NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac performs on stage at Madison Square Garden on October 6, 2014 in New York City.

Lindsey Buckingham celebrates his birthday today (October 3), and while his entire body of work should be celebrated, we’ve decided to single out one song he wrote in particular that in the years since its release remains one of the best breakup songs ever.

That got us thinking about all of the other incredible breakup songs in the classic rock genre (and there are A LOT), but we’ve narrowed down our favorites to a tight eight-track playlist that we hope you’ll enjoy in honor of Buckingham’s birthday or if you find yourself working through a breakup of your own.


“Go Your Own Way”

“Packing up shacking up’s all you wanna do.”  BURN!


“The Breakup Song”

This list certainly would be incomplete without this ridiculously hooky Greg Kihn Band track.

Greg Kihn - The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) - 7/6/1981 - unknown (Official)

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“I Hate Myself For Loving You”

Easily one of Jett’s strongest tracks and that riff? Killer!


“Love Stinks”

Can anyone else think of this song without thinking about The Wedding Singer?  Because we can’t.


“It Ain’t Me Babe”

As beautiful melodically as it is lyrically biting.


“With Or Without You”

Haunting and painful, whenever U2 play this one live, it always brings the house down.



The perfect song for capturing that moment when two people in a relationship both realize it’s time to go their separate ways.



*Sniffs* I’m not crying…YOU’RE CRYING!


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.