It’s hard to define a good break-up anthem. It has to be catchy and inspiring; offer comfort in the face of pain; give hope, and strength and some shred of dignity so you can forget that drunk text you sent but never got a response from… Most importantly a good break-up anthem assures that you are ok, and better days are still ahead!
Today while at the car wash on the corner of Santa Monica and Gower, I was browsing through the June/July issue of Metrosource LA, The Pride Issue. It’s a GLBT mag, but cool to read just the same. The Slice of Life column listed Top 15 Diva Break-Up Anthems. I scanned the songs listed and although I knew most of them from artists such as Cher, Kelly Clarkson, and even Britney Spears, I was disappointed that I didn’t own any of them, which is saying a lot since I have a gargantuan iTunes collection.
It occurred to me that although I have more than one playlist dedicated to recovery from heartbreak, sad songs, and solitude, I don’t really listen to anthems… My favorite break-up songs are a little less disco and a little more weepy. Before you wonder what the hell I’m so sad about, I should mention I listen to these song even when I’m not sad. I’m just emo that way!
Anyway, with the exception of songs No. 3 Alanis Morissette- You Oughta Know, No. 12 Pink- So What?, and No. 13 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive, I don’t know if I have any official anthems. Whatever the case, now that I have blog, I can make my own list! Inspired by the Slice of Life column, here is my list of my Top 15 Diva Break-up Song, with an anthem or two in the mix…
5. Robyn- Dancing On My Own The first time I heard this song I was in West Hollywood at Hamburger Mary’s. There was a drag queen on stage with this rocking body. She had on a hot short black sequence dress and did an amazing lip sync and dance routine to this song. She used the pole and everything!
I realize it’s a strange visual but it was awesome. I busted out my iPhone, shazamed the song and have loved it ever since. Plus I’m pretty sure this definitely counts as an anthem!
6. Katy Perry- Part of Me She clearly wrote this about Russell Brand. Nuff said.
7. Lady Antebellum- Need You Now I don’t even like country and this song made the list. The famous drunk dial makes an appearance in this one too. Ladies, may I suggest a book? There’s a whole chapter on the drunk dial. Makes a great gift too… ”I wonder if I ever cross your mind. For me it happens all the time…”
8. Pink- Who Knew?
9. Fiona Apple- Love Ridden
10. Rihanna- Take a Bow
11. Alicia Keys- Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart Um, the whole album. 2010, sigh.
12. Christina Perry- Jar of Hearts Great song, with plenty of emo factor and I especially love the video with dope choreography from So You Think You Can Dance
13. Tegan and Sara- I know, I know, I know
14. Jessie J- Nobody’s Perfect