LOVE STINKS: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Playlist

Single peeps, lemme rap with ya for a minute. We all know that, for the most part, being on your own is pretty great. But there are some days where you feel like the only person in the world who isn’t in a deep, committed, Westley-and-Buttercup-style relationship. And that can feel pretty un-righteous, ya dig?

Earlier this week, I found myself in the throes of this particular brand of malaise, so naturally I looked up a classic bit from Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer to cheer myself up a little. It did the trick. After all, sometimes the best cure for an unpleasant mood is to wallow in it.

Watching that video got me thinking about other songs in the same vein as “Love Stinks.” I scribbled them down, and before long, I’d devoted a solid afternoon to crafting a playlist dedicated to the many stages of single-ness, from bitterness and melancholy to revelry and hope for new love.

Whether you’re a lone wolf or have been struck by Cupid’s arrow, please enjoy this weird little playlist, mostly cobbled out of songs I found on my iPod. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify or check out the individual songs below.


Stage 1: BITTERNESS/ANGER/RESENTMENT

For when you’ve been hurt and you’re fed up with it all 

“Love Stinks” The J. Geils Band

You love her
But she loves him
And he loves somebody else
You just can’t win
And so it goes
Till the day you die
This thing they call love
It’s gonna make you cry

 

“One More Minute” “Weird Al” Yankovic

That’s right, you ain’t gonna see me cryin’
I’m glad that you found somebody new
‘Cause I’d rather spend eternity eating shards of broken glass
Than spend one more minute with you

 

“The Chain” Fleetwood Mac

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain

 

“No Children” The Mountain Goats

And I hope when you think of me years down the line
You can’t find one good thing to say
And I’d hope that if I found the strength to walk out
You’d stay the hell out of my way

 

“White Blank Page”/“I Gave You All” Mumford & Sons

Tell me now, where was my fault
In loving you with my whole heart


And you rip it from my hands
And you swear it’s all gone

And you rip out all I had
Just to say that you

 

Stage 2: MELANCHOLY/REGRET/LOSS

Because you’re not really alone when you’ve got all those memories to keep you company

“Mess” Ben Folds Five

But I don’t believe in love
And I can’t be changed
All alone as I’ve learned to be
In this mess I have made

 

“April Come She Will” Simon & Garfunkel

August, die she must
The autumn winds blow
Chilly and cold
September, I remember
A love once new
Has now grown old

 

“Goodbye” Elton John

I’m sorry I took your time
I am the poem that doesn’t rhyme
Just turn back a page
I’ll waste away

 

“I’m Not The Only One” Sam Smith

You and me, we made a vow
For better or for worse
I can’t believe you let me down
But the proof’s in the way it hurts

 

Stage 3: FREEDOM/REVELRY/RELIEF

Good riddance to the past, time to live for the now

“Tainted Love” Soft Cell

Don’t touch me, please
I cannot stand the way you tease
I love you though you hurt me so
Now I’m gonna pack my things and go

 

“Rumour Has It” Adele

But rumor has it he’s the one I’m leaving you for

 

“Ex’s & Oh’s” Elle King

One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
‘Cause I’m the best baby that they never got to keep
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
They always wanna come, but they never wanna leave

 

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Beyoncé

I need no permission, did I mention
Don’t pay him any attention
‘Cause you had your turn
And now you gonna learn
What it really feels like to miss me

 

Stage 4: WISTFULNESS/LONGING/HOPE

For rebuilding, and for when you’re ready to dream of love again

“I Want to Break Free” Queen

But life still goes on
I can’t get used to livin’ without, livin’ without
Livin’ without you by my side
I don’t want to live alone, hey
God knows, got to make it on my own

 

“All These Things That I’ve Done” The Killers

Another head aches, another heart breaks
I’m so much older than I can take
And my affection, well it comes and goes
I need direction to perfection, no no no no

 

“This Too Shall Pass” OK Go

You know you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down
And you can’t keep draggin’ that dead weight around
If there ain’t all that much to lug around,
Better run like hell when you hit the ground
When the morning comes

 

“Everything Will Be Alright” The Killers

I believe in you and me
I’m coming to find you

If it takes me all night
Wrong until you make it right

 Everything will be alright

 

Happy V-Day, everybody!
-Alyssa

 

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