Monday, March 3, 2014

The Perfect Music For a Breakup

Monday, March 3, 2014
As we learned in last week's music series... I have a think for breakup songs, something about the snarkiness I suppose. So, I thought why not do a post exclusively about break up songs? I've only had one really rough breakup (only 2 serious boyfriends and I married one of them ;) ) but, music really helped me get through it. 
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I've broken it up (forgive the pun) into the three main stages of any breakup : Wallow, Anger, and Moving on.  

Remember, Youtube link on the right (click on the song title) and Spotify Link on the Left (Click on artist). By the way, most of these are from a girls point of view but not all are... Okay so there are a whole two by male artists. Sorry boys!


If you are unsure what "wallowing" is... Its basically bawling your eyes out, eating as much ice cream as you can handle, watching romantic comedies and feeling sorry for yourself. This is an important step. You need to get out all of the why me? Whats wrong with me? Type aspects of the breakup before you can move on.

White Horse by Taylor Swift 
My Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne
Everything We Had by The Academy Is... 
Liar by Haley Reinhardt 
Boy by 78Violet (this is not on spotify yet!)


This is where most breakup songs fall. Though, I've whittled it down to just five. And yes, all of these are by women. For some reason, we can get away with saying some things about hurting them that men songwriters (or in general) can't. Maybe its because it doesn't seem as threatening coming from a woman? Anyway, Anger is an important step to if you are harboring any resentment about the relationship and/or the breakup. These songs are especially pertinent if he (or she) cheated... 

Oh, Henry by The Civil Wars 
bang bang bang by Christina Perri 
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Kerosene by Miranda Lambert 
Rolling in the Deep by Adele 

Moving On

By moving on, I don't necessarily mean getting into a new relationship but, moving past the pain caused by a broken heart. Knowing that you will always have a spot in your heart for that person but tucking it away. Moving on as in moving on with your life. Being able to watch a RomCom without bursting into tears or drowning in self pity. These songs are kind of in order. The firsts being a little more melancholy to the lasts being empowering. 

Fishes by Storm Circus  (p.s. The guy that is singing is my brother. Pretty awesome, right?)
Little Black Dress by Sara Bareilles
Stop Wondering by April Smith and the Great Picture Show
One Works Better by Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio (Nashville Cast)
Warrior by Alyssa Bonagura 

Did music help you through a breakup? Which of these songs applied (s) to you and your situation??

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