Top 10 Break Up Songs: #3 “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is the queen of breakup songs.  (Selfishly, I’m a little worried how her happy marriage will affect her music.)  The reason this is a great song is because, usually–life is better after a break up.  There is a REASON people break up.  You aren’t meant to be with everybody.  And sometimes those people are real jerks, so who needs them around anyway?

Rock on and move on!


Top 10 Break Up Songs: #4 “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

Break-ups = Inspiration

You’re feeling feelings.  You’re feeling creative.  Break-ups can be the most artistic time of your life, because you need art to heal.

Adele took that pain and made a masterpiece out of it.  Her album “21″ is fantastic and “Rolling in the Deep” is the biggest treasure.  It’s fast, it’s painful, it’s sassy…it’s a little bit of every feeling you go through during the end of a relationship.


Top 10 Break Up Songs: #5 “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley

As you get to know me, you’ll start to notice that Elvis will pretty much always make an appearance in my thoughts, dreams, and Top 10 lists. (Yes, the second Presley to make the list!)

I know Elvis didn’t write the song, but his delivery made it legendary. He captivated the world with the way he sang the words. He painted the picture of that lonely street with the lonely hearts as guests. (FYI-I’ve stayed at the Heartbreak Hotel in Memphis. It has a continental breakfast.)

This isn’t a video, but every video I watched was too distracting. The live performances are great, but the screams–his looks. While AMAZING, just the audio is good for when you’re feeling that break-up sting.

Top 10 Break Up Songs: #6 “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

I really feel that I’m losing my best friend.

Losing that constant conversation partner can be one of the worst aspects of a breakup. Part of the reason I don’t want to get attached again. That time you’re getting used to be alone sucks. Then again, maybe I can enter into a new relationship with a different approach. Not be so dependent on the person. (Yes, I have issues.) It’s not so much the individual, but what they provide. Habits are hard to break.

But is that possible?

Anyway, No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom was the second CD I owned. (The first will be featured on this list later.) And this song is one of the best on the album.

Top 10 Break Up Songs: #7 “I Fall to Pieces” by Patsy Cline

You see your ex in public, and your stomach drops.  Why?  Because you still have feelings for him/her.  Full disclosure–this has never happened to me.  And any feelings I have toward exes are NOT full of love, believe me.  (But those are stories for other blog posts.)

Listening to Patsy Cline sing about those feelings, though?  It almost makes me understand it.  Certainly makes me feel it.

I imagine I’d really get this if a boyfriend in high school had broken up with me and I saw him occasionally in the hallway.  Luckily I didn’t have that problem in high school.  No boy ever broke up with me when I was a teenager! (It’s easy to avoid when you don’t have a boyfriend. ;) )

Enjoy Ms. Cline.


Top 10 Break Up Songs: #9 “So What” by P!nk

I just saw P!nk in concert, and So What was the finale. She was flying through the air and it was inspiring. P!nk is such a fearless performer–spinning while singing, dangling from the arms of chiseled men…and her abs are FIERCE. This song is a great break up song because it basically says- “I don’t need you.”

And that is a good thing about a romance ending. You are reminded of your individuality and strength. You will survive and thrive despite the sucky experience.

“So what? I’m still a rock star!” Especially if you’ve found you’ve lost yourself in a relationship, and become a “we” instead of “she”–the breakup is the time to remind yourself what an amazing person you are.

P!nk got back together with her husband, and I’m glad. But I’m also glad she got angry enough to write this song. He’s in the video, by the way!

Top 10 Break Up Songs: #10 “Idiot” by Lisa Marie Presley

I haven’t gone through a break up recently, so I’m not in a rage, but the idea popped in my head when I saw Lisa Marie Presley in concert in October.  I love Lisa Marie for an obvious reason–I love Elvis.  So I want to support his daughter.

Having said that, Lisa Marie is  a great artist in her own right.  When I see her in concert, I remember she is a Presley for about 5 minutes and then I get lost in her music and appreciate her for being herself alone.

One of my favorite songs by LMP is “Idiot”–because it says what we all want to say.  (I mean, some of us are diplomatic when ending a relationship, right?)  “You’re an idiot, and I hate your guts.”  Next time  I break up with someone, this will be first on my playlist.