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10 songs for the heartbroken on Valentine's Day


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Steps to mending a broken heart usually include pizza, supportive friends and tequila. 

But getting to the point of not caring and that feeling of total independence and confidence again doesn’t come without a cry. Sometimes wallowing in sadness under the duvet in a dark room whilst The Notebook plays in the background is exactly what’s needed - after all, bottling in all negative emotion never helped anyone.

We’re all guilty of being sad, and then listening to heart-wrenchingly painful sad songs to send ourselves into an even deeper state of despair. But that’s okay, and if you’re in a position this Valentine’s Day where you need a good scream and cry before you rise from the ashes as a strong independent man or woman here’s a list of songs to contemplate your entire existence to, one hand in a bag of malteasers and the other in the tissue box.

After all, Valentine’s Day is a made-up holiday, you don’t need one day to show someone you love them - insert all other criticisms here.

1. Adele - Someone Like You

Sure, maybe your ex partner or ex-thing-that-wasn’t-ever-official-but-might-as-well-have-been (we’ve all been there) isn’t settled down and married, but the feeling of trying to overcome seeing them with someone else is something completely relatable and the articulate way in which Adele manages to portray the ache is tear-jerking.

2. Coldplay - The Scientist

In a track-by-track interview about the songs on A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Chris Martin said “It’s weird that whatever else is on your mind, whether it's the downfall of global economics or terrible environmental troubles, the thing that always gets you most is when you fancy someone.” How true.

3. Demi Lovato - Stone Cold

The feeling of seeing whoever you’re aching over with someone else is sometimes indescribable, but Demi does a pretty good job of it here. This song is for when you want to be happy for their happiness but are still struggling to find your own: “I was your amber but now she’s your shade of gold” being a particular line that hits hard.

4. Fleetwood Mac - Landslide

Finding your feet again after a break up, especially if you’re coming away from a long-term relationship that you’ve built your life around, isn’t going to be particularly easy - as described in this track by Fleetwood Mac, which although sad also does feel a bit like a warm blanket because of Stevie’s otherworldly vocals. By the way - Landslide is so good that it’s one of the most covered songs ever.

5. Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

Yep, this song is the back drop for that heartbreaking and iconic scene in Love Actually. Even if you were in the happiest relationship, Emma Thompson’s portrayal of a wife who’s found out her husband is cheating on her against the voice of Joni Mitchell singing “I've looked at love from both sides now, from give and take and still somehow it's love's illusions I recall. I really don't know love at all” is enough to BREAK you, and it hurts just as much without that visual. 

6. Lewis Watson - La Song

“You're everything that I hoped for, that’s why I gave you my all. You're everything that I prayed for, but you were stole. Why did everything change? Everything was ours. Everything was stolen and now everything is gone” That is all. You get it.

7. Nina Nesbitt - The Hardest Part

A delicate, achingly fragile song that illustrates the craving and yearning to be with someone again whilst fighting the voices in your head saying it’s not going to work, ‘The Hardest Part’ deserves a spot on anyone’s sad playlist be it Valentine’s Day or not.

8. Peace - California Daze

Harrison Koisser singing “she tastes like sunlight, and she's always gonna be there in the back of your mind” is a bittersweet acknowledgement of the inability to forget someone no matter how you try to distract yourself with others.

9. Seafret - Oceans

Distance and desire don’t go hand in hand, and in the battle to be able to cling onto one in the presence of the other, one has to win and sometimes it’s distance that takes the crown. Sometimes it’s physical distance but other times distance in emotional connection that completely overthrows lust and desire. “You know I'd rather drown than to go on without you, but you're pulling me down”.

10. The Staves - No Me, No You, No More

Everything The Staves write, sing or do is perfect every time, and perhaps I’m biased because I’m their biggest fangirl, but there’s a reason behind that. ‘No Me, No You, No More’ describes the agony felt when a relationship deteriorates and it feels like there’s no way of saving it. The three part harmonies that these sisters do so well adds that celestial feel to the track, submerging it in deep melancholia. 

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