The 10 best songs of I Want You Back

Once again my mental discography has been turned on by the presenters of Sound Advice, the popular music debate program on National Public Radio. On a recent topic, their theme was what they called I Want You Back songs, and each presenter presented their six favorites.

Among the half-dozen Jim DeRogatis was “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman, his first single after a successful tenure as a vocalist for Eric Clapton. His lyrics uncover the plea to make her old, Boeing, that no one else could replace him.

Co-just Greg Kot offered a package of six different, highlighted by “Working on my way back to you” by the Spinners. The legendary pop group songs about a boy who has regretted his infidelity, now that the girl he had taken for granted left him.

Here are ten other songs that could have been mentioned in a program focused on songs about someone who wishes to recover his former lover.

Baby Come Back by Player

In the choir, he acknowledges the fact that he was wrong and cannot live it, a confession that is magnificently backed by a rhythm that would make his colleagues Hall and Oates proud.

I have returned by Squeeze

After calling his friends a lot of Muppets and insulting his sister, the man apologized and returned with the intention of winning his heart again.

Bad Boy by Ray Parker Jr.

As a sequel to an earlier coup in which he confessed to having fallen in love with another woman, the leader of Raydio is now expressing his desire to return to the one he had left.

Come back to me for the bongos

His girl left him in the old ruthless way by leaving a letter from Dear John, but nevertheless he begs her to return to his arms.

Can’t you hear me calling? by Bill Monroe

This timeless bluegrass classic focuses on a man full of regret after abusing his ex-wife, whom he hopes will return with him.

Band of Gold by Freda Payne

In most cases, the ring has to return to the man, but in this blow of the sixties, the abandoned girl would rather have the liver than the piece of jewelry.

Child with a problem by Elvis Costello

Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford provided the words for this Imperial Bedroom song, which has Elvis willing to turn around and kill himself now that he is in his doghouse.

Don’t pull your love for Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds

Because his old girl leaves him, the man swears that he will cry for a hundred years and drown in his tears.

Big Mouth Strikes Again by the Smiths

On this big side, two openers of The Queen Is Dead, Morrissey regrets the recent occasion in which he threatened his now ex by hitting her on the bed and tearing each tooth in the head.

I threw it all away by Bob Dylan

One of the five Nashville Skyline singles, the regret here is obvious in lyrics like “I once held the mountains in the palm of my hands, and the rivers ran every day.”