I've retired most sad songs from my personal record collection. Listening to anything too melancholy can develop into an addictively depressing habit (ask any Smiths fan). One of those few exceptions is Bettye Swann. This Shreveport native's brokenhearted confessions are just too damn irresistible to ignore!
Her 1968 single "My Heart Is Closed For The Season" provides a certain battle weary commiseration for the romantically downtrodden. I like its punchy drumming, and I like how the song sucks you into her whole love mess. She might play the unfortunate ex here, but I'm the one who keeps coming back for another listen.