6. The "sour grapes" award: Cee Lo Green, “Forget You.”

7. The “true but kinda whiny” award: R.E.M., “Everybody Hurts.”

8. The "honeymoon phase" award: Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together.”

9. The "you made your bed but why lie in it" award: Kathleen Edwards, "Change the Sheets."

10. The "we can still be friends (not)" award: Patsy Cline, “I Fall to Pieces.”


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posted by CBC Music on Feb 01, 2013