Valentine’s Day Playlist Checklist

Let’s be realistic— Valentine’s Day is simply not for everyone.

For some, Valentine’s Day is the very day that reminds them that they are single (most probably for a very long time, at that). For some, the day reminds them of the when their hearts got broken for the first time or for the “nth time”. And for some, Valentine’s Day makes them swear never to fall in love again.

Valentine’s Day is coming up and somehow, you feel like wanting to get sappy and dramatic. There is nothing wrong with feeling sad at all– it’s way better than denying your true feelings. You could be in the first stages of a having a broken heart right now. You could be drowning yourself in alcohol or in tubs of ice cream while you cry watching a sappy movie.

You might also need background music to make you feel good after your breakup. Don’t we all need good breakup songs with lyrics that hit us right in the feels? Release your inner diva or rock star, including your pent-up feelings of brokenness, with the help of these ten breakup-related songs which you can sing along with as well as dance. From candy pop to power ballads, and from classics to the modern hits, we’ve got your (broken) hearts covered.

1. Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 hit has been helping in assuring many broken hearts that they can get and do whatever they want without needing anyone. You can totally breathe better after singing this song because one, it encourages you to move on from all the pain and two, it encourages you to break free and finally breathe for the first time after your breakup.

Here’s the chorus of the song that you can belt out:

“Since you’ve been gone
I can breathe for the first time
I’m so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you
Now I get what I want
Since you’ve been gone.”

2. Yesterday by The Beatles

When you began wondering what went wrong with the person you were previously in a relationship with, listen to this 1965 Beatles song. It’s okay to feel sad and to question yourself on whether you have done something wrong in your “yesterdays” that have caused all pain and suffering. But after feeling sad and sappy, make sure you forgive yourself and rise from that fall.

Lines you can really get sappy:

“Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.”

If you believed in your yesterday, maybe it’s time that you should believe in yourself. Got it?

3. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia

It’s about time that you should forgive yourself for being in a relationship with the wrong person. The world is not perfect and your expectations with the people who are living in this world shouldn’t be perfect as well.

Lines that can make you ponder:

Illusion never changed
Into something real
I’m wide awake and I can see
The perfect sky is torn.

4. Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye

Somebody That I Used to Know might be considered as a one-hit wonder for Australian singer Gotye but do not underestimate the power of this song as it will hit your feelings really hard.

The person who broke our feelings can still hurt us, even after the breakup. They can still do horrible things and add more damage to the damage that was originally inflicted. But when you’ve finally healed, you can just brush them off and say he or she was just somebody that you used to know. Additionally, you couldn’t care less anymore.

Heartbreaking lines:

“But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No, you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.”

5. Bye Bye Bye by *NSYNC

Reinforce your determination to move on from a breakup with this 2000 N’SYNC hit. May you finally realize that you should really say goodbye now; not only to the person who hurt you but to the memories that caused you so much pain.

“Bye, bye
Don’t wanna be a fool for you
Just another player in your game for two
You may hate me, but it ain’t no lie,
Baby, bye, bye, bye…”

6. New Rules by Dua Lipa

Admit it, you have been tempted to rekindle your old flame whenever you get a chance. But Dua Lipa’s 2017 hit New Rules tells you the sacred rules to live by in order to avoid getting hurt by the same person twice (or more).

Here are song lyrics from the song:

“One, don’t pick up the phone; you know he’s only calling ’cause his drunk and alone
Two, don’t let him in; you’ll have to kick him out again
Three, don’t be his friend; you know you’ll gonna wake up in his bed in the morning
And if you’re under him, you ain’t getting over him.”

7. Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith

At some point in your feeling of brokenness, you have to wake up and finally learn to protect yourself.

“I’m never gonna let you close to me
Even though you mean the most to me
‘Cause every time I open up, it hurts
So I’m never gonna get too close to you
Even when I mean the most to you
In case you go and leave me in the dirt.”

After all the brokenness you’ve been through, maybe, just like Grammy winner Sam Smith, you should finally learn how to put the good on goodbyes. Smith is also known to make other heartbreak ballads such as “I’m Not the Only One” and “Stay With Me”. Check them out.

 8Someone Like You by Adele

People say Adele is the female version of Sam Smith. Like Smith, she turns the most devastating heartbreaks and personal experiences to the most beautiful songs that stand the test of time.

As most people would say after knowing you’re fresh from a breakup: “Don’t worry! You’d find plenty of fishes in the sea”

The verse you should belt out:

“Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you two
Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said
‘Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead'”

 9We are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

This playlist would not be complete without Taylor Swift’s songs. Swift is known for her makeup and breakup songs which you can totally relate to, such as “Bad Blood”, “Blank Space”, “Teardrops on my Guitar”, and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. Unlike common breakup songs where the singer feels sad for parting with her love interest, this song has a different take because Swift is totally fine that she is never ever getting back together with her old lover or boyfriend. This song also encourages you to do so.

Memorable lines:

“So he calls me up and he’s like, ‘I still love you,’
And I’m like… ‘I just… I mean this is exhausting, you know, like,
We are never getting back together. Like, ever.'”

Sure, second chances can do wonders but if you’re still playing the role of the fool, scroll back and listen to Dua Lipa’s New Rules.

When it comes to romantic relationships, you could be either on two sides of the coin: the one who feels pain or the one who caused pain. There are also times when you will be breaking your partner’s heart but still feel broken (in some way) at the same time.

Heartbreaking lines:

“I wished you had hurt me harder than I hurt you
And I wish you wouldn’t wait for me but you always do
I’ve been hoping somebody loves you in the ways I couldn’t
Somebody’s taking care of all of the mess I’ve made
Someone you don’t have to change
I’ve been hoping someone will love you, let me go.”

You know what’s sadder than breaking someone’s heart? It’s knowing beforehand that you are going to break their hearts. And if it finally happens, the other party would think that they are on the losing end when in fact, you actually feel broken as much as they do.

11. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

The last song on our list is up there with the best heartbreak songs of all time. Dreams, released in 1977, highlights a relationship filled with infidelity and anger, and the only way to save the two persons from inflicting further damage to each other is to end the relationship. What makes this song more heartbreaking is that it was written by the band’s vocalist Stevie Nicks for her then boyfriend Lindsay Buckingham, who also happens to be the band’s lead guitarist and back-up vocalist.

The chorus of Dreams goes like this:

“Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know.”

What do you think about the songs? Does these song suggestions help you in mending your broken heart or just reinforce it?

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