The holiday with perhaps the most obvious money-making agenda, Valentine’s Day still manages to conjure up plenty of feelings. There are rumors floating around that it’s supposed to be a happy day, but the people who whispered them have been properly disposed of by now, we’re almost sure. Whether you’re single or not, it’s a day that can bring with it added, needless pressures. To help you cope with the annual annoyance, we’ve reached into the vault and created a playlist that screams, jeers, and even laughs the angst away.
“Really Might Be Gone” by Bowling For Soup
Don’t write off this band, as comedic and seemingly out of the scene as they are. A Hangover You Don’t Deserve is one of the best albums I ever owned growing up and is just as underrated as the writing that went into this song. It’s the anthem we all need to hear: Get up off your ass this February 14th because you fucking rock and are about to have the time of your life once your realize that. –NVD
“NME” by Set It Off
As whimsical as this song is sonically, Cody Carson sings what every person forced to stare at countless mushy messages on social media is thinking. Your ex may have moved on, but at least you aren’t whipped or being suffocated by an overbearing relationship. And just remember, that “I love you” wall post is literally the only thing more annoying than that invitation to play Farmville. –NVD
“Cry” by The Used
Everyone knows The Used as one of the landmark screamo bands of the early 2000s. While this band may not be hardcore, several -core bands cite The Used as an inspiration, and it isn’t hard to guess why. True, they occupy more of the pop side of the spectrum these days, but it’s songs like “Cry” that demonstrate how effectively this band can pull at the heartstrings. With a chorus that sneers, “I’m gonna let you bleed for a little bit / I’m gonna make you beg / Just for makin’ me cry / I’m gonna make you wish you never said goodbye,” Bert McCracken says exactly what we all would like to say to at least one of our exes. You tell ‘em, Bert. –TK
“Fuck You” by Sleeping With Sirens
This is clearly a cover song, but the pinch harmonics in those guitar riffs make this song way more hard-hitting and let you scream the lyrics at the top of your lungs in your dorm room like I did that one time (or twelve) in college. My candy-coated fury belting “Fuckkk youuuuuuuuu!” is just so much sweeter than your candy-coated chocolates. –NVD
“To The End” by My Chemical Romance
The entire Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge album is about evil, tormented lovers trying to escape the grasps of hell. The only thing more toxic than this relationship is the relationship I had with a bucket of Ben and Jerry’s when My Chem broke up and my friends tried to force me to accept it. –NVD
“Annabel” by Alesana
If there ever was a poster boy for an Anti-Valentine’s Day movement, it would be Edgar Allan Poe. Unsurprisingly, “Annabel” comes from Alesana’s album The Emptiness, the story for which was inspired by Poe’s work, most notably the poem “Annabel Lee.” What better tale to listen to this Valentine’s Day than that of a sketch artist going mad and fantasizing about the death of his beloved? –TK
“A Single Moment of Sincerity” by Asking Alexandria
Stand Up and Scream was basically my break up playlist three years ago, and the bitter biting lyrics spewing from Danny Worsnop paired against that melodic longing in the bridge sung by Ben Bruce has always sent shivers up my spine. I guess now it can be my playlist for Danny’s break up with the band. –NVD
“Renob, Nevada” by Attack Attack!
If you’re sending flowers anywhere this year, send a bouquet to Attack Attack!’s gravesite. A band that had the post-hardcore scene by the collar and gave it all up at the height of their success, Attack Attack! left us with more than a few anthems before surrendering the throne. Sure, it would have been easy to put “Sexual Man Chocolate” on this list instead, but “Renob, Nevada” speaks to our angry souls, and isn’t that what this day is all about? If not, “Go / Take your opinion with you / ‘Cuz I don’t want to hear it.” –TK
“My Fist, Your Mouth, Her Scars” by Bullet For My Valentine
This one may seem like it’s coming out of left field, but come on, Bullet For My Valentine is too perfect for this playlist. While any other song from BFMV’s monumental record The Poison could have made this list, “My Fist, Your Mouth, Her Scars” was the most visceral choice. It may seem like a while since this band have been very relevant, but they’ll be touring this summer on the Summer’s Last Stand tour with Motionless In White, Lamb of God, and Slipknot. They’re also set to record a new album with producer Colin Richardson, who worked on The Poison and Scream Aim Fire. But until then, celebrate this bogus holiday with every break up song you ever headbanged to and get your rage out like it’s 2005. –TK
“Scissorhands (The Last Snow)” by Motionless In White
The album that catapulted Motionless In White to the forefront of the scene, Creatures unashamedly takes inspiration from many creepy films, including Tim Burton’s cult classic Edward Scissorhands. The so-named track, “Scissorhands (The Last Snow),” enumerates the pains of a romance that simply cannot be. A certain loving pity takes root when the words “It’s so sad / My heart in your hands / I melt like the snow in the part where you dance” ring out amongst a flurry of ghoulish keyboards and rapid drum beats. –TK
Play the Anti-Valentine’s Day Playlist in FULL below!
BONUS VIDEO: “The Girl” by Kellin Quinn, Caleb Shomo
We thought we’d include this one for some much needed laughs. As Kellin, Caleb, and Jesse show us in this video, you’ll be fine as long as you keep on playing.