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Each year on All Songs Considered, we celebrate Valentine's Day with a mix of our favorite love songs. We've done listener picks and lesser-known love songs, and even invited filmmaker John Waters in to spin some of his favorite music for Valentine's Day. This year, we decided to mix it up and feature breakup songs. On this edition of All Songs Considered, you'll hear songs of love and loathing from Beck, Flight of the Conchords, Justin Timberlake, soul singer Bettye Swann and more.

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Breakup Songs, Wherein We Acknowledge Valentine's Day

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Shop Assistants

  • Artist: Shop Assistants
  • Song: I Don't Want to Be Friends with You
  • From: Will Anything Happen
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Shop Assistants
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Overground Records
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1997

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Ramones

  • Artist: Ramones
  • Song: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  • From: Rocket to Russia
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Rocket to Russia
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Ramones
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Sire/London/Rhino
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1977

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Stars

  • Artist: Stars
  • Song: Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
  • From: Set Yourself on Fire
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City Slang
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Split Enz

  • Artist: Split Enz
  • Song: I Hope I Never
  • From: True Colours
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True Colours
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Split Enz
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Spectrum Music
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Beck

  • Artist: Beck
  • Song: Lost Cause
  • From: Sea Change
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Sea Change
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Beck
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Geffen
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2002

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Bettye Swann

  • Artist: Bettye Swann
  • Song: (My Heart Is) Closed for the Season
  • From: Bettye Swann
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Sarah Siskind

  • Artist: Sarah Siskind
  • Song: Lovin's for Fools
  • From: Studio/Living Room
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Sarah Siskind
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2008

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Vic Chesnutt

  • Artist: Vic Chesnutt
  • Song: When I Ran off and Left Her
  • From: Drunk (Deluxe Reissue, 2004)
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Vic Chesnutt
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The Replacements

  • Artist: The Replacements
  • Song: Never Mind
  • From: Pleased to Meet Me [Expanded Edition]
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Roy Orbison

  • Artist: Roy Orbison
  • Song: It's Over
  • From: Essential Roy Orbison
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