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Top Twenty Five Indie Break Up Songs
Friday August 29th 2008, 10:01 pm
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Top 25 Indie Break Up Songs

indie break up songs

When we were kids and sad, people tried their best to cheer us up. Want some ice cream honey? Don’t cry. As mature adults, we’d rather get messed up and wallow in our own self pity. We choose to listen to sad songs that we can relate to, rather than “c’mon, smile get happy” tunes and “i will survive”. I’ve had many a request from broken hearted friends to make a “perfect indie breakup mix cd“. There are two proven cures to heartache: time, and music. Your heart isn’t broken, it’s just bruised. With that being said, this one’s for you…(right click and save as to get mp3s).

Enjoy! :)

1. Elliott Smith-I Didn’t Understand
“You once talked to me about love and you painted pictures of a Never-Never Land. And I could’ve gone to that place, but I didn’t understand…”

2. The Radio Dept. – I Wanted You To Feel The Same
“It breaks my heart to say that when I was in pain, I wanted you to feel the same. But nothing gets you really, it’s a shame. I can’t believe you didn’t feel a thing…”

3. Pinback – Boo
“I still can’t get you off of my mind, I don’t think that we can pull this one off. We shall see, time will tell. What is time? And why does it taste like salt water inside of my mouth?…”

4. Stars – Your Ex-Lover is Dead
“It’s nothing but time and a face that you lose. I chose to feel it and you couldn’t choose. I’ll write you a postcard, I’ll send you the news from a house down the road from real love…”

5. Bon Iver – Skinny Love
“In the morning I’ll be with you, but it will be a different kind. I’ll be holding all the tickets, and you’ll be owning all the fines…”

6. The Appleseed Cast – The Fight Song
“We’re finding fault, when you kissed her or you slept with him, or you didn’t care. Now it all breaks, disintegrates. Well this is the last thing I’ll take…”

7. Sunset Rubdown – Us Ones In Between
“You are a waterfall, waiting inside a well. You are a wrecking ball, before the building fell. And I will mutter like a lover, who speaks in tongues…”

8. Ryan Adams – Come Pick Me Up
“I wish you would. Come pick me up. Take me out. Fuck me up. Steal my records. Screw all my friends, they’re all full of shit. With a smile on your face, and then do it again…”

9. Bright Eyes – A Perfect Sonnet
“But you know that she’s gone, because she left you a song that you don’t wanna sing…”

10. Vanilla Swingers – Danger in the Past
“Boys and girls that you once knew, all grown up and over you. Won’t let you go. Everything that you pursue, one more step ahead of you…”

11. Louis XIV – All The Little Pieces
“Nobody knows, Nobody knows that all the little pieces come apart. All the little pieces of your heart. All the little pieces come apart…”

12. The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving
“Memory will rust and erode into lists of all that you gave me: a blanket, some matches, this pain in my chest. The best parts of lonely…”

13. Guster – Backyard
“In the backyard, since last summer. Almost nothing left, just some pieces of the roots that once dug in…”

14. Muse – Time is Running Out
“I wanted freedom, bound and restricted. I tried to give you up, but I’m addicted. Now that you know I’m trapped, sense of elation. You’d never dream of, breaking this fixation. You will squeeze the life out of me…”

15. Milosh – It’s Over
“It’s hard just to watch things slip away. It’s hard they say, just to see things drift away. Everything’s so temporary, I should have known…”

16. Amy Millan – Losin’ You
“Your eyes are like burned-out headlights, a little thunder in the night. I’m losin’ you..”

17. Grizzly Bear – Knife
“I want you to know, when I look in your eyes. With every blow, comes another lie. You think it’s alright. Can’t you feel the knife?…”

18. Mata Hari – Love Me Lonely (Beige Remix)
“This is how I get so lonely, I’ve been hangin on for way too long and baby it hurts. A bleeding heart it all you left me…”

19. Jeremy Enigk – Been Here Before
“I can’t stay long in the morning. Another world went wrong. It’s ok, now that you’re gone. Hold me in your eyes or suddenly deny- I sympathize…”

