The Queen of Broken Heart

October, a month of broken heart. In the parts of the world that have four seasons, October is a month that marks the beginning of autumn, which is frequently called as ‘the season of broken heart’. When leaves starts to fall apart from its tree, that’s when the heart begins to fall apart too. Yes, indeed it’s a month to celebrate a broken heart. Therefore, ‘broken heart’ will be the main theme of this month’s posts on this blog. Now, I will start with the list of broken heart songs that break our hearts the most. These songs are sung by western female singers, that’s why this post is titled “The Queen of Broken Heart”. Not only because they’ve sung broken heart song, but also some of them even have experienced true broken heart moment that makes them able to sing the song with all their hearts. And so, I proudly present, eight most heart-breaking songs from eight queens of broken heart.

Special warning: These eight songs are the kind of broken heart songs that could tear you inside out, not the kind that could provide healing for your broken heart. If you are under a certain sad condition now, I suggest that you just stop reading this post, immediately. Thank you.

8. Taylor Swift – Back to December (2010)

This list begins with Taylor Swift’s “Back to December” on number eight. Released as a part of Swift’s third studio album, “Speak Now” on October 25th 2010, it was later been released as a single on November 15th 2010. Written and composed by our very own Swift, it was both critically and comercially success. She stated that it was the first time she confessed an apologize to someone through a song. “So this is me swallowing my pride, standing in front of you, saying “I’m sorry for that night,” And I go back to December all the time. It turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you, wishing I’d realized what I had when you were mine. I’d go back to December, turn around and make it all right. I go back to December all the time.” Many people connected this song with Swift’s relationship with Taylor Lautner, because she mentioned ‘tanned skin’ in its lyrics, and they said that this song was penned for Lautner. It’s a song about regret, and among all of Swift’s sweet and bubbly songs, I personally love this sad melancholic song. It sounds sincere and somehow the lyrics hit me home, because, well, we’ve all hurt someone at least once in our lifetime, right? And no matter how deep we want to turn back the time, we just can’t. And all that has been left is regret, and perhaps the chance to say sorry. Overall, my favorite part of this song is, “Your guard is up and I know why, because the last time you saw me is still burned in the back of your mind. You gave me roses and I left them there to die.”

7. Mariah Carey – Without You (1994)

Move up to number seven on the list, I have the classic immortal song “Without You” by one and only the ‘Queen of R n’ B’, Mariah Carey here. This song was originally released on 1970 by British rock group, Badfinger. It had been recorded by more than a hundred artists, and Carey’s version became an international best-seller. Carey’s remake version was included in her third studio album, “Music Box”, which was released on August 31th 1993. It later was released as the third single from the album, on January 24th 1994. Carey stated that she loved the song since she was a little girl and then decided to cover it when she had grown up. Well, indeed, this song is an epitome of desperation. “No, I can’t forget tomorrow, when I think of all my sorrow, when I had you there but then I let you go. And now it’s only fair that I should let you know what you should know. I can’t live if living is without you. I can’t give, I can’t give anymore.” Carey’s high-pitch voice was suited very well with this song’s melody, and it sounded like screaming out the heart-wrenching lyrics of it. Well, when we’re desperately in love with someone, we would feel like we can’t live without him, right? Because when we’re deeply in love with someone, then we couldn’t lie to ourselves or anybody else that we need him no matter what. And of course, my favorite part of this song is in the first verse part, “No, I can’t forget this evening, or your face as you were leaving, but I guess that’s just the way the story goes. You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows. Yes it shows.”

6. Britney Spears – From the Bottom of My Broken Heart (1999)

The forever ‘Princess of Pop’ in my heart, Britney Spears, is on number six with her hits, “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”. Released as a single on December 15th 1999, it was the fifth and final single of Spears’ debut studio album, “...Baby One More Time”, which was released on January 12th 1999. This song struck since the first verse, “ ‘Never look back,’ we said. How was I to know I’d miss you so?” Hmmm, I guess there’s no need to explain more. Those two first –and also last– sentences of this song’s lyrics were got me so, and it’s my favorite part of this song. Sung by 18-years-old Spears, this song brought emotion about the loss of a first love and the hardship of a breakup. “From the bottom of my broken heart. Even though time may find me somebody new, you were my real love, I never knew love ‘til there was you. From the bottom of my broken heart.” Moreover, I love the music video of this song. It tells the story about a girl who packs up her things as she gets ready to move out from her hometown. In the process, she realizes that she will miss not only her home, but also her first love there. Therefore there are not only things that she packs up but also memories. “ “Baby,” I said, “Please stay. Give our love a chance for one more day,” we could have worked things out. Taking time is what love's all about. But you put a dart through my dreams through my heart, and I'm back where I started again. Never thought it would end.” Geez, the first cut is always the deepest, right?

5. Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts (2010)

Now we enter the big five list, and on number five is Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts”. It was Perri’s debut single which was released on July 27th 2010 via iTunes. It was included as a part of Perri’s debut EP titled “The Ocean Way Sessions” on November 9th 2010, and later became a part of her first studio album, “lovestrong.” on May 10th 2011. This song was described as Perri’s autobiographical song, yeah well, and nothing could beat the sincerity that comes from experiences. “And who do you think you are? Running ‘round leaving scars, collecting your jar of hearts and tearing love apart. You’re gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul, so don’t come back for me. Who do you think you are?” It’s a song about anger that caused by an ex-boyfriend who wants to reconnect after a tough breakup in her side. How come, after all those pain that he left, he just comes back like that all over again? He doesn’t even know how hard it was for her to struggle and get back up again after falling so deep in hurt. Well, we can’t ever let anyone take us for granted, because we have to know what we’re worth. This song is strong since the first verse. The melody is sooo heart-wrenching and it goes very well with Perri’s husky voice. And, my favorite part of the song is, “I know, I can’t take one more step towards you, ‘cause all that’s waiting is regret. Don’t you know I’m not your ghost anymore? You lost the love I loved the most. I learned to live, half a life, and now you want me one more time.”

