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The 10 Best Songs for Jilted Lovers

The 10 Best Songs for Jilted Lovers
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Let's be honest here: Valentine's Day is the most annoying, garbage holiday ever invented. It's such cloying BS, a day where corporations literally victimize the entire population of U.S. single people into feeling bad for being single, and scare the hell out of those who are in relationships lest they feel like they "haven't done enough" for the big day.

It's a fucking fiasco, and doesn't celebrate love in any form. It celebrates candy, flowers and the color red. If you hate all that as much as I do, these are ten songs you'll probably enjoy because they're full of the vitriol and venom that this holiday instills in us all, whether we want to admit it or not.

Phil Collins, "Do You Know, Do You Care?" Frankly, Phil's great hits "I Don't Care Anymore" and "In the Air Tonight" are equally awesome hate songs, but "Do You Know, Do You Care?" is his most powerful of all, and it's a shame that it's a little-known deep cut. This is the angriest you'll ever hear Phil in a song, not to mention the darkest his music ever got.

Elton John, "I've Seen That Movie Too" One of Elton's most savage songs from the perspective of a jilted lover, this one really sticks it to the ex, and it was so hard that even Guns N' Roses gave it a shoutout in their own hit "You Could Be Mine."

Nine Inch Nails, "Wish" In a way, Trent Reznor changed the face of "fuck the world, fuck you" aggression and hatefulness with this song, a stunningly stark account of the reality of true misery and depression. It couldn't last forever, of course, and he's mostly mellowed, but those earlier recordings are still shocking.

Megadeth, "Tornado of Souls" The lyrics are some pretty decent "goodbye to love" stuff from metal mastermind Dave Mustaine, but this song's real brilliance lies in the all-time-great solo by Marty Friedman. Talk about evoking emotions in your guitar playing.

Bleeding Through, "Revenge I Seek" "Fuck you and fuck your kind." That about says it all, doesn't it? If that doesn't make it clear enough, maybe the realistic depiction of a heart with a knife through it on the cover will get their point across.

The Minor Times, "The Pugilist at Work" In the continuum of aggro-hardcore bands that have written songs about kicking the ass of someone who has pissed them off, the Minor Times perhaps perfected the art with this masterpiece.

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Emmure, "Tales from the Burg" There is literally no greater kiss-off in a song than the lyrics, "Just so you know, the next time you're sucking his dick, you're tasting the blood of a Pirates fan." With apologies to Pittsburgh, that's just an amazingly blunt way to tell off your ex.

Fiona Apple, "Get Gone" All the performances and lyrics on Fiona Apple's When the Pawn... record are brilliant, but I think this one tells the most blunt story with her word choices: "Put away that meat you're selling" and just "fucking go."

Morrissey, "I'm OK By Myself" Even for Morrissey, this is a surprisingly harsh rebuke: "Thank you, please drop dead?" Man, in his old age, it sounds like Moz is just becoming more and more bitter, and I love it.

Bob Dylan, "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" In terms of breakup poetry, Bob Dylan's most oft-cited album is Blood on the Tracks, but people tend to forget just how packed Another Side of Bob Dylan is with it. At the time, he was going through some real problems with the ladies, and it comes through in songs like "Ballad in Plain D," "It Ain't Me, Babe," and this ode to the worst kind of ex: the one who pretends like they never even knew you at all.

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