Only two things can mend a broken heart – eating ice cream straight out of the tub in dirty pyjamas and listening to soul-blaring, heart-twitching, tear gland-jerking songs. Generations of musicians have had their hearts broken into pieces and in those moments of self-reflection they wrote songs to let us know that we are not the first ones to take the plunge. Here are 10 such heart-breaking songs we turn to when we are ready for some serious sobbing.
1. It must have been love – Roxette
Approximately 7 days after breakup, when you wake up at noon and contemplate on the meaning of your lonely heart in this big world, ‘It must have been love’ the Swedish duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle is what you need for a good ugly cry.
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2. Tears in heaven – Eric Clapton
This ballad is not just one of the most heart-breaking songs; the story behind it is even more painful. Eric Clapton wrote this song in memory of his deceased son who fell from a window of a high-rise apartment when four years old.
3. Someone like you – Adele
Trying to hold onto the remnants of the past, trying to forget all about the new girl he has hooked up with, hopelessly praying to see him once and remind him of all the good times – we all have been there and hence we know how Adele felt.
4. Say something – A Great Big World
Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World came together to show us how relationships crack by the things that left unsaid. The aching piano ballad resonates with the whirlwind of emotions that we all have left at some point in life for all the things we couldn’t say.
5. Show me the meaning of being lonely – Backstreet Boys
In this tropical flavoured sad pop song Backstreet Boys talks about every unsuccessful teenage love story. The crossroad where we can’t find the meaning of life without the one we love and just don’t understand why we can’t be together.
6. Tadap tadap – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
KK beautifully harmonized the longing and the excruciating pain for love in ‘Tadap tadap ke’ for the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Plus the cinematography of the song makes it one of the most heart-rending Hindi songs ever.
7. Kabira – Yeh Jawani Hain Deewani
Written by Pritam and sung by Rekha Bhardwaj and Tochi Raina for the movie Yeh Jawani Hain Deewani, ‘Kabira’ resonates with our fight over love and ambition. How our heart aches yet the confusion overpowers.
8. Agar tum sath ho – Tamasha
‘Agar tum sath ho’ from the movie Tamasha is one of the most heart-breaking songs of recent times. Sang by Alka Yagnic and Arijit Singh, playing this song on a loop goes perfect for the nights when the heart wants to cry out.
9. Tu jane na – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Atif Aslam poured his emotions in ‘Tu jane na’ for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and marked a permanent stay on our playlist as a perfect break-up song to play on a loop.
10. Yeh dooriya – Love aaj kal
We part ways, but the ache for love doesn’t go away. The things we never said, the yearning to cross paths once more and all the emotions that become too intense for our departure are beautifully harmonized by Mohit Chauhan in this song.
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