February 10, 2016

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12 Love Songs About Romances That Are Now Over

Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Kevin Mazur/WireImage

You know how you shouldn't get a tattoo of a lover's name because it's going to be there forever... whether or not you two stay together? Songs about a specific romantic partner are kind of like that, too.

Not that artists should regret the music inspired by a past flame: Love is one of the most inspiring emotions an artist can feel and, as history and the charts prove, love has produced incredible music. And even when the relationship fizzles, the song remains.

From Fleetwood Mac to Rita Ora, take an in-depth look at famous and obscure love songs inspired directly by then-current romances that ultimately would not stand the test of time.

For more ways to change the lovey-dovey narrative this Valentine's Day, don't miss 16 Essential Pop Breakup Anthems or tune into our Valentine's Day Playlist for Single People. There's also the Pop Star Breakups That Broke Our Hearts.

#1John Mayer & Taylor Swift, "Half of My Heart"

A 19-year-old Taylor Swift and 32-year-old John Mayer put their relationship on record with this pop-rock duet. 

"Lonely was the song I sang 'til the day you came / Showing me another way / And all that my love can bring," Mayer croons, dissing all his other high-profile romances with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston and the other countless women.

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