20. Jets to Brazil – Perfecting Loneliness
“There used to be a hundred ways to put my arms around you. Every one seemed new, natural, and true. Perfecting loneliness, ’till nothing’s holding us…”

21. Tegan and Sara – Where Does The Good Go?
“It’s love that leaves and breaks the seal of always thinking you would be real happy and healthy, strong and calm. Where does the good go?…”

22. Shout Out Louds – Tonight I Have To Leave It
“So I heard it’s no good to run, but it feels so much better now that it’s done and tonight I have to leave it…”

23. The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight
“She walks up and asks how you are so you can smell her perfume, you can see her lying naked in your arms. And so there’s a change, in your emotions. And all these memories come rushing like feral waves to your mind. Of the curl of your bodies, like two perfect circles entwined…”

24. The Good Life – O’Rourke’s, 1: 20 A.M.
“It’s different when you’re lonely, the whole world’s in love. Holding hands between bar stools, and you’re holding your tongue…”

25. Mew – Shespider
“Because no one is safe from someone somewhere’s sweet embrace. And so i have simply decided to dislike you now…”


HONORABLE INDIE BREAK UP SONG MENTIONS: Everything that was ever written by Elliott Smith and Tegan and Sara, and most of the songs written by Bright Eyes, Beatles-”Happiness is a Warm Gun”, Cursive-”The Radiator Hums”, Snow Patrol-”You Could Be Happy”, Shout Out Louds-”You Are Dreaming”, The Format-”Dog Problems”, Imogen Heap-”Hide and Seek”, and the other 87 tracks I cut from the list because “they just weren’t sad enough”.

What are your favorite heart breakers?


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thank you SO MUCH for these songs. music is a lifesaver!!!

Comment by Jay D. 08.30.08 @ 9:53 am

Time is Running Out is one of my favorite music songs. Stars at ACL!! :)

Comment by Ana 09.02.08 @ 8:47 am

obviously “Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn About the Bedroom of April Connolly, Feb 24, 1997″ by Cursive deserves a place more than “The Radiator Hums.”

Comment by maaaark 09.08.08 @ 12:34 am

No Haligh, haligh, a lie, haligh by Bright Eyes? I agree about a perfect sonnet, but that song also deserves a space.

Comment by Jan 09.08.08 @ 6:11 pm

Loveless by Okay, Wrecking Ball by Interpol, (As commercial as it totally is) Linger by the Cranberries, Asleep by the Smiths, Clear the Area, Headlock, and Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap, District Sleeps Alone Tonight by the Postal Service.

Comment by Sierra! 09.09.08 @ 2:05 am

Nice list… however, the greatest breakup song in the history of mankind is I am the Cosmos by Chris Bell. Chris was the Lennon to Alex Chilton’s McCartney in Big Start, and this is the title track from his only solo LP (which I believe was released after he died).

Plz avoid the horrible cover of this song by This Mortal Coil… they should have left it alone.

“Every night I tell myself I am the cosmos, I am the wind.. but that don’t get you back again.”

Comment by Tigerstripe 09.09.08 @ 8:16 am

What about The Good Life’s “Album of the Year”? It’s a great relationship portrait with a fantastic breakup section.

Comment by Hank Altogether 09.09.08 @ 9:45 am

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I really highly recommend “No Children” by the Mountain Goats. Its so bitter.

Comment by Pathos 09.10.08 @ 2:33 pm

What about some Carissa’s Wierd? I guess that’s my choice for downer music.

Comment by lucid 09.10.08 @ 2:51 pm

c’mon, gotta be bright eyes – “its cool we can still be friends”

we still watch moooooovies… but we dont share the couch

Comment by paul 09.10.08 @ 3:31 pm

Great list, but “Happiness is a Warm Gun” isn’t exactly a break-up song. John wrote that one within a few months of first meeting Yoko, and it doesn’t have any specific meaning per se. The title came from a magazine-article title. John thought it was just madly cool that someone would write such a title, and ran with it.

Something about hob-nailed boots as well. Jolly good, those…

/ah

Comment by adam 09.10.08 @ 10:40 pm

“Happiness is a Warm Gun”…what a delightful story. Before I posted this list, a friend of mine said that Happiness and The Radiator Hums should be on it. I put it in the “Honorable Mention” section to please him (as he is quite musically inclined, and mourns breakups rather well). However, I will now make certain to tell him that each has received an unfavorable comment, and that he needs to get his John/Yoko shit straight.

