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DailyBeast.com: 14 Fiercest Breakup Songs

"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon

How Bitter Is It? 5 of 10. The original I-hate-my-ex song. Simon's track is too smooth and melodious to really hit the bitter charts, but her lyrics pack a punch.



Sample Lyric: "Well you said that we made such a pretty pair, and that you would never leave / But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me"



Backstory: Simon's tune is probably the most notorious and mysterious of all payback songs. In 1972, she belted out the story of her and a "vain" ex who traveled to Nova Scotia and Saratoga. Rumors began to fly that the song was about James Taylor, whom she had just married before the song debuted. But the most recent suspicion is on her former boss at Elektra Records, David Geffen. Simon says no. The two most popular guesses for the song's inspiration: former beaus Mick Jagger or Warren Beatty. (AP Photo)
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