I already wrote a list of the best love songs to listen to with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, but if you don’t have a sweetheart, if you hate the whole Valentine’s Day thing, or if some jerk had the nerve to dump you right before the most romantic holiday of the year, here are 10 songs to reaffirm the fact that, a lot of the time, love just sucks. These songs are about how love can make you drink, commit suicide, paint the world black, or just hang your head and cry.
1. “Love Is Like a Bottle of Gin,” The Magnetic Fields
This subdued ditty smartly describes the myriad of ways in which love is like a bottle of gin — both good and bad. “It could make you regret your birth / or turn cartwheels in your best suit / It costs a lot more than it’s worth / and yet there is no substitute,” sings frontman Stephen Merritt in a deceptively cheerful melody.