57 songs that rhyme “heart” with “part” or “apart”

[Posted January 18, 2016]

There’s nothing wrong with rhyming the word “heart” with either “part” or “apart”. Shakespeare did it, Hal David did it, Bob Dylan has done it. But I’m always grateful when a lyricist avoids it and surprised when someone who has avoided it previously decides to use it. The recent Adele single “Hello” (yes, she’s back, she’s been on the phone) features the lines “I’m sorry for breaking your heart / But it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart / anymore”. I was surprised to hear it. I don’t recall her using this rhyme before but she and her co-writer (Greg Kurstin) have gone with it on this song.

Over the years I have noted down, somewhere or other, most of the heart / apart rhymes that have come my way. Some days 2 or 3 songs in a row, on the radio, or an old episode of “Top of the Pops”, will feature the rhyme. Here’s my first listicle, with 57 well-known examples. It’s not a countdown, a “Top 57” as such, but the first 31 songs all got to #1 in the UK, though not always by the artist listed here. (Writer names, not yet complete, are in brackets if different from the artist listed.)

  1. “Coz I luv you”, Slade
  2. “Diana”, Paul Anka
  3. “Don’t let the stars get in your eyes”, Perry Como
  4. “First cut is the deepest”, Rod Stewart (Cat Stevens)
  5. “Frozen”, Madonna
  6. “Goodnight Girl”, Wet Wet Wet
  7. “Hello”, Adele (Adele and Greg Kurstin)
  8. “I can’t stop loving you”, Ray Charles (Don Gibson)
  9. “I feel you”, Peter Andre
  10. “Beautiful girls”, Sean Kingston
  11. “Break your heart”, Taio Cruz
  12. “I wanna be the only one”, Eternal (BeBe Winans and James Lawrence)
  13. “Love won’t wait”, Gary Barlow (Madonna & Shep Pettibone)
  14. “Mamma Mia”, Abba [rhymes “broken-hearted” with “the day you parted”]
  15. “Me and my broken heart”, Rixton
  16. “Nothing’s gonna stop us now”, Starship
  17. “Now you’re gone”, Basshunter
  18. “One day in your life”, Michael Jackson
  19. “Only the lonely”, Roy Orbison (Roy Orbison and Joe Melson)
  20. “Red, Red Wine”, UB40 (Neil Diamond)
  21. “Rise”, Gabrielle
  22. “Something’s gotten hold of my heart”, Gene Pitney
  23. “Three times a lady”, Commodores
  24. “Total Eclipse of the heart”, Bonnie Tyler (Jim Steinman)
  25. “Umbrella”, Rihanna
  26. “Welcome Home”, Peters & Lee (English Lyrics by Bryan Blackburn)
  27. “What becomes of the broken-hearted?”, Jimmy Ruffin [rhymes “broken-hearted” with “departed”] (James Dean, Paul Riser, William Weatherspoon)
  28. “Whole Again”, Atomic Kitten (Stuart Kershaw, Andy McCluskey, Bill Padley & Jim Godfrey)
  29. “You are not alone”, Michael Jackson
  30. “You win again”, Bee Gees
  31. “You’re not alone”, Olive
  32. “Devil in her heart”, Beatles, (Richard Drapkin)
  33. “Don’t be cruel”, Elvis Presley (Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley)
  34. “Emotion”, Bee Gees
  35. “Friday I’m in love”, The Cure
  36. “Get what you give”, New Radicals
  37. “Heatwave”, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
  38. “Hungry Heart”, Bruce Springsteen
  39. “I say a little prayer”, Aretha Franklin, (Lyrics by Hal David, Music by Burt Bacharach)
  40. “I second that emotion”, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  41. “I swear”, All 4 One
  42. “If you see her say hello”, Bob Dylan
  43. “If you’re looking for a way out”, Odyssey
  44. “It should have been me”, Yvonne Fair
  45. “Love me”, Elvis Presley (Mike Stoller & Jerry Lieber)
  46. “Love me tender”, Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley & Vera Watson)
  47. “Love shine a light”, Katrina and the Waves
  48. “Only love can break your heart”, Neil Young
  49. “Sky full of stars”, Coldplay
  50. “Stop”, Sam Brown
  51. “Teenager in love”, Marty Wilde
  52. “The best”, Tina Turner
  53. “Why do lovers break each other’s hearts?”, Showaddywaddy
  54. “Yesterday once more”, Carpenters,
  55. “You’ll never get to heaven if you break my heart”, Dionne Warwick (Lyrics by Hal David, Music by Burt Bacharach)
  56. “You’re a big girl now”, Bob Dylan
  57. “Your love is king”, Sade

