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July 1, 2014

11 Songs About Heartbreak For When You Just Really Need A Good Cry

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Sometimes all you need is that one friend and good music to get you through the day.

1. “Colors,” by Amos Lee

This is one afternoon song you have to hear when you just got dumped, or you just got into a heavy fight with your significant other. This will jerk your tears out of you faster than anything you’ve ever known. This song will make you think, make you reminisce, and make you realize his or her real worth. This might also make you realize how dull the world is when you’re alone.

2. “Turn Your Love,” by Jack Johnson

When we talk about Jack Johnson, it always screams feel-good, chill out songs. And feel good doesn’t always mean feel right after hearing it, mind. This one is a simple yet deep kind of a gloomy song, the type to which the people in their late 20s or early 30s can surely relate. But hey, everybody still can — it just depends where you’re coming from. This song talks about two old lovers parting, they don’t want to but they have to, and they have accepted that. And they’re just trying to make the most of the time remaining in their relationship. (And you KNOW that happens every now and again in real life.)

3. “A Beautiful Mess” by Jason Mraz

This one isn’t a break up or hate song. This one is just a sad love song. The lyrics are right, but the tune — it just makes you feel beautifully sad. This one is for the lost souls who eventually found themselves again. And for the finders who truly appreciate the treasure they’ve found amidst all the damaged pieces of broken hearts and dreams.

4. “Don’t Say Goodbye, Say Goodnight,” by Binocular

This one’s a classic. If you’re a 90s kid then you’ve probably grown up to this kind of alternative music. The title speaks for itself. It’s one sad break up song. This song relives a hundred memories in my mind, and the happiest are surely the hardest to think about. This one is perfect for the final moments of your relationship. The time when you finally decided that it’s time to go. Listening to this kind of hurts pretty badly when you really get into the zone and the lyrics are just too right.

5. “Better That We Break,” by Maroon 5

This is a post-break up song. Maybe days, months, or even years after the breakup, and you found yourself still in love with that girl or guy but you realize it’s for the best to stay that way, this one’s perfect. This one will hit you hard after realizing that you still haven’t moved on, but you’d rather stay away because it’s your fault why all these happened. So you’ll just continue sulking at the thought of it all, and wait until it all the emotions finally wither or hopefully get out of your system entirely. 


6. “Vienna,” by The Fray

Again, a break up song. But this is like one of Jack Johnson’s, the deep and haunting type of music they always seem to have behind the beauty of their tunes. This is for the one who is leaving town, going away for good, the lover leaving it all behind and letting fate decide for the relationship. If you’re one of the ones determined to forget, this song is for you. 


7. “Come Around,” by Rhett Miller

This one’s another classic 90s song. It’s been used in the soundtrack of the American comedy series Scrubs. It’s another post-breakup song, but with simple yet clear and bold lyrics everyone can surely relate to. Months and a few failed relationships after the break up, you hear this song. And bam, you suddenly realized who really mattered from the start and how your life sucks now that the time and chance has gone. 


8. “Breathe In, Breathe Out,” by Mat Kearney

This one belongs to the soundtrack of Grey’s Anatomy, this isn’t a breakup song. But this is for the struggling relationships. The one’s holding on a thin line, and for the ones fighting to hold on. This one’s good. The song’s not actually sad in fact it speaks about real love, but what makes it heart wrenching is the memories that go along with the tune as you play it. It will surely come crashing down. 


9. “Not Over You,” by Gavin Degraw

This one’s a good, upbeat yet still very miserable song. For the hopeless and the hopefuls, this is just right. For the ones left behind, the ones who haven’t moved on just a very small bit, for the ones hoping to get back and give it another shot and lastly for the in denials. Sometimes it’s easy making yourself believe that you’re already fine, but one good song is all you need to wake up to the sheer reality that you’ve been trying to avoid all this time. 


10. “Stay High,” by Tove Lo ft. Hippie Sabotage

This is a new song, and it will hit you harder than your mom’s hands once you feel where the song is coming from. This is for the ones who find it real damn hard to accept the truth that it’s over. The ones who want to escape reality. The poor people who try to live life in the shimmer of clubs, drugs and alcohol just to get away from it all, this is the song for you. This one is really sad, especially when this happens to explain your life right now.


11. “Everybody Knows,” by John Legend

Who doesn’t love John Legend? Amidst all of his famed love songs I found this good break up tune. For the ones who’ve been cheated on or been left behind, for the ones regretting what could have been, and for the hopefuls wishing there could have been a second chance to make things right. This one might help you take an inch closer to acceptance and moving on. But still I won’t guarantee that it wouldn’t fill up your eyes. TC mark