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Melissa Etheridge: 5 Songs to Heal a Broken Heart

Singer-songwriter recommends classic tracks that address different aspects of love gone wrong

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Melissa Etheridge discusses her favorite songs of heartbreak, from Otis Redding to Todd Rundgren.

John Tsiavis

Melissa Etheridge's new album, Memphis Rock and Soul, is a collection of her favorite Stax classics, including "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Respect Yourself." Two other vintage soul treasures feature on her Rolling Stone list of essential songs dealing with heartbreak and its aftermath. Read on for Etheridge's thoughts on music that covers the full spectrum of lost love.

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Otis Redding, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”

Otis takes you into the world of a love gone cold and makes you feel every word he sings. This is my favorite performance of a song ever. Period. 

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Aretha Franklin, “Ain’t No Way”

Aretha is the queen, and when you need it, lie flat on the floor and she will sing your pain. It's pure, gorgeous R&B. 

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Lucinda Williams, “Essence”

When you have entered the most pitiful part of your heartbreak, wallow in the darkness with Lucinda. She knows how you feel. 

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Todd Rundgren, “Can We Still Be Friends”

When all the crying is done and it's time to get on with your life, this song helps you move on. It's about the simple truth of peace and forgiveness.

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