Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate Valentine’s Day. This is a list of ten anti-love songs (in no particular order) for the jaded and/or hurt individuals out there. Whether you get sad or angry, enjoy and play loud.
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Ben Folds Five- Song For The Dumped (1997)
This song perfectly echoes the range of emotions you experience immediately after a break-up. Whether you were recently dumped or just want to angrily re-live the moment, this song is for you. Who knows, after listening to this track you may call up your ex and yell: “I want my money back and don’t forget my black T-shirt.”
Vannila Fudge- You Keep Me Hangin’ On (1967)
Although you could also go with the original version by the Supremes, this version’s pounding drums and bass will certainly get you more riled up. It is the perfect song for those who have been dumped, but their ex keeps giving them false hopes. If this is the case, just tell your ex: “let me get over you, like you’ve gotten over me.” This song also taught us that the being “friends” just does not work because it only “breaks your heart again.”
Guns N’ Roses- Used To Love Her (But I Had To Kill Her) (1988)
No one is encouraging any criminal activity here! This is simply a great hard rock tune that typifies the anti-love song spirit. The tongue-in-cheek lyrics explain the tale of a man who murders his ex and buries her six feet deep, but “can still hear her complain.”
Alanis Morissette- You Oughta Know (1995)
If this track doesn’t make all the guys out there weary of breaking up with a girl, I don’t know what will. Just remember that if you mistreat someone they may stick around a while so they can: “remind you of the mess you left when you went away.” Aside from some relatable lyrics, the music, which features Flea and Dave Navarro is quite good.
Warren Zevon- Finishing Touches (1991)
This Zevon song demonstrates that there is “no use hanging around” in a miserable relationship. If you’re at that point in your relationship where you can no longer stand to talk to one another, Zevon would tell you that “it’s the final act of your little tragedy.”
J. Geils Band- Love Stinks (1980)
Perhaps one of the most popular anti-love anthems, “Love Stinks” has all the basics covered. Whether its unrequited love, feeling down in the dumps or any other universal theme you can think of; it’s all in here. It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s simple and all-inclusive.
Bob Dylan- Love Sick (1997)
It seems like Bob Dylan has a song for every occasion and anti-love songs are no different. “Love Sick” is off of Dylan’s Grammy Award winning album Time Out of Mind. Dylan nails the sentiments of the bitter when he sings: “I’m sick of love, I wish I’d never met you. I’m sick of love, I’m tryin’ to forget you.”
Bauhaus- Crowds (1980)
This B-side off of Bauhaus’ first album In the Flat Field is labeled as a song to fickle fans, but it can also be a post-break up song. Peter Murphy’s lyrics perfectly embody post-break up sentiments like: “You worthless b****, you fickle s***. You will spit on me, you will make me spit. And when the Judas howl arise and like the Jesus Jews you opitimize. I’ll still be here as strong as you and I’ll walk away in spite of you.”
Sisters Of Mercy- Some Kind Of Stranger (1985)
This Sisters of Mercy track is perhaps one of the most depressing on the list. It is a song for those who have some deep regrets lingering in terms of their last relationship. Just remember, no matter how bad your story, Andrew Eldritch of the Sisters has probably had it worse. Eldritch nicely addresses those individuals who try to “talk” their way back into a relationship: “All of my words are secondhand and useless in the face of this.” Just remember, “The real truth is never spoken.”
The Smiths- I Know It’s Over (1986)
Depending on how you look at this song is either one of the saddest or most beautiful songs you’ll ever hear. Or perhaps its both. It addresses staying with someone for all the wrong reasons in words like: “And I know it’s over, still I cling. I don’t know where else I can go” and being alone like: “If you’re so so very good looking, then why are you on your own tonight?”