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‘Hello’: 10 Classic Sad-Phone-Call Songs

We run down the finest pre-Adele phone-centric tearjerkers, from “Marvins Room” to “Telephone Line”

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Adele's new insta-blockbuster, "Hello," touches on the singer's signature theme of breakup regret while adding a new twist: the telephone. The song joins an illustrious lineage of sad-phone-call songs, 10 of which we survey here. Maybe in a decade, we'll be rounding up the best frowny-emoji-text anthems, but "Hello" proves that there's a certain enduring pathos to the phone-call-as-pop-framing-device, whether the narrator is drunk-dialing an ex, as in Drake's "Marvins Room," or lamenting the void on the other end of the line, as in ELO's "Telephone Line."

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