Hey guys! It’s Valentine’s Day! Great, huh?

So, let’s talk about getting dumped.

There are three things I like to do when I’m freshly single: watch High Fidelity on repeat, plan getting a tattoo, and drink a bottle of wine while listening to Deja Entendu in the dark.

Seriously though, there is just something really satisfying about self-pity, and if like me you’ll be spending this evening drinking beer with your solo mates in Hooters, only to stumble home alone singing Paramore come midnight, then this playlist is for you.

Here’s to misery.

1. Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness

You can’t really have a playlist about heartbreak and not put in some Los Campesinos! New album Hello Sadness is perfect to warp any break-up to, so here’s the title track to begin.

2. Broken Family Band – Give and Take

The lyrics in this track are so brutal and exactly what you want to hear when you’ve been chucked. His voice alone is depressing enough.

3. Bon Iver – Skinny Love

Bonnie Bear, back from that album that didn’t count. Such a stark song and words that cut.

4. Robyn – Be Mine!

No matter what issue of the heart Robyn sings about, she always finds a way of telling it like you’ve never heard. Also, I ran out of tracks and couldn’t fit in any emo so this is the only one you can throw down to, sort of.

5. Sharon Van Etten – Love More

Sharon Van Etten really knows how to turn her pain into something productive. God, this song is amazing.

6. Life Without Buildings – Sorrow

I don’t really know what she’s singing about, as with the majority of LWB’s tracks, but it’s just so barren I’m going to pretend it’s miserable.

7. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change

Look into James Murphy’s sad eyes and tell me you can’t feel this song in the pit of your stomach.

8. Beach House – Used To Be

This track is so beautiful it took me forever to realise just how gutting and raw the lyrics really are.

9. Peggy Sue – Yo Mama

You can almost feel the hurt in her voice, and the words echo that newly single self-destructive streak to perfection.


10. Perfume Genius – You Won’t Be Here

Perfume Genius to end, just to remind that there are people with a lot more pain out there… and that his next album is going to blow your heart from your chest.

And if you need some more? Here’s the rest:

Brand New – OK I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t

Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight

The National – Cardinal Song

Dry The River – No Rest

Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark

Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes

Glassjaw – Pretty Lush

The Smiths – How Soon Is Now

Girls – Saying I Love You

Lykke Li – Sadness Is A Blessing

Rufus Wainwright – Vicious World