Stop crying your heart out: SWL’s top five tunes for singing away Valentine’s blues

Valentine’s Day is a time full of love and romanticism, right? Wrong. For all singletons out there it can be an emotional rollercoaster.

Here at SWL we appreciate that music soothes the soul and we’ve put together the top five Anti-Valentine’s songs to help those of you who have been hurt by Cupid’s arrows.

You may not be serenaded by a sweetheart but that doesn’t mean you can’t warble instead of whine about being alone – not necessarily lonely – on Valentine’s.

These five love-haters cannot help but pull your heart strings and help you head-bang your way through the tough times. Let the countdown begin.

1. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

Camden’s Winehouse was one of the pre-eminent vocalists of her generation before sadly passing away in July 2011 aged just 27.

Back to Black, which went to number 1 in the UK for two weeks in 2007, details her romantic struggles and is a source of solace for angry lovers worldwide.

We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to
I go back to us”

4. Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack

Charles, known as ‘The Genius’, had three number 1 hits including this classic which was voted #387 in the Rolling Stone’s magazine list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

Hit the Road Jack has been immortalised by many hockey teams who play it over their loudspeakers as players are sent to the penalty box and is a source of justification for those who have recently split from partners.

“Woah woman, oh woman, oh you treat me so mean
You’re the meanest old woman that I ever have seen
Well I guess if you say so
I’ll have to pack my things and go”

“Hit the road Jack and don’t cha come back
No more no more no more no more
Hit the road Jack and don’t cha come back
No more”

3. CeeLo Green – F*** You

The American singer caused quite a stir dropping 16 f-bombs in this three-and-a-half minute cult classic, later edited to Forget You.

Green broke the two million mark on YouTube within one week of release in 2010 and it is still a popular tension-reliever after a misguided romantic liaison.

“I see you driving ’round town
With the girl I love and I’m like,
Forget you!
I guess the change in my pocket
Wasn’t enough I’m like,
F*** you!
And f*** her too!”

2. Puddle Of Mudd – She Hates Me

American post-grunge band Puddle of Mudd received worldwide acclaim for their song detailing a hapless male who ruins a relationship and loses his girl.

She Hates Me is a crowd favorite with the crowd joining in the chorus at their concerts with many men relating to having a once-affectionate girlfriend turn sour.

“She was queen for about an hour
After that shit got sour
She took all I ever had
No sign of guilt
No feeling of bad, no”

“She f***ing hates me
Trust she f***ing hates me
La la la love
I tried too hard and she tore my feelings like I had none
And ripped them away”

And the winner is…

1. Kelis – Caught Out There

American artist Kelis garnered European fame when her single Caught Out There, slang for being caught cheating, hit number four in the UK charts.

The iconic line when she belts out her frustration: “I hate you so much right now!” is iconic worldwide and the slogan of many jilted lovers.

This song is for all the women out there
That been lied to by their men
And I know you all been lied to
Over and over again”

“I hate you so much right now
I hate you so much right now”

Picture courtesy of Kim Erlandsen/NRK P3, with thanks

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