(Credit: Autumn de Wilde)
Breaking up is hard to do — especially when you’re haunted by an iTunes playlist filled with torturous love songs. (Right, Morrissey? Damn you and your gigantic arsenal of ballads about unrequited love!)
As I shake my fist to the heavens and slowly wipe the tears away from my eyes, I can’t help but celebrate — and curse — the following videos for scoring the soundtrack to the ultimate heartbroken pity party. You’re all invited, too. It’s B.Y.O.K., which means “Bring Your Own Kleenex.”
Check out the five most downer videos that could only serve to make a break-up more depressing:
1.) Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”: Even the mere title of this song is heartbreaking. Singer Ben Gibbard croons about being so in love with his paramour that he would perish without her. Dramatic, and, at the same time, like here some girl already has a solid suitor waiting for her in the afterlife? That’s intense.
2.) Sinead O’Conner’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”: When you first watch this video, it seems like it’s just Sinead’s floating head for three minutes. Then you realize it’s all one shot, and that she’s mouthpiecing Prince who was just so sad, and then that single tear falls down Sinead’s porcelain cheek, and OH! You could just totally lose it. This is truly the grandfather of all depressing breakup videos.
3.) Dashboard Confessional’s “Screaming Infidelities”: Whether you consider yourself emo or not, the message of this clip is universal: It’s heartbreaking when someone cheats on you — and it sucks even more when they shed more than your Golden Retriever.
4.) The Swell Season’s “When Your Mind’s Made Up”: When the movie “Once” first came out, I had to see it twice because during the first screening, my eyes were glazed over with tears the whole time and I couldn’t make out what any of the blurry figures were doing, aside from — spoiler! — not building a life together. If you haven’t seen it, you should totally add it to your Netflix queue. However, watching it while undergoing a fresh heartbreak could send you into a tear-filled sinkhole. But hey, at least you’re not alone!
5.) The Honorary Title’s “Everything I Once Had”: The best part of this video is watching heartbroken singer Jarrod Gorbel cry in the shower. It’s oddly satisfying — and kinda hot? — to watch a guy writhe in pain while attempting to maintain proper hygiene. There. I said it.