Aside from consuming several sleeves of Oreos and venting to your girlfriends, getting over a breakup is all about distractions and figuring out how to move on. Easier said than done, I know, but hearing personal accounts of some of your favorite musicians may provide you with some light at the end of the tunnel and come to some conclusions you may not have come to otherwise.
Here are my top ten albums to listen to after a breakup.
1. For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver(WIKIPEDIA)
This is the debut album by the indie folk band Bon Iver. For Emma, Forever Ago was mostly created by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon after he fell ill with mononucleosis and a liver infection. He became so frustrated with just being alive that he moved away from his hometown in North Carolina to a cabin in rural Wisconsin hoping to be alone. Vernon wrote the album in solitude, perfect for anyone feeling like disappearing after getting their heart broken.
2. Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie(DISCOGS)
The album is written about long-distance love, but it’s basically one giant heartbreak. Even the title expresses an epic yearning for someone who keeps drifting further and further away.
3. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Lily Allen(WIKIPEDIA)
Extremely bitter, but also extremely catchy. Lily Allen’s second album is all about incompetent lovers, repugnant admirers and ultimately, herself. Critics even praised Allen for her “sharp tongue.”
4. Ghost Stories by Coldplay(WIKIPEDIA)
Chris Martin revealed that this album was inspired by his breakup with the actress Gwyneth Paltrow. He told BBC Radio, “I don’t want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure.” The music explores dealing with previous actions and the inevitable effects they have on the future.
5. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette(WIKIPEDIA)
The lyrics focus a lot on aggression, broken relationships, unfaithful boyfriends and the pressures of love. Jagged Little Pill is definitely more angsty for Alanis Morrisette as she found a way to use music to confront her struggles with panic attacks and anxiety.
6. Back to Black by Amy Winehouse(WIKIPEDIA)
Amy Winehouse was fierce and dealt with her emotions the only way she knew how – writing music. Her ability to take heartbreak and turn it into jazz-influenced pop made her a global star.
7. The First Days of Spring by Noah and the Whale(WIKIPEDIA)
Noah Fink and Laura Marling were quite the power couple back in 2007. Fink being the frontman of Noah and the Whale and Marling being a singer-songwriter for the group, it was a match. But following the couple’s breakup, Marling left the band right before their 2008 debut. Fink turned his sadness into songs, birthing The First Days of Spring, a guide to breaking up.
8. Remember Us To Life by Regina Spektor(WIKIPEDIA)
Regina Spektor has a very unique sound. She sings about everything from heartbreak to the simpler things in life. Her soft voice and stunning piano melodies will move you to tears. Remember Us To Life, showcases Spektor’s more personal thoughts while preaching to her listeners to feel intensely, grieve and move on reminding us that change is a good thing; it’s what we live for.
9. Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson(ALBUM OF THE YEAR)
Like Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson has a uniquely soft and simple sound acknowledging that “Everybody wants to be loved.” In this album, she writes about heartbreak in a way that’s simple, honest and powerful. Michaelson sings, “Maybe in the future, you’ll come back around, but the only way to really know, is to really let it go.” She then sings about returning to someone who is evidently damaging saying, “And if I was stronger, then I would up and go, but here I am, and here we go again.”
10. 808s and Heartbreak by Kanye West(GENIUS)
Obviously, Kayne needs to make an appearance on this list. In this album, Kayne departed from the aggressive rap his fans love and took to the studio after the death of his mother and breakup with his fiancee to create this avant-garde electro-pop album. The heavy autotune barely covers up Kayne’s pain. He hasn’t created anything as raw as this since then.