Comment by Stacie 09.10.08 @ 11:14 pm

How bout Love Will Tear Us Apart?

Comment by Dave 09.10.08 @ 11:23 pm

Elliot Smith is love! <3 I Love Waltz #2.

Comment by Selendrile 09.10.08 @ 11:49 pm

You should look into ‘untied’ by “The One A.M. Radio” ^_^ lol

Comment by Selendrile 09.10.08 @ 11:51 pm

I think also “A Comet Appears” by the Shins is a good one.

Comment by sam 09.11.08 @ 8:52 am

I agree with Sierra… Asleep by The Smiths is thee saddest song in the entire known universe, and yes I think it is a break up song..why not?

Comment by Cee 09.11.08 @ 12:12 pm

Seriously, no Joy Division??? Really??? Come on, really???

Comment by Anonymous 09.11.08 @ 1:17 pm

If you want an angry break up song, “The Night I Lost the Will to Fight” by Cursive was a standby for me at one point.

Comment by Sean 09.12.08 @ 12:19 am

Good list but it needs ‘About Today’ by The National.

Comment by ELz 09.12.08 @ 4:39 am

THE LAST GOODBYE – JEFF BUCKLEY

Comment by Banonymous 09.12.08 @ 4:45 am

yay for having a band from my town! Lawrence, KS home of Appleseed Cast :)

Comment by jplanet 09.12.08 @ 7:48 pm

Song For the Dumped – Ben Folds

CMON!

Comment by Justin 09.12.08 @ 9:39 pm

“Song for the Dumped” Ben Folds. Clearly.

Comment by Anonymous 09.13.08 @ 9:17 am

Jets to Brazil – Perfecting Lonliness
Jeremy Enigk – Been Here before

great well thought out songs wit true heart and honestly.

Comment by Mike Borgia 09.13.08 @ 12:05 pm

jeremy enigk…prrrrrrrrrr

Comment by hi-d 09.13.08 @ 5:09 pm

Ben Folds= Epic Records (this is an indie song list, but yeah, that song’s good)

Comment by Stacie 09.13.08 @ 5:46 pm

You Can Live Alone Now by Hüsker Dü.

Comment by bullestock 09.13.08 @ 6:32 pm

i really good song is Miserable At Best by Mayday Parade.

Comment by krista 09.14.08 @ 6:51 pm

No Damien Rice? SERIOUSLY?

Comment by Clay 09.14.08 @ 10:23 pm

Woke Up New by The Mountain Goats deserves to be on here so much it’s not true.

“The first time I made coffee for just myself, I made too much of it. But I drank it all, just ‘cos you hate it when I let things go to waste”.

One of the best couplets ever.

Comment by Girdag 09.15.08 @ 9:17 am

jplanet will be happy to know that Aaron Hollingsworth is also out of Lawrence, Kansas. Funny coincidence.

Comment by Keido 09.15.08 @ 9:49 pm

I LOVE!!! Jeremy Enigk. This makes me so so happy that someone else realizes his genius. :D

Comment by Emily 09.16.08 @ 1:44 am

The Ataris – Summer Wind Was Always Our Song

Comment by Stellar 09.16.08 @ 5:58 pm

Probably the ones that get me ever time are:

Ambulance LTD – Stay Where You Are
Heavy Lifting

Comment by Calvin Ramsey 09.21.08 @ 7:06 pm

I would have added “Honey Honey” by Feist.

Comment by Tracey 09.23.08 @ 2:59 am

I concur. Woke up new is surely one of the greatest break up songs ever written. As is, Breaking up by Rilo Kiley although it’s not very sad.

Comment by Beck 09.23.08 @ 11:23 am

I love Mew. Shespider is an underappreciated, yet wonderful song. good job.

Comment by Aly 09.25.08 @ 11:58 pm

A Weather is a band that specializes in breakup mourning and cure.

The whole album Cove is amazing.

