Ten Best Songs for Forgetting Your Ex and F#$%ing the Pain Away
Breaking up sucks. But the best way to get over that shitty someone is getting back up on it with someone else.
No, we don't mean jump right into another relationship. That'd foolish and it won't heal anything. What a freshly broken heart needs is a strange, meaningless sexual encounter with someone you probably won't ever see again.
C'mon, we've all been there. And in case you find yourself there now (or very soon), here is Crossfade's list of scandalous rebound sex songs.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Date With the Night"
Nothing says unholy rebound sex like a gritty guitar riff. Plus, Karen O's voice is pretty much dirty love personified. The swagger on this number is extremely empowering. A date with the night is what any thrown-away heart needs to get back on track. Just go out there and knock 'em dead, no mercy.
Phantogram's "As Far As I Can See"
In this case, sex isn't about two humans coming together in love. But two people coming together out of love. This song asks, when no one loves you and no one loves me, why can't we love each other? Don't worry about anything, just let what feels right happen. And don't stress about it in the morning.
Crystal Castles' "Not In Love" Featuring Robert Smith
Anyone who's ever had a broken heart knows Robert Smith is the patron saint of lost lovers. So when he teamed up with dark-dancers Crystal Castles, the result was a wonderful ode to the hollow hearted. Part of the rebound sex experience is the denial of your feelings, so keep telling yourself you're not in love while you work it.
Marilyn Manson's "User Friendly"
He's the king of the freaks. So duh ... Manson has a song that makes this list. A guy like him probably gets and gives a lot of rebound sex. Sure, you're basically using your partner. But they're okay with it!
Drake's "Do It All"
So what, they were the best you ever had. Boo hoo. Get money, fuck bitches. That's what Drake would do. Just sip on that XO and get back in the game harder than you ever have before. You don't really need anyone but yourself to make yourself.
Stephen Stills's "Love the One You're With"
Dude, this isn't a new phenomenon only the young and slutty Internet generation can understand. Even our parents (and their parents) knew the best way to cure sadness was hanky panky. There's no time to waste on crying. Right there next to you is a stranger who wants to hold you close, at least for a little while.
The Vaccines' "Post Break-Up Sex"
This indie English band lays it all out in black and white with a catchy hook. It's not like the rebound is going to solve all your problems. Yet it's the best thing to get you moving in the right direction. Someone's feelings might get hurt. But you can't make an omelette without fucking a few eggs in the head. Or something.
Death From Above 1979's "Romantic Rights"
Remember what we said about rebound sex and gritty guitars? Yeah, this one is just like that. Go out with this song jammin', and you're sure to have some dirty backroom fun. Find someone you want, not someone you need.
Usher's "U Don't Have to Call"
Look, we're not saying you shouldn't take time to let it burn. But after a week of mopey self-pity and too much ice-cream, you need to hit the weekend hard with your homies. Besides, the best way to get back at your ex is showing them how much you don't care anymore. It'll eat them alive.
Peaches' "Fuck the Pain Away"
Look, everything we're trying to say is beautifully encompassed in this electroclash classic. That empty feeling in your chest is making you overly sensitive. So buck up and fuck up. You're free to do what you want! So do them already!
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