Breaking up is hard to do, and I'm not just ripping that from some classic song. Punk music has been a constant reminder of our teenage angst, our greatest fears and our greatest triumphs. It's always there when nothing else can be. If you're dealing with a break up, make sure to listen to these on full blast. Feel free to sing along.
1. You're So Last Summer - Taking Back Sunday
This is a band that never shied away from the emotional. Most of their early stuff centered on break-ups and betrayal because of interpersonal dealings between members. Some messy messy stuff indeed. Anyway, this is the song that's perfect for driving too fast through a park near your house. Make sure you're best friend is riding shotgun because there are some great partner vocals.
Best Lyric: "The truth / is you could slit my throat / and with my one last gasping breath / I'd apologize for bleeding on your shirt."
2. My Friends Over You - New Found Glory
Loyalty comes in many forms, but nobody is more loyal than your best friends. Throughout your breakups and makeups, it's easy to get caught up in the person you're dating and forget about the people who will be with you unconditionally. This is where "My Friends Over You" comes in. Don't forget who takes care of you. At the end of the day, when you're looking for an easy hookup or not...don't screw your friends over for something fleeting and shallow.
Best Lyric: "Though you said that you were true / I'd still pick my friends over you."
3. When I Come Around - Green Day
There will be people in your life who dump you because you're too lazy, too stupid, too much of a workaholic, too wild, too boring, too...well, anything. You can't let those people get in the way of who you are. Once they leave you, you'll probably be better off because you can get back in touch with who you are, who you want to be and where you're going. After all, when you come around and figure all of that out, they will have missed all of the wonderful things you had to offer.
Best Lyric: "You may find out that your self doubt means nothing was ever there / you can't go forcing something if it's just not right."
4. Dammit - Blink 182
It's great when a break-up is easy, but some can get downright ugly. When a former partner starts to slander you, talk mad shit to your friends and manage to rub their new relationship in your hostile little face, it can be hard to keep it together. Just remember that when you run into them (and you will) you have to hold your head high, because shit doesn't last long enough to stay mad. People have their reasons for acting like a dick, it doesn't make their actions correct. All you can do is move on.
Best Lyric: "The charade / it won't last / when he's gone / I won't come back."
5. Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy?) - Fall Out Boy
People have a tendency to surprise you, and not always in a good way. This song reminds me of how you can be with someone and think they are one way, and they end up being completely terrible. We get caught up in the way people appear. This is what leads to relationship disasters. We try to impress these people and we compromise what was good about ourselves. If we believe that we're meant for someone, we'll try to fit into their mold...but some things just can't change.
Best Lyric: "You need him / I could be him / I could be an accident, but I'm still trying."