“I get gone on whiskey and cocaine
cough syrup and codeine
Watch me move like nothing you’ve seen”

Comment by Aiden 09.26.08 @ 3:54 am

If you haven’t heard the song Second Best by Pedro The Lion off the record Control it would be in your best interest to give it a spin. that is if you are going through a break-up of your own.

Comment by Schuylar 09.26.08 @ 12:02 pm

the best break-up song EVER is the smiths – i know it`s over.

Comment by sol 09.27.08 @ 7:25 pm

“Good Woman” from Cat Power. Pity me, fools.

Comment by hectified 09.28.08 @ 1:11 am

thank you :o )

Comment by Anonymous 09.28.08 @ 2:30 pm

omg I have been looking for this blog forever. AND THE RADIATOR HUMS SHOULD BE ON THERE, NOT JUST A MENTION :[

Comment by jaz 09.28.08 @ 10:16 pm

Carry You – Jimmy Eat World

Comment by Anonymous 09.28.08 @ 10:57 pm

Let me second the Mountain Goats. If not Woke Up New (which could be about someone leaving for a long period of time) then you could go for Half Dead.

“It was raining outside, so I cleaned house today.
Spent half of the morning throwing old things away. Try not to get caught up; try to think like a machine. Focus in on the task, try not to think about what it means.”

I’m also a big fan of Alpha Omega.

“On the morning when you went away, the air was humid and the sky was grey. I had boiled peanuts for breakfast from Cairo, Georgia.”

Also, I think that Symmetry is a much better breakup song than Shespider…

Comment by Malefact 09.30.08 @ 6:53 pm

Also! For an (amicable) breakup, seriously how can you do without The Cooper Temple Cause – Blind Pilots? It is absolutely, mindblowingly, good.

Comment by Malefact 09.30.08 @ 6:54 pm

Lovely little list here, I heart it.

Comment by Jazzy 10.01.08 @ 2:18 am

Pedro the Lion – The Poison

Most heartbreaking song ever!

Comment by Ben 10.01.08 @ 9:49 pm

A better Tegan & Sara song would’ve been “Call It Off”

Comment by Scott 10.02.08 @ 12:21 am

How about “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” – Primitive Radio Gods.
The lyrics themselves aren’t all that heartbreaking. But the music plus the sample B.B. King singing “I’ve been downhearted, baby, ever since the day we met” is.

Comment by Charles 10.02.08 @ 7:13 pm

“Bad Diary Days” by Pedro The Lion/David Bazan. Definitely.

Comment by Stubaby 10.05.08 @ 3:20 am

STARVING YOUR FRIENDS by ENVY ON THE COAST is one of the saddest breakup songs of all time…listen to it!

Comment by Brittany 10.06.08 @ 4:24 pm

What a great list. Thanks for posting this, especially with the links to listen to them. I’d add the album “Shoot Out the Lights” by Richard and Linda Thompson. That is a game changer, really.

Comment by Hallock Hill 10.12.08 @ 8:36 pm

great list. a great addition would be “newsflash” by windmill

Comment by sylvia 10.13.08 @ 7:55 pm

Rilo Kiley – Pictures of Success
Earlimart – Happy Alone

I think these are a few I’d highly suggest, bc it also gives a sorrow but independent feeling. a silver lining, I suppose, for break ups =)

Comment by rachela 10.16.08 @ 2:14 am

this a really good playlist, especially bon iver’s skinny love. i’ve been listening to that one a lot lately.

i think that my favorite breakup song that isn’t on this list would gotta be ‘pink bullets’ by the shins

Comment by dylan 10.27.08 @ 6:48 pm

Breaking up sucks. I would rather be punched in the face repeatedly by a 300lb sumo wrestler.

Comment by Uncle Indie YouRockRadio 10.28.08 @ 1:21 pm

Damien Rice – Cheers Darlin

Comment by sn 10.29.08 @ 12:06 am

how about “the ice is getting thinner” by death cab for cutie?

Comment by dil 10.30.08 @ 10:54 pm

Secondhand Serenade

Comment by Gregor 11.09.08 @ 1:40 pm

The Everybodyfields-Lonely Anywhere
Gone Away from Me- Ray Lamontagne
The Greatest Sum- The Avett Brothers

Comment by Jenn 11.10.08 @ 1:23 am

I think that my all-time favorite song could fit on this list; Never Meant by American Football.

