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16 of the Most Heartbreaking Albums of All Time

From Taylor Swift to Leonard Cohen, explore 16 of the most heartbreaking albums ever made.

Bob Dylan Blood on the tracks album cover

If the three-and-a-half minute pop song is the perfect length for a declaration of love, then the long-playing album is the perfect length to really wallow in the sorrow of a heartbreak. Over the years, countless great albums have been born from the fallout of breakups or lost loves – more than we could possibly list. From the classics to the lesser knowns, this list of heartbreak albums can offer sympathy, commiseration, or (at least) a soundtrack to anyone not celebrating Valentine’s Day – as well as the encouraging reminder that great, timeless art can come from even the worst heartbreak.

Fleetwood Mac

Rumours


Taylor Swift

folklore


SZA

SOS


Portishead

Third


Mount Eerie

Dawn


Beyoncé

Lemonade


Kacey Musgraves

Star-Crossed


Bob Dylan

Blood on the Tracks


Tyler, the Creator

Igor


King Midas Sound

Solitude


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The Boatman’s Call


PJ Harvey

Rid of Me


FKA Twigs

Magdalene


Leonard Cohen

Songs Of Leonard Cohen


Robyn

Body Talk


Barr

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