Music Monday: Summer Breakups

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If you're on schedule with that summer romance, you should be hitting "tearful breakup" sometime this week. Hey, it's nobody's fault. That's just how summer romances work. In a few months, you'll be able to look back at the good times and laugh. Today, though, you need some good breakup songs. Scott's ready to help you out, starting below.

The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love... (With Someone You Shouldn't've)

 

Yeah, you knew when you started it wouldn't end well. But it was love! Who can stand in the way of love? As they say, only love can break your heart. It's the glorious mistakes that ultimately make us who we are. Pete Shelly's song reminds us that even if it hurts now, you'll be better for it… eventually.

More to come, along with the Spotify playlist, right after the jump.

Come enjoy our Spotify playlist! We're showing off our Back To School playlist as a companion to our previous post collecting name songs from men and women. Check those out in our great big mix after you enjoy our current Music Monday below.

Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice It's Alright

 

Oh, they were never serious about staying in touch after camp ended? That special summer someone unfriended you on Facebook after dropping you off at the airport? Brush your shoulders off, sir or madam. Don't think twice.

Sinead O'Conner - Troy

 

There probably isn't another song that captures the passion of love cut too soon. Sinead O'Conner's rarely performed… well, epic covers basically an entire dying relationship from start to finish. The slow whispers, the deep innocent love, the angry condemnations, and ultimately, a sort of closure. Since the artist is not really forthcoming about the deeper meaning, there's a chance this isn't actually intended to be about a romantic breakup, but it just FEELS like one, doesn't it?

Roxy Music - Over You

 

In this jangling tune lies a dark secret: for a few weeks after a break up, everything reminds you of what you had and shared. When it's darkest, you might think you'll never EVER get over them. But take heart, your best friend the twang says! It's always darkest just before dawn. And every step you take is a step forward.

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

 

That's right, Gloria reminds us. Look after you, now. Don't keep wasting time on rebounding. They didn't want you? Their loss! Put on your good shoes and head out with a smile. Because living well is the best revenge. And, let's face it, it was only just a summer romance anyway.

Sure, this time Scott ran with an extended metaphor, but it's nothing personal. You're still welcome in our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. And maybe, just maybe, you'll have a good summer breakup song of your own to add in the comments? Also, just FYI, some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.