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Love will tear us apart: Top 25 most unromantic songs of the '80s



Heart Picking the most romantic songs of the 80s is child's play. But picking the most unromantic songs of the 80s? That's poetic.

Heart2 Over the last few years, we've featured "Best Kisses of the 80s" and "Best Anti-Valentine Quotes from the 80s." And in 2007, we recorded an entire podcast about "Love Gone Bad." In 2009, it was the fabulously devastating Breaking Up in the '80s podcast. So it was only a matter of time until we got really serious about the living nightmare that is February 14.

So throw those roses in the garbage disposal, pour yourself a large glass of high-proof refreshment and fire up your iTunes. It's time to get nasty.


25. IT'S OVER (Level 42): "Don't look for me around this town. 'Cause I will be so far away, you'll never find me anywhere" [ Video]

(Journey): "If you must go, I wish you love." [ Video]

23. NO MORE WORDS (Berlin): "You're telling me you love me while you're looking away." [ Video]

22. GOODBYE TO YOU (Scandal): "I remember the good times baby now, and the bad times too." [ Video]

21. SEPARATE LIVES (Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin): "Well you have no right to ask me how I feel." [ Video]

20. MISSING YOU (John Waite): "There's a heart that's breaking down this long distance line tonight." [ Video]

19. DON'T WANT TO KNOW IF YOU'RE LONELY (Hüsker Dü): "From the beginning we both knew it wouldn't last. Decisions have been made the die has been cast." [ Listen]

18. HARDEN MY HEART (Quarterflash): "You gave me your word..but words for you are lies." [ Video]

(REO Speedwagon): "Why should you listen to a word I’m sayin’, when it’s already so clear to you." [ Video]

(Martin Briley): "I saw you laugh when the knife was twisted. It still hurts but the pain has shifted." [ Video]

15. DON'T ASK WHY (The Replacements): "You don't call, I don't cry."

14. I'M NOT THE ONE (The Cars): "I'm not the one whose memory you still keeping." [ Listen]

18. THROWING IT ALL AWAY (Genesis): "Late at night when you call my name, the only sound you'll hear is the sound of your voice calling, calling after me." [ Video]

(Queensryche): "She must have lied 'cause she never said goodbye." [ Video]

11. THE SMILE HAS LEFT YOUR EYES (Asia): "I never thought I'd see you standing there with him. So don't come crawling back to me." [ Video]

10. USED TO LOVE HER (Guns N' Roses): "I had to put her six feet under, and i can still hear her complain." [ Video]

9. TALK TO YA LATER (The Tubes): "I don't mean to be cruel. But I'm finished with you." [Video]

8. AND SO IT GOES (Billy Joel): "Every time I've held a rose, it seems I only felt the thorns." [Video]

7. EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN (Poison): Now I hear you've found somebody new, and that I never meant that much to you." [Video]

6. THE BITTEREST PILL (The Jam): "The bitterest pill is mine to take. If I took if for a hundred years, I couldn't feel any more hate." [Video]

5. JUST ONCE (James Ingram): I did my best, but I guess my best wasn't good enough." [Listen]

4. I DON'T CARE ANYMORE (Phil Collins): "I remember all the times I tried so hard, and you laughed in my face 'cuz you held all the cards." [ Video]

3. HEAVEN KNOWS I'M MISERABLE NOW (The Smiths): "In my life, why do i give valuable time to people who don't care if I live or die?" [Listen]

2. LOVE WILL TEAR US APART (Joy Division): "Why is it something so good just can't function no more?" [Video]

1. LOVE STINKS (J. Geils Band): "And so it goes till the day you die. This thing they call love, it's gonna make you cry." [ Video]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:56pm]


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