The best country songs about divorce, according to ChatGPT
We asked ChatGPT to name the best country songs about divorce.
Here’s what we got back:
- “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” by Tammy Wynette – This classic country song from 1968 explores the emotional toll of divorce on a woman and her child.
- “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)” by Jerry Reed – A humorous take on divorce that tells the story of a man’s financial loss after a split.
- “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood – While not explicitly about divorce, this empowering anthem focuses on a woman seeking revenge on her unfaithful partner.
- “You Were Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson – A heartfelt ballad about regret and reflection on a failed relationship.
- “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands” by Lee Greenwood – This emotional song explores the perspective of a man whose wife has emotionally moved on before the divorce is final.
- “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” by Alan Jackson – A catchy tune that delves into the complexities and suspicions of infidelity within a marriage.
- “Suds in the Bucket” by Sara Evans – A lighthearted song that tells the story of a young woman who abruptly leaves her small-town life behind after falling in love and getting married.
- “Independence Day” by Martina McBride – While not specifically about divorce, this powerful song tells the story of a mother leaving an abusive relationship and finding freedom.
These songs capture different aspects of divorce, including heartbreak, humor, and personal growth, showcasing the emotional depth of country music.”
How did ChatGPT do?
ChatGPT put together a pretty good playlist, though not all the songs are about divorce.
Here are a few that were left out:
- Give it Away by George Strait. A song about a man who wants just to give everything away from his failed marriage.
- Every other weekend by Reba and Kenny Chesney: This song isn’t about divorce as much as it is about co-parenting after divorce. We wrote a blog on this song in 2021: https://taylorlm.com/every-other-weekend-song-blog/
- Highway 20 Ride by Zac Brown Band. This is another song we wrote a blog about and it also focuses on co-parenting after divorce. https://taylorlm.com/highway-20-ride-song-blog/
- Whoever’s in New England by Reba: This song is about cheating, which leads to divorce.
- Stay by Sugarland: This song is similar to Whoever’s in New England, which it was inspired by. VIDEO. This is one of the best stripped-down singles of all time. Jennifer Nettles wears her heart on her sleeve in this song and her voice carries all the emotions of heartbreak. The band won two Grammys for this song as well as two ACMs and two CMAs for her performance.
- Mine by Kelly Clarkson. There’s no question who this song is about.
- Rolling up the Welcome Mat (A short film) by Kelsea Ballerini. This is an entire divorce album, but one of the best of all time. Her husband, “country singer” Morgan Evans released a single abut their failed relationship without giving her a head’s up. She responded by dropping an EP on Valentines Day with her side of the story. And what a story it was.
- Gaslighter by The Chicks. This album was about more than just Natalie Maine’s divorce, but her divorce was the inspiration for the majority of the album. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one song to list, but Tights on my Boat probably takes the cake here. She wishes death upon her ex, and then sings “you can tell the girl who left her tights on my boat That she can have you now.” The entire album is a goldmine of songs to get anyone through a rough divorce.