“I Fall to Pieces” (1961) by Patsy Cline
“As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone” (1974) by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
“Before He Cheats” (2006) by Carrie Underwood
“Dear John” (2010) by Taylor Swift
“I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” (2002) by Brad Paisley
Whether you've been dumped over the phone, cheated on, or made the decision to walk away from someone who wasn't right for you, country music artists have written a song for every kind of breakup. Way back when, a breakup song was always a sob story—the woman left behind, playing the victim, wondering what she did wrong. As the years go by, artists, especially female artists, are being praised for standing up for themselves and making a statement against the ones who treated them badly. Maybe songs like "Before He Cheats" wouldn't have been accepted 50 years ago, but they sure are now. Especially for people who have been through one of these breakups, the newer songs help them get off their butts and go on with their lives. Country music is all about community, and these breakup songs that tell a crystal clear story allowing for people to come together and feel like a part of a community—a community of people who've had their hearts broken, and a community of people who will come out on top.