Anyone who has gone through a break-up probably understands the importance of the Break-Up playlist (oh, modern technology, how I love thee, how we are no longer confined to the mix-tape or CD). For me, I've got about six playlists so far that range from "Melanchology" to "I'm OK' to "Woman Power" to "The Healing Room." Here are a few tunes that are quickly becoming my go-to songs. Many lists to come in the future!
1. Ciara's "I Found Myself" from The Evolution
Why I Love it: Introspective, mournful, but also about moving forward and learning from love that has been lost.
What Playlist It's On: "I'm OK"
So long, farewell
My lifes moving forward.
My ship has sailed,
And I'm so glad it's over.
My heart mends well,
After all that I've been through
I found myself.
2. Kelly Clarkson, "Don't Let Me Stop You" from All I Ever Wanted
Why I Love it: It's about reclaiming one's power by letting go, not begging your love to stay if what he really wants to do is go on and pursue other things...and other women.
What Playlist(s) It's On: "Woman Power" "I'm OK"
Even if I end up broken-hearted/
I won't lie.
I don't want to hear goodbye/
But either way I'll be alright.
3. Sara Bareilles, "Love on the Rocks" from Little Voice
Why I Love It: She embodies all the mixed emotions of a break-up, especially the far-fetched hope that she can still patch things up. It reminds me of John Legend's "Ordinary People," a song I cannot listen to right not because he was an artist I shared with SCL. Don't you hate that?
What Playlist It's On: "F*** Love"
Here's a simplification of everything we're going though/
You plus me is bad news.
But you're a lovely creation and I like to think that I am too/
But my friend said I look better without you.
4. KT Tunstall "Heal Over" from Eye to the Telescope
Why I Love It: It's the most soothing song, almost a lullaby for girls with broken hearts. And it reminds me that the pain isn't going to last forever.
What Playlist(s) It's On: "I'm OK" and "The Healing Room"
Doesn't take a genius to realize/
That sometimes life is hard.
It's gonna take time/
But you'll just have to wait
You're gonna be fine/
But in the meantime/
Come over here lady/
Let me wipe your tears away.
5. Nora Jones "I Wouldn't Need You" from The Fall
Why I Love It: Heart-breaking in the most cathartic way. Plus I love her soulful voice.
What Playlist It's On: "Melancholy"
If I touched myself the way you touched me.
If I could hold myself the way you held me.
Then I wouldn't need you, no, I wouldn't need you,
No, I wouldn't need you to love me.
There are many others, but I'm curious if you all have favorite songs that lift your spirits, are good for a cry, or help you say "f*** love." Please send 'em my way!