Hello all, and welcome to another edition of "What I'm Listening To"! This month is the month of Love, and who doesn't like Love songs? Well, this isn't one of those blogs! Today we're going to dive into some all time great Breakup Songs!
"Gives You Hell" - All-American Rejects (When the World Comes Down)
The All-American Rejects were one of a series of "Emo" bands that came out during the early 2000's, and their style resonated with my generation. This isn't a love song, but a song hoping that your ex is regretting leaving you, openly mocking their decision. The song is about how you're so much better off now than when you were with them, and, as the lyric states "When you see my face, hope it gives you hell, hope it gives you hell." What a great ex diss track!
"Don't Speak" - No Doubt (Tragic Kingdom)
No Doubt appeared on the scene in the early 1990's, during the grunge/punk pop era. With Gwen Stefani on vocals, they went to the top of the charts and were a very successful band into the 2000's. "Don't Speak" is a song about two people in a relationship realizing that it is coming to an end. The singer doesn't want her lover to say anything, because there's nothing really left to be said.
"Irreplaceable" - Beyonce (B'Day)
If you have read my blog before, you will know that I am a big Beyonce fan. She's just got IT. This hit song from her second solo album is about kicking her boyfriend out to the curb because he cheated on her. The guy thought he was irreplaceable, but she lets him know that's not the case. Incredible vocals, and a great song about moving on from a bad relationship.
"Someone Like You" - Adele (21)
How do you follow Beyonce? With Adele of course. I love Adele's voice because of how she makes it resonate and hang in the air with grace. This song is mournful and bittersweet. She sings about a past relationship, and how she hasn't gotten over them fully. She wishes the best for the person, sorrowfully, but she also knows she needs to move on and find someone new. Just a beautiful track.
"I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor (The Best of Gloria Gaynor)
Up until this point, I had done more current music I remember growing up. However, I have to end this Breakup Song journey with what I think is THE best breakup song of all time. This song starts about being unsure of what the future will hold. Quickly though, she knows she won't let herself get down, and will survive in getting past her breakup. What also helps this song being uplifting about a bad breakup is the disco music. I've never seen a sad person singing this song, and I know if you play this, you will be shouting the main chorus and dancing soon enough.