There are two kinds of breakup songs: the ones that allow you the time and space to wallow and the ones that incite things like anger and revenge. Both have their purpose and when administered properly, lead to good things like acceptance, forgiveness, and empowerment.
Though I love a good wallow, I tend to lean more heavily toward the break up songs that incite. Here are a few of my favorites.
P.S. I’m dying to hear yours. Please comment.
Angie Stone, I Wasn’t Kidding.
Thanks to my friend Anne for this one. I played it every day for an entire summer. It worked.
Fiona Apple, Oh Well.
There is so much to love about Fiona Apple, not the least of which is her word choice. “A voice once stentorian is now again meek and muffled.”
Stars, Your Ex-Lover Is Dead.
The title rivals the song. I know it sounds a little wallow-y, but it builds and then crushes your soul…and your ex-lover.
Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive.
I mean, please. If this isn’t an anthem, I don’t know what is.
Divorce Song, Liz Phair.
“It’s true that I stole your lighter, and it’s also true that I lost the map, but when you said I wasn’t worth talking to, I had to take your word on that.”
Not only do you need to say you’re sorry, I’d prefer it if you did it in a number of languages. Also, I’ve heard it all before.