Tell us your top (5) break-up songs for a chance to win the (500) DAYS OF SUMMER soundtrack!

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
July 14th, 2009



In honor of the upcoming release of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER (July 17th), and the subsequent release of its soundtrack (now in stores and on Amazon and iTunes) we are giving away (5) copies of the record (track listing below).


How do I win one of these collections of amazing music, that includes The Smiths, Regina Spektor, She & Him and more, you ask? Why, it’s easy! All you have to do is make a top 5 list of what you think are the best break-up songs. They can be sad songs, happy songs, angry songs, etc…whatever you use as musical therapy during a break-up. Think of it as a mix tape you’d make for yourself or a friend in troubled times of love lost.

Submit your entry in the comments section below. We’ll pick our five favorite mixes and announce them on Tuesday, July 21st. Good luck and have fun!

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  • g_baby


    #1 Eamon – Fuck It
    #2 Pink – So What
    #3 Steve Holy – Brand New Girlfriend
    #4 Isley Brothers – Busted
    #5 NSync – Bye, Bye, Bye

    Break-Up-Moving-On- songs =)

  • KateErbland

    I know that I am probably not eligible, but this was too good to pass up!

    1. Bob Dylan, as covered by Them – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (epic)
    2. John Mayer – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (the kid is a tool, but this song is sexy and sad)
    3. Tom Petty – It’ll All Work Out (Petty actually KEELS during this, that's grief)
    4. Bonnie Raitt – I Can’t Make You Love Me (you can taste her pain)
    5. Phil Collins – Against All Odds (cheesy, but so heartfelt)

  • Yis

    1.- Elephant parade: Goodbye
    2.- Radio Dept. : I wanted you to feel the same
    3.- Nouvelle Vague (Blondie Cover): Heart of Glass
    4.- Noah and the Whale: Shape of my heart
    and last but not least something in my bird language:
    5.- Natalia Lafourcade: No viniste (in English the title would be something like "You didn't come")

    There are so many, but this are the ones that came into my minds right now

  • laurayoungkin

    I already own 95% of this soundtrack (thanks JW) but I could not resist this.

    5. Samson – Regina Spektor
    4. Electric – Tristan Prettyman
    3. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room – John Mayer (Kate, this song made me contemplate arson.)
    2. Sleeping to Dream – Jason Mraz

    and my number 1…

    Brown-Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. Odd choice? I was out to dinner one night with my boyfriend (of two years at the time) and a large group of our friends when Brown-Eyed Girl came on in the restaurant. He proclaims loudly "Aw, baby, this is my song for you! My brown eyed girl!" To which I then replied, "My eyes are green, douchebag." Can't hear it now without being glad I ditched that loser. :)

  • KateErbland

    Slow Dancing in a Burning Room – so the jam.

  • coyoterogue

    #5. Cause & Effect – Its Over Now
    #4. 7 Mary 3 – Cumbersome
    #3. The Cardigans – My Favorite Game
    #2. Nina Simone Version – I've got it bad (and that ain't good)
    #1. Matthew Sweet – Thought I Knew You

  • Demi Adejuyigbe

    1. Change Your Mind – The Killers
    2. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
    3. Noble Beast – Andrew Bird
    4. Little Bribes – Death Cab for Cutie
    5. You Don't Know Me – Ben Folds ft. Regina Spektor

  • Demi Adejuyigbe

    Matthew Sweet has such good breakup songs.

  • laurie_pooh

    1. Don't Speak – No Doubt
    2. Irreplaceable – Beyonce
    3. Smile – Lily Allen
    4. Song for the Dumped – Ben Folds Five
    5. (I Hate) Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe

    * Have to state that You Oughta Know is essential for any breakup list, but I left it off since the person above me already had it.

  • ChaseWhale

    Seal – Survive
    Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
    Aretha Franklin – R E S P E C T
    Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
    Danzig – Mother

  • lindsaylew

    Okay so, I swear I have a method to my madness. The songs I picked are almost like a story, from one song to the next…eh see for yourself :)

    #1. Title and Registration ~ Death Cab For Cutie (when you just broke up and it still hurts)
    #2. We Were Wrong ~ Stroke 9 (when you're now more pissed than sad)
    #3. Time ~ Ben Folds (when you realize you'll get over it eventually)
    #4. Live Again ~ Better Than Ezra (when it's time you get your ass out of the house and move on)
    #5. Breakfast After Ten ~ Blue October (when you know they miss you, and you couldn't care less)

  • hilaryholcomb

    unexpected choices

  • ChaseWhale

    I like to keep people on their toes.

  • dangyroo

    It was hard, but here's my list. I've been dying to see the movie.

    1. Jenny Owen Youngs – F*ck Was I ("What the f*ck was I thinking?")
    2. Feist – Let It Die ("The saddest part of a broken heart isn't the ending, but the start.")
    3. Rilo Kiley – Silver Lining ("I've never felt so guilty as when I willed our love to die.")
    4. The Submarines – Brighter Discontent ("A breaking heart in an empty apartment is the loudest sound I never heard.")
    5. She & Him – Thieves Among Us ("Two broken hearts don't beat any less.")

    The last song is one of my favorite She & Him songs. Since it's not on any of their records (yet), I'll post a Youtube link to it so you guys can listen:
    [youtube nuCLqyStMW4 youtube]

  • ChaseWhale

    I really, really like this playlist!

  • dangyroo

    Thanks Mr. Whale! I almost wish it was a top 10 because I had to make a lot tough decisions.

  • DirtDiglett

    #5) Incubus- I Miss You
    #4) Foo Fighters- Everlong
    #3) The Postal Service- Photograph
    #2) Led Zepplin- That's the Way
    #1) Smashing Pumpkins- Ava Adore
    That's it, I know this playlist is average but so were the girls I dated ;) Theres probably another 30 songs to add to this list that are all interchangeable, its hard to put them in order. Im interestered in these other playlists and the soundtrack, lot of stuff i haven't heard yet!

  • Yis

    in my top 5 i included a song in spanish, i regret i did cause no one may know it, though i really like the song, so i'm going to chage it for one in english, leaving my top 5 this way:

    1.- Elephant parade: Goodbye
    2.- Radio Dept. : I wanted you to feel the same
    3.- Nouvelle Vague (Blondie Cover): Heart of Glass
    4.- Noah and the Whale: Shape of my heart
    5.- Fiona Apple: Love Ridden

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