The MetroLyrics Year-End Awards: Vote For The Break-Up Lyric Of The Year

Break-Up Lyrics

It's Day 4 of the MetroLyrics Year-End Awards, where YOU get to vote and crown one artist the winner of their category! It's time to look back on the year and crown The Break-Up Lyric Of The Year, which was a difficult feat to narrow down five different sets of lyrics. Not all of the songs are heartbreaking, as sad as the title may suggest: some break-ups are a good thing! So, which artist wrote the best lyrics about going through a split this year? Scroll down to check the nominees and vote in the poll... 

Gotye — Somebody That I Used To Know feat. Kimbra



"No, you didn't have to stoop so low / Have your friends collect your records / And then change your number / Guess that I don't need that though / Now you're just somebody that I used to know"


Released right at the beginning of 2012 in North America, it's pretty safe to say that Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" was one of the biggest songs of the year. With brutally honest lyrics about a pretty terrible break-up that goes on to affect the rest of Gotye's romantic endeavors, it's extremely relatable, and broken-hearted indivuduals blasted this song around the world to help get over their own failed relationships. Pass the Kleenex... *sniff*

Bonus Material: Find out how Gotye wrote his smash break-up hit in our exclusive interview with the Australian singer/songwriter...

Taylor Swift — We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together



"You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me / But we are never ever ever ever getting back together / Like, ever... "


Proving that break-ups can sometimes be a good thing, Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (supposedly about ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal) also used brutally honest lyrics to describe the split between her and her critiquing, on-again-off-again, wishy-washy beau of hers. Sigh! We've all been there, TayTay, which is why WANEGBT is a strong contender for Break-Up Lyric Of The Year.

Bonus Material: Read Taylor's story, straight from the horse's mouth, behind writing her break-up anthem...

Maroon 5 — Payphone



"I'm at a pay phone tryin' to call home, all of my change I spent on you / Where have the times gone, baby it's all wrong, where are the plans we made for two"


When it comes to break-up songs where the narrator is at his or her rock bottom, Maroon 5 has it covered. With their ballad "Payphone" about shoving fistfuls of change into one of these retro contraptions, singer Adam Levine begs the woman who broke his heart to reconsider their split. Maybe this song should win the Most Dramatic Lyric of the Year award!

Bonus Material: Get the lyrics to Maroon 5's album Overexposed in Lyrigraphic form...made by us!

Pink — Blow Me (One Last Kiss)



"I think I've finally had enough, I think I maybe think too much / I think this might be it for us / Blow me one last kiss"


Have you ever been in a relationship and just thought to yourself: THAT'S IT! Pink has, and in her classic silly style, she disses her dude with a kiss-off break-up song. Although we hope that Pink and her hubby, Carey Hart, don't split up anytime soon: they are simply adorable. Vote for Pink if you think she should take the title of the best break-up lyric of 2012!

Bonus Material: Watch Pink discuss the meaning behind her cheeky break-up lyrics on her official website...

Kelly Clarkson — Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)



"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger / Stand a little taller / Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone"


Our final contender for Break-Up Lyric Of The Year is Kelly Clarkson's answer to Beyonce's "Single Ladies": a fun song about how awesome it is to be on your own! That's right, break-up lyrics don't have to be depressing — they can lift you up and empower you, just like Kelly's "Stronger". Will you vote for Ms. Clarkson's lyrics in our poll?

Bonus Material: Kelly's empowering anthem got #deCODED back in February of this year: what did the lyrics mean to us?

Now it's time to vote!


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Voting is still open for the Most Swoon-Worthy Lyric Of The Year, the Hardest-Partying Lyric Of The Year, and the Most Pop-Culturally Relevant Lyric Of 2012 — so get those votes in! Check back tomorrow to vote in the FINAL category, the Defining Lyrics Of 2012...

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