14 Anti-Love Songs for Valentine’s Day

7 Feb

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us.

Whether you are all for roses and heart-shaped candies or think Cupid is Public Enemy Number One, I have some music selections for you.


Here are 14 songs about how terrible and painful love can be. All are available to borrow from the library or through interlibrary loan.

1. Jay Z, “Song Cry”

Obviously this song, which is on The Blueprint, is from the ante-B&BI (before Beyonce & Blue Ivy) era of Jay Z’s life.

2. Fleetwood Mac, “Blue Letter”

A lesser-known kiss-off track from Fleetwood Mac, whose album Rumours included several of that theme.

3. No Doubt, “Don’t Speak

Countless teen girls in the 1990s have recovered from heartbreak by listening to this song.

4. Alanis Morissette, “You Oughta Know

Some 1990s girls sobbed to “Don’t Speak”, but some raged to “You Oughta Know”.

5. Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball

“Wrecking Ball”, while honest and raw lyrically, may be too down-tempo for twerking.

6. P!nk, “So What

P!nk makes the single life look pretty fun in this video.

7. Goldfrapp, “Rocket

For those who wish an ex would vanish from the planet, this one’s for you.

8. The National, “Sorrow

The lyric “Sorrow’s a girl inside my cake” succeeds in making cake depressing.

9. Abba, “Waterloo

A breakup song that gives a history lesson with a danceable beat.

10. Linda Ronstadt, “You’re No Good

A retro fabulous song by a scorned lady–the back-up singers make this track.

11. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”

This song was first performed and written by Dolly Parton, but Whitney Houston made it soar.

12. Better Than Ezra, “Good

Do you remember this band from the 1990s and this catchy song?

13. Fiona Apple, “Limp

Fiona Apple provided a steady stream of songs for wronged women in the late 1990s.

14. Cyndi Lauper, “Time After Time”

A simple, bittersweet song from Cyndi Lauper’s classic album, She’s So Unusual.

Bonus Track!

Wale, “The Break Up Song”

This is one of my favorite breakup songs, which exists on a Wale mixtape that the library doesn’t own. (Sorry.) As the video is similar in theme to (500) Days of Summer, an excellent anti-love movie with an equally excellent soundtrack, I can recommend those instead.

Please come back next week, on Valentine’s Day, for 14 love song recommendations.

-Written by Kerry Weinstein, Reference Librarian

2 Responses to “14 Anti-Love Songs for Valentine’s Day”

  1. Lois February 14, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Kerry: You forgot Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” Probably the most famous.


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