[An update from February, 24 2016]

Three more #1s that use the rhyme: “Woman” by John Lennon, “Everlasting Love” by Love Affair and “You to me are everything” by The Real Thing.

Update, May 2018, taking the list past 100

I have continued to note down examples of this rhyme in songs old and new, and here is an additional list, taking the number of songs that rhyme “heart” with either “part” or “apart” to well over 100, beginning with those three extra #1s listed in the update from February 2016. I will continue to add to this list. It will therefore incorporate songs released after May 2018.

  1. “Woman”, John Lennon
  2. “Everlasting Love”, Love Affair
  3. “You to me are everything”, The Real Thing
  4. “You give love a bad name”, Bon Jovi
  5. “Kissing with confidence”, Will Powers
  6. “The Scientist”, Coldplay
  7. “Thank you”, Will Young
  8. “Same old song”, Four Tops
  9. “You gave me love”, Crown Heights Affair
  10. “Six degrees of separation”, The Script
  11. “Baby Mine”, Bette Midler
  12. “Stardust”, Nat King Cole
  13. “Just walk away”, Celine Dion
  14. “The way you look tonight”, Fred Astaire
  15. “Where you wanna go”, Black Eyed Peas
  16. “Bloodstained heart”, Darren Hayes
  17. “Affairs of the heart”, Fleetwood Mac
  18. “What did I do to your heart?”, Jonas Brothers
  19. “Don’t break my heart”, Sheena Easton
  20. “Elastic Heart”, Sia
  21. “Forever”, Westlife
  22. “Let’s dance to Joy Division”, Wombats
  23. “Ballerina Girl”, Lionel Richie
  24. “Maneater”, Hall and Oates
  25. “Step Inside Love”, Cilla Black
  26. “What Goes On”, Beatles
  27. “Don’t you forget about me”, Simple Minds
  28. “Let it be”, Beatles
  29. “Invisible Touch”, Genesis
  30. “Pyjamarama”, Roxy Music
  31. “I get by “, Liam Gallagher
  32. “Love Games”, Belle and the Devotions
  33. “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough”, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  34. “Rock & Me”, Steve Miller Band
  35. “Suzanne Beware of the Devil”, Dandy Livingstone
  36. “It Ain’t Me Babe”, Bob Dylan
  37. “Save the Last Dance for Me”, Drifters
  38. “Hey Mr Snowman”, Kim Wilde
  39. “I close my eyes and count to ten”, Dusty Springfield
  40. “Poor Little Fool”, Ricky Nelson
  41. “If only I could”,  Sydney Youngblood
  42. “If I could turn back time”, Cher
  43. “Girl I’m gonna miss you”, Milli Vanilli
  44. “Ain’t that a shame”, Fats Domino
  45. “Coming around again”, Carly Simon
  46. “Dancing in the dark”, Bruce Springsteen
  47. “Hello this is Joanie”, Paul Evans
  48. “Say I’m your number one”, Princess
  49. “Go the distance”, Michael Bolton
  50. “Piano in the Dark”, Brenda Russell
  51. “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (2018)
  52. “Baby Blue”, Neil Sedaka
  53. “Every Beat of my Heart”, Rod Stewart
  54. “Rescue Me”, Fontella Bass
  55. “The Captain of Her Heart”, Double
  56. “Little by Little”, Dusty Springfield
  57. “Love’s Just a Broken Heart”, Cilla Black
  58. “It’s Over”, Level 42