Ah sweet, sweet Valentine’s Day! A day when Cupid’s hard at work, between the candlelight dinner, the dozen roses and the passionate kisses……
But for some, this love-filled day, conjures up cruel reminders of bumps along the road to love. For these lonelier souls, taking Valentine’s Day off is better than having to confront the bitter souvenirs that cause broken hearts to grieve. To all of those that spend this celebrated, romantic day lounging in PJs, feet warmed by bunny slippers, and watching marathons of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Love Actually and The Holiday, we dedicate this post to you!
Instead of texting your ex (something you're sure to regret come February 15th), we’ve compiled a list of anti-Valentine's Day songs to sing you through it.
Love Hurts, as made famous by Nazareth
The husky voice of Scottish singer Dan McCafferty sharply divides that of the soft guitar that's full of romance and sorrow. Even if this unstoppable hit of 1975 follows the standards of a slow song to a T, it doesn’t really invoke joyous dance as the singer mopes about his fate, denouncing his love and her harsh feelings.
Jar of Hearts, as made famous by Christina Perri
At the heart of this melancholy ballade, guided by a piano and some sad strings, the singer does her best to push back her heartbreak that has once again come back to haunt her.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, as made famous by Taylor Swift
A track on her 2012 hit album "Red," this song from pop starlet, Taylor Swift, shot straight to the top and became an instant hit with over 7 million copies being sold worldwide. Surprisingly, the song’s energy and it’s vitality are not compromised by the obvious feelings of disdain behind the song.
Love Stinks, as made famous by J. Geils Band
The title alone says it all, “Love Stinks!” The song results from a bitter end to a disappointing and unrequited love affair. The robotic battery matches the pounding rhythm of the keyboard added to a sharp guitar and the voice of Peter Wolf, who gives a comic tone to the song’s chorus.
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, as made famous by Paul And Mary (Bob Dylan original)
One of Bob Dylan’s many folk-phase-classics, the song is addressed to a former girlfriend. Thanks to Dylan's skillful and poetic writing, he plays on innuendo throughout the entire song, up until the end where he concludes “I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind / You could have done better but I don't mind / You just kinda wasted my precious time / But don't think twice, it's alright.”
Everything About You, as made famous by Ugly Kid Joe
The song that thrust Ugly Kid Joe in the spotlight in the early 90s, contrasts with the trends of the times when heavy metal rock groups belted out their sentimental and slow repertoire that made listeners think that there really is a heart that beats underneath all that leather. But these Cali troublemakers stay true to the heavy metal beat with this anti-love song, drenched in bitter sentiment.
Blow Me (One Last Kiss), as made famous by Pink
Chosen as the album’s single (“The Truth About Love”), Pink chooses to take the road less traveled and rather than idolizing love, does just the opposite. The song talks of a tumultuous relationship that comes to an end as does the song with a long diatribe rich in anger. After the breakup she vows to take full advantage of her newfound freedom, singing: "I’ll dress nice, I’ll look good, I’ll go dancing alone / I will laugh, I’ll get drunk, I’ll take somebody home!”
I Hate Myself for Loving You, as made famous by Joan Jett
The legendary singer of "I Love Rock’n Roll," stakes her claim with "I Hate Myself for Loving You," a rock powerhouse driven by a fierce guitar riff and the help of Rolling Stones’ Mick Taylor. The singer's disgust is largely felt as she battles between her feminism and her weak emotions.