4. Adele – Someone Like You (2011)

Up on number four I have the acclaimed ‘Queen of Broken Heart Songs’, Adele, with her one and only “Someone Like You”. Well, Miss Adele, as we already know, have many songs about broken heart and separation. So, why do I choose this song among of all other songs? It’s simply because this song was the song that made me love Adele’s songs in the first time. It was released as a part of her second studio album, “21”, and later became the second single that was released from the album on January 24th 2011. Adele wrote the lyrics of this song based on her true experiences of having a breakup with the boyfriend-she-thought-she-was-going-to-marry and waking up on one day only to realize that he was engaged to someone else. Ouch! I feel you, Miss Adele! “I heard that you're settled down, that you found a girl and you're married now. I heard that your dreams came true. Guess she gave you things I didn't give to you.” She stated that she was feeling pretty miserable and lonely when she wrote the song. But then, it set her free. “I had hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded that for me it isn't over. Never mind, I'll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don't forget me, I beg. I'll remember, you said. Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.” Well, I guess every woman who has ever been in a deep painful breakup can relate to this song, indeed. And here’s my favorite part, “Nothing compares, no worries or cares. Regrets and mistakes, they are memories made. Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?”

3. Jewel – Foolish Games (1995)

Opening the list of big three, here is Jewel’s “Foolish Games” on number three. It was first released on 1995 as the part of Jewel’s debut studio album, “Pieces of You”. But it was in July 8th 1997 when this song was released as a single for “Batman & Robin” (1997) motion picture soundtrack, it gained a huge fame. Jewel re-recorded the song especially for the soundtrack version. As stated by Wikipedia, the song details the frustration and agony of knowing that the intensity of one’s love is not reciprocated by one’s lover. “Well in case you failed to notice, in case you failed to see, this is my heart bleeding before you, this is me down on my knees. And these foolish games are tearing me apart. And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart. You're breaking my heart.” This song had been captivated me since the first time I heard it. And the lyrics are just, unbelievably, incredibly, beautiful! Well, a relationship only can work if it both ways, right? A one-sided love, crush, careness, admiration, it all will only hurt. It just feels quite ridiculous when you’re with someone but you feel so alone instead, and even lonelier than when you’re being alone by yourself. But that’s love. It’s ridiculous, sometimes. My favorite part of this song is on the first verse, because, well, actually ‘dark eyes’ and ‘careless hair’ are representing the type of my ideal man. “You took your coat off and stood in the rain, you're always crazy like that. And I watched from my window, always felt I was outside looking in on you. You’re always the mysterious one with dark eyes and careless hair. You were fashionably sensitive, but too cool to care.”

2. Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart (1996)

Now we reach the runner-up position, and here I have Toni Braxton’s one hit wonder, “Unbreak My Heart”. First released as a part of Braxton’s second studio album titled “Secrets”, it was later released as a single on October 7th 1996. The interesting thing is that, at first Braxton refused to sing this song. But then, it turned out to be her signature song, and even won her a Grammy. Written and composed by the hit-maker, Diane Warren, this song’s lyrics revolve around a wrecked heartbreak, so bad that it makes her begging for her ex to comeback and undo all the pain that he has caused. “Don’t leave me in all this pain. Don’t leave me out in the rain. Come back and bring back my smile. Come and take these tears away. I need your arms to hold me now, the nights are so unkind. Bring back those nights when I held you beside me.” Well, this is what really going to happen when a woman is in the pathetic state right after a terrible breakup. I tell you that. Been there. It was so awful; awfully painful. “Take back that sad word goodbye. Bring back the joy to my life. Don’t leave me here with these tears. Come and kiss this pain away. I can’t forget the day you left, time is so unkind. And life is so cruel without you here beside me.” No need to say more. Every woman who has been through a painful breakup must know how it feels. “Unbreak my heart, say you'll love me again. Undo this hurt you caused when you walked out the door, and walked out of my life. Uncry these tears, I cried so many nights. Unbreak my heart.”

1. Lara Fabian – Broken Vow (1999)

It’s the power of the song that makes her filling the number one spot on this list. I proudly present the most heart-breaking song of all time, Lara Fabian’s “Broken Vow”. It was written by Fabian for her self-titled album that was released in 1999. Since then, it has been recorded and performed by many other singers. Just hear the lyrics, it hits me home since the first verse, “Tell me her name, I want to know, the way she looks and where you go. I need to see her face, I need to understand why you and I came to an end. Tell me again, I want to hear, who broke my faith in all these years. Who lays with you at night when I’m here all alone, remembering when I was your own.” I know that this song is number one on my list now, and so I realize that I should talk more about it than any other song, but somehow I just can’t. For me, this song’s chorus is the epitome of a broken heart. Like a textbook of all heart-breaking songs, talks about betrayal and forgiveness at the same time, this song provides all; shout-outs of pains, sighs of loneliness, screams of angers, moans of disappointments, outcries of resentments; a complete package of sad expressions. “I’ll let you go, I’ll let you fly, why do I keep asking why. I’ll let you go, now that I found a way to keep somehow, more than a broken vow.” Hence, this song also contains a bit of hope, as stated in the bridge part, which is my favorite, “I close my eyes and dream of you and I, and then I realize, there’s more to life than only bitterness and lies. I close my eyes.” And there it is, this heart-wrenching great song completes my list. Well, the moral of the story is that despite any bad effects that a broken heart could caused by, it had also become the main inspiration of these great everlasting songs. So, no broken heart, no great songs. ^^


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