Since most good songs are about love one way or another, it would be too hard to pick just a few. So instead, I present to you… relationship arcs told through song!
The ABBA: desperately wanting the other person: Take a Chance on Me, getting together: Honey Honey, falling in love: Waterloo, relationship problems: S.O.S., breakup: Knowing Me, Knowing You, melodramatic post-breakup self-pity: The Winner Takes It All.
The Belle & Sebastian: All of the above, in the space of one song: Another Sunny Day.
The Pulp: suddenly love: F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E., infidelity: I Spy, breakup moping: Lipgloss, post-breakup moping: Death II, extended post-breakup moping leading to redemption: She’s a Lady.
The very sweet pop-song (that isn’t by ABBA): infatuation: This Heart is a Stone, courtship: You Can’t Hurry Love, travelling together: Let’s Get Out Of This Country, lazy days: Sunday Morning, relationship problems: Hurting Each Other, splitting up: Go Your Own Way
The hip-hop: being smitten: You Got Me, having to be apart: Riverbed Pt. 5, ups and downs of a relationship: Poetic Justice, fights and acting crazy: Devil in a New Dress, disillusionment: I Used to Love Him, being dumped: Dry Your Eyes Mate, acting like you were the one who ended it: Ex Girl to Next Girl.
The King Missile: lots of kinky sex, followed by death in a car crash: Gary & Melissa.