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A Dedication To My Ex: The Best Public Break Up Songs!

One Direction’s new track ‘Perfect’ is very suggestive on the Taylor Swift front – check out these fellow, famous break-up tracks!

Source: 'Perfect' Single Artwork

Source: ‘Perfect’ Single Artwork

Last Friday (Oct 16th), whilst a great day for some in marking the end of the working week, was even better for any fans of One Direction. Throughout the week, the lads had been gearing up for the release of their latest track ‘Perfect‘, the third cut to be lifted from upcoming album Made In The A.M, following ‘Drag Me Down‘ and ‘Infinity‘.

Perfect‘, the track in question, is said to take inspiration from Harry Styles’ relationship with Taylor Swift. A small snippet of the track’s lyrics reads: “And if you like cameras flashing every time we go out/And if you’re looking for someone to write your breakup songs about/Baby, I’m perfect”. Given that Swift is renowned for penning many a break-up anthem including ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together‘ and ‘Back to December‘, the lyrics leave little to the imagination in indicating her influence.

The band however, are not alone in chanting about previous failed relationships. Some artists have even gone beyond in their tracks to really pour out their emotions. We thought we’d take a look at some of the most public and poignant break-up songs that have come to grace our ears, and comfort us all the same in our relationship blues.

Justin Timberlake – ‘Cry Me a River’

We wouldn’t be too far off in saying that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears‘ relationship once seemed to be the perfect representation of #relationshipgoals. Whilst all fingers pointed to Britney as the song’s central focus, it took Justin 10 ten years to spill the beans, and indeed confirm Britney as the source material. Apparently, the track came into being, all from a fiery phone conversation and alas, soon enough Britney was no longer Justin’s “sun” or “earth”.

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