We’ve all been there, and well, breaking up sucks “ no matter if you’re the dumper or dumpee. Even the most independent, newly single gals sometimes need a little help to move on. Download these tunes and scream (like Emily Haines from Metric does, photo at left), curse and sob your little heart out. We promise, you’ll feel better. Plus, it’s way more cathartic and WAY fewer calories than that tub of Ben and Jerry’s you’ve been eyeing.
1. Your Ex-Lover is Dead
Crank it up because: A band based on being lyrically rich, this track was designed specifically for Twitter and Facebook status updates.
2. Breaking Up
Artist: Rilo Kiley
Crank it up because: Jenny Lewis understands the importance of being able to belt out a phrase like it feels good to be free.
3. You Oughta Know
Artist: Alanis Morissette
Crank it up because: It’s not a breakup soundtrack without Alanis’ iconic 1995 hit. (Now, if only we didn’t know it was actually written about Dave Coulier.)
4. I Know It’s Over
Artist: The Smiths
Crank it up because: It’s Morrissey. If he doesn’t know misery, no one does.
5. End of the Affair
Artist: Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice
Crank it up because: They may be indie’s cutest couple, but together their musical angst is designed solely for moments of heartbreak.
6. Walking With a Ghost
Artist: Tegan & Sara
Crank it up because: These Canadian indie twins know their way around a this relationship is over rock song.
7. Skinny Love
Artist: Bon Iver
Crank it up because: It has the right mix of tear-jerker moments and parts that you can just belt out loud.
8. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Artist: The Postal Service
Crank it up because: One of Ben Gibbard’s primary strengths is to make us all able to curl up and declare it’s true “ between tears.
9. I’m An Animal
Artist: Neko Case
Crank it up because: Badass through and through, Neko Case makes her bold declarations while simultaneously empowering anyone and everyone within a ten kilometre radius.
10. I’m Good, I’m Gone
Artist: Lykke Li
Crank it up because: Breakups shouldn’t stop you from dancing. Lykke Li’s 2009 is an “I’m ready to move on” anthem.
Do you agree with this list? What’s your ultimate breakup tune?