Top Five Break-up Songs – Anthems for the Newly Single

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So, I am kind of strange. I love break-up songs. Even when I’m in a relationship, there’s just something about them that gets to me in a way love songs just don’t. Well, as you guys may or may not know, I broke up with a guy about two weeks ago, and thus, have had no shame in induging. Which ones have I been blasting? Mostly, the following tunes (ranked randomly):

1.) Johnny Cash’s “Guess Things Happen That Way”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1O5hxhrI6Y

I absolutely love this song. It’s short, but it expresses so much of the feelings that come with a break-up. It’s so beautifully acoustic and simple, and that kind of song just draws me right in. The only thing that irks me is the “be a man” line, but the other sentiments are so relatable, I can forgive it.

2.) The Puppini Sisters “I Will Survive” cover

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvpThS7zfQ8

Naturally, any list of break-up songs has to feature “I Will Survive” in some way or other. While I adore Gloria Gaynor’s original version to no end, The Puppini Sisters one has spoken to me slightly more. The tone is soft and vulnerable, growing into the strength and vocal harmony that makes their group so great, and adds another dimension to the lyrics. Their restyling and command of the song just gives me goosebumps!

3.) The Byrds – “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cuWjHoEB0Q

Another one that makes my dopamine levels go all silly, this one is a classic! The lyrics completely call the ex out on their shenanigans, while the music and vocals make it clear the speaker is going to move on and not be held back by their former partner. It’s a beautiful message, wonderfully presented!

4.) Train – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye

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Yes, this one has probably been on the radio just a tiny bit too much, but I love it anyway. But then, I probably hear the song entirely the wrong way. When I listen to this one, I don’t hear the guy’s sadness as much as I hear how much of a bad-ass this girl is. It sounds almost like he should be praising her because she’s the kind of person who would die in some dramatic way, like shark bite or lion attack. To me, it just sounds like the girl left him and then went on to be her amazing self and he can’t cope with that. Just my interpretation, but it peps me up, and hey, I love the instrumentals, too.

5.) Brandon Flowers “Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y0nvIu3PF0

From his solo album, Flamingo, which has so many good songs it was hard to decide on which to feature.  I love Flowers’ voice and these lyrics showcase it beautifully. He fills every line with emotion and it’s truly beautiful. I love it because it just feels so raw and unresolved, even at then end. Like the speaker was just expressing their hurt, not looking for any kind of resolution. To me, that’s extremely relatable. Others I’d suggest on the disc include “Was it Something I Said?” and “I Came Here to Get Over You”.

What are some of your favorite break-up tunes? Feel free to leave some in the commentary!

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