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Valentine's Day Playlist: Songs for the Bitter

Valentine's Day Playlist: When Love Turns Bitter

Ah, love. For something that can be so good, it's amazing how so very bad it can also be. And bad can turn to bitter around Valentine's Day, when the rest of the world is celebrating love's virtues just as you are in the middle of a breakup, still waiting by the phone, or figuring out how to tell someone it's over.

From now until V-Day, I'm posting playlists that might capture how you're feeling about romance this year. Last week I posted songs for the single person, and today I've pulled together some tunes that capture different variations on heartbreak and being "over it" when it comes to relationships. What's sweet for some this time of year can feel like salt in the wound for others, and a solid playlist might help the less lovey-dovey folks among us know you're not alone. What songs do you turn to when you're feeling bitter about love? For some of my suggestions, just hit play when you



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notehitter notehitter 9 years
The Valentine's Day Anthem has gotta be this new song by Joshua Radin called "SKY" It is amazing. Absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day. It's #3 on iTunes right now!!! Check it out!
word up on the Maroon 5's my playlist You Dont Know My Name- Alicia Keys Love Is A Losing Game- Amy Winehouse Wake Up Alone- Amy Winehouse Cry Me A River- Justin Timberlake Killing Me Softly- Lauryn Hill I Want You To Want Me- Letters To Cleo Losing My Mind- Maroon 5 (so sad) Nothing Lasts Forever- Maroon 5 Back At Your Door- Maroon 5 Story- Maroon 5 I'm Goin Down- Mary J. Blige Ex-Girlfriend- No Doubt Don't Speak- No Doubt We Are Broken- Paramore Who Knew- Pink The Stupid Things- Robin Thicke Ain't No Sunshine- Van Morrison
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
I'd like ad 'Let go' by Joy Denalane, she's actually German but got African roots. The song is about what you want to tell a gf whose dating a complete jerk. I guess it could also work for someone who just broke-up.
Lavinie Lavinie 9 years
i can't think of that many on the top of my head but for sure: fool of me - by meshell ndegeocello (actually her whole bitter album is great!)
kristinhomesick kristinhomesick 9 years
so many great songs on this list already! i shall be moping my valentine's away with some of those, and also these kiss the bottle - jawbreaker tinfoil - rainer maria heaven knows i'm miserable now/last night i dreamt that somebody loved me - the smiths love will tear us apart - joy division
merryberry merryberry 9 years
Anything by Elliott Smith, but especially Pitseleh, Fond Farewell and Shooting Star Antonio Carlos Jobim--Heatmiser Winning--Emily Haines Your Ex-Lover is Dead--Stars All Falls Down--Kanye West I don't blame you--Cat Power Last Goodbye or Hallelujah--Jeff Buckley Love Ridden--Fiona Apple
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
Jessamae, we have VERY similar taste. Almost every single song I was thinking of, you listed! :) I have a few more though: When Did Your Heart Go Missing - Rooney What It Takes - Aerosmith And...I can't believe nobody mentioned...Over You by Daughtry.
melyshka melyshka 9 years
kia: patsy cline with hank williams is something i put together recently. it's dangerous combo if i do say so myself... also the following choice songs from a recent playlist i have: love is a losing game - amy winehouse untouchable face - ani difranco i don't love anyone - belle and sebastian empty shell - cat power i was a lover - tv on the radio maps - yeah yeah yeahs after it all - cat power andar conmigo - julieta venegas longgone lonesome blues - hank williams i think i need a new heart - magnetic fields lovesick blues - hank williams nada serio - julieta venegas heavy - los abandoned oh lonesome me - neil young frozen - madonna cheated hearts - yeah yeah yeahs ciega, sordomuda - shakira 3rd planet - modest mouse denton, tx - damien jurado i want you to want me - cheap trick when you're old and loney - the magnetic fields
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Song for the Dumped, by Ben Folds.
Tennant_Love Tennant_Love 9 years
Thanks everyone, I love all the lists. My boyfriend broke up with me last Thursday...out of the blue. Just didn't have time for me anymore. I'm in the confused, pissed off, want him back phase! Ahhhhh!!!! I hate Valentines Day!!!
kia kia 9 years
What a fun subject. I remember after one painful break-up I was riding the Patsy Cline train and singing her songs and sobbing on some solo road trips. Fun times, good woman, great compilation CDs out there. I also like: Ocean Rain - Echo and the Bunnymen You're so Vain - Carly Simon Don't Cry - Guns n' Roses NYC - Interpol Innocent When You Dream - Tom Waits Karma Police - Radiohead Aftermath - Tricky
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 9 years
I still think Justin Timberlake's Cry Me A River is a great "F YOU" song to an ex:)When I had a breakup, I always listened to a mix of woe-is-me and upbeat, rawr music! Here were some of my faves: It's Not Right, But it's Okay remix-- Whitney Huston Karma -- Alicia Keys Don't Speak -- No Doubt Shadowboxer-- Fiona Apple Ex-Girlfriend -- No Doubt Colorblind -- Counting Crows Ex-Factor--Lauryn Hill Behind These Hazel Eyes--Kelly Clarkson With or Without You -- u2 Goodbye My Lover--James Blunt (ouch, those lyrics HURT..haha) How's It Gonna Be -- Third Eye Blind My Immortal -- Evanescence Goodbye to You -- Michelle Branch Can't Make You Love Me -- Bonnie Raitt (another painful one) Gah, I need to bust out my happy playlist now to listen to:)
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
mandy moore's new album "wild hope" is FULL of great breakup songs...i think "nothing that you are" and "your latest mistake" are my faves, although i love the whole CD....thank goodness for zach braff, it made her best material yet!!
em1282 em1282 9 years
Count me in on the "love turned bitter" thing--just off the top of my head, 1) Selfless, Cold and Composed--Ben Folds Five 2) Say Hello, Wave Goodbye--David Gray (it's a cover, can't remember who did the original...) 3) Cannonball--Brandi Carlile 4) Cheers, Darlin'--Damien Rice 5) Love Ridden--Fiona Apple 6) Kissing a Fool--Michael Buble (but the original George Michael version is good too) 7) Ragdoll--Maroon 5 8) Because of you--Kelly Clarkson 9) Anyone who had a heart--Shelby Lynne (her new album is amazing and this song is so classic) 10) Lost Cause--Beck 11) Leave--REM 12) Letter Read--Rachael Yamagata 13) Imaginary Love--Rufus Wainwright 14) Who needs you--Queen 15) Carrion--Fiona Apple 16) Gravity--Sarah Barielles 17) Writing to reach you--Travis 18) Wonderful--Annie Lennox 19) This train don't stop here anymore--Elton John 20) Quizas, Quizas, Quizas--Lila Downs Yeah, can you tell I've been listening to a lot of this type of music lately?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I will skip on Buzzsugars list because i dont like any of those people/bands, no offense. Here is my list: Ball of Confusion: Love and Rockets Dancing with Myself: Billy Idol Live to Tell- madonna Pictures of You- The Cure Heartbreaker- Pat Benatar Hard Habit to Break- Chicago Everything she wants- Wham I am stretched on your grave- dead can dance Somebody- depeche Mode Here comes the rain again- Eurythmics Smothered Hope- Skinny Puppy Taste in Men- Placebo Touch-a touch-s touch-a Touch-me- Susan Sarandon RHPS Everyday i write the book- Elvis Costello Silent all these years - Tori Amos
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 9 years
Great pick on the John Mayer song Buzz.......I LOVE that song. I'd have to add in "Goodbye" by Save Ferris, & what about some Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive"?
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