Top Ten Songs to Play When Ending a Relationship


How to Find Musical Fulfillment as You Burn the Stuff They Left at Your Apartment
As you get older it seems like maintaining intimate relationships gets harder and harder. No matter whether it is a dear friend, a lover or a spouse the act of moving on can be one of the most trying endeavors any human being can attempt. Perhaps this is why music is so chock full of great songs to play when you are moving on from that lying, cheating, good for nothing individual.

Filled with pointed barbs and clever hooks, these songs can not only help heal emotional wounds but they are also lots of fun to listen to. Usually in cases of a harsh break up these kinds of songs are listened to over and over again. There is nothing wrong with that as music so often serves to liberate people from the oppression of all the negative feelings they tend to hang onto with the veracity of hungry wolves. You know which feelings I am talking about. The ones that cause you to curse out the employee at the McDonald’s drive-thru when they forget your french fries.

So to save the innocent from being harmed, why not listen to a selection from this list? These songs allow you to be angry, sad and liberated all within the space of one catchy chorus. Are you tired of that lazy ex-boyfriend who can’t seem to get it together to pick up the last of his stuff? Why not listen to some Kelly Clarkson as you burn his stuff? (It sure looked fun in her video to “Since You Been Gone.”)

Are you tired of your crazy ex-girlfriend leaving you psychotic messages? Why not grace her answering machine with Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More?” Or have you finally had enough of the never ending insults from that individual who claims to be your best friend? Why not rock out to “Idiot” by Lisa Marie Presley? I guarantee you will feel a whole lot better afterwards.

So What?—(Pink)—Inspired by Pink’s own breakup with husband Carey Hart (they are back together now, however) this is one of the greatest pop rock-outs in recent memory. It embodies all that is truly magical about this type of song—it allows you to feel angry and good about yourself all at the same time. You still are a rock star, you’ve got your rock moves and you DON’T need them tonight.

You Oughta Know—(Alanis Morissette)—Truly a hall of famer, this song practically requires you to scream along to the chorus. If you weren’t aware of that fact then “You, You, You Oughta Know.”

Idiot—(Lisa Marie Presley)—While this song is lesser known than some of the other songs on the list, the truly hateful lyrics are the perfect antidote to the idiocy we all suffer through each day. Who knew Elvis’ daughter was so mad? “I’m gonna tell you what I think about you/In that unforgivable way I do/ You are an idiot and I hate your guts.”

You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You Are Told)—(The White Stripes)—I think the title explains the sentiment perfectly. For that super-judgmental yet intellectually stunted person in your life. “Just a child ten might act, but you are far too old/You are not hopeless or helpless and I hope I don’t sound cold/But you don’t know what love is, you just do as you are told.”

Since U Been Gone—(Kelly Clarkson)—This song is undeniably infectious just like the only thing your good for nothing ex left behind. Thankfully this Kelly Clarkson gem won’t disappear like your ex’s gift after a round of antibiotics from your doctor.

Don’t Come Around Here No More—(Tom Petty)—Seriously, go away. Are you deaf?

Untouchable Face—(Ani DiFranco)—With a chorus that is essentially a curse word repeated over and over again, this song could have come across as bitter in any other songwriter’s hands. But Ani DiFranco’s tender delivery adds a layer of sadness to the anger. A true treasure for the heartbroken.

“What Goes Around…”—(Justin Timberlake)—No, it’s not about Britney. It is “Just Justin” reminding us that sometimes Karma can run over your Dogma.

The More Boys I Meet—(Carrie Underwood)—Speaking of dogs, Ms. Underwood sings in this country hit that “the more boys I meet/the more I love my dog.” Especially seeing as she once dated Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo this is a totally understandable statement.

Take A Bow—(Rihanna)—Been lied to? Stolen from? Beaten up? Okay, maybe the last one is a blatant reference to Rihanna’s relationship with Chris Brown. (Seriously girl, listen to your own lyrics!) But if you have suffered any of these indignities this is a fine musical accompaniment to add to the sounds you make when kicking yourself.

And finally:

While this is supposed to be a “top ten” list, no quest for emotional redemption is complete without “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige. Truly an icon in a class by herself, Mary J. will stand by your heartbreak as you rock out “Sunday Church Choir”-style as the lyrics inspire you to keep your integrity, grit and pride intact. “Ooh, it feels so good, when you let go of all the drama in your life/Now you’re free from all the pain/free from all the games/free from all the stress/I don’t know, only God knows where the story end for me/It’s up to us to choose whether we win or lose/ And I choose to win.”

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