“I just think its best
Because you cant miss what you forget
So lets just pretend
Everything and
Anything, between you and me
Was never meant”

But I have always agreed with Your Ex-lover Is dead and Fight Song as being in the top 5 best break-up songs ever. Good list.

Oh and that Radio Dept one, such a good pick, i havent heard that song in so long, i will have to get it back on my playlists.

Comment by Evan 11.10.08 @ 12:53 pm

Radiohead – There, There
Blur – No Distance Left to Run
Yo La Tengo – Damage
Feist – Let it Die
The Beatles – Yesterday
The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes

Comment by Josh 11.23.08 @ 1:42 pm

Stay Away by The Honorary Title:
no I can’t dance ‘less it’s slow or sad
to a song that’s far less obvious
if you’re using me, do it slowly
make it last until I have to go
or stay away from, stay away from, stay away from me

I also listened to Perfect Sonnet on repeat one summer. Toxic break up, GREAT song.

Comment by Jess 12.03.08 @ 6:39 am

Okay did anyone mention Shearwater – My Good Deed
that one tore me up for a whilee.. ahhh

Comment by Anonymous 12.05.08 @ 12:34 am

Some of these selections are really good, but I wouldn’t call MUSE or RADIOHEAD or anything else that was on the Twilight soundtrack Indie.

Comment by Anna 12.12.08 @ 5:59 am

cheer me up thankyou- new buffalo
AND THE MOST BEAUTIFULL SONG IN THE WORLD IS “apples and pairs”- slow club (youtube)……

and /.. i adore you- melpe mene

Comment by alejandra 12.13.08 @ 7:36 pm

also…
the big fight- stars

Comment by alejandra 12.14.08 @ 7:19 pm

Frightened rabbit – poke
Owen – The sad waltzes of Pietro Crespi

Comment by darryl 12.17.08 @ 5:11 pm

with or without you by U2.

Comment by natalie 12.22.08 @ 1:28 pm

a really good one is “nothing better” by the postal service. the lyrics are amazing, very break-up song worthy.
“Will someone please call a surgeon
Who can crack my ribs and repair this broken heart
That you’re deserting for better company”

Comment by colleen 12.23.08 @ 9:34 pm

Pretty cool. You might also check out http://band.inyourshirt.tv as we’re working on promoting lesser known bands and that sounds like something we could have fun with.

Comment by ylluminate 12.26.08 @ 10:05 pm

what about chicken pox by i’m from barcelona?
“you can’t have it once you’ve had it…”

Comment by Arjun 12.30.08 @ 12:59 pm

what about the honorary title-everything i once had

Comment by Kev 01.03.09 @ 10:27 pm

“don’t think twice, its alright” by Dylan really should be on here

Comment by George 01.06.09 @ 12:38 am

Haha. I second bright eyes – it’s cool we can still be friends.

YAY IM GONNA GET REAL FUCKIN DRUUUUNK

Comment by Anonymous 01.07.09 @ 1:24 pm

SECONDHAND SERENADE. Pretty much anything; It’s Not Over is sufficiently depressing, I’d say. The Last Song Ever, Goodbye, etc. But overall; much approval. Happiness Is A Warm Gun, interesting choice. I never thought of it as a break up song, but now you mention it…. =)

Comment by Anonymous 01.28.09 @ 10:09 pm

Hurricane Jane by Black Kids… upbeat but tinged with sadness.

“It’s Friday night and I ain’t got nobody, so what’s the use of making a bed?”

