The Epic Breakup Playlist

So a long time ago I broke up with the love of my life.  It was awful and terrible and pretty much everything else you’d expect. I hadn’t branched out and made a lot of connections in school and most of my older friends from HS were away at their second year of college. This break-up wasn’t particularly surprising, but to my young, barely scratched heart, it was simply devastating- curl in a ball, make yourself as small as possible, and cry in the corner of the shower devastating.  One of my closest friends was away at Penn State and couldn’t drive home for something of this nature (obviously) so she sent me the following. An epic breakup playlist.  I think it’s important I share this, after coming across it for the first time in 5 years.  I think it’s important that you read it, use it and share it.  So enjoy- this post isn’t about my writing, it’s about music and long distance, but just as important, female friendship.

Sooo, I’m not home to physically hand you the classic breakup CD, but what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t try (answer: a bad one). So! I made a list of all the songs I listened to asnd a bunch that I thought may help. Also, being the ocd organized person I am, I’m putting them in categories and providing a brief description (so that you aren’t eating ice cream while listening to female empowerment….you get the picture). I also know that you and I have different music tastes sometimes, but give some of these songs a chance (believe me, I tried them out a little while ago, they help).

These songs are the ones that you listen to when you are in that mood where you just want to sleep and just be…downcast and reflective.
Wreck of the Day-Anna Nalick
Clear As a Bell- Rosie Thomas
Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley (its the most emo version, it adds to the effect)
Look After You- The Fray
Look What You’ve Done- JET
Fallen-Sarah McLachlan
Round Here-Counting Crows
Acoustic No.3-Goo Goo Dolls
Unusual Way-Nine Soundtrack (I know, its a musical, but its a really appropriate song. Like scary appropriate)
Hand Me Down- Matchbox 20 (now, dont get me wrong, I’m not saying you are the subject of the song, but its a very, very good self pity song and I secretly love it for being so)

The Script; These songs are all by The Script and their latest album is the ultimate breakup album. I couldn’t categorize them anyway else. You really should just listen to the entire thing, but these are the best songs:
The End Where I Began (my current facebook status for you <3)
Before The Worst
We Cry

Remember when we were in the library one day and you said that you duet with yourself to that one Meatloaf song b/c it’s just that epic? These are those kinds of songs (once you learn the lyrics). Hop in the car, crank the radio up, and sing out the anger and the hurt (at the top of your lungs of course)
I Don’t Wanna Be In Love-Good Charlotte
Second Chance-Shinedown
It Ends Tonight-All American Rejects
Where Does the Good Go-Tegan and Sara
Goodbye My Lover-James Blunt
In the Rough-Anna Nalick
This Is How A Heart Breaks-Rob Thomas
Here’s to the Night-Eve 6
Goodnight, Goodnight-Maroon 5
Over My Head-The Fray
Happy-Leona Lewis
Because of You-Kelly Clarkson
Already Gone-Kelly Clarkson
Energy-Keri Hilson

Finally, these are the songs that you listen to for empowerment–for when you want to know that you can (and will) get passed this smile emoticon
In the Rough-Anna Nalick
I Don’t Wanna Be In Love-Good Charlotte (yes I repeated some, they are good songs!)
Knock You Down-Keri Hilson
Let Go-Frou Frou
Happy-Leona Lewis

Love ya ~Rach”