Top 10 Breakup Songs Of 2009

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No matter what stage you're break-up is in, a good song helps. Whether you're swollen from crying or red with rage, it's comforting to know that someone else has felt the same anger, regret and pain that you're feeling. Here are some of 2009's best songs for drowning (out) your sorrows.


1. "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson

Listen to this song when you're stuck in post-breakup low-energy mode and let Kelly's perfect power pop pick you right up. Bad Breakup? 10 Things To Remember


2. "Little Bird" by Eels

Oh, the pathos! When you're at your lowest, hug a pillow, listen to this soulful man-and-a-guitar folk song and remember that everyone feels alone when they miss someone.


3. "Please Don't Leave Me" by Pink

Pink's heartbreaking mid-tempo pop melody is about realizing that you've driven away someone you love and there's nothing you can do about it except beg them not to leave as you slowly break down.



4. "I And Love And You" by The Avett Brothers

The title track of folk/country duo The Avett Brothers' major label debut was featured on the CW's One Tree Hill. This mournful, chills-inducing duet tells the story of a man looking for refuge because "three words that became hard to say/I and love and you."


5. "Zero" by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

This song's angsty, nervous energy and Karen O wailing "You're a zeeero" makes us want to head bang the anger right out our system. Dumped? 10 Healthy Ways To Heal

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6. "Gives You Hell" by The All-American Rejects

This fun, vengeful song reaches the bitter part of you that wants to see your ex suffer—while you stand there laughing. 


7. "Heartless" by Kanye West

The spare, repetitive beat and Kanye's auto-tuned voice remind us of that bleak, robotic period after a break up when all you can do is ask questions ("How could you be so cold? How could you be so heartless?").

8. "Rehab" by Rihanna

If any rock star knows what it's like to want rehab at the end of a relationship, it'd have to be our girl Rihanna. When you feel like the only place that could help you is a clinic for broken hearts, give this song a spin.


9. "Relator" by Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson

The first song of the "Break Up" album, Pete and Scarlett's tribute to Serge Gainsborg and Brigitte Bardot, this breezy, alt-country tune belies the pain in its lyrics. 5 Reasons to Celebrate a Break-Up


10. "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups

Leave it to the tangled, angry distortion of Silversun to sedate your brain and keep you from thinking too much.


What are your favorite break-up songs? Did we miss any great 2009 tunes?

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