Being a playlist fanatic, I find the “break-up playlist” to be an especially intriguing subject.
A relationship ending can inspire a list of songs for many different reasons and feelings. There’s the empowerment list, where you’re proud to be single and on your own. The wallow list, where you just want to feel sad and reminisce. The holy-shit-please-come-back-because-I-will-die-without-you list. (Whew. That was more high school era, that intense drama) Regardless. It’s a varied topic.
And, as is par for the course, I hate when people make break-up playlists, because they do it wrong. Everybody just uses generic shit that they have never even listened to during a break up. Every single breakup list has Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” on it. No offense to that tune or its sentiment, which is fantastic, but does anyone honestly listen to that song whilst in the throes of a relationship ending? People need to make the lists with songs they actually listen to. Accuracy, people!
Huge opening-up-to-strangers alert:
As I went through a huge, life-altering (for the better), massive, grown-up, might-as-well-have-been-a-divorce-break-up last year, I thought a break-up playlist was well in order. Although, mine is a mix of pretty much all of the above lists, but the important thing to note here is that these are all songs I have listened (and sobbed) to, throughout the course (20 years, holy fuck) of me knowing the guy that used to be Mr. Annie. But let’s not get too serious here, folks. The side effects of reading this list will be severe eye-rolling, intense nausea, and either uneasy or hysterical laughter.
And because Spotify just doesn’t have EVERY SONG EVER, here are a couple more:
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
Oh my god.. this song.. destroys me.
Kenny Chesney – “I Remember”
Brandy – “Have You Ever”
HAHA YES – High school Annie curled up in the fetal position and cried to this song. Go ahead, crack up, I don’t blame you.