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10 Songs to Help You Get Over a Break-Up Pt. 2 (When You Need to Cry)

Updated on May 11, 2014

Okay, so you're still not over it.

This is Part Two of my previous hub (10 Songs to Help You Get Over a Break-Up (and Feel Fab!)). While the previous list is to help you feel empowered and femme and badass, this list is for when you just need a good cry.

Again, I have tried to select songs different from the ones found on the other break-up song lists on the internet.

P.S. You may want to go ahead and grab a tissue box now.

1. "Goodbye Kiss,” Lana Del Rey

Lana was featured in my other list as well (I just love her). This song is her cover of Kasabian's song "Goodbye Kiss," and it is a hauntingly beautiful tear-jerker.

Rock n' roll sent us insane, I hope someday that we will meet again

2. “The Blower’s Daughter,” Damien Rice

Featured on the soundtrack of Closer (2004) (if you haven't seen that movie, please do), this song mourns what is past while looking towards the future. You'll listen to it, you'll cry, and this song will assure that you will be okay, eventually

Life goes easy on me, most of the time

3. “Hiding Out,” Sucré

When I need a good cry, this heart-wrenching song can reduce me to tears in seconds. Soft, beautiful, and rife with emotion, Sucré knows how it feels to nurse a broken heart.

Nobody wants anything unless you give it to them like it's worth something

4. “Goodbye England Covered in Snow,” Laura Marling

Marling has a soft, lulling voice and an honest lyrical style. This song is tragic and beautiful, and talks of hopeful new beginnings.

And I tried to be a girl who likes to be used

5. “Samson,” Regina Spektor

This song will pull at your heart-strings with its simplicity and its forthrightness. Particularly if you've been replaced by your ex, this song will validate you while allowing for some residual possessiveness.

You are my sweetest downfall; I loved you first

6. “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver

I feel as though everyone knows and loves this song, but I still cannot recommend it enough. It is about as raw as raw can be, and it's sure to make you bawl. This is the perfect if you're still rather angry, either at your ex or at yourself, and want to vent in a healthy way.

I told you to be patient, and I told you to be fine, and I told you to be balanced, and I told you to be kind

7. “Pawn Shop Blues,” Lana Del Rey

Yes, Lana's on this list (again). This song is downright melancholic; it's slow, sad, and simple, and if none of these other songs have made you cry yet, this one sure will.

No man can keep me together, been broken since I was born

8. “Tonight,” Lykke Li

Lykke Li's voice is beautiful in its clarity and in its innocence, and this song is a plaintive cry for love and support. When you're still in shock and you're still not over it, this song has got your back.

Don't you let me go, let me go tonight

9. “Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl,” Broken Social Scene

I promise that you don't have to be a teenage girl to appreciate this song! Though simple in its design and lyrics, this song is powerful. Broken Social Scene are notorious for their sweeping instrumental accompaniment, and it absolutely makes this song what it is.

Park that car, drop that phone, sleep on the floor, dream about me

10. "Lies,” The Swell Season

For when you've been cheated on, lied to, or deceived, and you're dealing with all the associated anger and despair. This song offers a powerful release; one that will console you and help you to move on.

(Yes, this is from the movie Once (2006). No, I did not like that movie. However, I do think this song is great.)

You're moving too fast for me and I can't keep up with you

There is no way that your eyes are still dry by now.

There's really nothing more to be said about break-ups; they suck, they hurt, but you will survive, and one day you will be okay, even if it doesn't feel like it right now. In the words of Bren MacGuff, from Juno (2007), maybe you’ll be able to “find a precious blessing from Jesus in this garbage dump of a situation” (though I’m not religious or Catholic, I still think it's hilarious enough to bear repeating).

You may not be okay today, but you will be eventually.

If you're ready to move on to the anger phase, here's a list of 10 fierce break-up songs to perk you up. Not ready for that yet? That's okay dear, I'll wait.


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