Valentine’s Day: a celebration of love, romance, and affection. For many, it’s a day filled with joy and cherished moments shared with a significant other. However, for others, Valentine’s Day can be a painful reminder of love lost, heartache endured, and loneliness felt. In moments like these, sometimes the only thing that makes us feel better is a playlist full of heartbreak songs.
During this romantic frenzy, heartbreak songs emerge as unexpected allies. They offer solace, catharsis, and even empowerment to those navigating the tumultuous waters of love and loss. Today’s RMR playlist is full of heartbreak songs that can serve as a source of comfort. We hope you find what you need from it this Valentine’s Day.
The Best Heartbreak Songs For Valentine’s Day
Back To Black- Amy Winehouse
All Black clothing is typically associated with grief and loss. The late Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” immediately strikes a chord with those who experienced the devastation of a breakup. The grief of what has been lost resonates with the feelings of emptiness and despair that often accompany the end of a relationship. Paired with Winehouse’s haunting vocals and introspective lyrics, “Back To Black” is the perfect track for those mourning the loss of a relationship they once knew.
Thx 4 Nothin’- Meet Me @ The Altar
Breakups are complex. Sometimes, the person we end a relationship with isn’t even worth all of your love and devotion. Meet Me @ The Altars “Thx 4 Nothin’” is a breakup anthem for those who walked away. The song’s upbeat tempo, infectious melody, and catchy hooks convey that feeling of freedom from a toxic relationship and being able to move on with your life. While breakup songs typically have sad lyrics and melancholic beats, “Thxs 4 Nothin’” reminds us breakups can move us forward to a brighter and better chapter in our lives.
The Night We Met – Lord Huron
Lord Huron’s “The Night We Met” is a lament for a love that has been lost. A yearning for a return to a moment of blissful connection that can never be reclaimed. The song’s haunting melody, characterized by its ethereal guitars and mournful harmonies, creates a melancholy and longing that permeates every note. From the opening chords, listeners are transported to a world of heartache and regret, where the pain of separation hangs heavy in the air.
So Sick- Ne-Yo
This classic heartbreak track is a poignant reflection on the aftermath of a breakup and the emotional turmoil that ensues. “So Sick” offers introspective lyrics that serve as a candid and unfiltered portrayal of heartache and longing as Ne- Yos vocals flawlessly match the pain of coming to terms with someone you love being out of your life. “So Sick” has been resonating with anyone who has experienced the pain of a breakup for years.
Motion Sickness- Phoebe Bridgers
So far, we have explored how breakups can be rough, positive, and lonely. Phoebe Bridger’s “Motion Sickness” perfectly encapsulates how heartbreak can cause these emotions to hit you all at once. Phoebe Bridgers’ introspective storytelling paints a vivid picture of a tumultuous relationship. She captures the push and pull of emotions that often accompany the end of a romantic connection. The song’s dynamic shifts and subtle nuances add depth and complexity to its emotional narrative, inviting listeners to explore the depths of Bridgers’ introspection with each listen.
While going through a breakup should be a time for moving on, it’s not. Unusual to hold out the hope that things might work out. “Saved” is its heartfelt, candid portrayal of the emotional rollercoaster that accompanies the end of a romantic relationship. Khalid’s alluring voice shines through as he explores heartache and the tug of war within during a breakup, hoping to one day be over someone but also not wanting to lose them forever.
I Dont Wanna Be In Love ( Dance Floor Anthem)- Good Charlotte
The songs we’ve covered so far are about one person dealing with a breakup. Good Charlotte’s “ I Dont Wanna Be In Love” is a look at a couple both dealing with relationship frustrations and the feelings of just being completely done with one another. Even though mutual breakups seem to hit less than a one-sided one, there’s still heartbreak that comes with these endings. “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love” creates a bouncy beat that invites us to dance away their heartache.
Leave (Get Out)- JoJo
For over 20 years, JoJos breakout song “Leave (Get Out)” has been a breakup anthem for generations. Its candid and relatable lyrics offer a bold declaration of independence and self-assurance in the face of a toxic relationship. JoJo’s emotive delivery and fierce vocals add depth and sincerity to the lyrics. She creates a narrative that resonates with anyone who has experienced the pain of the betrayal of a partner. Regardless of age or background, listeners of all generations have found solace and validation in the song’s message of empowerment and liberation. Whether you’re a teenager navigating your first heartbreak or an adult reflecting on past relationships, the song’s message resonates with the shared human experience of love and loss.
While the world celebrates romance and affection, some may find solace in music that speaks to the pain, longing, and healing that accompany the end of a relationship. For those who find themselves grappling with heartbreak this Valentine’s Day, these heartbreak anthems offer solace, validation, and a reminder that they are not alone in their pain. Music has a remarkable ability to heal, uplift, and provide comfort during times of emotional turmoil, and these songs serve as a testament to the power of music to navigate the complexities of heartbreak.