Staff Picks Playlist: Heartbreak Hits

Heartache is undoubtedly one of the most popular themes in music and some great songs have surfaced from the topic. This week’s Staff Picks Playlist features a strong set of breakup songs to will help anyone get through a heartbreak.

“Before I Cave In” by Too Close To Touch

One of two singles that the band has put out recently that are obvious break up songs. The song outlines the singers flaws that lead to the end of the relationship. The chorus is singer Keaton Pierce pleading for them to get out of his head, while in the pre-chorus he’s coming to terms with the fact that maybe they were meant to leave. If you’re fighting through a break up, this song may not help you, but you’ll definitely relate to it. (Robert Sherman, Writer/Photographer)

“Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC

Who could forget *NSYNC’s turn of the millennial hit? This song is perfect for when an ex tries to creep back into your life. Just remember, don't allow yourself to be a fool, or another player in your ex's game for two. (Zoe Dillman, Photographer)

“New Rules” by Dua Lipa

No doubt this song became everyone’s new favorite when it released. It's catchy and relatable. Personally, I really connected with this song as I have personally struggled with some of the situations she’s gotten herself into. But you always have learn from your mistakes. Ironically, he’s still my friend, but I wake up in my own bed lol. So it all worked out. (Carolina Rivera, Photographer)

“But I Do” by Now, Now

I listened to this record a lot when someone I liked for a really long time and I departed rather abruptly. The last two lines of the song struck hard for me when she sings “I am what you need when you can’t find it somewhere else, I am what you want when you don’t want anything else.” Basically the nature of the relationship, and a very somber and cathartic song to listen to when you’re learning to let go of something that just wasn’t meant to be. (Jordyn Beschel, Editor/Photographer)

“Mess We’ve Made” by AJ Rafael feat. Tori Kelly

I wrote a huge caption for this song because it was so damn relatable, but instead I’m keeping it short and leaving you with this: Sometimes, with love, it just has to end... And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor in Chief)

“I will show you” by Ailee

Instead of recommending what most people think when they hear “heartbreak hits,” a sad song, I’m giving you “I will show you” by Korean American Ailee. It’s the epitome of a power song, where the girl after a breakup basically says, “Forget you; I’m better than you anyway and I’ll prove it.” No need to be sad here. (Catherine Streng, Writer)

“Shout Out To My Ex” by Little Mix

If I was heartbroken after Zayn left One Direction, I can only imagine the thoughts that went into this track after breaking his engagement with Little Mix member Perrie Edwards. A great pop anthem, you can’t help but scream along hoping that your ex sees how much better you’re doing without them. (Starr Brown, Writer)

“Undress Me” by Saves The Day

Saves The Day is known for writing sad lyrics over fast and upbeat tones. When they write a song as sad as this, accompanied by slow guitars and dramatic drum beats, this song hurts so good. The vulnerability of Chris Conley’s voice and lyrics is what makes this song for me. Who hurt you, Chris!? (Zeltzin Vazquez, Photographer)

“Swallowed In The Sea” by Coldplay

Coldplay’s music never fails to express even the darkest of emotions in the most beautiful ways. The poetic verses and atmospheric instrumentals really hit your soul. This song in particular has always struck me the hardest out of all the Coldplay ballads. Every line is so deep and pungent, and the words can take on their own meaning depending on the listener. If you’re going through a breakup, grab some tissues and blast some Coldplay. You’ll be sad, but you’ll be sad listening to good music. (Brittany Isaacson, Editor/Photographer)

“You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” by Demi Lovato

Although I’ve never been through a major breakup or extreme heartbreak, this song paints a picture of what that’s like. “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” can be applied to moving on from a toxic friendship, or leaving a bad relationship that’s gone on for too long. Demi’s powerful vocals and gentle-yet-intense instrumentals create the perfect formula to indulge in when you’re channeling your battles. You’re able to feel something you’ve never felt before while listening to this track. (Alex Liscio, Editor/Photographer)