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14. Ann Peebles, "I Can't Stand The Rain" (1973)
This bittersweet R&B song, a John Lennon favorite, celebrates those little flashes of memory that keep you holding on to a person well after a relationship has ended. For all of those who wish the procedure from Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind were real, "I Can't Stand The Rain" is there with you. "Hey, window pane, do you remember how sweet it used to be?" This is a song for dwellers. — J.G.
13. Blondie, "Heart Of Glass" (1979)
"Heart Of Glass" is a dreamy recollection of a past relationship, delivered with a confident, almost cocky air. Even the punks who rebelled against Blondie's "selling out" with a disco track probably danced to this song's incredibly catchy melody. As usual, Debbie Harry exudes pure badassery. — J.G.
12. The Clash, "Train in Vain (Stand by Me)" (1979)
There's real indignation at the heart of this song. When they sing "You must explain why this must be," it's not a plea — it's a demand. The Clash felt as strongly as anyone that the personal is political, and sometimes lovers should be held as accountable as politicians. — A.H.
11. The Band, "It Makes No Difference" (1975)
Rick Danko was a bit of a goof, but his voice was so fantastically agile and emotive that even singing backup on nonsense songs like Bob Dylan's "Million Dollar Bash," he sounds close to tears. Which is why "It Makes No Difference" is so heavy — his quavering, wheezy vocal sounds like a man truly at the bottom of a deep pit of heartbreak. And those chorus harmonies — I'm sorry... I'm gonna need a minute. — A.H.
10. Earth, Wind & Fire, "After the Love Has Gone" (1979)
"After the Love Has Gone" keeps moving upwards, ratcheting its hook higher and higher into previously-unreached levels of feeling — those falsetto harmonies! Also, it has a saxophone solo. Seriously, what more do you want? — A.H.