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10 Greatest Breakup Albums of All Time

Allow us to bring a heavy hammer to your post-Valentine's Day romantic bliss: Even if you can get past your partner's baggage and commit to settling down, the national divorce rate is floating right around 50 percent. The harsh reality is that your brand-new and exciting relationship probably isn't going work out. Don't get us wrong, we're rooting for you. We're just asking you to be realistic as you find yourself questioning whether you really can deal with all your partner's eccentricities (hope they're all kinds of adorable).

Is it any coincidence that Warner Bros. dropped a three-disc deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac's cocaine-and-bad-romance classic Rumours just in time for February? The record is one of the best at grappling with lost love and the resulting scorn (things you might be feeling after that Valentine's Day SNAFU). Listening to terse outtakes of "Go Your Own Way" got us thinking about breakup records -- the ones we reach for when it gets tough.

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