Playlist of the WeekBreaking Up Is Hard To DoCorinne Caputo

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!


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  1. 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.

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

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 :)

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. Rehab by Rihanna-works everytime!

  13. 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!

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

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

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

  17. 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:

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