We recognize that not everyone is oh-so-happy around this time of year. With that being said, we thought we’d put together the best of the best anti-love songs by some of our favourite country artists. Whether you’re dealing with a bad breakup or simply boycotting Valentines Day, these songs should be on constant repeat!
Picture To Burn – Taylor Swift
When you think of vocal ex-girlfriends, who comes to mind? How about Taylor Swift? We think it’s empowering how vocal she is about her ex-boyfriends and the troubles of her relationships. This song does nothing but pick apart every fault of the boy she is singing about. Even better, she goes on to speak about wanting to seek revenge! We can’t help but love every part of this song and how Taylor shows us that women can own their emotions after a bad breakup.
You’ll Think Of Me – Keith Urban
Personally, this song is it. Keith acknowledges that it’s okay to be upset over lost love. But it’s even better to claim that sense of worth after a breakup and realize that, ultimately, it’s the other person’s loss! Keith captures every raw and natural emotion that can come out of a breakup in a very empowering and sentimental manner. To witness the man perform this song live is something else. We can’t see how anyone could ever get sick of this song!
Kerosene – Miranda Lambert
It doesn’t get much more ill-tempered than this. Miranda nailed it with “Kerosene” by proving that women are capable of expressing their emotions in any way they want. Who says all country girls are sweet and innocent? We love this feisty side of Miranda and the raw lyrics of this song. “I’m givin’ up on love ’cause love’s givin’ up on me” – does it get much more anti-Valentines Day than that?
Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
We love this bad girl side of Carrie! It’s neat to see such a glamorous woman get down in the dirt, so to speak, with this song. The video just takes this song to a whole other level with the intensity of the lyrics shining through. We can’t help but think that nobody will do wrong to Carrie after hearing this song.
Love Don’t Live Here – Lady Antebellum
This song has it all. The toe-tapping tune is quite in-your-face about moving on from a bad relationship. With lyrics singing about doing just fine without the significant other, and “I ain’t got a heart for breakin’,” Lady Antebellum have managed to create a song that shows the optimistic side of moving on – something we should all adopt!
Good As Gone – Little Big Town
We appreciate the raw country vibe with a bit of an edge that is evident in this song. It’s one of those songs to blast in the car to celebrate the end of a bad relationship. It’s another one of those toe-tapping hits one can’t help but love, especially in a time where the concept of “love” is the last thing you want to think about.
Best Days Of Your Life – Kellie Pickler
This list would have been incomplete had we not recognized Miss Pickler’s stormy hit. We love how she exhibits such an attitude in this song (and even the video) that liberates women to do just the same. Her sweet voice somehow fits the in-your-face tone of the lyrics. But hey, it works. This is one song that should be played over and over again.
Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks may have been the ones to kick off this revolutionary era of “bad girl” country artists with this song alone. The comical spirit of this tune ultimately shows that it’s okay to get out of an unsatisfying relationship. Maybe the actual way the girls sing about getting out of such a relationship is rather dramatic, but we still can’t help but chuckle to this song.
Love You – Jack Ingram
Jack Ingram makes evident an “I don’t care anymore” attitude with this track, especially with lyrics such as, “to heck with us.” The play on words with, “I’m sick an’ lovin’ tired of all your lovin’ around,” and “There’s only one four-letter word that’ll do: Love you,” makes this tune rather funny, all the while still getting the message across that enough is enough. Wonder who could have had the nerve to hurt such a nice guy like Jack!
Consider Me Gone – Reba McEntire
We couldn’t leave out the ultimate diva of country music. Personally, to be a younger woman and hear an inspirational figure like Reba sing a liberating song about moving on – well, it’s empowering! All women should take to heart the message of this song: they should be a top priority on any guy’s list. Otherwise, it’s not worth it!