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R / February 9, 2011 3:08 PM

Other than "Love Stinks" by the J. Geils Band, I nominate:

- "I don't mind if you forget me" (Morrissey)
- "Is that all there is?" (Peggy Lee)
- "Letter to Judy" or "Song for the Dumped" (Ben Folds)

m / February 9, 2011 3:21 PM

There are several on the album " Featuring Birds" by Quasi, including "I never want to see you again" and "The Poisoned Well"

Choice lines:

"We purchase pleasure, and pay for it with hurt ... and we rarely get our money's worth"

"Die of thirst or drink up from the Poisoned Well"

Ah, bitterness. Visit, but don't stay long.

Dan Kelly / February 9, 2011 3:27 PM

"Red Rubber Ball" by Simon and Garfunkel/The Cyrkel

Very passive-aggressive.

Steven / February 9, 2011 3:27 PM

The correct answer is:

No Children (The Mountain Goats)

"I am drowning / There is no sign of land
You are coming down with me / Hand in unlovable hand
And I hope you die
I hope we both die"

Steven / February 9, 2011 3:49 PM

The answer is ALSO:

(Love Like) Anthrax - Gang of Four

beer:30 / February 9, 2011 3:51 PM

"I'm Outta Here" by Sugar Shack. Middle-fingers straight-up as you head out the door. 90s Houston punk at its finest, and a sentiment I'm sure we've all shared.

Mervin / February 9, 2011 4:04 PM

"You Don't Know What Love Is" 1941 by Don Raye with lyrics by Gene De Paul. Most famously sung by Billie Holiday 1958.

R / February 9, 2011 4:11 PM


"Anyone who had a heart" (Dionne Warwick)

Most of Elvis Costello's catalog (in particular, "I want you" from Blood and Chocolate and "Living in Paradise" from This Year's Model)

Andrew / February 9, 2011 4:14 PM

(Previously, way back in 2005. Definitely worthy of a revisit.)

Cee-lo's "Fuck You" is a solid contender.

JP / February 9, 2011 5:23 PM

-Carly Simon: You're So Vain
-Simon & Garfunkel: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
-Joan Armatrading: Me, Myself, I
-and let's not forget the folk song Tom Dooley, which chronicles the 1866 murder of a woman.

JP / February 9, 2011 5:49 PM

Oh, and the Rolling Stones' Under My Thumb. Very unromantic.

Tracie / February 9, 2011 9:16 PM

I'm going to go with "One Less Bell to Answer" by the Fifth Dimension and "Uninvited" by Alanis Morissette

Mike / February 9, 2011 9:41 PM

I so so so agree with Steven.

Sarah / February 9, 2011 10:27 PM

"Somebody more like you" by Nickel Creek

"I hope you finally find someone
Someone that you trust
And give him everything
I hope you meet someone your height
So you can see eye-to-eye
With someone as small as you"

PMan / February 9, 2011 10:32 PM

You're no Good by Linda Ronstadt or Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove it by Belle & Sebastian

kate / February 10, 2011 10:51 AM

I prefer weepy to angry anti-love songs.

Willie Nelson's "Heartaches of a Fool" is good for a bottle of wine-induced rememberance of love lost. Phosphorescent did a really pretty cover of it.

Mucky Fingers / February 10, 2011 11:01 AM

Any kind of 'indie' tune, because none of that wimpy shit puts a real woman in the mood.

Kara / February 10, 2011 12:07 PM

I so so so agree with Mike and Steven.

renita / February 10, 2011 1:36 PM

"Song for the Dumped," Ben Folds Five.

"Rootless Tree," Damien Rice.

Carlotta / February 11, 2011 12:43 PM

"Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer

"Nathan Jones" by the Supremes

"You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

CDM / February 11, 2011 3:10 PM

Anti Love Song by Betty Davis circa 1973. Miles Davis wife I believe...

JP / February 12, 2011 3:35 PM

Oooh, I almost forgot - Melissa Etheridge has TWO: Similar Features; and Like The Way I Do.

Leeta / February 12, 2011 3:39 PM

I Love To Hate You - Erasure.

That's an undisputed champion.

Jill / February 14, 2011 10:29 AM

What the fuck was I thinking, by Jenny Owen Youngs.

"Skillet on the stove is such a temptation."

printdude / February 14, 2011 2:35 PM

"I wanna Break Up with You" - Danko Jones
"Everybody Wants to Fall In Love" - Danko Jones

Both are hard rockin' anti-Valentines theme songs

nobody / February 14, 2011 3:37 PM

Not Anymore by Dead Boys
What If? by Bongwater
I Want You Dead by Brooke Valentine

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