There is something supremely awful about Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s the sick, rotting feeling you get in your stomach (and your soul) after consuming an entire bag of sweet tarts and divinity candy. Maybe a chubby, naked baby that goes around shooting arrows into people’s hearts troubles you. Or maybe it’s all that pressure for romance. You forget to make dinner reservations, buy the wrong gift, and suddenly the supposed love of your life tells you it’s not going to work out. (“But we can still be Facebook friends.”)
Breakups are rough. Luckily there are others who have been there before, who have stood where you’re standing right now, photos of the ex in hand, oven pre-heating (bad idea, trust me, especially if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven). And there are others like you who have turned their pain into art (take those photos and make a collage instead!). Here is a list of some of the best break-up songs, so you can wallow, wail, and get over it in good company. (And since you’re listening solo, we’ll recommend some top rated headphones you can rock out with.)
“Change the Sheets:” Kathleen Edwards
First of all, if you’re looking for a new love, Kathleen Edwards could be it. She’s got a beautiful voice, poignant lyrics, and she’s Canadian. This song will get in your head and under your skin. When a relationship ends, there’s still baggage that lingers, the residual effects. “Change this feeling under my feet,” sings Kathleen Edwards in this recently released tune. “Change the sheets and then change me.” Enjoy the luxurious sound of this song with the luxurious B&W P5 headphones, equipped with a padded leather headband and comfortable ear cups for all-day listening comfort.
“Somebody That I Used to Know:” Gotye (featuring Kimbra)
It feels like Australian singer-songwriter Gotye is tearing his heart out of his chest for this one. Yeah, the words are that honest, the pain that palpable. Gotye explained that the song is inspired by his own experiences, an amalgamation of different past relationships. One of those relationships, though, hits a bit harder than the rest. He said, “It wasn’t a nasty break-up but it was messy in the sense that we hurt each other more than we needed to because it wasn’t a clean break.” Uh-huh. Been there, done that. Block out background noise so you can totally focus on the heartache of this song with the over-ear noise canceling Sony MDR-NC200D headphones.
“River:” Joni Mitchell
I listened to this song so many times back in the early 2000′s, I can’t really listen to it anymore. That said, I did find the catharsis I was looking for. Wintertime break-ups can feel especially lonely: “I’m so hard to handle. I’m selfish and I’m sad. Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby that I ever had. I wish I had a river that I could skate away on.” If you are planning to skate away, make sure to bring the Monster Cable in-ear PowerBeats headphones with you. They have an over-ear hook to keep them in place and are sweat (and tears)-resistant.
“Always on My Mind:” Willie Nelson
A winner of three Grammy awards, this song is one of Willie Nelson’s best. Heartbreaking and humble, it captures the feelings of loss and regret after a relationship ends– you know, asking yourself over and over what you could have done better, thinking if only… “Maybe I didn’t love you quite as often as I could have. Maybe I didn’t treat you quite as good as I should have.” The agony! Really feel the low notes in Willie’s voice and the ache of those guitar riffs with the Klipsch Image S4 in-ear headphones, which are designed for highly accurate and dynamic sound reproduction.
“Silver Springs:” Fleetwood Mac
Your love is pushing you away, but you’re still hanging on. Stevie Nicks gets it. The song starts out slow and mellow and builds to a full on stalker-esque anthem, with repeated chants of, “I’ll follow you down ’til the sound of my voice will haunt you. You’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you.” This is a great song to belt out post-breakup at the top of your lungs. And when you’re wearing the wireless Sony MDR-RF970RK headphones, you can dance around too without wires getting in your way.
Now put on a pair of top rated headphones, turn up the break-up ballads, and tune out the rest of the world. It’ll still be there when you’re ready to return.