Top 6 Heartbreak Songs

If love is one of the best emotions a person can experience, then losing love must be one of the worst.  Thankfully, no one is alone in their bitter pity parties.  If this Valentine’s Day is a painful one for you, then once again the answer is music!  I suggest these six songs if you need to scream out your heartbreak.

1)  Not in That Way by Sam Smith
My favorite blogger Sashayed linked to this song before Sam Smith’s album was released, and I listened to it at least fifty times.  In one sitting.  As a perpetual piner, I adored the fact that someone was singing about loving someone who didn’t love them back.  It is my heartbreak jam, and I revel in feeling less alone in my rejection.

I’d never ask you cause deep down I’m certain I know what you’d say You’d say I’m sorry believe me I love you but not in that way

2)  Youth by Daughter
Holy cow, this song packs an emotional punch to your heartstrings.    When you’re feeling especially bitter, this is the song to express all your pent up anger.

And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones. ‘Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs. Setting fire to our insides for fun Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong The lovers that went wrong.

3)  Sort Of by Ingrid Michaelson
Shifting from bitterness to wistfulness, this is the perfect song for–while not quite unrequited love–those relationships when you love someone more than they love you.  It lures you in with descriptions of the loved one’s perfection, then destroys your happiness with the realization that all your efforts to make them love you are going to be wasted.

Baby you’ve got the sort of eyes that tell me tales That your sort of mouth just will not say, the truth impales That you don’t need me, but you won’t leave me My love’s too big for you my love

4)  Gone by Ben Folds
It’s important to have a post-break up song, and I recommend this one.  It expresses all those feelings of trying to move on even while you’re hung up on the other person…until the time when you can officially move them out of your heart.

I wake up in the night All alone and it’s alright The chemicals are wearing off Since you’ve gone

5)  Someone Like You by Adele
This song became an instant classic for a reason.  It sucks being the person who can’t move on, and Adele beautifully describes the mixed emotions that come from loving someone even after they’ve broken your heart.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you I wish nothing but the best for you too Don’t forget me, I beg I’ll remember you said, “Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

6)  Fairy Tale by Sara Bareilles
Once the heartbreak dims from fury to empowerment, I recommend finding an anthem to scream out your newfound passion for loving yourself.  You’re better off without that person who broke your heart, I promise.  Now get busy writing your own story.

Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom Man made up a story said that I should believe him Go and tell your white knight that he’s handsome in hindsight But I don’t want the next best thing So I sing and hold my head down and I break these walls round me Can’t take no more of your fairytale love

What is your favorite song to listen to when your heart is broken?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Valentine’s Week Posts
February 8: How to Plan a Galentine’s Day Party
February 9:  Top 6 Romantic Songs
February 10:  Top 6 Heartbreak Songs
February 11:  “Romance” in Senegal
February 12:  Top 8 Romantic Books
February 13:  A Romantic Ideal:  Harold and Jean Stark
February 14:  Happy Valentine’s Day!


8 thoughts on “Top 6 Heartbreak Songs

  1. ladyluckxixi February 10, 2015 / 10:05 am

    Too Good For You (So Sorry) by Sara Bareilles would be a better pick imo! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Tricia February 10, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      I hadn’t heard that one before, but I just listened to it. You’re right. It would fit on this list extremely well!


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