Valentine’s Day? Pah. Move over lovers, let the broken hearted hog the spotlight for a change.
To help, we’ve put together a playlist to soundtrack the sorrow. There’s no vocal gymnastics or smooth edged production. Just ten honest tracks that exposes the raw side of love.
Because, as Adele quite rightly sang, sometimes it ‘urts instead.
What’s on the playlist?
of Montreal – The Past is a Grotesque Animal
What better way to start than with an entire dissolving relationship – the conflicts, the anxieties, the destruction – summed up in eleven gripping minutes.
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Because every breakup deserves an anthem. And this anthem’s role is to get you on your feet so you can dance out the frustration.
The Flaming Lips – Can’t Get You Out of My Head
By covering Britney Spears, indie boys Travis started a trend in finding sadness within bubble gum pop hits. By covering Kylie, The Lips took it to another level.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
At the point of walking from a doomed relationship, one lover stutters in false hope that the other might plea: ‘Wait, they don’t love you like I love you.’ Devastating.
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
It may get butchered regularly by talent show contestants, but the fragility in Bon Iver’s original version (taken from one of the best breakup albums of all time) is indestructible.
Amy Winehouse – Love is a Loving Game (Original Demo)
Stripped from its production, this demo not only showcases what an extraordinary instrument Winehouse’s voice was, but the painful sting in her songwriting.
Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm
Breaking up is messy. But rebound sex is messier. ‘You won’t find love in a hole’ advises this song’s bitter author. It’s the sound of experience talking.
Spritualized – Broken Heart
What’s that? You want a song to capture that moment when time stops as you struggle to breathe due to an overwhelming sadness of your heart breaking in two? Voila.
Blur – Tender
Melancholic yet encouraging, one of Blur’s best songs is also like one of your best friends. It gets your pain. But it also gets you the hell out of your moping pit.
Crybaby – I Cherish the Heartbreak More Than the Love I Lost
The title says it all. Because when the tears have finally dried and you come out the other side stronger, you realise you wouldn’t have changed a goddamn thing.