We get it: not everyone is going to be a supporter of Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re single, or you just don’t give a sh*t, the whole production can be a bit of a drag. From cheesy love songs to heart-shaped pizzas, there’s plenty to be annoyed with by the time February 14th rolls around.
So instead of trying to convince you to like the holiday, we fully support opposing it. So we present to you the ultimate anti-Valentine’s Day playlist.
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
This song was written during a time when members of the band weren’t getting along very well; about the complicated relationship that Lindsey Buckingham and fellow Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks were having. At the time it was written, none of the members knew that they were writing songs about each other.
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
Written for her album Jagged Little Pill, the Ottawa-born singer wrote this track as an angry message from a scorned ex-girlfriend directed at her former lover. During an August 2008 interview with the Calgary Sun, actor-comedian Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey from Full House) admitted to being the ex-boyfriend portrayed in the song. Morissette has yet to confirm who the song is actually about.
Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
This indie rock track was both written and produced in Wally De Backer’s (Gotye) parents’ barn. The song also features New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra and is about Gotye addressing a past lover, reminiscing about their relationship, and the messy break-up.
She Hates Me – Puddle of Mudd
This song is about a guy who messes up a relationship and now the girl hates him. Puddle of Mudd bandmate Jimmy Allen was at the time just out of a relationship, and he was inspired to write the song by his former girlfriend’s anger.
I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace
This song is one of the band’s most successful and most popular songs, and is about a love-hate kind of relationship.
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
For the broken-hearted ladies that need a bit of motivation during Valentine’s Day, this is the track you need to crank up. This female empowerment anthem is about moving on after a bad relationship.
Irreplaceable – Beyoncé
In this chart topping hit, Queen Bey sings from the standpoint of a woman who is addressing her lover who has been cheating on her. She’s telling him and the rest of the cheating partners that they can be easily replaced.
Ne-Yo told Billboard that the song was inspired by an old girlfriend: “It’s about the first time I fell in love with a girl in a way that I completely screwed it up. So it was a story that I didn’t have to think really hard about putting it together. A lot of heartbreak went into that song, so that’s why I think a lot of people dug it the way they did – because you can feel it.”
Caught Out There – Kelis
It’s no secret that Kelis is a very outspoken artist, but this track further proves that. Caught Out There was written to explain the story of a woman who finds out her man has been unfaithful and how unfair infidelity is.
F**k You – Cee Lo Green
Well, the title is pretty self explanatory, but the song’s true meaning might actually come as a surprise. The song is written like an angry note from a spurned lover, but it’s actually about a metaphorical shot fired by an overlooked artist.
Cry Me a River – Justin Timberlake
Timberlake wrote Cry Me a River as his way of venting about his painful breakup with pop singer Britney Spears. The girl in the song’s music video even looks strikingly very similar to Spears. Ouch.
Love Stinks – The J.Giles Band
The rock band recorded this track in 1980, a rant against unrequited love. The song has been played in a number of television shows, commercials and movies.
Love Hurts – Nazareth
This track was originally recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1960, but Nazareth recorded it as a power ballad, which ended up being the more successful rendition. The track discusses the negative effects of being in love.
So What – P!nk
This track is an empowering anthem that Alecia Beth Moore wrote about her public breakup with husband Carey Hart. Luckily, he wasn’t too bothered by the song, as the pair got back together in 2009.