Friends don’t let friends drown in broken-hearted sorrows alone on Valentines Day. Download these top 11 songs of regret that will bolster the lovelorn and help increase Valentines Day survival rates.
Hearts of Stone by Bruce Springsteen
Anyone separated from their loved one and trying to survive on phone calls knows the pain of being interrupted, distracted, overheard, and ultimately unsatisfied. No one says it like the Boss:
“You cry because things ain’t like before. Well don’t you know they can’t be that way anymore…I can’t talk now, I’m not alone, so put your ear close to the phone, ‘Cause this is the last dance, the last chance for hearts of stone”
Lips of an Angel by Jack Ingram, Performed by Hinder
Angst-filled regret, splendidly performed by the crashing guitars and heart-shredding vocals of Hinder:
“I guess we never really moved on…”
Always Something There to Remind Me by Burt Bacharach, Performed by Naked Eyes
“I walk along the city streets you used to walk alone with me,,,”
Not rock fan fodder but an unforgettable melody dripping with a true 80’s, reverb-saturated production.
I Can’t Stand the Rain, by Peebles, Miller and Bryant
Best performed by The Commitments, this song by Don Bryant, Bernard Miller and Ann Peebles blends blues, jazz, and an unending rainfall of loneliness.
“I can’t stand the rain ‘gainst my window, bringing back sweet memories…”
Missing You by John Waite
The ironic, classic, be-all-end-all heartbreak denial ballad.
“I aint missing you at all…since you been gone away…I aint missing you, no matter what my friends might say…”
Nothing Compares 2 U – by Prince, Performed by Sinead O’Connor
Voted by Spinner website as one of the 25 most exquisitely sad songs in the whole world, O’Connor counts the hours (several), the days (15), the tears (nothing can stop them from falling), “since you been gone”.
Total Eclipse of the Heart by Jim Steinman, Performed by Bonnie Tyler
Steinman creates a timeless classic from simplicity. He pedals on the same chord in the verse, seeming to change, but never really moving, in the same way that time lingers when one wants only for it to pass quickly, and to take the pain with it.
Wildest Dreams by Moody Blues
“I wonder if you think about me, once upon a time, in your wildest dreams…”
Sure, anyone could have written those lyrics, but the Moodies create a dreamy soundscape that soars and dips like a dreamer in flight. They recorded a bit of magic here, a wistful, yearning, magic.
Mandy by Barry Manilow
“Mandy” still brings a tear to the eye of 50% of our voters. Manilow’s ballad remains firmly in the top 15 playlist of those who will never love again.
All the Things by The Waterboys
Mike Scott takes the listener along with him as he scouts for ways to rid himself of the remnants of love lost, finally admitting, “I dream about that place where I set fire all the things, all the things that she gave me.” Quite satisfying, really.
I Know What Kind of Love This Is by The Nields
Everyone but Buster Brown can relate to this sleeper, falling for something that wasn’t love while knowing it served another purpose all the same. “I know why I did what I did, to end a lifetime of wallflower shame.” Cry, Cry, Cry does a brilliant performance of this song.