While many will celebrate with flowers, teddy bears, and box of chocolates with their significant others on Valentine’s Day. We dedicate this playlist to those who are single, recently split, or hiding their true romantic feelings. We’re counting down our Top 7 Post Break-Up Songs to warm your depressed hearts, erase any bad memories on tinder, and forget about lovey-dovey couples.
7. RITUAL, Tove Styrke “Love Me Back”
British electronic trio RITUAL collaborate with Swedish pop singer Tove Styrke in this emotional weight of a song. The two are conflicted about their feelings even after a break-up when they sing “So please don’t love me back, no”. It questions if their relationship is worth fixing or not.
6. Chvrches “Graffiti”
Chvrches’ third album Love Is Dead just sets the thematic tone for this track. The song is about the innocence of first love as a youth and how it just fades as you get older. The video itself is beautiful as it unfolds a dying relationship especially when Lauren Mayberry sings, “I’ve been waiting my whole life to grow old and now we never will”.
5. Halsey “Bad At Love”
Alternative to Pop sensation Halsey keeps making hits after hits. Her fourth single off her sophomore album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom made #5 on Billboard 100 last year. Halsey admits it’s a sad song about her unfortunate choice of partners. She lists every different lover from her past that has gone wrong. Halsey pours into her lyrics, “Lookin’ at my history – I’m bad at love”.
4. The 1975 “Somebody Else”
Every 1975 fan will say that this is their favorite song off their second album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. The video does justice for the song when frontman Matty Healy can’t deal with the thought that his former lover has moved on to somebody else. The lyrics are painfully numbing yet true. You can’t help but want to hug Matty as he sorrows, “Our love has gone cold, you’re intertwining your soul with somebody else”. Check out another The 1975 song about unfaithful relationships in “TooTimeTooTimeTooTime” off their latest album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.
3. The Killers “Mr. Brightside”
This definitely had to follow up with The 1975. This 2004 classic tackles jealousy, paranoia, and infidelity that personally lead singer Brandon Flowers dealt with as his ex-girlfriend cheated on him! From his heartache, we get this brilliant song from The Killers. “Mr. Brightside” is a relatable song because listeners have felt those same emotions before. We feel Brandon’s angst in these verses “Now they’re going to bed and my stomach is sick and it’s all in my head….”
2. No Doubt “Ex-Girlfriend”
The “Don’t Speak” front lady Gwen Stefani is another artist who has written songs based on real-life experiences. She dated her own bassist Tony Kanal for seven years until he called it quits. The two remain friends, but you sense the heartbreak and aggression in “Ex-Girlfriend”especially when the two are falling off a building. Deep down, both knew that this relationship would inevitably come to an end.
1. Gotye ft. Kimbra “Somebody I Used To Know”
This was the Record of the Year for Grammy winner Gotye off Making Mirrors. How it starts subtle then breaks down once the chorus kicks in. This was a song that got people’s attention just how easily they can connect with its empathetic lyrics. Anyone who went through a breakup that year, this song was on repeat! The chemistry with Gotye and Kimbra was phenomenal. It was a modern version of Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” of a he said-she said story of how the relationship failed. Till this day you can hear this song on the radio and people singing along out loud “But you didn’t have to cut me off…”