“Let it be said that pain is truly universal, though our methods of coping most certainly are not. We all find solace in the words of others; the relation, the communion, the commiseration. May the bleeding behind the words of these poets be our sanctuary, and may we never know the truth behind that which wounded them, as we ourselves have all been wounded so.” – Dave “The Klone” Maresca
Tina’s Top 5:
5. “Shot Through The Heart” by Bon Jovi
4. “Gives You Hell” by The All American Rejects
3. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
2. “Here I Go Again On My Own” by White Snake
1. “I Hate Myself For Loving You” by Joan Jett and the Black Hearts
Honorable Mention: “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)” by The White Stripes…a fantastic cover that I enjoy more than the original. Bite me ex lovers!
Dan’s Top 5:
5. “Sunday Morning” by No Doubt – It’s classic No Doubt, and a great, upbeat way to start getting over a breakup.
4. “Say Goodbye To Love” by Kenna
3. “The Heinrich Maneuver” by INTERPOL – The lyric “Today my heart swings” repeats, but the way it’s sung changes throughout the song. It starts out sounding almost pathetic, but by the end of the song, it’s a statement, signaling the end of something.
2. “Swallowtail” by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
1. “I Was A Lover” by TV On the Radio – “I was a lover before this war…”
Honorable Mentions: “Two Times” by The Blakes, “The Engine Driver” by The Decemberists, “Hope You’re Happy Now” by The Sounds
Greg’s Top 5:
5. “Die Mother Fucker, Die” by Dope – Sometimes, when you’re hurt you just want to scream into that special someone’s face DIE MOTHER FUCKER, like 6 times in a row.
4. “Gives You Hell” by The All American Rejects – This song has such satisfaction. “If you find a man that’s worth a damn and treats you well, then he’s a fool you’re just as well, hope it gives you hell.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
3. “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake – Timberlake’s ode to the cheating Britney Spears speaks to so many, and says: “screw you bitch, imma make out on your bed with another chick and leave the video playing on your TV for you when you get home.”
2. “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra – This is a great song about female empowerment – and crushing balls with 6-inch heels.
1. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor – A classic song about moving on, and finally getting the chance show that dirty cheating son of a bitch that you are better off (doorknob changing abilities withholding) without him/her.
Dave’s Top 5:
5. “How Can I Live” by Ill Nino
4. “Boiler” by Limp Bizkit
3. “Bringing On The Heartache” by Def Leppard
2. “My Immortal” by Evanescence
1. “What It Takes” by Aerosmith
Stigz’s Top 5:
5. “Queen of Pain” by Alkaline Trio
4. “The No Seatbelt Song” by Brand New
3. “I’m a Fake / Take it Away” by The Used
2. “Short Stories With Tragic Endings” by From Autumn to Ashes
1. “The Heart and The Shape” by 36 Crazyfists
Mark’s Top 5:
5. “Starfuckers, Inc.” by Nine Inch Nails – Sure it really mocks the famous and the legions of posers who positively worship them… but it can also describe your ex, and how they’re suddenly “too good” for the likes of you. Fuck em.
4. “Love Stinks” by J. Geils Band – Whether you’ve seen the Wedding Singer or not, you will find that this song can describe love and relationships and the drama surrounding them to a painful and soul sucking tee.
3. “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit – Sure you were dumped for no reason, and you feel like life is over… so why not let that former special someone know the only reason that you bothered with them in the first place.
2. “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes – Who doesn’t cringe at the chorus lyric “I will never be free/You will always be a part of me” and how unfortunately prophetic it is.
1. “(I’m Normal) Please Date Me” by Charlotte Martin – If anyone understands the pain, aggravation, paranoia and eventual insanity that love in its many forms can cause, Charlotte does, and this tune will tell you why.
Caroline’s Top 5:
5. “Okay, I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don’t” by Brand New (My tongue’s the only muscle on my body that works harder than my heart.)
4. “Sorry About That” by Alkaline Trio ❤
3. “The Brilliant Dance” by Dashboard Confessional (So you bury all your lover’s clothes and burn the letters lover wrote, but it doesn’t make it any better. Does it make it any better?)
2. “Good Fucking Bye” by Matt Skiba
1. “Radio” by Alkaline Trio (Mr. Skiba understands heartache like no other, it seems.)
Angela’s Top 5:
5. “Since You’ve Been Gone” byKelly Clarkson (She pretty much wrote an album that got me through my worst break up…I have to give her credit.)
4. “Dont Speak” by No Doubt (I’m sure 90’s kids sobbed to this, post HS breakups)
3. “Call Me When You’re Sober” by Evanescence (Hey, it worked for me. Put that shit as my default MySpace song as a big ‘go fuck yourself’…yea…my ex got the message 😉 )
2. “All Over You” by The Spill Canvas (It’s personal okay?)
1. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morrisette (The most eloquently stated “hey, fuck you buddy” EVER!)