10 Best Broken Heart Songs ...


There are two kinds of songs in the world —songs about when love is good, and songs about what happens when it goes bad.

If you’ve ever suffered a heart-break, then chances are, you still have that mix tape or CD you made of all the songs that made you feel better, or made you feel worse.

I still have my “Heartbreak tunes” CD, and here’s what’s on it.

If you’ve got a broken heart, see if these help you get over it, or help you wallow in it…

1. Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez works magic on this horrid excuse for a dance track.

It’s hard to believe this is the same song as the original, sung by a long-forgotten band called The Knife.

This is the anthem for lovers who never got to say good-bye, whose love outlived the time they could spend together.

Play it as quiet as you can, and his voice is an intimate, pained whisper.2

2. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

At some point in his woefully short life, Jeff Buckley had his heart broken.2

There’s no way he could sing this song with as much heart-wrenching sorrow if he hadn’t.

Leonard Cohen’s original is great, but it lacks the searing, harrowing anguish of Buckley’s take.

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3. Dammit – Blink 182

The break-up made you angry… she, the perfect indie girl, left you for a total douche bag.

This is the perfect song for anyone who’s been unjustly dumped for someone who’s so much less worthy.

If you like this one, try “Gives You Hell” by the All-American Rejects or “You Oughtta Know” by Alanis Morissette, too.

Both songs are perfect for purging any romantic feeling you might have, especially with a bottle of Jack.

4. Pictures of You - the Cure

Does The Cure have any songs that aren’t written for the broken-hearted?

This is far and away my favorite though, so sorrowful and poignant.

From its opening line (“I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you/that I almost believe that they’re real…”) to its melancholy ending, it’s gorgeous…

Delicate – Damien Rice
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