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Love Hurts, But I'm Too Sad to Be Bitter
1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Karen O's fabled plea to then-boyfriend Angus Andrew to wait... and stay by her side (some sources go as far as to claim "Maps" is an acronym for "My Angus please stay"). Those tears in the music video are real, by the way. Begin commiserating now
2. Liars - The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack
Andrews' alleged response to "Maps." It's almost too much to handle.
3. Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit
You're off to a good start, might as well sink lower into the universal beauty of heartbreak.
4. Anika - I Go to Sleep
Universality, see? You're not the only one sleeping alone. From the melody, to the tempo, to the vocals — everything in this song aches.
5. Bauhaus - All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
The saddest part, this might be Peter Murphy's happiest song.
6. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
7. Camera Obscura - I Don't Want to See You
Tracyanne Campbell "doesn't want to be a whining girl" either... but it's hard, you understand.
8. Marine Girls - In Love
A momentarily valiant attempt to put on a happy face.
9. Girls - Hellhole Ratrace
Even with one of 2011's most immaculately lovelorn albums to his name, Christopher Owens' most heart-crushing moment may still be "I'm all alone with my heartache and my good intentions."
10. Titus Andronicus - No Future
Might as well wallow a bit while we're here.
11. Beulah - My Horoscope Said It Would Be a Bad Year
12. Built to Spill - Else
Even in the context of Built to Spill's lauded career, this one stands out as something rare and special — an agonizing moment set into eternity.
13. M. Ward - Poison Cup
Here we see a slight turn towards the bitter, the poisonous. Drink it up.
14. The Tallest Man on Earth - You're Going Back
Here a small Swedish man yells "fuck" while clawing your heart out.
15. The Walkmen - We've Been Had
It's over, officially. You can come by and get your stuff whenever, I don't care. I'm moving to New York City.
16. The Mountain Goats - Woke Up New
Funny how it's the small things you tend to miss the most. But then the "world started to come alive," and we got "ready for the future to arrive."
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