Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means if you’re single, take shelter! Stores have been full of hearts, chocolates and teddy bears ever since the New Year, reminding people that if they don’t have a date, they need to find one. Television commercials are dripping with underlying messages, “Don’t spend Valentine’s Day alone and loveless. Who else will buy you diamonds?” and chic flicks are getting more airtime, reminding single people they still don’t have their happy ending.
The holiday has a way of resurfacing memories of old flings and bringing about sadness and resentment towards the ones who broke your heart. This Valentine’s Day, instead of sitting home alone, feeling sorry for yourself and watching The Notebook while sobbing over your Noah that got away, make an Anti-Valentine’s Day Mix and blare it as loud as you possibly can.
I’ve put together a collection of songs that are empowering for those who have had their heart broken and will be spending Valentine’s Day alone.
Alanis Morissette, “You Oughta Know”
If your ex is with someone else and annoyingly happy with the relationship, this is one of the best possible songs to sing at the top of your lungs. Alanis Morissette has some serious resentment toward the man who broke her heart and started dating the next girl suspiciously soon.
Put all your emotion into the song and belt the lyrics, “And every time you speak her name, does she know how you told me you’d hold me, until you died, ’til you died? But you’re still alive!”
Beyonce, “Best Thing I Never Had”
Did your crush turn out to be the biggest ass on the face of the planet? Beyonce can relate! If you know how much better off you are without that other person weighing you down, sing your heart out with Bey. “There was a time I thought, that you did everything right. No lies, no wrong – boy, I must’ve been outta my mind.”
Taylor Swift, “Picture to Burn”
Taylor Swift is the Goddess of Breakup Songs, and she makes sure they’re not all sad. “Picture to Burn” is the perfect mix of anger and bitterness that comes along with a breakup mixed with sarcasm and spunk.
Channel your inner T-Swift and sing along. “State the obvious, I didn’t get my perfect fantasy. I realized you love yourself more than you could ever love me.”
Kellie Pickler, “Best Days of Your Life”
No matter if your ex is married, engaged or just hooking up with someone you can’t stand, they’ve already had the best days of their lives… at least Kellie thinks so. Get your country twang on as you sing along with Ms. Pickler, “I’ll be there in the back of your mind, from the day we met to the very last night. And it’s just too bad, you’ve already had the best days, the best days of your life.”
Kelly Clarkson, “Never Again”
Finally being able to see through the person for whom you were once head over heels doesn’t take away the bitterness, but it sure helps to focus your feelings. Kelly Clarkson’s powerful vocals make the song hit home. Belt along with the first American Idol winner with the lyrics, “I hope the ring you gave to her turns her finger green. I hope when you’re in bed with her, you think of me.”
Jessie James, “I Look So Good (Without You)”
Don’t end your Valentine’s Day thinking about the past, but rather looking forward towards the future. Post-breakup, focus on yourself and make a better you… that’s what Jessie James does. You’re bound to become a healthier and happier person when you let the sadness and anger go and think of how much better you can look without having that other person in your life to worry about. “Now baby, my body’s looking better than before. Ain’t biting my nails since you walked out of the door. I realize now I deserve so much more than what you give.”
Not every Valentine’s Day will be spent alone, but to get through this year’s and come out of it feeling empowered, jam to music that doesn’t dwell on the “what if.” Anti-Valentine’s Day can feel just as good, if not better, than the commercially known “love” holiday.Tags: alanis morissette, anti-valentines day, break up songs, heart break songs, Kelly Clarkson, Playlist