10 Notoriously Sad Songs To Indulge In When You’re Bitterly Heartbroken

After your BFFs have volted-in and given you the much needed lift (as if!) over several bottles of beer (or wine or Starbucks coffee jelly for the ladies), time to say good-bye. You head back to your crib, lie down on your bed and look blankly up the ceiling. During this moment of inevitable solitude, crazy things rumble inside your head. You drift away into your own reverie. And then you make that stupid mistake of turning the radio on. The bitterly familiar hum starts to reel in, “You are the minstrel and I you can touch…”

Did I set the mood right? You bet, I did! Now time to reveal the cruelest among the cruel songs (ever) that remind us of the bad side of love.

1.  Love is a Losing Game by Amy Winehouse

Best lines:

Though I’m rather blind
Love is a fate resigned
Memories mar my mind
Love is a fate resigned

Over futile odds
And laughed at by the gods
And now the final frame
Love is a losing game

2.  Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy

Best lines:

So you're gone and I'm haunted
And I bet you are just fine
Did I make it that easy to walk
Right in and out of my life?

Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
Why can't you just let me be?

3.  Angel by Sarah Maclachlan

Best lines:

Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
There’s always one reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction
Oh beautiful release
Memory seeps from my veins
Let me be empty
And weightless and maybe
 I’ll find some peace tonight

4.  Broken Strings by James Morrison

Best lines:

Let me hold you for the last time
It's the last chance to feel again
But you broke me, now I can't feel anything

When I love you and so untrue
I can't even convince myself
When I'm speaking it's the voice of someone else

Oh, it tears me up
 I tried to hold on but it hurts too much
 I tried to forgive but it's not enough
 To make it all okay

5.  Chasing Pavements by Adele

Best lines:

I've made up my mind, don't need to think it over
If I'm wrong I am right, don't need to look no further
This ain't lust, I know this is love

But if I tell the world, I'll never say enough
'Cause it was not said to you
And that's exactly what I need to do if I'd end up with you

Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?
Or would it be a waste even if I knew my place
Should I leave it there?
Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?

6.  Broken by Lifehouse

Best lines:

The broken clock is a comfort, it helps me sleep tonight
Maybe it can stop tomorrow from stealing all my time
I am here still waiting though i still have my doubts
I am damaged at best, like you've already figured out


I'm falling apart, I'm barely breathing
With a broken heart that's still beating
In the pain, there is healing
In your name I find meaning
So I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on, 
I'm holdin' on
 I'm barely holdin' on to you

7.  Soulmate by Natasha Bedingfield

Best lines:

Here we are again, circles never end
How do I find the perfect fit?
There's enough for everyone
But I'm still waiting in line

Who doesn't long for someone to hold
Who knows how to love you without being told
Somebody tell me why I'm on my own
If there's a soulmate for everyone

8.  Run by Snow Patrol

Best lines:

I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go
You've been the only thing that's right
In all I've done

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here

9.  Smile by Tamia

Best lines:
Sometimes I sit at home by the phone, 
hopin’ he might call me but he don’t call me
But then I realized dreams come true aren’t for girls like me, not like me
And so I go around with my head up like it ain’t no thing
And when the boys around with all my friends I’m into other things ‘coz
You never let them see you sweat, don’t want them to think the pain runs deep, Lord knows its killing

So I put on my make up, put a smile on my face
And if anyone ask me everything is ok
I'm laughing 'coz no one knows the joke is on me
'Coz I'm dyin inside with my pride and a smile on my face...on my face

10.  Lie to Me by Shane Mack

Best lines:

Lie, while you're even early
Deny, that you're in any hurry
Cry, and tell me not to worry
'Cause what I don't know, is never gonna hurt me

Breathe, now baby don't feel guilty
Deceive me, then just walk away
Leave me, the truth will only kill me
It's gotta be, it's gotta be this way

One more bad excuse
Before you turn me lose
Give me something to remember you by
Couldn't you offer me
A little dishonesty
Promise me you'll try
You'll lie to me

** Bonus Song: Jars of Heart by Christina Perri

Best Lines:

And I learned to live, half-alive
And now you want me one more time

Who do you think you are?
Runnin' round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You're gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don't come back for me
Who do you think you are?

These songs really got it. They captured the deepest sensibilities of every human’s yearning for love… in whatever forms. It mirrored every one of us who dared to plunge into the sea of love, unmindful of its consequences and the possibility of emerging empty-handed. They say the best way to heal a broken heart is to deal with it head on. Did I mention that these songs also have über melancholic melodies that can really drag you down into your rock bottom? So indulge!

Do you agree with me, or think that I’m just being melodramatic? Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts or your own song selections. You can leave a
comment below.

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Ka-Swak said…
"I'm falling apart, I'm barely breathing

With a broken heart that's still beating

In the pain, there is healing

In your name I find meaning

So I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on,
I'm holdin' on
 I'm barely holdin' on to you"

that lines remind me of someone i have lost 3 years ago.
though i broke the cds that she gave to me, her memories always stay. wish i could erase everything!!!
ArvinGrepo said…
Nice dig. :) I'm not much of a I'll-listen-to-a-song-when-I'm-down guy, but these selections will obviously trigger everyone's emo moments. :)
Karlie Bradshaw said…
@ Ka-Swak - what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger... so dapat no regrets... bahala na lang si "Karmi Martin" sa kanya! hehe
Karlie Bradshaw said…
Thanks Arvin! Well, I'm definitely the "I'll-listen-to-a-song-when-I'm-down" guy! hehe sometimes I want to over-indulge in melancholia... until I feel so pathetic that I don't wanna deal with it anymore... tapos yun na... bounce back to life na! hehe para isang buhusan na lang. ... then I'll say "Ok I'm so done with you... next!" (feeling mahaba ang line! haha)
Mac Callister said…
swak na swak yun kay natasha na "soulmate" hayyyy kaka-sad...
Karlie Bradshaw said…
@Mac Callister - Ultimate sad song for singles! hayst... (malalim na buntong-hininga!) hehe
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