4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – "Don’t Come Around Here No More"
In Tom Petty’s classic, which ranges from hypnotic to chaotic, the singer-songwriter is as bold and straightforward as you wish you could be when breaking things off. Valentine's At Wendy's & Other Quirky Customs
5. Katy Perry – "Hot N’ Cold"
If only playing relationship games was as bouncy and fun as pop songs about it are.
6. The Doors – "People are Strange"
A droning sing-along for those times in your life when you’re completely confident everyone else is messed up.
7.Tegan and Sara – "Call it Off"
Canada's twin dykons prove to be enchantingly gloomy on this perfect-for-rainy-day-pondering song.
8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – "Cheated Hearts"
Karen O is at her crass, abstract best in this intense lyrical collage of a relationship falling apart.
9. The Dead Weather – "Hang You From The Heavens"
Jack White handles the drums while anti-chanteuse Alison Mosshart howls this sadistic tale as a threat to a lover (insert Southern accent) who done her wrong.
Pop music is known for glorifying love, although at some of its proudest moments it's actually smashing it to pieces. If you're sick of hearing about the wonders of romance, if you believe that love only leads to pain, if you wish that Congress would enact legislation against Valentine's Day, this is the playlist for you. Here are 10 songs celebrating letting go of losers and leaving love to the fairy tales.
1. U2 – "One"
Regularly misinterpreted as a song about finding love, this ballad is actually about the exact opposite. Only Bono could so eloquently tell someone to kiss off. Break Up Advice – 5 Secret Tips
2. The Ting Tings – "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
Brilliant, anthemic pop about moving on. You know the words by the second listen.
3. The Smiths – "Girlfriend in a Coma"
Have you ever wanted out of a relationship so desperately and been so unwilling to deal with it that you wished the person would just never wake up? Morrissey has.