Playlist: It Was Time to Go

“I broke up with my girlfriend, because we weren’t good for each other. But all the break-up music I can find is from the point of view of the break-up-ee. Can you recommend some tunes for me?”

I can and I will! Your playlist has recommendations from Jess G., Morgan G., Lindsay E., Emily, Laura, Riese, Crystal and me. It takes you from realization to saying goodbye — first sadly, then loudly — and finally to looking ahead to the rest of your undoubtedly happier life.

It Was Time to Go

Foundations – Kate Nash
The Good That Won’t Come Out – Rilo Kiley
First Love – Adele
Music When The Lights Go Out – The Libertines
Good Woman – Cat Power
Leaving – Indigo Girls
Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan
Get Gone – Fiona Apple
Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn
Bye Bye Bye – N Sync
Nice to Know You – Incubus
Oh What a Day – Ingrid Michaelson
Tomorrow Will Be Better, I Swear – Stars
Next Girl – The Black Keys


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  1. When I was but a lass, I sent my ex a mixed tape (that is how old I am) I broke up with her & the songs were a little bitter – top of the list was Sandy Shaw’s “Girl don’t come”

  2. wow. um how perfect. i’m actually going through a lesbodivorce right now aka the end of an 8 year LTR and i needed some music.

    so yay and it sucks.

    and i wonder what the point of it all was/is and if i’ll be ok all by myself…

    blah sometimes i wish autostraddle was all of you in my living room.

  3. This is incredible timing!
    I’ve been listening to Adele’s new CD lately and just keep thinking: “Listen Adele, I’m sure it was really hard for him too but sometimes it just doesn’t work out! he does remember, but he had to go!”

  4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Modern Romance / Skeletons

    Lykke Li – Complaint Department (pretty good, this one)

    John Lennon – Mind Games

    Ani DiFranco – Rock, Paper, Scissors

    bonus (better for the break-up-ee): Jeff Buckley – Forget Her

    Btw, hi5 to whoever chose the songs from Cat Power, Bob Dylan and The Black Keys from your list :)

  5. Sarah Harmer – Around This Corner
    You Say Party! – Monster
    Karen O – If You’re Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough
    Diamond Rings – All Yr Songs
    The Sadies – Another Year Again
    Gold Motel – Don’t Send The Searchlights

    Sleater Kinney’s One More Hour made me cry all winter long in 2010/11.

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