This playlist comes about because when I was writing my last book, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING, the hero and heroine were high school sweethearts who had broken up and were now reuniting in a pretty tension filled way. Somehow, when I was assembling the book’s playlist, I kept grabbing breakup songs.
Eventually happier tunes were added for the book’s playlist, but I thought it might be fun to make a list of my top breakup songs. Because sometimes you just need the angst. Right?
A lot of these ended up being Country. What can I say, country does the angst really well.
“Tomorrow”by Chris Young
From the school of, We’re not good together, but let’s have one last night… “We only bring each other tears and sorrow, but tonight I’m gonna love you like there’s no tomorrow.”
“Alone With You”by Jake Owen
“Why are you the one I want? Don’t put your lips to my mouth and tell me you can’t say. Don’t slip your hand under my shirt and tell me it’s ok. Don’t say it doesn’t matter because it’s gonna matter to me.”
“No One Will Ever Love You”from the Nashville Soundtrack.
Dreamy, mellow but still very passionate and sad. “I know why you’re lonely…It’s time you knew it too. No one will ever love you like I do.”
“Cool”by Gwen Stefani
Isn’t this sort of what we all hope for after a breakup? That someday we will be “cool.” That we’ll be able to see that person and sincerely wish them the best.
“Need You Now”by Lady Antebellum
The ultimate “drunk dialing my ex” anthem. “And I wonder if I ever cross your mind…Said I wouldn’t call but I lost all control and I need you now…” Yup. Nailed it, Lady Antebellum.
“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye
I’m sorry, I know it’s very played out, but really what song does better at capturing the feelings of a breakup? The anger, the sense of loss, the spite. There’s a reason this song became so popular. It totally nails the breakup feelings.
“Once I Was”by Tim Buckley
And though you have forgotten
All of our rubbish dreams
I find myself searching
Through the ashes of our ruins
All the days when we smiled
And the hours I ran wild
With the magic of our eyes
And the silence of our words
This song just kills me. Poignant. Longing. Aching. It is very rare that I can listen to this and not end up crying. You have been warned…