top-10-thursday-breakup-songsAs Neil Sedaka once sang, “Breaking up is hard to do.” While I’m not going through one at the moment, I still felt like taking on this topic and it just so happens a lot of the following songs are some of my favorites on any regular day. So if you’re actually dealing with a broken heart, here you go – go ahead and listen, cry it out, rip up some pictures, lurk their Facebook, cry some more and belt out the following tracks and then try and move on.

10. I Call Fives “Lakeview”

Lines to live by: “I won’t stand by your side and beg for affection. I shouldn’t have to scream just to get your attention.”

9. 3LW “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)”

Lines to live by: “Blowin’ up my pager say you want a chance a chance. Listen when I say player please.”
* I just really wanted to use this song because it says pager*

8. N’SYNC “Bye Bye Bye”

Lines to live by: “…it’s time to leave and make it alone.”

7. Kelly Clarkson “Since You’ve Been Gone”

Lines to live by: “Now I get what I want, since you’ve been gone.”

6. Dashboard Confessional “Screaming Infidelities”

Lines to live by: “And sit alone and wonder how you’re making out, but as for me, I wish that I was anywhere with anyone making out.”
* For those still in the Facebook lurking, why did they leave me phase…

5. The Movielife “Hey”

Lines to live by: “Hey, I guess I’ll figure it out the reasons why things went the way they did and why we can’t accept it.”

4. We Are The In Crowd “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)”

Lines to live by: “So toxic, you ain’t nothin’ but a prick.”

3. Hit The Lights “Her Eyes Say Yes”

Lines to live by: “I pray you die slowly (die slowly) so I can be the last thing you see.”
*It’s better to sing about being a psychopath than to act it out.

2. Demi Lovato “Really Don’t Care”

Lines to live by: “You don’t deserve to know the way I used to think about you.”

1. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know”

Lines to live by: “It’s not fair to deny me.”

wrapped-in-the-covers-taylor-swift-you-belong-with-meIn a week that has Taylor Swift completely abandoning her Country roots, I had to take it back to the track I knew was destined for the top of the charts before it was a single. My mom was a fan and bought Swift’s CD and right when “You Belong With Me” came on, I was like – YES. This is an amazing song. I’m sure millions of other people thought the same thing, but let me have my moment and memory. So to shake off the mega pop of “Shake It Off” we’re going to listen to some covers of her kind of pop track that started her down a path that led her miles and miles away from Nashville.

Klarleigh Verzupitis

Zau Nahpaw

Sam DeArmond

Katherine Pena

Paige & Candace

ash-briggs-ep-reviewMonday, oh Monday…I had something planned for you and then I was stuck recovering from a trip to Concord to see Paramore kick ass and Fall Out Boy, well, exist on a stage and sing songs I once regarded as monumental parts of my life. Now it’s Tuesday and Ash Briggs’ self-titled EP is keeping me company as I collect addresses for the 43342 birthday cards that have to be sent out this week. Her acoustic folk plays like older sister of an Allison Weiss record – even though I’m sure in reality Ash is the younger biologically.

Overall every song was wonderfully sung. There was never any strain on Ash’s voice and it came out like a perfect set at a local coffeehouse. There was never a lot of oomph going on in the songs though, hence why she’s like a mature sounding Weiss. It never got playful in the beat, they were all serious toned but each carried a different story. “Me & You” about time getting away from a pair, and my favorite “The Other Side” being about heading towards happiness on your own. The simplicity of this record is what really stood out and while you can hear it in all five tracks, you hear it best in “Hollow.”

Ash Briggs brings you a record full of human emotion packaged in a handful of songs that do a great job at having a similar sound throughout but managing to be individuals. If you like those singer songwriter types who are a bit alternative in their ways, check out Ash Briggs, out now.