Comment by De 01.31.09 @ 7:45 am

no one’s gonna love you by band of horses

Comment by Anonymous 02.07.09 @ 10:29 pm

Pretty good list. Especially the Ryan Adams song.
Some of these may not be indie but they sure have helped me wallow in self-pity after a nasty break up.
Wonderwall – Oasis
Guardian Angel – Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The Scientist/Your Love Means Everything – Coldplay
Hurt – Nine Inch Nails
Some You Give Away – La Rocca
Pioneers – Tuung
Bullet and a Target – Citizen Cope
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

Comment by Lauren 02.15.09 @ 1:19 am

konstantine by something corporate is amazing

Comment by emily 03.05.09 @ 1:37 am

There’s a great song that’s about breaking up and movin’ on. It’s
called “On My Way” by “Who Are Those Guys”. You can hear for
free on their website: http://www.whoarethoseguys.com or there’s also a link to
Broadjam where you can download it.
This is the the tune crying in your beer and moving on….Thanks for listening!.

Comment by WATG 03.13.09 @ 4:58 pm

I’m so happy with this. Thank you.

Comment by Rose 03.13.09 @ 9:05 pm

Ben folds – song for the dumped

Comment by angie 03.19.09 @ 7:57 pm

Some great tunes on here, but one question, where’s Cat Power?

Comment by Catheirne 03.20.09 @ 6:28 am

Ditto @ Emily’s comment.

Comment by Silvia 03.21.09 @ 11:29 am

You’ll Miss Me – Math and Physics Club
It’s really sweet!

Comment by Darren Tan 03.25.09 @ 3:52 am

“thinking about you” radiohead.

*sigh*

Comment by Kate 04.05.09 @ 9:40 pm

“made in the dark” by hot chip
“all i know” the pernice brothers
“love for granted” phoenix

Comment by db 04.07.09 @ 1:04 pm

Check out William Fitzsimmons, he has break up song after breakup song, they are epic. “I don’t feel it anymore” is stunning.
Also City and Colour – “constant knot”.

And while your at it keep a look out for these Australian artists:

Missy Higgins (songs – the special two, warm whispers)
Angus and Julia Stone
Bob Evans (song – flame)
Whitley (song – lost in time)
George (song – special ones)

Comment by Lisa 04.16.09 @ 12:23 am

“littlest things” by lily allen is a good one.

Comment by Anonymous 05.04.09 @ 3:04 am

“No Children” by The Mountain Goats and about a dozen by The Magnetic Fields.

Comment by Ellie 05.05.09 @ 8:09 pm

Broken Heart by Spiritualized was able to destroy me two years ago.

Comment by divina 05.29.09 @ 4:37 am

the honorary title-stay away
ben folds- you dont know me
(my favorite in particulair)vvv
saves the day-rock juice tonic magic
new amsterdams- worse for wear
the get up kids-no love
Cheers to all those lonely night, eh?
Lyd.

Comment by Lydia 06.08.09 @ 1:48 am

In a way, Radiohead’s Creep.

Comment by blufindr 06.10.09 @ 6:58 am

‘Sort it Out’ by the Caesers is pretty damning. I also think ‘See you in Hell’ by Small Brown Bike is bitter and angry too. That’s how I roll after a break up or a crushing dissapoint of male kind.

Comment by Joanne 06.10.09 @ 7:15 am

The Way You Want It- Keane

so so good.

Comment by Ana 06.11.09 @ 3:39 am

Fabulous set of songs – thank you! :)

Seren

Comment by Seren Wade 06.13.09 @ 5:16 pm

none of these lists EVER mentions We Looked Like Giants by Death Cab For Cutie. it’s got me through many a break up.

Comment by Rita 06.15.09 @ 12:27 am

3 libras – a perfect circle

Comment by Anonymous 07.12.09 @ 10:09 am

“All Hail the Heartbreaker” – The Spill Canvas

… like a page from my diary if I kept a diary

Comment by Anonymous 07.16.09 @ 10:25 pm

How the hell is Nothing Better by The Postal Service not on here

Comment by Andrew 07.21.09 @ 10:05 pm

YOU OUGHTTA KNOW – ALANIS MORISSETTE

Best breakup song

ever.

Comment by Tarryn 07.28.09 @ 2:55 am

“Album of the Year” – The Good Life
“Happy in Love” – Dear & the Headlights

Comment by kelsey 07.29.09 @ 2:32 am

oh my god…crying so hard
if you here any song in your life
make is this one

Across Five Aprils[artist]- A Year From Now[song]

Comment by Anonymous 08.06.09 @ 4:39 pm

Instead of “A Perfect Sonnet,” I would’ve chosen “It’s Okay, We Can Still Be Friends.” It’s very directly related to this theme. But “A Perfect Sonnet” is an amazing choice too.

