The best break up songs

Breaking up sucks. Sad to say, I’ve been the victim more than a few times.

Anyway, the USA Today blog Pop Candy (if you don’t read it, you should check it out) ran a top 5 list of songs to listen to after being dumped, submitted by a reader.

I thought I’d come up with a list of songs of, about or relating to breaking up that I like (by far not the best five, just the first that came to mind). I’d also like to know yours. Post ‘em in the comments.

“It’s Cool, We Can Still Be Friends” by Bright Eyes – Wow, this song is harsh. The tune basically recounts all the stuff that you go through with a girl after the relationship ends, from still getting a kiss (but on the cheek now) to pouring a tall glass of whiskey and getting loaded. Conor sounds angry, like maybe it actually happened to him.

“Take It Easy (Love Nothing)” by Bright Eyes – Another Conor one, this time from the kinda electronic “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn” album. Starts with an, ahem, experience with a girl and then ends with him getting dumped in a note. The experience makes him “do as I please and lie through my teeth” to women he meets in the future. Who hasn’t been there?

“Half Your Age” by Kid Rock – The early mornin’ stoned pimp, as it were, has also been dumped. This is his anthem (presumably directed at Pam Anderson) about meeting a hotter, younger woman who does his laundry and, as it turns out, his mother approves of. Fight the good fight, Kid Rock.

“You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morisette – Thanks to Francesca F. for this suggestion. While it seems a predictable choice, it’s nonetheless awesome. She sounds so sincerely pissed off and you can tell both in the lyrics and in the tone she takes. Incredible. The fact that it’s supposedly about Dave Coulier (of Full House fame) is just icing on the cake.

“Song For the Dumped” by Ben Folds Five – A great tune. Folds sings about getting dumped on the front porch after he takes the girlfriend to dinner. Lyrics like “you wanted to slow it down some and have some space? Fuck you too!” and “Give me my money back, you bitch” and “And don’t forget to give me back my black T-shirt.” Who hasn’t wanted to yell that at someone after being kicked to the curb?

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  1. Hawkeye says:

    The Bright Eyes songs are awesome. I have a blog devoted to songs about being dumped:http://songsforthedumped.blogspot.com/