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Top 10 Songs to Sooth a Hurting Heart

Welcome to the debut edition of Listicles, the feature that presents Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to johnagliata@gmail.com.

Heartache sucks. Knowing you’re not alone in your pain makes it suck less. That’s why the heartache song is such a powerful device. Those who have been there are putting into lyrics your pain and your heartache and your feelings of longing or regret or loneliness.

As with all Listicles, this is merely the writer’s opinion on what’s tops in this category. It’s meant to stimulate conversation and vehement disagreement and possibly even random acts of violence. Submit your favorite Songs to Sooth a Hurting Heart to johnagliata@gmail.com or leave them in the comments.


No. 10: I Will Always Love You — Whitney Houston

Heartbreaking lyric: Bittersweet memories/That is all I’m taking with me


No. 9: Ghost in Your Heart — Bad English

Heartbreaking lyric: I stare at your reflection/And sometimes see my face/I remember you/You remember too


No. 8: Here Without You — 3 Doors Down

Heartbreaking lyric: I’m here without you, baby/But you’re still with me in my dreams/And tonight, it’s only you and me


No. 7: My Immortal — Evanescence

Heartbreaking lyric: You used to captivate me by your resonating light/Now, I’m bound by the life you left behind/Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams/Your voice it chased away all the sanity in me


No. 6: I Will Remember You — Sarah McLachlan

Heartbreaking lyric: It’s funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word/
We are screaming inside, but we can’t be heard


No. 5: The Trouble With Wanting — Joy Williams

Heartbreaking lyric: If I can’t have the cake/And I can’t eat it too/I guess the sound of your voice and the ache/It’ll just have to do


No. 4: Broken — Seether, featuring Amy Lee

Heartbreaking lyric: The worst is over now and we can breathe again/I want to hold you high, and steal my pain away


No. 3: Against All Odds — Phil Collins

Heartbreaking lyric: I wish, I could just make you turn around/Turn around and see me cry/There’s so much I need to say to you so many reasons why/You’re the only one who really knew me at all


No. 2: Need You Now — Lady A

Heartbreaking lyric: Guess I’d rather hurt than feel nothing at all


No. 1: I Can’t Make You Love Me — Bonnie Raitt

Heartbreaking lyric: I’ll close my eyes, then I won’t see/The love you don’t feel when you’re holding me


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