Comment by Clover 08.27.09 @ 12:07 am

When I saw the Weakerthans and thought of break up songs, I thought first of Sun In An Empty Room. I love that song as a break up song.

Comment by Tim E. 09.03.09 @ 2:57 am

“All My Friends”- LCD Soundsystem, “The Great Escape”- Patrick Watson, “Lose You”- Pete Yorn, “On Tour With Zykos”- Okkervil River, “Homesick”- The Vines, “Everything I Build”- The Stills, “Heartbreaker”- Metronomy

Comment by Carly Awesome 09.07.09 @ 12:01 am

We all know there are enough sad indie songs to make a Top Billion Sad Indie Song lists. Bravo on picking a very nice 25. =]

Comment by McKenna 09.07.09 @ 11:09 pm

Sunset Rubdown’s ‘Us ones in Between’ is not a breakup song, nor is happiness is a warm gun. Those are ones I know just from skimming the list. The Beatles and Muse are also not “indie” bands

Comment by Orbulas 09.13.09 @ 3:13 pm

Missy Higgins – where I stood

*tear*

Comment by Anon 09.15.09 @ 12:35 pm

Songs that have gotten me through heartbreak. Hope I don’t seem presumptuous for posting a long list. Also not really Indie or in playlist order, but still good… I think…

“Don’t Let It Bring You Down” – Neil Young
“She’s Not There” – Zombies
“Homesick” – Kings Of Convenience
“Honey Won’t You Let Me In” – The Tallest Man On Earth
“Breathe Me” or “The Girl You Lost To Coccaine” – Sia
“English Girls Approximately” – Ryan Adams
“Without You I’m Nothing” – Placebo
“Cannonball” – Damien Rice
“Shoulda Woulda Coulda” or “Shape Of You” – Beverley Knight
“A Million Miles Away” – Rihanna
“Allah Hu” – Faiz Ali Faiz/Chicuelo/Miguel Poveda/Duquende
“I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” – Wilco
“One” or “Save Me” – Aimee Mann
“Fuck You Lucy” – Atmosphere
“Fall To Pieces” – Velvet Revolver
“Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis Presley
“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” Led Zeppelin
“Rosalita” – Gomez
“Hurt” – Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails cover)
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” – Nancy Sinatra
“Days Go By” – Dirty Vegas
“Don’t Walk Away” – Youssou N’Dour/Sting
“Con Te Partiro” – Andrea Bocelli (AKA “Time To Say Goodbye” – Paul Potts)
“Ribcage” or “Fugitive Motel” – Elbow
“My Favourite Game” – The Cardigans
“Somebody To Love” – Queen

also, Aicha, Layla, Adrienne, Angie (and anything with a girl’s name as a title really)

Comment by Alexandre 09.17.09 @ 2:39 pm

I never wanted you by David Bazan

Comment by matt 09.17.09 @ 7:01 pm

no radiohead? :o “let down” hehehehe, awesome songs though =)

Comment by GingerA 09.21.09 @ 10:42 pm

the format’s ‘dog problems’ should have made it past honorable mention. and the streets’ ‘dry your eyes’ should also be on there.

Comment by jason 09.22.09 @ 5:16 pm

yeah “no children” by the mountain goats is probably my favorite break up song.

Comment by Anonymous 09.23.09 @ 6:11 pm

Magnetic fields-if you don’t cry.
The motels-only the lonely.

Comment by msshapes 09.25.09 @ 1:15 am

Basically any azure ray song, they are all so terribly sad and got me through a break up

Comment by Katelyn 09.26.09 @ 2:49 am

probably one of the best playlists i’ve found on the internet

Comment by ellie 10.07.09 @ 2:57 pm

“Look What You’ve Done” by Jet, not really indie but matching perfectly

Comment by Anonymous 10.14.09 @ 9:03 am

Hymn for the alcohol – Hefner

The ultimate in my opinion.

No distance left to run – Blur

Close second

Comment by Anonymous 10.16.09 @ 6:46 pm



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