Playlist of the Week

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Breakups are the soul-sucking worst. It’s the perfect time for Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind to be real. And between the guaranteed post-breakup Facebook stalking and the unfortunate re-living of the memories, it’s hard not to bawl your eyes out.

Personally, I use break ups as the perfect excuse to reevaluate myself, get things in order, and also eat as many York Peppermint Patties as humanly possible. I like to get caught up in TV shows and channel my affection/hatred for my ex towards a fictional character on my screen.

Since mourning a relationship is a painful and lonely journey (but a journey with an end! It gets better!) I put together a longer than usual playlist that starts with sad songs and ends with upbeat empowering ones. BECAUSE WE MAKE OUR OWN HAPPINESS! Am I right?

HelloGiggles: Breakups

Kate Nash – Nicest Thing
Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time
Sara Bareilles – Basket Case
City and Colour – Grand Optimist
Death Cab for Cutie – Tiny Vessels
Stars – Personal
Taylor Swift – Last Kiss
Ben Howard – Only Love
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – I Don’t Know What To Do – Album Version (Album Version)
Katie Herzig – I Want to Belong to You
Sara Bareilles – Gonna Get Over You
The Weepies – Please Speak Well Of Me
Taylor Swift – Better Than Revenge
Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part I
Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know – Explicit Album Version
Kate Nash – Mouthwash
Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
Katie Herzig – Wish You Well

What songs help you get through a break up? Share in the comments below!

  • Jennifer Levanduski

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  • Jennifer Levanduski

    I think that BasketCase is one of the saddest songs ever written and I listened to it so much after my last break-up that I can’t quite listen to Sara Bareilles without tearing up.
    The whole sad story is here:

  • Zelina Garza

    great tunes! I like Lily Allen’s stuff for break up! or over it by katherine mcphree

  • Jessica Taylor

    Joss Stone’s “Could have been you” is also great. But I approve of the use of Destiny’s Child and Alanis Morissette!

  • Lauren Higbee

    no she & him? volume one is all about breaking up

  • Sarah Gillen

    Great list!!! I also have these currently on loop!

    Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
    Stereophonics – Since I told you its over
    Bon Jovi – Shot through the heart
    Incubus- i miss you
    Staind- its been a while
    Coldplay – The Scientist
    Destiny’s Child – Survivor
    Maroon 5 – Makes me wonder
    Kelly Clarkson – Never Again
    Lily Allen – F**k you!

  • Romi Viola

    Rehab by Rihanna-works everytime!

  • Dayna Conte

    Thieves – She and Him
    James – Camera Obscura
    Anything by DCFC excluding the Codes and Keys album and a few odd songs but particularly Title and Registration.

  • Kay Katie Emm

    broken teeth and someday you will be loved by deathcab for cutie always work like a charm

  • LeeAnn Stevens

    I can’t believe you didn’t include She & Him’s Gonna Get Along Without You Now.

    I feel strongly that some version of Don’t Think Twice should be included in every breakup playlist.

    Ciao ! by Lush has served me well for decades. (That’s sad.)

    And, for those still in denial in need of some sort of salve, Ingrid Michaelson’s Maybe is perfect — it empowers you to let go, but just for now, because maybe in the future s/he’ll come back.

  • Dannia Colette Henao

    Kate Nash, Rilo Kiley and any female band are empowering post break-up.

  • Beata Weidinger

    Kate Nash – Foundations; Scouting for girls – This aint’ a love song; Dido – White flag; all Mumford and sons ( I just love them ); Abba – Winner takes it all; Stereophonics – I tmeans nothing; Adele – Make you feel my love; Frankie Vallie and the four seasons- Big girls don’t cry and Led Zeppelin :)

  • Laoiseach Nic Uilliam

    The Best Lasts Forever by The View and Better Things by The Kinks helped me during the whole ‘aw-this-is-shite-but-it’ll-get-better’ bit. Celine Dion all the way the for the terrible period when it first happens and you think you’ll never find love again.

  • Allison Smith

    Rilo Kiley’s Breakin’ Up is the most dance-y breaking up song for me. And Jenny Owens Young’s What the Fu** Was I Thinking? is beautiful and haunting.

  • Julianne McFadd

    Best Coast’s entire album The Only Place. Every song is about a break up except the first.

  • Chelsey Rae Robinson

    Little Jackie’s album The Stoop, but my favorite is The World Should Revolve Around Me.

  • Emily Burke

    Walk Away by Ben Harper. Sad.. but commiserating.

  • Hallie Moyer

    Dont Think Twice, It’s Alright is the ultimate breakup song… love it.

    Whitesnake – Here I Go again On my own. cheesy, but it’s kind of awesome in a way.

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