Neil Sedaka – Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

First Hit #1: August 11, 1962

Much later in life, Neil Sedaka re-recorded this song as a slow ballad. While I suppose that approach makes its own kind of sense, in all honesty, it’s not an appropriate direction to take with the song. It’s a song about trying to convince a lover to stay, and it does so by trying to remind that lover of all the fun times and happy memories. The upbeat pop nature of the track is a continuation of that theme: Sedaka is not merely trying to tell the lover they were good together, he’s trying to build a song about how fun and interesting he is as a person. It’s a song about the whole package, trying very hard to sell the singer as a really great person and the perfect companion. The fun, upbeat nature of the track is part of that sell. How can you break up with someone with such great pop instincts?

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