More Songs Everyone Must Hear

The second part of The Guardian’s series, 1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear, continues with songs about heartbreak, the flip-side to its opening topic of songs about love. As I’m far more familiar with the concept of heartbreak than that of love, I was surprised that I hadn’t heard over forty of the songs on the list. I managed to find about three dozen of these without too much, er, heartbreak. You can check out five of them below.

It was great to see such an unassuming bunch of lads as Elbow walk away with last year’s Mercury Music Prize. The band formed in Bury in 1990 and it took them a while to get recognition. My Very Best comes from their third album, Leaders of the Free World

My Very Best – Elbow

Stephen Fretwell isn’t too far away from Elbow in geographical terms as he is based in Manchester, although he grew up in that bastion of rock ‘n’ roll, Scunthorpe. Emily was released as a single in 2005

Emily – Stephen Fretwell

Lua by Bright Eyes features frontman Conor Oberst on vocals and guitar. It originally appeared on their album, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. In November 2004, the song reached #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart. They also took the second spot that week with Take It Easy (Love Nothing) from their simultaneously released album, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn

Lua – Bright Eyes

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter and occasional actor, Will Oldham. Bed is for Sleeping comes from an album he did in 2005 with Matt Sweeney called Superwolf. This is a live version

Bed is for Sleeping – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

The Mountain Goats is primarily composed of lead singer and guitarist John Darnielle and bassist Peter Hughes. No Children comes from the 2002 concept album, Tallahassee, a themed collection featuring the “Alpha couple”. This song is angrier than the preceding ones on this list

No Children – The Mountain Goats

1000 songs everyone must hear

Heartbreak: part two of 1000 songs everyone must hear

The 9 songs that I haven’t heard from the list of 145